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Using Tools in Photoshop to create color-blindness friendly versions of your art.

skull blindness test 2skull blindness test 1skull blindness test 4skull blindness test 3    Ok, so say you’re trying to sell a print(picture 1), but 4% of your customers don’t want it because it’s heavy in red and green. To them, it all looks the color of nasty yellow sewer water because they are color blind(picture 2). You can make a version of that print that appeals to colorblind people pretty easily by using photoshop’s colorblindness tools!

All you have to do to see your image as someone with colorblindness would is go into the view menu and select proof setup> colorblindness and then you can select between duetronopia and protanopia. Unfortunately, tritanopia is currently unsupported. Once you see the colorblind version you can adjust it to better portray your art to colorblind users. For instance, after scrolling through the options in hue and saturation, I came to the conclusion that blue with yellow highlights and an increase in contrast (picture 4) best portrayed the feel of my work within the protanope-visible color range.These adjustments took under 5 minutes.

If I simply saved it, because it’s a proof and not a proper filter, it would end up looking like the fourth image, which is displaying just the adjustments and not the filter they are meant to be seen through. I don’t really like that version and I don’t want anyone seeing it, so what I have to do to save a JPG of image three is save the color shifted version as a pdf with the proof embedded, then open it up in acrobat and save it as a jpg from there.

It’s a little roundabout, but as far as I know there isn’t a better way to save color blind versions of work while retaining the control over the size of the work that photoshop provides. If you have a better way please let me know!

Pizza Wrapping Paper

Now, I know the holidays are in motion, and what better way to wrap your presents, for that pizza obsessed person, in pizza wrapping paper!?

The designers behind Gift Couture have created this paper that looks exactly like a pepporoni pizza and comes complete with its own box and labels. Sarah Fay and Justin Colt designed the paper that looks good enough to eat, and is the latest in Gift Coutoure’s food wrapping line. Their previous steak slice and cheesburger designs were runaway hits, so this pizza packaging is a welcome addition to the range.



I don’t know about you guys, but I love anything cookie and fun for the holidays! I will definitely be looking to buy these two gift wrapping works of art as well as the steak slice and the cheeseburger! These are different from my normal posts, but I thought this is too good not to share!

Art Land

You have probably seen it already, but let’s talk about it some more — Waste Land is one of the best documentary movies I have ever watched, which is saying a lot cause I hate documentaries. It is about finding the beauty in an ugly place – the garbage in art, but also in the people who live there. It is making art out of trash and the potential of art changing people. These people initially were doing it for the money, some maybe a little curious, but not showing it. Towards the end of the movie, it was insane how affected they were by, essentially, ‘trash’. He had transformed these people and how they viewed art. They didn’t want to stop creating!

Vik Muniz recorded not just the art process, but the very dry beginnings as well. He showed us the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and the people who lived there, especially those in the garbage work. Something that came to mind while I was watching this documentary was the recycling and consumption issues. There was just so much trash! It made me more conscious on what recycling habits. His expression, “99 is not 100” mimics in my brain every time I go throw something away, along with the familiar terms, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”



Learn About 100 Artists in Minutes

Shea Hembrey was longing for more work that was appealing to a wider body of people, which started his idea of staging an international art show with work from 100 different artists. They all had to follow these sort of criteria, 1. He had to be able to explain the work of art in five minutes, 2. Head, hard and hand. It had to have interesting intellectual ideas and concepts, have passion hearth and soul, and be greatly crafted by hand. He invented all the artists and artwork himself with this criteria. Not going to lie, this was a bit overwhelming. How can he accomplish so many different forms of art and basically live out so many different lives? He truly was able to be 100 artists in just two years. There are artists who go through their whole lives trying to determine their style and what they want to bring to the world, and yet Hembrey didn’t. You start to question whether or not this is a joke on the art world, or if it’s even considered art at all. Check it out, here:


Art and Science

Tom Shannon is an artist who creates artwork inspired by science. Strongly driven by his questions of how things work, his sculptures and paintings reflect the ideas. I’ve always been a sucker for science, although I am not good at it – hence the art major – but to be able to integrate both art and science is so fascinating to me. Not only this, but he has been diagnosed with an onset of Parkinson’s tremors, and doesn’t let that stop him. Shannon’s work consists of magnetism in his sculpture to pendulums in his painting. Check it out his story in this TED talk, here:


Michael Bierut’s New Book

Michael Bierut, as we all know is a well established designer and the author of our current class book, 79 Short Essays on Design. He has recently published a book that might be something we all take a look at seeing as how it pertains to graphic design. It just may be a helpful resource to consider when deciding a design solution.


