The Importance of White space - One of the oldest principals of design is white space, and knowing how to use it properly could mean wonders for your design. Popular site A List Apart tackles the subject.
8 Design Tactics to Help You When You're Stuck -Every designer goes through hard times of "designer's block"; Matt Inman (also known as "Oatmeal") gives us 8 tactics to help you get back to work.
35 Designers x 5 Questions - What better way to learn technique then to speak to those who know it best? 35 of some of the brightest minds in web design get put on the spot and share some insightful expert advice.
"Since its inception as a profession, graphic design has been primarily service-oriented, with a few original creators emerging in every generation who guide the way and set standards (as well as styles).
In recent years, new media have changed the role of graphic design in various ways. Graphic designers are more in demand to develop a client's branding, identity, and packaging programs. But with the means of production on their desktops, designers are also becoming glorified production "artists." The danger, of course, is that graphic designers will be edged out of the creation process, relegated to only the mechanical follow-through.
The “MFA Designer As Author” is predicated on the growing need for content providers throughout the visual media. Drawing on ones' fluency with the graphic design language of type and image, this program is the first designed exclusively to encourage authorship and entrepreneurship in a broad range of media."
It seems to be a great resource for professional designers, sad to me it is in NY... maybe latter.
Dettol ad "Hands are everywhere" created by Eurorscg, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Purell ad "You are what you touch" created by JWT Sidney
Color in Motion is an animated and interactive experience of color communication and symbolism. Created by Maria Claudia Cortes this engaging and interactive Flash presentation has technical info about the three primary and secondary colors, a lab to manipulate the colors and play with them, and the most wonderful videos where the "personified colors" represent actions related to the symbolism of each. It's an excellent resource about the impact color has on communication.
"Photography, collage, diary. For 50 years controversial and acclaimed photographic adventurer Beard has been using these tools to chronicle the massive sea change the world is undergoing. Using his "dictionary of images"A huge collection of media including found objects, photographs of people and of animal carcasses, text excerpts, drawings, and blood he has developed a powerful lexicon regarding death, nature, technology, information overload, time, population, celebrity, and objectification. His brutally frank works are crowded yet reveal a textured and complicated construction that is at once oblique, disturbing, and ironic. He challenges our preconceptions of beauty and composition while expanding the concept of picture making."
(Review from Library Journal)
Google launched a new feature that allows the search through millions of photos from Life Magazine archives. It can be found at http://images.google.com/hosted/life , or we can add "source:life" to any Google image search to search only the LIFE photo archive. Example: portugal source:life.
The best of it all, the photos are in high-res!
Europeana – the European digital library, museum and archive – is a multilingual prototype website that gives users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.
The website europeana.eu was launched on 20 November but it seems that they didn't expect so many interest - 10 million hits per hour - that caused a crash in their system the same day. Now we must wait until they launch Europeana in a more robust version...I hope it will be soon.
By Sissi Edholm and Lisa Ullenius - two graphic designers based in Stockholm, Sweden. Their portfolio is definitely at the top of my favourites
The annual ceremony Pentawards rewards the best packaging creations grouped into different categories. This year the Best of the Show, was this one "Upside Down" - Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage by Viktor & Rolf. A bottle that rests on the neck, the neck and front labels and cap foil reversed. More at the official website.