Video Game Design 1990-2008

Video Game Design Between 1990-2008 | Webdesigner Depot

Remembering the good all days, when me and my friends were playing Doom, Mortal Kombat, Quake or War Craft on a Pentium 133 MHz computer with Sound Blaster and a 4MB video card. A lot has changed since then.

Video games actually are a lot older than that we used to play in the 90s. The first video game was created in 1947 called Tennis for two and it was played on an oscilloscope like device.


Are you sure you want to take on that web site project?

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : 20 signs you don’t want that web design project
Most clients are good clients, and some clients are great clients. But some jobs are just never going to work out well. Herewith, a few indicators that a project may be headed to the toilet. Guarantee: All incidents taken from life.


Replenishing your Creative Juices

It’s the end of the semester - you’re burnt, fried, finished. Watch this - you will thank me... I promise.

YouTube - Creatives grow better in the South West


On Liberal Arts and Design

gongblog - journal - In defense of generalists

It is no secret that I think design education is a little too specialized to the point of only being able to churn out high-tech craftsmen. In this time of global recession, jobs being decimated, major economies hanging in the balance, a new left-of-center administration about to take the helm -- just take a look at what the design blogosphere continues to blog about -- nothing of real consequence (well, maybe some proactive insights as to how to make our existing super-surplus of consumer crap...a more sustainable super-surplus of consumer crap).

Design Education and Social Change

Design Ignites Change
Design Ignites Change is an annual program that promotes and encourages talented high school and college students from across the country to use design thinking and innovation to create messages for and solutions to complex social problems.


New International Design Blog

Design Assembly

Design Assembly is an interactive discussion forum managed by industry professionals for fellow creatives. We are made up of a select group of individuals working at renowned global agencies from a cross-section of creative disciplines.

Our objective is to reveal, discuss and debate inspirational pieces of work both past and present. We think that a creative blog should contain unbiased critique, informed opinion and topical debate. We don’t want to condescend or patronise, just provoke originality and purpose in what we do.

The Designer's Review of Books

The Designer's Review of Books — Books for the creative mind.

Although there are several good design websites that occasionally have book reviews, there didn’t seem to be a single place online where you could get constant updates and reviews of new (and sometimes old) design books.

Design books are often expensive and contrary – sometimes the book is worth having for the physical production values alone, sometimes for the images, sometimes for the words and, occasionally, for all three. We wanted to cover those elements in our reviews so that you know whether it’s worth owning.


30 inspiring Flickr groups on typography

30 inspiring Flickr groups on typography | David Airey - graphic designer, logo designer
Inspiring typographical Flickr collections, for designers and type nuts. The following groups contain more than 50,000 images showcasing typography. Just about enough to quench your type desires.


New Visual Research Photo Archive

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.


SFMOMA | Explore Modern Art | SFMOMA ArtScope

The works of art and design are a bit overwhelmed by the interface (visual browsing tool), but you should spend some time with this:

SFMOMA | Explore Modern Art | SFMOMA ArtScope


Learning Design Learning Software


There is a national survey for design students this week and I would like all current IDD students to answer, so that we can get a better understanding of what works, what doesn't and what you perceive your needs to be. It is completely anonymous - I just need for you to indicate “IDD” when it asks for a class code, so that I can compare your responses directly with those from design students across the nation.

Learning Design Learning Software Survey

Please take 10 minutes of your time this week to help me improve my courses! I will be so grateful.



Time Management for Anarchists

No Media Kings = Free Anarchomic Released

Time Management for Anarchists started as a seminar I did at a zine fair five years ago, so I’m happy to be launching this comic at Canzine this Sunday. After doing the seminar a bunch of times, I did a Flash animation where judging by the traffic and the comments, various non-anarchist folks found it useful/enjoyable. So I worked with Marc Ngui and comic publisher IDW to start on a comic adaptation of it to see how it’d work for a broader audience, and Diamond is shipping the results to comic shops soon.

