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Jules Cheret and French Poster

The turn of the nineteenth century was a special time in French graphic design history.  Working amidst the short lived yet highly influential “Art Nouveau” movement, French poster designers flourished. “Art Nouveau” was an art movement, lasting from around 1890 to 1910, where the artists of the time rejected the strict rules and standards imposed […]

In Adobe We Trust

In 2016, Adobe made a whopping $5.85 billion compared to its $4.8 billion 2015 revenue. This figure represents what the company earned from its subscriptions that seamlessly connect Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator through its Creative Cloud. This quote is from a Forbes report from last year.  While that five billion dollar figure is staggering enough on […]

Comics and Manga: Where Art and Design Cross (pt. 3)

For Part 1, click here: http://www.writingfordesigners.com/?p=24425 For Part 2, click here: http://www.writingfordesigners.com/?p=24428   To end this series, I want to show that the link between art and design created by comics goes beyond just the cover. Continuing with the example of One Piece, the best selling manga (Asian comic) of all time, there are many examples of […]

Comics and Manga: Where Art and Design Cross (pt. 2)

For Part 1, click here: http://www.writingfordesigners.com/?p=24425   Every book needs a cover, even a comic. What normally separates comics from other books, however, are how visual they are, and their covers reflect this. They have to create a logo for their book that reflects not only the plot itself, but also the genre. All the while, […]

PANTONE

Have you heard of the PANTONEVIEW COLOUR Planner? It’s described by Pantone as a “lifestyle color trend forecast offers seasonal inspiration, key color directives, suggested color harmonies plus material and product application across men’s women’s, active, color cosmetics, interiors and industrial design.” Basically, it’s just a book full of moodboards and color palletes. And it […]

Comics and Manga: Where Art and Design Cross (pt. 1)

Every book needs a cover, even a comic. What normally separates comics from other books, however, are how visual they are, and their covers reflect this. They have to create a logo for their book that reflects not only the plot itself, but also the genre. All the while, it must appeal to whoever the […]

Cooke-ing Up A Company!

Disclaimer: I didn’t misspell the title. I’m making a pun that you’ll understand if you keep reading (and hopefully that’s an incentive). Anyway, if you’re in the mood for detailed and trendy prints, look no further. Lionheart Prints is the place for you! You can check out their awesome website here: https://www.lionheartprints.com. Someone in my Graphic […]

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Last weekend I was back in D.C. at the National Gallery of Art. Since March there has been a huge exhibition up Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. Sally Mann is a photographer—my most favorite artist—who works with large format cameras and traditional techniques. She allows chance and imperfection into her work, embracing something that traditionally […]

Dutch Uncle – Noma Bar

Throughout my time studying for my BFA in graphic design at George Mason, I have tried to familiarize myself with the different styles and techniques of well-known graphic designers. One of those designers being the Israeli-born designer Noma Bar. I first observed his work at Reagan National Airport; it was the series of posters he […]

What’s the Point in Hating Helvetica?

The first blog post I wrote for this website was a listicle thing called “5 Typefaces Designers Hate“. What was interesting to me, was that most of the comments thought that Helvetica, a typeface I did not include, deserved to be on the list. I disagree. The thing people tend to hate about Helvetica is […]