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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How Wendy Lee Oldfield Stays Creative

Graphic designer/creative problem solver Wendy Lee Oldfield knows how to stay creative when the less creative parts of life get you down. Considering that she coauthored Caffeine for the Creative Mind and Caffeine for the Creative Team, and that she recently participated in a creative activities experiment based on Jim Krause’s D30: Exercises for Designers, it...

A Universal Typeface & Pen

It’s no secret that I am an office supply hoarder and that my pen collection rivals that of many office supply stores—my favorite time of the year is in late July when the new school supplies start to trickle back into the stores. I may be well past elementary school but there is always that...

Interview: Advertising Industry Pro Jon Wyville

Remember the hilarious (and effective) “Zack Johnson” short film and blog for Tampax from a few years back? What about the “Dominoes” commercial for Miller Lite that got nominated for an Emmy? Both of these are representative of the great work coming out of the advertising industry in recent years, and we can thank Print’s Legends in Advertising Awards judge Jon...

PLAY: A Visual Excursion in Sound

As a species the human race has a love affair with sound. We enjoy all kinds of sound from classical music to hard rock to even the sound of thunderstorms. Fake Love & installation artist Aramique together with Sonos have opened two exhibitions in New York & Los Angeles that allow users to play visually...