Resource for Design Students by Design Students

The Graphic Student
THE GRAPHIC STUDENT is a resource for design students. Whether you're studying graphics, fashion, architecture, or any other creative visual field, this is the place for you. A place to share work, speak your mind, and learn from one another.


From Cave Paintings to the Internet

Jeremy Norman’s From Cave Paintings to the Internet: 70,000 BCE to 8,000 BCE Timeline

Welcome to the interactive version of my timeline on the history of information and media. Since publication of a relatively brief static version in my 2005 book, From Gutenberg to the Internet, this timeline has been a work in progress, and as it has grown so has its scope. Reflecting the greatly increased scope of the timeline, I decided to rename it From Cave Paintings to the Internet.

Recently, with the help of web designer Jessica Gore, I was able to convert the timeline into an interactive database with several new features. When I completed the conversion in October 2008 there were more than 1550 annotated timeline entries, nearly all of which had one or more hyperlinks to online references. There were also sixty-four themes, by which the timeline could be searched. Individual timeline entries were indexed by up to six themes. You will find links to each theme at the end of each timeline entry. If you click on that theme after the entry you will see a timeline based on that theme alone. You can, of course, access the timeline by various different eras, and you can switch back and forth between eras and themes. Users should recognize that in order to trace the origins of concepts or technologies back in time I have sometimes defined themes loosely. In order to make some themes more accessible to historical treatment I have also combined related themes. For example, I combined Internet and Networking in order to trace this theme back to the first road networks in the ancient world, to railroads, to the telegraph lines that followed railroad lines, to telephone networks, up the network of networks that is the Internet.


Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

Welcome to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008 report, which will be released in five consecutive daily segments. Since 2004, our annual study has unearthed and analyzed the trends and themes of blogging, but for the 2008 study, we resolved to go beyond the numbers of the Technorati Index to deliver even deeper insights into the blogging mind. For the first time, we surveyed bloggers directly about the role of blogging in their lives, the tools, time, and resources used to produce their blogs, and how blogging has impacted them personally, professionally, and financially. Our bloggers were generous with their thoughts and insights.


2008 International Design Biennial

Some inspiring work here - you must see:

2008 International Design Biennial / Exhibitions

An original and unique event in the world of design, inaugurated in 1998, the Saint Étienne Higher School of Art and Design (formerly the original Beaux Arts School) the Saint Étienne International Design biennial, right from its inception, brought together a large number of French and international creators, of widely differing cultural and professional horizons.

The biennial bears witness to the Cité of Design's intense activity, linked to the worlds of business, professional and teaching activities, and is also a large-scale event accessible to all types of public. 15 000 square metres of exhibitions on the Cité du Design site, formerly the Saint Etienne Weapons Manufacture, with three main venues


The Blogging Scholarship

For real!

The Blogging Scholarship

Is Your Blog Worthy of a $10,000 Scholarship?

Do you maintain a weblog and attend college? Would you like $10,000 to help pay for books, tuition, or other living costs? If so, read on.

We're giving away $10,000 this year to a college student who blogs. The Blogging Scholarship is awarded annually.


Beyond Flash, an addendum

Jonathan Harris calls out “Flashy” work for what it is. This is a must read for my IDD students.

Beyond Flash, an addendum
I see a community that is distracted by relentless experimentation (experimentation is great, in moderation), constant tinkering (tinkering is great too, in moderation), advertising, games, purely aesthetic design, but most of all by the dizzying evolution of technology. Technology is just a language, just a tool. And tools will always evolve. There will always be stronger chainsaws, faster computers, newer plugins, better features, and the faster these improvements occur, the more distracting they can become. But it is important to remember that tools are just the language – you still have to decide what you will use the language to say.

When I look at the Flash community, I see an incredible amount of output, a ton of production, but not a lot being said.


