Tag Archives: graphic design

Vivienne Apsey  

The Trials and Tribulations of a Young Designer: How Prototyping Saved Me   August 13, 2019

As any fellow creative can attest to, there are many lessons from art school that follow us into our careers. We look at our x-acto blade scars and feel pride in the projects that we put our (literal) blood, sweat and tears into. However, no one warns the ambitious, young student about the real-world complexities of taking your first professional Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Technical Tricks for Working Faster in Illustrator   August 6, 2019

  As a designer, there’s a valuable amount of time that goes into conceptualizing an idea when working on a new brand or project. It’s arguably the most important component of the work we do. Being able to really dig into each aspect during the beginning phases and then expand upon that research is vital to a successful end product Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Audiovisual: When Record Labels & Designers Come Together   April 16, 2019

In the design world, there has always been a balance between the needs of a client to have their goals served in a particular way and the potential for a designer to explore their capabilities to make resonant and effective design. The music industry is no exception. Indie labels have always had a penchant for permissiveness with their musical artists Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Lessons from the Bauhaus 100 Years On   February 20, 2019

In design school, in addition to a practical education in the use of programs and the principles of design, I gained a thorough survey of art history. One of my favorite eras to learn about—and maybe the most relevant to design—was the Modernist era of the early 20th century. Countless artistic movements emerged from this time, and number one among Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Skill Up for the New Year   January 15, 2019

At the end of every year, people around the world begin crafting lofty resolutions, lists filled with things they’ll likely abandon by February, or March if they’re lucky. Societally, we do this out of tradition. And that puts a lot of pressure on us to come up with something unique to achieve. But often, we just repeat a failed resolution Continue Reading

     
Horacio Acevedo  

Building a Strong Understanding of Graphic Design through Urban Arts   November 6, 2018

As an aspiring graphic designer, I began my education with what I thought would be a great disadvantage. I did not have my first computer until my junior year of college and I had no experience in programs such as Abode Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign. I felt I was behind in a classroom full of students who had taken graphic Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Design for Better   October 30, 2018

As designers, we’ve worked tirelessly to hone a craft we hold near and dear to our hearts—stemming from sleepless nights in the matte room to countless hours staring into blue light rays. So, we often get into a mindset of feeling like we’re owed something for our devotion. Whether that’s a killer portfolio piece, a self-congratulatory award to put on Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Designing an Isle (of Dogs)   September 4, 2018

There are few things I cherish more than waking up on Saturday morning, getting brunch, and following up with a midday movie. I’m a huge proponent for reserved seating, so I adamantly select what I’m going to see the night before. I can’t recall a time that I’ve been more captivated by a film’s movie poster than when I first Continue Reading

     
Todd Pierce  

Graphic Design 101: 5 Design Tips You’ll Use Daily   June 12, 2017

As a graphic designer, I’m constantly looking for design tips and tricks that will improve my process, better my designs and help me make the best use of my time. In all honesty, some of the most useful tips aren’t anything super complex, they just help you improve the essential elements of your designs. Whether you’re creating graphics for social Continue Reading

     
Anna Woodward  

Netflix’s Abstract: Lessons from Paula Scher   March 28, 2017

It’s been 10 years since Gary Hustwit released the Helvetica documentary that sent designers and type-nerds around the world into a tizzy, so a fresh look into the world of design and creativity was long overdue. Netflix, the streaming service we all love so dear, filled the void with its newest eight-episode docu-series, Abstract: The Art of Design. Abstract dedicates each Continue Reading