These Poster Designs Jazz It Up

The Claypole’s Jazz Festival, held just outside of Buenos Aires, was the first international and foreign popular music show in the city. Organized by the local city theater,  Espacio de debate y cultura La Casa de Claypole, the festival was only promoted with posters. The promotional posters are a great source for some eye candy...

Good Design Needs No Translation

When it comes to the International Design Awards, there’s a universal consensus: Good design needs no translation. Unlike some other forms of communication, it knows no boundaries. This is exactly why the International Design Awards is one of my personal favorite design competitions. Entries are judged by project type rather than industry or region—so posters...

30 Awesome Logos from One Man Studio

Who doesn’t want awesome logos in front of their eyes all day every day? Nobody, that’s who. And Boston’s One Man Studio has just what you’re looking for when it comes to great logo design examples. After all, the studio’s logo design for Choose Love won the 2012 HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards. Take note of what Judge Sunny...

Great Logo Design from Studio Papa

What makes great logo design? Looking at Studio Papa‘s cool logo designs, particularly at the one that won the 2012 HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards, it takes thoughtful decisions regarding elements like type and color. Judge Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director at Motto, raved about Studio Papa’s logo design for Catherine Traicos: “I love logos that stir...

Responsive Content: Targeting Your Target

Effectively targeting your consumer or target market is no small task. How about designing web content that tailors specific advertisements and news to different visitors, based on their individual needs and interests? Despite how large and complex an endeavor, it’s the way of the modern web: Make sure that visitors have a positive experience with your brand and quickly find...

Why Wireframing and Prototyping Matter To You

Take a second and think about your internet usage. How much time do you spend online a day? How many emails do you receive a day? How many websites do you visit? If you’re anything like the typical media consumer who spends most of their time online the numbers might astound you. For me I...

Get Inspired with a Toucan and Vibrant Branding

With the recent World Cup in Brazil, you may have learned a few facts about this country. For one, you may remember that the toucan is a common bird in Brazil. So what better animal to best represent a Brazilian environmental group?  Take a look at the branding for the new Brazil Environmental Institute (IBRA),...

Betty Hatchett: Great Logo Design & Illustration Work

In 2012, Norwood, OH–based Betty Hatchett Design principal Elizabeth Hatchett was recognized in the HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards for her logo, which was just one of many cool logo designs that came out of the industry that year. Judge Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director at Motto, had nothing but good things to say about Hatchett’s design: “I was immediately smitten by this entry...

Interview: Dave Gouveia on Great Logo Design

When it comes to great logo design, HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards judge Dave Gouveia knows what’s up. That’s because he’s worked in the design industry for over 19 years and has a variety of successful logo designs under his belt. In 2000 he founded the design studio 3 Dogz Creative Inc. with two co-workers, and he currently freelances...

New Open Source Font Family: Source Han Sans

If you’re a typeface enthusiast or a designer who creates work for international audiences, you don’t want this news to fly under your radar. Last week, Adobe and Google announced their recent font collaboration: Source Han Sans. This is the first open source Pan-CJK typeface that supports Japanese, Chinese and Korean (along with Latin, Greek...

Shutterstock Palette: Explore Images by Color

Color in design matters. Designers know the power that lives in those deep blues and striking greens, and every other color for that matter, and Shutterstock has created yet another innovative way for users to tap that power. Meet Palette, your new best friend when it comes to exploring images by color palette. “Designers love exploring the...

Survey Says: Design Salaries Up

How much do designers make? The 2014 HOW Design Salary Survey shows creative paychecks getting fatter— and the design job market heating back up. Words by Michelle Taute Design by Sally Carmichael We’re not exaggerating when we say the results of the latest HOW graphic design salary survey make us want to jump up and...

Doug Hucker: Great Logo Design

Back in 2012, Baltimore-based graphic designer and illustrator Doug Hucker was recognized in the HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards for helping to set the bar when it comes to cool logo designs, despite his thinking that he didn’t have a chance at winning. Judge Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director at Motto, had this to say...

Interview: Greg Pizzoli on Children’s Book Design

Philadelphia’s Greg Pizzoli has long been one of my favorite illustrator/designers, and I have closely followed his work at every turn. One of the most exciting developments has been his foray into the world of children’s books, which seems to be turning out one charming success after another. Greg was kind enough to pull back...

Designing Design Education: What the Best Schools Do

Editor’s Note: This article, written by Daniel Johnston, design partner at the brand strategy and design firm Lippincott in New York, draws upon his recruiting experience. Johnston explains, from his perspective, what a strong design education does for a candidate and what the best schools have in common. What everyone expects from school is the...

10 Years of Type Design Yields Jim Ford’s Quire Sans

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Type Designer Jim Ford and talk about his most recent typeface design for Monotype – Quire Sans. Jim graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2005 with a degree in graphic design, and has notched up custom typefaces for agencies and publishers to software manufacturers and game...

Creativity Can Be Learned

For many of us we have, for perhaps our entire lives, thought ourselves to fall into one of two categories, believing that we are either creative or not creative. We look at creativity subjectively thinking that if we can draw or paint well we must be creative, and that if we’re good with numbers or...

SNASK Creates “Biggest Poster in the World”

The Stolkholm-based branding firm SNASK is comprised of out-of-the-box thinkers. For the past five years, they’ve been lending their creative prowess — and their hands — to create the identity and promotional materials for The Malmö Festival, Scandinavia’s largest city festival. To celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary, SNASK decided to go big, as in 15-by-12...