My IDD Students...

will be able to relate to the wonderful Sesame Street videos in this blog post:

Art Practice as Research: The artist in academia and the shape of things


Design Education and Advocacy

Deserve Your Dream: Design Education and Advocacy, by Mariana Amatullo - Core77
Social impact projects that come into the classroom and burst out into the field are thrilling. The rush of creativity and the synergy of many minds working together can result in purposeful design projects to great effect: generating tangible solutions that make a lasting difference in people's lives.


London Design Festival 2008

London Design Festival 2008: All posts in one place - Core77

Check out this list of Core77's event coverage of London Design Week in one easy-to-browse place.


Book Cover Contest Finalists

Lots of good work to look at here:

Show of Talent | Creativity Online

Creativity and Penguin lead a search for America's next great book cover. Check out the 25 finalists

As part the first year of Hearts & Minds, Creativity partnered with Penguin Books on a talent contest, asking artists of all types to conceive a cover design for one of the publisher's upcoming titles. Penguin, as you may know, appeared in our Creative Marketers report last year, for bringing an updated art-driven aesthetic to its book covers. Notably, its Graphic Classics have become veritable collectors items, with cover art reimagined by contemporary artists like Frank Miller, Tomer Hanuka, Roz Chast and Art Spiegelman.


Creative Inspiration: Margo Chase on Lynda.com

Margo Chase at lynda.com Online Training Library

Margo Chase is one of the most influential graphic designers of our time. Over the past 20 years, Margo's highly expressive work has been seen in movie posters for Bram Stoker's Dracula; on album covers for top performers like Cher, Madonna, and Prince; and in ads for brands such as Starbucks, Target, and Procter & Gamble. With a background in biology, Margo migrated to the world of graphic design, where she brought a unique, organic quality to logos, lettering, and identity design. Never one to live life passively, Margo has developed a love for competitive aerobatic flying in her own high-performance plane. This installment of Creative Inspirations takes viewers inside the studio, portfolio, and adrenaline-pumped lifestyle of this inspired and inspiring designer.


11 Free Mind Mapping Resources

11 Free Mind Mapping Applications & Web Services - Stepcase Lifehack

There are a million and one uses for mind mapping. You can use it to study for a big exam. You can use it brainstorm new article ideas, or flesh out what needs to be covered in the business plan for a new venture. You can organize a big move of house; heck, I’ve seen people use the mind map format for their daily to-do lists...


Social Studies | Educating Designers in a Connected World

Upcoming Conference:

Social Studies | Educating Designers in a Connected World

This AIGA design educators' conference addresses the social life of design. Graphic designers work with clients, institutions, users, and communities to make things happen in the world. Yet education often focuses on the individual voice. How are we preparing students for a lifetime of working with and for other people? How are our students connecting to the world? Come participate in a relaxed and stimulating weekend of lively discussions, hands-on workshops, and informal activities.

The 50 greatest arts videos on YouTube

The 50 greatest arts videos on YouTube | Technology | The Observer
YouTube is best known for its offbeat videos that become viral sensations. But among its millions of clips is a treasure trove of rare and fascinating arts footage, lovingly posted by fans. Ajesh Patalay selects 50 of the best - Joy Division's TV debut, readings by Jack Kerouac, a Marlene Dietrich screen test, Madonna's first performance... and much more


Schoolhouse 2 | homework manager

Schoolhouse 2 | The homework manager for Mac.
With the ability to sort and organize your assignments, exams, and projects quickly and easily Schoolhouse is a must have for any student on-the-go. The power of smart notebooks allow you to interact with your work as simply as your iTunes library.

Classcasts give the ability to publish your assignments to the web automatically for anyone to subscribe to. A newly redesigned grading system allows you to chart your scores over the course of the term to keep an outlook as you go. All of this works to ensure you will never be in the dark at the end of the semester.


College Survival Guide

Psych Central - College Survival Guide

College is a great time for most people, because it's a chance to really explore who we are and not feel pressured to do anything we don't want to do. But inevitably, pressures do arise from other unexpected areas -- girlfriends, boyfriends, roommates, frat brothers or sorority sisters, heavy course loads, athletics, exam and paper stress, Internet overuse, gaming too much, parents' expectations, etc. etc.

