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What Fantasy Book Covers Look Like Today

Classic fantasy book covers are instantly recognizable. A sweeping painting of a landscape that features one or two of the main characters, overlaid by an outlined, garishly colored title, is what readers traditionally expect from fantasy book covers. But popular taste and design capabilities have changed over the decades. If you look through lists of […]

Instead of Comic Sans, Why Not Try Something Else?

The history of Comic Sans is interesting reading. Most designers hate the typeface. Personally, few things make me queasier than hearing someone say, “I like Comic Sans,” or worse, “I used Comic Sans in a recent design.” The typeface is poorly designed, and it has also become cliché. Yet it remains popular. Many people love […]

Type that Transcends

Let’s talk about Stranger Things: Specifically, the incredible designers we find behind the show and its typefaces. The Stranger Things opening credit sequence brings in waves of nostalgia due to the TV show’s opening credits typeface, ITC Benguiat. Please, do yourself a favor and view their awesome opening sequence here: Stranger Things Title Sequence This typeface […]

Judging a book at first sight

Judging a book at first sight Book design has a lot to do with appearance; have you ever “judged a book by its cover?” As much as I’d like to say I read the content of a book first, I would be lying. I’m one of the many people that pick a book based on […]

Let’s Talk Sans Serif

If you’re a graphic designer, you most likely know you are expected to understand the difference between serif and sans serif letterforms and when it is appropriate to use them. However, when perceiving typography in design today, sans serif typefaces serve as the popular selection for designers. Since the Bauhaus design movement in the 1920’s, […]

Just Your Type

When looking at graphic design, many people tend to overlook and forget about the thoughtful details that go into making a particular work successful. Typography especially, is a game-changer in the design world, and has the power to effectively impact a target audience. Understanding the importance of typography is essential for new and upcoming designers, […]

The Importance of Design When “Yes” Isn’t Enough

If I asked you to name the best examples of strong branding, I’m sure the first place your mind goes to isn’t college acceptance packets. Interestingly enough, however, if you take a look back at your acceptance packets, a lot of them will have really strong visual and verbal identities. Why is this? Shouldn’t a […]

Falling into the Star Wars Trap

Spider-Man: Homecoming. For a movie so good, how could Sony have released a poster so bad? In the words of one angry Twitter user, it looks like Sony “let a first-year design student use Photoshop Elements” to create the official one sheet. Ouch. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the poster […]

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 […]

Writing on the Walls of New York City: Graffiti Letter Forms of the 70s and 80s

Graffiti started in the 1960s in Philadelphia, but was later adopted by defiant youth in NYC a decade later. Names such as Julio 204, Taki 183, and Topcat 126 plastered the walls of NYC that the streets became a backdrop for subversive artistic expression. Graffiti in NYC was ultimately a product of political despair, underground […]