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Graphic Design and Effective Messaging - Part I

The Medium Is the Message
Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “The medium is the message.” McLuhan was considered one of the cutting edge media theorists of his day and realized that the “container” of the message or the medium influenced how the final message was perceived.
As graphic artists it is important to understand and use this [...]

Famous Fonts for Graphic Designers and Web Designers

Famous Fonts for Fun
In conclusion of our font series we are putting the spotlight on some of the most recognizable fonts in the design world. If you ever want to mimic a certain font for fun or for a design project, these fonts can help you to do it.
Thanks to simplythebest.net for their wonderful compilation [...]

Specialized Dingbats for Graphic Designers - Part II

Dingbats Continued…
We continue this series with some more dingbats that you can use in your next flyer, ad or graphic arts project. These dingbats are all scalable and will come in handy when you need a quick graphic or design motif for just the right look.
We’d like to thank the folks over at dafont.com again [...]

Free Trial Software From Adobe - Part II

And the Rest Is Here
Adobe trial software is great if you want to test drive a program to see how it works and whether it is suitable for your needs. Trial software also lets you experiment with the program in order to get familiar with a specific creative field. If you are interested in graphic [...]

Free Trial Software From Adobe - Part I

The Trials at Adobe
No, we’re not talking about law here; we’re speaking about the numerous free trials that Adobe makes available to the public. The people at Adobe produce many software applications that are used by graphic designers, artists, illustrators, media professionals, web designers, and writers.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to test drive many of these [...]

Graphic Design, Book Covers, and You - Part II

Reading a Book by Its Cover
The chance to produce art for a book cover is rare, but the essential thought processes and creative steps are very similar, if not identical, in the inventive process. In this series we actually try to read a book by its cover–to see if the design concept is successful or [...]

When Design Becomes Literal

As a graphic artist, you face the challenge of creating designs that are unique, and interesting. Some designers, as you will see, have taken the idea of design to a very literal form.
The following examples are fun to look at and admire, but also serve as inspiration to think “inside the box” by approaching design [...]

Logos: What Makes a Good Design? - Part III

And Now the Good Stuff
In our last few articles about logo design we’ve seen some logos that didn’t quite work because of design flaws, problems with concept or lack of visual appeal.
This time we’ll look at some of the most famous logos in the world, and some that aren’t so famous to see why they [...]

Logos: What Makes a Good Design? - Part II

The Logo Journey Continues
In our last article, we examined several logo designs that were, by most conventional standards, unsuccessful. Your art education is a continuing process and understanding the basics of graphic design can help you to be more effective in creativity and to avoid mistakes.
In Part 2 of this series, we’ll take a look [...]

Great Ideas for Package Designs - Part I

See, Learn, and Get Inspired
Designing a package can be quite challenging when trying to think of unique ways to present a product. The following examples show how graphic designers think outside the packaging box by using creative techniques that are novel in approach, and also quite functional by design.
Otokoyama Sake

A simple design can be more [...]

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