The key to a good time at college is to be prepared psychologically for what you are about to face. In that vein, we've compiled some of our most popular and useful articles on college life for this Psychological College Survival Guide. Enjoy.


Climbing out of the Genius Trap: Eight Real Ways to Build Your Creative Skill Set

Coroflot - Coroflot's Creative Seeds Blog
How do we go about getting better at what we do, then? The last installment of Creative Seeds was all about being flexible and acknowledging that creative ability can (and should) be endlessly improved. The obvious next step is to make a list; faithful readers are well aware of how much we love making lists here at CS.

For the creative professional eager to make that toolbox brighter and shinier, then, but unsure of how to do it outside of school, here are eight ideas you may or may not have thought of...

The Clever Creative, Languishing in the Genius Trap

Coroflot - Coroflot's Creative Seeds Blog
The single most effective way to improve your prospects as a creative professional is to improve your creative skills.

Despite the millions of words of advice and discussion that have been traded on the web over the years about how to market yourself, that sentence is almost certainly the truest, most useful advice you're going to find.


Design for Social Impact

Design for Social Impact

With a new focus area on innovation, The Rockefeller Foundation is exploring new avenues for social change. One promising area is design and how the design industry can play a larger role in the social sector. This How-to Guide and the accompanying Workbook are written for design firms that are interested in joining in the conversation.

AIGA Aspen Design Challenge

AIGA Aspen Design Challenge

The 2008–2009 Challenge to Students

Open call to students around the world:
Use your creative talent and strategic design skills to address the global water crisis.


Color Palette Inspiration: Salt Evaporation Ponds

Color Design Blog / The Colors Of Salt Evaporation Ponds by COLOURlovers
While nature tends to trump humans when it comes to color inspiration, at least in my opinion, when humans put their hands into engineering nature, like in the case of salt evaporation ponds, together, unimaginable colors can be created.

The beautiful colors in these images from Google Earth are created during the process of harvesting salt. The vivid colors, which can range from green to bright red, come from different concentrations of algae.


You must explore the new IDEO website!


Let’s build a generation of design thinkers. Our world needs great minds who can build powerful solutions to the challenges we will all face in the 21st century. Historically, this role was left for a select few, but now it is up to everyone. What would the world look like if everyone saw the problems in the world as design opportunities? What if every child believed in their creative abilities, and had a means of productively addressing any challenge they might face?


Adobe Design Achievement Award Winners Announced

Adobe Design Achievement Award Winners Announced | CreativePro.com


Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the winners of the eighth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards, recognized as one of the world's premier student design and film competitions. The awards honor the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists from renowned educational institutions around the globe. This year marked another record in submissions for the prestigious awards, with more than 2,700 students from 33 countries competing in the program.


The Social Network as a Career Safety Net

Basics - The Social Network as a Career Safety Net - NYTimes.com

IF you have avoided social-networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook with the excuse that they are the domain of desperate job hunters or attention-seeking teenagers, it’s time to reconsider.

In a world of economic instability and corporate upheaval, savvy professionals like the technology consultant Josh So epitomize the benefits of brushing up your online image and keeping it polished.


Paper. Printing. Design. Knowledge.

Paper. Printing. Design. Knowledge. - Ed Lives Here
Ed's your friendly educator for all things paper, printing and design. He's here to help you communicate your ideas, on-press and on paper. He's your source for information - and inspiration - that will impress your friends and clients, make you look good, and help you achieve the results you're looking for.


Making Time to Make

Making Time to Make: The Job You Think You Have | 43 Folders
Thing is: if the amount of time you devote to lite correspondence with individual people exceeds the amount of time you spend on making things, then you may be in a different line of work than you’d originally thought you were. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But if you’re feeling off your game, it might be a good time to ask yourself whether you’re primarily a writer of novels or of email messages. Do you generate more IMs than comic panels? Have you drafted more web comments than scenes in your screenplay? Or, for that matter, do you find you’re taking more meetings than photos these days?

