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Category Archives: Design Education

The Worst Habits of Clients

In design as well as most fields, clients may be a real pain to deal with on many levels. Although professionalism is required as a designer when engaging with clients, designers do have pet peeves just like other human beings! This blog post is not meant to bash clients, it just mentions the annoying habits […]

You Belong at AIGA

Why should you join AIGA? AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, is the oldest and largest professional organization for design. It is a community and network of artists, designers, and creative people. This is the place where design leaders are—people who influence the profession of design. However, you don’t have to be a pro. AIGA […]

From Print to Web: A Brief History of the Drop Cap

brief history of the drop cap. I love drop caps—they always clutch my attention. Initially, drop caps or initial caps were incorporated into illuminated manuscripts dating back to the 4th century. Drop caps from this time period originally were heavily designed with more illustrative elements. For example, the photograph below illuminates that the illustration of […]

How Cereal Boxes are Designed

Cereal box design is stunning. At first glance, this may seem like a ridiculous statement, because how can a product as simple as a box of cereal be a topic of discussion on this blog? There may be more to this topic than most may assume. Cereal box advertisers use psychological methods to sell their […]

PMS

If your a person who needs to make color decisions, the Pantone Matching System is your best friend! A PMS fan book or digital color libraries are a go-to when designing. Especially for picking and pairing brand colors. Note: it is best to invest in the printed PMS because it shows the true colors; The monitor gives an electronic representation. […]

How To Meander Book

A meander book, also called an accordion book, is a fun and easy way to showcase digital designs with a special touch of handmade! Many online tutorials use glue, tape, and scissors to make this book. However, a traditional meaner book is made using only paper and folds. It is also referred to as an origami book […]

The Power of Advertising

Advertising is power. We all see it everyday. From billboards, to cereal boxes, to online websites, to major corporations and small businesses, other companies that display to the public their products, so as to create a name for themselves. Corporations and small businesses alike need designers who know what they are doing in order to […]

Underground Guerilla Street Art Tactics 101: Wheatpasteing Posters

Do you feel frustrated when your voice is not heard? Do you not like the government or media censoring your voice? Do you believe in creating a revolution using art? How about spreading your message using underground guerilla street art tactics like wheatpaste! In the 1970s, punks in Great Britain used wheatpaste to spread the […]

The Digital Fingerprint: Universal Pricing Code Design

Recently, we briefly discussed how the nutrition fact label is one of the most unnoticed, but significant, functional designs. The Universal Pricing Code (UPC) or barcode is also arguably one of the most important designs of the twentieth century. Joseph Woodland originally developed the linear idea in 1952 to easily print and read the design on […]

The Marine Corp’s Logo

  The United Stares Marine Corps (USMC) owns the logo that portrays an eagle standing on the top of a globe and there is an anchor piercing through the globe. These symbols are a representation of something very important and they all have something in common: the marines are always ready and always faithful (semper […]