The “request for proposal” or RFP process for many small graphic design and web design firms is fraught with huge time-wasting and dead-end traps. Have you been caught up in the excitement of getting what seems to be great project opportunity from an established company only to find out “while your offer was compelling, for strategic reasons” they chose some other firm?
What has happened to these 10 great graphic design blogs and their bloggers?
Having developed websites by hand as far back as 1995, I have followed the evolution of how websites are made with keen interest, due in large part to my aversion to website development pain. Justin Tadlock’s Hybrid theme framework represents a very welcome leap in website creation pain management. Here are 10 reasons why developing WordPress sites in Hybrid is a pleasurable thing to experience!
The world grows smaller everyday, but in no place does it grow more smaller on a daily basis than Rhode Island! With a metro area of just over 1 million people, there are only so many graphic design agencies to go ’round. We have rounded up 14 of our favorite graphic design firms in the Providence area with portfolios we really like or that we know personally. In case we are too busy for your project, you might look up some of these other locals.
In researching logos for children’s toys and clothing stores, I assumed I would find several things which all turned out not to be true, which are outlined below. What we did find instead – a great diversity of design and style – was a pleasant surprise!… [Read More]
Font choices can make or break a message. In the 23 examples we created below, we broke the message on purpose to highlight how on a conscious or subconscious level, poor typeface choices negatively affect the message in the copy.
One of our most popular font articles is about how to create good font combinations. But don’t take our word for it! We’ve collected a cadre of excellent articles to help you make even better typeface pairs. Take a look at our font combinations article and the free PDF after you peruse this list.
(10/12/2010 – Updated)
(8/29/2010 – Font Combinations book released)
(7/23/2010 – Updated)
(5/26/2010 – Updated list again)
(3/16/2010 – The list has been updated with more resources)
Part of the fun of running a graphic design blog is getting to see how people find the site through Google. I recently took a look at my analytics, and found some crazy typos and hilarious search strings! While most of my traffic comes from other designers through Twitter and other graphic design related sites, search still generates a large percentage of traffic – no matter the intent of the searcher!
Get your bib, wet naps, and portable therapist’s couch – we are going out to eat and psychoanalyze 26 succulent and interesting logos designed exclusively for restaurants and eating establishments.
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My son nabbed Edward Lear’s Complete Book of Nonsense from the library some time ago. It was one of my favorite books growing up. I wondered if it was possible to write limericks about Graphic Design. I penned some (dare I call it) Graphic Design Poetry and now post the results for your amusement and bemoanment:
If you are dropping by looking for the posts on typeface combinations or most popular fonts, welcome! Have look see at the most popular posts in the right column.
But I have a question for you: would a new font combinations book be useful to you? Low on theory, high on example?
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How many times have you hung up the phone after a chat with a new prospective client and then immediately slapped your forehead and said “I can’t believe I forgot to ask ______!”. Yes, fill in the blank. You have done this, right? If not, you will shortly. Well, I jotted down my own personal list of forgetful-questions, and did a quick survey of the top 20 results for “questions to ask new web clients” and related searches. Aside from semantic fluctuations, there was zero overlap: we all ask the same stuff. So I present below the best 72 questions to ask prospective web design clients, along with a PDF chart.
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Boy, the term “been there, done that, got the t-shirt” rings true today. I’m a big fan of M.C. Escher and deeply appreciate and am inspired by his work, both as a graphic designer and artist, and so I was astonished today to find what is likely – directly or indirectly – the archetypal artist for his work.
We all need a clever marketing piece from time to time to garner attention and promote our wares as graphic designers. Lot’s of great competition out there! I discovered a secret way of promoting your business though. I probably shouldn’t tell you, but I’m going to trust you in good will with this secret. And what is the secret?
We collected some of the best logo design tips from the top logo designers and other resources on the web. We sorted them, got rid of overt overlaps and now present to you, dear graphic design enthusiast, the final results. We have here one of the densest, pithiest, and most tip-ladden post on logo design you are going to find. Follow these tips, and you’ll be on solid ground with your design efforts. Ignore them at your own peril.
Last month I posted an article called 19 top fonts in 19 top combinations which caught the attention of Jacob Cass and Smashing Magazine and quite a few other readers as a result of all the traffic that came in from Twitter. I also got a lot of correspondence over the article with a large dose of “THANKS” included, and even a free virtual beer. Why was this article so popular with some people? I know the topic had been covered before.
As the feedback came in, the answer became clear: graphics. Not just any graphics, but specifically the PDF chart attached to the post.
For pages 12-13 of my Art House Co-Op “Sketchbook Project” Moleskine, I wanted to do a simple exercise using quasi-isometric shapes. The inclusion of Blackletter type is just totally random. I drew the substructure in pencil and did the black and white work with a Micron .01. The Moleskine paper in this particular book has not grown fond of me nor I of it.
- The Moleskine paper is prone to bleeding anything and everything. If I open the Moleskine in room lighting, it looks exactly like the scan. I normally use a variety of acid-free, heavy weight white paper with the thick wire binding you see in various sizes at any art store. I have never bled through any of the pages. It must be this particular model.
- While the flatness and paper texture are wonderful, the Moleskine paper weight is not heavy enough to support really any media without bleeding. Oh well.
- As my project is entitled, “It’s not easy being green”, we can now add “It’s not easy drawing in a semi-transparent Moleskine notebook”, and hence, I have to draw concepts, if any, very lightly on the even page and focus on only using one side of the odd page.
Apple just released the all-new iMac 27-inch today, along with a 21.5-inch. The 24-inch model has been retired.
The new iMac monitor is crazy good for graphic designers for several reasons:
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