Bierut reveals his philosophy on design and explains how to “to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world.” He takes is reader down a path of design. He walks you through some his hand picked projects and goes in depth from start to finish. He uses rejected alternatives and explains just why they weren’t the right design to go with as well as informing the you of how each design developed with preliminary drawings and turned into the finished design. He gives the undisclosed information every beginner professional designer may want to know about how to handle client relationships to dealing with the inevitable struggles a professional designer may have when introducing the world to innovative design ideas.

From what I’ve read about this new book by Bierut, its very influential and a great resource for designers. Bierut says that “Design changes the world every day,” and he is only giving us proof that his statement is true with his new book, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world.



Star Wars Anybody?

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Have you recently been wandering down the dairy idle and been surprised with your favorite creamer embodying your all time iconic film franchise… Star Wars? Or maybe looking for a new pair of sneakers and spot Chewbacca? Well with the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it appears as though their marketing game has reached an all epic high and can be seen just about anywhere you go.

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Marketing team for Star Wars has a strong game going and has some brands such as Pottery Barn, Kraft, Adidas, Cover Girl, and Nestle who have “the force” within them. These brands have come up with package designed products that cater to the blockbuster film. Cover Girl has a simplistic approach with the iconic black and sans serif typeface to encourage their audience to buy their limited edition shades of lipstick inspired by Star Wars. You even have your ordinary Nestle CoffeeMate to add your favorite creamer flavor with an added bonus of viewing a creatively illustrated Star Wars character.

It’s interesting to see what brands have been tapped for marketing the movie merch for Star Wars and how designers handle the packaging for the products.


If you want to make millions instantly this blog post isn’t for you. However, if you are just starting out as a graphic designer and want to realistically earn money, keep reading.

Yaron Schoen, product designer with 15 years of experience, started his own studio and has tips to share with young graphic designers who are interested in freelancing. The post was shared on and I thought sharing this would be helpful because graphic designers these days find freelancing essential and helpful in branding yourself and gaining experience.

As a freelancer, whether full-time or part-time, it’s basically a business.

The great perks about freelancing is the flexibility and “freedom” you have in your work schedule and that you can be in your pajamas at home if you are doing remote work. Of course, there are cons such as knowing when your hours of working are over. The lines are blurrier compared to a standard set time of 9-5. This can be confusing but as the article addresses it is important to stick to a schedule you create as a freelancer and knowing what’s best for you.

I look forward to freelancing and this article helped me to see a general picture of what to look for while on the job. There are tons more pros and cons that were discussed in the article and if you’re curious you should check them out!

Book Covers of 2015

As I was scrolling through my Buzzfeed app this morning I stopped at an article called 34 Of The Most Beautiful Book Covers of 2015, and I thought that I’d share them with you all.

Book covers have a pretty big role; they are what the viewer sees first. And the cover can be the reason someone does or does not purchase a book. Book covers have the responsibility of catching the attention of someone passing by, and even further, to get them to want to buy and read the book. Book covers sometimes also have the role of appropriately portraying the words written inside of the book.

To sum up my point, book covers are the first thing we see when looking at a book; It is a make or break moment. And we as designers may be given this task one day in our careers, which is why I decided to share this with everyone. I also just wanted to share some really great design, and hopefully send some inspiration your way!

Here are some of my favorites from the article:

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I picked my favorites mostly based off of the typography alone. Like in the first one, Delicious Foods, I love what the designer did with the type there and how the whole cover is only black and white. The same goes for the Ciao, Suerte one; I love the typography and the color choices. The one titled Act of God also uses great typography, but the design with the multi-colored circles creating the faces with styled hair is what stood out to me in that one.

Which ones do you all like or that inspire you? For the whole list click here.

Designing For All Eyes

“What color is a strawberry? Most of us would say red, but do we all see the same red? Color vision depends on our eyes and brain working together to perceive different properties of light.”

There are three main kinds of color blindness: Red-green color blindness is the most common, followed by blue-green color blindness, and a complete absence of color vision, or total color blindness, is rare.

As designers, we cherish our eyes, and if our eyes don’t work properly, we face many more challenges. Color blindness is a challenge many people face that designers don’t often factor into their work.

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 10.37.39 AMWebsites are a major concern for a colorblind person. It’s crucial that websites are legible and easy to navigate for all users. As someone who is greatly interested in the user experience and web design field, I find it important to accommodate all; even the color blind.