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Category Archives: Design Business

Restaurants Use Graphic Design Too

The menu is the perhaps the most important graphically designed material restaurants employ to influence their consumers. Restaurants use principles of graphic design and human psychology to make their menus the most appealing and likely for us to buy from them. Design concepts such as hierarchy, proximity, white space, and contrast are crucial to effective […]

Stickam: The Innovator of Webcamming

Let me introduce you to an old friend. Stickam.com was a website used for live broadcasting and or webcam streaming. This was during the time Myspace.com and Xanga.com was still active. On this rise, Stickam was a place where strangers could meet and become friends. Myspace musicians utilize this form of streaming to broadcast live […]

Typeface Choices in Movies Matter (Even if the text is at the bottom of the screen)

WARNING: This post discusses a design choice made in Avengers: Infinity War. The choice I’m writing about does NOT contain spoilers, and I will not be discussing any major plot points of the movie (or at least any that haven’t already been made known through press releases and interviews). I deem a movie great if, […]

Designer Spotlight: Nick Chaffe on the life of a freelance designer

Nick Chaffe, a Manchester designer, illustrator, and typographer, recently sat down and spoke with Creative Boom on the pros and cons of his recent move to become a freelance designer. Chaffe has been working independently for nearly a decade, collaborating with companies such as Amnesty International, Lonely Planet, and the Guardian. When asked how he […]

Erickson Stock: Your One Stop Shop for All Your Stock Photo Needs

I know, I know. Didn’t I just write a post about staying away from cheesy stock photos? Yes, I did. Erickson Stock, however, has the perfect balance of both cheesy and actually usable stock photos that it may just be our solution. The photos on Erickson Stock may not be free, but you really do […]

Preserving Physical Interactions

How many times have you purposely chosen to email an individual in a professional environment, rather than talking to them on the phone or in person? Designers that grew up with the internet are choosing to communicate with their clients entirely through emails. Unfortunately, using this communication method leaves messages open to interpretation and hinders […]

Keep It Simple, Silly

Does anyone remember Google Glass? The super high-tech, kind of dorky looking glasses Google released in 2015? If you don’t, I wouldn’t be surprised. Although Google is a multi-million-dollar enterprise, their release of Google Glass was a flop due to problematic design. (And just for reference, if any of you guys are familiar with the […]

Take Care of Yourself: Mental Health and the Design Field

In 2018, mental health issues are not a rarity. In the creative industry, there is an even greater chance of developing poor mental health. According to the Eye On Design article “The Links Between Creativity and Depression,” the industry’s “frequent long hours, stressful projects, glass ceilings and frantic working environments can all exacerbate latent mental health conditions, […]

Say “NO!” To (Cheesy) Stock Photos

We’ve all been there: you need a photo, FAST, and you just don’t care if it looks super staged and cheesy, so you find the cheapest (hopefully free) stock photo you can find and use it. Maybe you mean to replace it (maybe you forget), or maybe you plan to leave it and move on, […]

Digital Album Cover Designs

With the rise of technology, album covers and vinyls are becoming less popular among the common music listener. Luckily, musicians still depend on album art to express the emotion of their current releases. The ability to capture the meaning of the entire album with one photo; or artwork is much more difficult than many would […]