What is that you really do? What’s the last thing you made that really excited you? Where are you and your work in all that “communication?”

Free High-Res Photoshop Brushes

Free High-Res Photoshop Brushes: Grungy Watercolor | BittBox

How to Break into T-Shirt Design

How to Break into T-Shirt Design | CreativePro.com
T-shirt design is huge, and thanks to online stores like Threadless, you don't have to open a brick-and-mortar storefront or even build your own Web site to see success.




conncreatives.com was conceived as a portal and forum to bring together the community of creative professionals in Connecticut. Not just halfway between Boston and New York, Connecticut has a thriving network of agencies, vendors and service providers.

conncreatives.com seeks to provide news and discourse on the talent, projects, organizations and events within the Connecticut creative community.


Find a Job & Get Career Advice

The New York Time Jobs sections has great articles and tons of job listings under Creative/Design. This should be one of your regular reads (even if you have a job!)

Post a Job, Find a Job, Get Career Advice - The New York Times & Monster


Summer Reading List for IDD

I found this list on Amazon:
Amazon.com: "Design is more than learning Photoshop"

Graphic Design is a balancing act between between art, communication, business, and problem solving. Anyone who says that it is easy, is lying to you, or they are content with making mediocre work. Graphic Design is different than marketing, advertising, web design, web programming and commercial art. But there are shared elements between them all. It can be hard to distinguish what you do sometimes and it's even harder to explain to others what you do. You should accept right now that your parents will never understand what you do and most people will default to assuming you make web pages.

This is a list of books that I have read during school and continue to return to while working in the industry professionally. They serve as inspiration as well as give good perspective on subjects ranging from basic design principles, typography, typography, typography, problem solving, color and design history. I will continue to add books as I remember/ discover them.


25 reasons why you're not getting the job

You're not getting the job -- 25 reasons why - CNN.com

When you're job hunting, you can go mad if you think about the amount of factors beyond your control that affect your chances of getting hired.

Leaving a trail of angry bosses or co-workers will come back to haunt you when you need references. The economy, your location, industry trends -- even the hiring manager's mood -- can influence whether or not you get a job.

Still, as nice as it would be to blame your lack of offers on external factors, you can't forget that common denominator in your job hunt -- from the resume to the interview -- is you. Here are 25 ways you might be unknowingly sabotaging your own job search.



Give it a moment and then go along for the ride. :)

HEMA - online winkelen

15 Great Examples of Web Typography

15 Great Examples of Web Typography | i love typography, the typography blog

Welcome to iLT’s second-quarter roundup of sites that use type well. It may be that not all the sites listed here are to your taste, but it’s hoped that something—even a detail somewhere—will inspire you. Invariably, these lists are subjective, so if you disagree, then feel free to do so in the comments below. If this list provokes discussion of what constitutes good web typography, then all the better. The designs are listed in no particular order. Click on the screen-shot to visit the site. Enjoy!


Delightful Flash Piece...

Not your typical shopping experience:

HEMA - online winkelen

Sexy, Bold And Experimental Typography | Monday Inspiration | Smashing Magazine

Sexy, Bold And Experimental Typography | Monday Inspiration | Smashing Magazine

This post showcases over 70 examples of sexy, bold and experimental typography. Some examples are typographic posters, some are typographic illustrations and some are just sketches with type. In any case, you will hopefully find some inspiration for your future works.


6 Month Action Plan

1. Make list of books to read & start reading
2. Target software tutorials (if you don't use it - you lose it)
3. Make new stuff!
4. Update portfolio (& show it off!)
5. Research - whatever interests you...
6. Classes & Workshops - take ‘em
7. Network: with people in the field, attend AIGA meetings & design conferences, look up successful IDD grads (Facebook?)
8. Keep eyes open for new ideas (study design, trends, developments)
9. Get out of yourself… breathe, stretch, meditate, self-care, dance, relax, sing…
10. Keep in touch: with college friends & professors

Possible Results from these actions:
-Build confidence
-Stimulate creativity
-Personal growth
-Economic growth (?)

