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Futura: Past, Present, Future

Can you ever have too much Futura in your life? Some designers say NO! Some designers say YES! Last year I interviewed Petra Eisele, Annette Ludwig and Isabel Naegele, typographic scholars who adore Futura (designed by Paul Renner) in all its historical iterations and uses.

How Kathie Soza Reinvented Herself to Become a Lettering Artist

[Call for Entries: The International Design Awards] Kathie Soza’s road to becoming a lettering artist took time and dedication, and a little juggling.

Winning Logo Design Strategies from 9 Industry Judges

[Natasha Jen: designer, thinker, maker, educator, partner at Pentagram— and your HOW Logo Design Awards judge this year!

Vector vs. Raster: What Do I Use?

With all of the image options and file formats out there, it can be a little overwhelming when you are choosing what file type to use (and send to clients).

Video Tutorial: Gritty HDR Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial we’re going to play around with some filters and adjustments to create a gritty HDR style photo effect.

Getting Lost in Maps

If you love maps, find your way to two new map shows—the first being “Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC.” The exhibition, which runs through April 9, 2018, at the New York Public Library, features 16 maps from the library’s illustrated collection. Spanning 180 years, the selected maps reflect the artistry and inventiveness of their creators.

Nike Design Team Develops Color-Rich NBA Uniforms

[Call for Entries: The International Design Awards] LOS ANGELES – John Hoke, Nike’s chief design officer, says that in working with the brand for 25 years, getting the call that “show time” was coming to Nike started the most fun he’s had working on a project in his career.

Arrrgh! 9 Nautical Designs For Talk Like A Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers and blow me down, International Talk Like A Pirate Day be upon us once more. The silly holiday has been around longer than you might expect.

10 Best Tools & Tips for Choosing a Website Color Scheme

Finding the perfect color combination for a website can be a challenging task, especially when you’re trying to make a particular design fit in with a client’s requirements.

100 Years of Forbes Logo Designs

Call For Entries: HOW Logo Design Awards 2017 seems to be the year of centennials. Charlie Chaplin films, Felix the Cat, the Pulitzer Prize, renowned comics artist Jack Kirby, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company, and now Forbes magazine.

The Bill of Rights in Word and Picture

Today marks the opening of “We the People”—a poster exhibit at The Cooper Union that brings the Bill of Rights to life.
Co-hosted by ThoughtMatter, Mirko Ilić and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource), this landmark show features new works by prominent American graphic designers exploring the first 10 amendments to the U.S.

PRINT Magazine Fall 2017 | The New Visual Artists Issue

With the rising of oceans, the ever-looming threat of war and hurricanes swirling in the Atlantic, it’s easy to understand Steven Heller’s perspective in the fall New Visual Artists issue of Print.

Celebrate International Design: Brazilian Edition

Last year we spent some time spotlighting a handful of countries from around the world, celebrating the work happing there—from some gorgeous graphic design coming out of Germany, to a selection of inspiring work from Italian designers, to some fun branding created by Australian firms.

5 Tips for Designing the Perfect eBook Cover

People are going to judge your eBook by its cover. The cover is the first impression and first chance you have to hook a reader.

How To Create Colourful Gradient Orbs in Illustrator

I’ve been playing around in Adobe Illustrator blending together vibrant colours to produce some cool gradient effects.

How Can You Not Love Nancy (or Sluggo)?

I have always loved Ernie Bushmiller’s “Nancy” strips. Nancy reminded me of someone close to me. In fact, she reminded me of me, in an odd way that cannot be explained properly here.

IdeaWork’s Beefy Online Brand for Charlie Palmer Steak

[Call for Entries: The Logo Design Awards] IdeaWork Studios recently designed the website for Charlie Palmer Steak, a multi-location restaurant headed by the eponymous chef.

Weekend Heller: Design From Underground

The newly formed publisher Standards Manual has teamed up with Brian Kelley on NYCTA: Objects: a catalogue by Kelley that presents an archive of New York’s historic subway system through a unique array of over 400 artifacts.

Perfect Your Design Workspace: 7 Desk Accessories for Your Office

[Call for Entries: The HOW Logo Design Awards] Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to fill your studio with furniture from IKEA.

Arlen Schumer’s VisuaLectures: Where Comics Scholarship Meets Design Showmanship

[Call for Entries: The International Design Awards] One big factor that sets apart Arlen Schumer’s presentations on comics from the others is his acute understanding of graphic design.