21st Annual Designing Women: Marta Granados, Visual Storyteller, two new videos and more

Designing Women Surf

Having a great time learning about such outrageous new talents! This issue we have two videos along with a super collection of wonderful samples and portfolios ... take this journey and I hope you have as much fun as I did putting it together!

  • Marta Granados: universal language of color and shape
  • Peperina Magenta : Visual Storyteller
  • Barbara Nessim : : An Artful Life
  • Karla Blanco : Make a statement
April 7, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women: BLITZ, Stacey after a decade, Becca's soft hand, Cuba Illustrated and more

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As we said before, we love to visit studios we've featured before. Such is the case with Stacey's! But probably the highlight of this journey is the story about BLITZ magazine, and the video we've included. It's a pleasure to keep rolling, and our #3 will follow this week! Have fun!

  • Ten years ago : Stacey Dyer and Triple Frog
  • Giselle Monzón Calero: Cuba illustrated
  • Carey Labovitch and her BLITZ
  • Becca Stadtlander soft hand
March 31, 2016

Flora Borsi: Discovering one's self in the art of photography and Photoshop

Flora Borsi designing woman

Meet Flora Borsi a Photographer, Visual Artist and Freelance Graphic Designer from Hungary -- one of our April Designing Women series features! She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused who the human being -- including you and me! March 24, 2016

Favorite articles from Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio and TypeTalk at Creative Pro

As we said in our cameo about Ilene Strizver, here are some of our favorite articles of Ilene's from over the years. If you read all these articles, you'll be smarter than most other graphic designers today! Have fun! February 26, 2016

Ilene Strizver : The hardest working woman in the Typography biz

Folks, meet Ilene Strizver, dsigner, type designers, and the hardest working woman in the Typography biz February 26, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women Celebration: New finds, old friends, remarkable designing women

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Welcome to the 2016 Designing Women edition, celebrating Women's History Month. This will be our 21st year of celebrating, and it continues to be one of our favorite editions, because we get to meet so many wonderful artists, designers, illustrators and photographers. Hope you enjoy this year's line-up, and don't forget to send in your portfolio, or nominations!

  • Lucia Bustamante designing diversity
  • TypeTalk: Most Notable Fonts of 2015
  • An obsession with Grids
  • Karina Mosqueda
  • and more to come!
February 23, 2016

A New Year and A New Look: McDonald's Global Packaging Launches In Style

Starting this month, McDonald’s restaurants in the United States will unveil new carry-out bags, fountain beverage cups and sandwich boxes. I don't know if this is a hallmark in graphic design, but looking at the history of McDonald's packaging and their urban positioning, it looks like a fun change. January 21, 2016

Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

Happy Thanksgiving . . . we're enjoying all the art and style from many past Thanksgivings, and featuring this collection of copyright free art for the holiday season. There's a treasure trove of great inspiration for designers, illustrators, crafts people, scrapbookers, and other creatives available out there. . . please enjoy October 31, 2015

Artboard Drawing App Update: Photos, Performance, Usability Enhancements

I've told you about Mapdiva before. It's a very cool new program, and now it's been upgraded! Artboard 1.9.8 vector drawing software, features support for Apple's new Photos app, a critical performance update, and several usability enhancements. Artboard is an affordable vector drawing program that is simple to use to get you going fast, yet powerful enough to meet your everyday drawing needs. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website, with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial. October 26, 2015

Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Adds New Variable File Name Options

Well, if you follow the social networking sites, you'd think graphic designers do nothing but web pages, logos and Photoshop manipulations. But it just isn't true. Most graphic designers are still involved with desktop publishing, printing, page layout, and solving the design issues that gives the name to graphic design. Now, automating some of the tedium is a blessing! August 6, 2015