60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 2014

Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos

When I combined a sign and screen printing shop as part of the graphic arts production facility, there was a steady stream of clients needing quick, good looking graphics very cheap. What do you do? We were competing with traditional sign shops on price and turn around. There's no time for a company profile design statement interview. He needs 40 styrene, screen printed shelf-talkers by Thursday at 7am, and today is Tuesday. What do you do? July 16, 2014

Creative TidBits #171: Design with Type, design icons, and exhibition graphics

A good graphic designer can design anything. It's really not about the software or the tools or this or that publication. It's really the art and skill of cutting through all the noise to find the essence of the subject -- and then being able to organize the best representations of that subject into a singular message. So it's true of type, typography and graphics like icons and even huge, monumental spaces. Thus this edition brings you creative 2013 An introduction to the principles of typography through letterpress, and creative 2013 selectively choosing the right icons, then creative 2013 Designing Exhibition graphics!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 21, 2014

60 Seconds #311: A Font called Pinto makes a great Happy Easter Card

I got this post to the web site today and had to pass it along. Georg Herold-Wildfellner logged into the Design Center from Vienna Austria and used our contact link to say Happy Easter Graphic-Design! He sent an EASTER card to introduce his new font called * PINTO * ... nice idea, fun font, an email marketing campaign gone RIGHT! April 17, 2014

Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends

If you are a designer or visual communicator in business, then you need to keep up. In this issue we hope to help with creative 2013 a brilliant infographic which illustrates Shutterstock’s 2014 Global Design Trends, creative 2013 our friend David Blatner's quick and easy way to test font choices quickly in InDesign CC, and creative 2013 some musings on the proper punctuation marks from Kathryn Schulz
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 10, 2014

Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda

We're enjoying jumping into April, and with it comes some fresh creative inspiration. This edition has creative 2013 6 Attention-Grabbing Direct Mail Designs for those who thought that direct mail was dead creative 2013 A wonderful interview with Jon Sueda -- not to be missed, and creative 2013 revisiting the "selfie" and Ellen's now famous Oscar selfie!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 7, 2014

Creative Update #167: design, illustration, and graphics around the world

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March is almost over, our Women's History Month is coming to an end and we're focusing on spring colors .... these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
creative inspiration #167 Gift Card Impressions Wins Two Graphic Design USA Awards for Innovative Packaging
creative inspiration #167 Colborne graphic artist wins ParaSport Games medal design contest
creative inspiration #167 Getting a job in digital marketing (A graduate’s perspective)
creative inspiration #167 Graphic designer Peter Saville still rocks the fashion world
creative inspiration #167 Icons that talk : telling a graphic story with icons
creative inspiration #167 Stumbled into the profession of graphic design
creative inspiration #167 Call for Entries: Graphis Design Annual 2015
creative inspiration #167 TypeTalk: Know Your Figures
... and more ! March 31, 2014

60-Seconds 309 : Is the news really news?

What do you think about the news? As graphic designers we can be terribly influenced by the news -- or not. How do we digest the deluge of news into thought patterns that contribute to our design creativity in a positive way? Or do we just absorb it all? Does the news shape your life? Are you fed up with it? Do you think it's biased or fed to you through colored filters and glass? Should graphic design reflect the news? No? Yes? Today's article on Tom Ashbrook's "On Point" -- the NPR opinion radio show -- was thought provoking and enlightening. February 27, 2014

60-Seconds 307 : 10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal

When I saw the reference to this article in a recent email spam, I had to pause. They used the famous quote from Ben Franklin that I have used in my Creative Layout workshops and seminars since the 1980s. I figured anyone who uses that quote must have something intelligent to say. February 12, 2014

60-Seconds 306: What gave you the inspiration to become a graphic designer

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In my previous 60-Seconds column I explained an event from my youth that inspired me into the graphic design field. I then asked readers what inspired them into the design fields. Some responses tumbled in, and I asked the same question in several of the LinkedIN groups which concentrate on graphic design. I got zero response in two of the groups, but one produced some good stories. Here are just a few selected comments from readers. January 29, 2014