***No matter how long your job search takes, Don’t Let It Get You Down, and Don’t Give Up!!!!***

Thank you for all your hard work and congratulations. I am already missing you...

XX PB (AKA Professor Hastings)

2008 Senior Portfolios

Section A


Section B

Chris B
Chris M
Dan Sh
Dan Str
Chris Y


12th Annual Webby Awards

Welcome to the Webby Awards

You’ve reached the Webby Awards Winner‘s Gallery. The gallery was designed as a fun and interactive way to see all of the Nominees and Winners from the 12th Annual Webby Awards and includes links to the work and the ability to filter entries a number of ways. For instance, the “trends” filter shows entries with the top 7 tags entered by users during the People‘s Voice voting. And the “Winner Type” tab allows you to select from Webby Winners, People‘s Voice Winners and Nominees.


California Design Exhibition

A Website-In-Progress for a Work-In-Progress

An exhibition of a book-in-progress using a distinctive narrative and visual approach to examine and celebrate a raucous gathering of smart, off-beat, innovative, ground-breaking graphic design from the “Left Coast” between 1935-1985.

An Interview with game designer, Daniel Dociu

BLDGBLOG: Game/Space: An Interview with Daniel Dociu

Game designers lay things out according to approximate locations – this tribe goes here, this tribe goes there, we need a village here, we need an extra reason for a conflict along this line, or a natural barrier here, whether it's a river or a mountain, or we need an artificial barrier or a bridge. That's pretty much the level at which I prefer for them to give me input, and I take it from there. Most of my work recently has been focusing around environments and unique spaces that fulfill whatever the game play requires – providing a memorable background for that experience.


Pure Inspiration

Never Been

New Book: Designer's Guide to Marketing & Pricing

Designer's Guide to Marketing & Pricing- New Book by Ilise Benun & Peleg Top

Podcasts: Designers Guide to Marketing & Pricing- Podcasts for Graphic Designers

Whether you’re a freelancer, a seasoned owner of a design firm, or an aspiring entrepreneur, if you want to succeed in your creative business, The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing will show you the way.


Fostering Innovation

Pixar’s Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation - GigaOM

This week The McKinsey Quaterly asks: what does stimulating the creativity of animators have in common with developing new product ideas or technology breakthroughs? Apparently, a lot.

I especially appreciated this part (as you can imagine):

Brad Bird: I got everybody in a room. This was different from what the previous guy had done; he had reviewed the work in private, generated notes, and sent them to the person… I said, “Look, this is a young team. As individual animators, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, but if we can interconnect all our strengths, we are collectively the greatest animator on earth. So I want you guys to speak up and drop your drawers. We’re going to look at your scenes in front of everybody. Everyone will get humiliated and encouraged together…


Flickr: The international graphic design Pool

Take a swim - it will be inspiring.

Flickr: The international graphic design Pool

For my IDD seniors about to graduate

I think you may need a few smiles this weekend. Design Coding by m0serious. Enjoy.


Designer Portfolios

Design Meltdown � Designer Portfolios

Designing your own portfolio is probably the most frustrating thing in the world. Everyone I talk to starts over multiple times. I restarted mine at least 5 times before settling in on the current design. Which I am of course not nearly satisfied with. Clearly it is our connection to our own work that clouds our judgment. Most designers who I have talked to about their frustration with their portfolio seems silly. Usually the portfolio looks fantastic, it is just the individual that sees it in a way no one else does.


Building Your Portfolio Website

Building Your Portfolio Website: Six Things to Always Do

So by now perhaps you've read through last week's advice column on how to keep from making the most common mistakes when creating your online portfolio (and perhaps you've written in to say how horrified you are that coroflot would suggest using a template, rather than building the whole thing from scratch -- that's fair, there are some good arguments on both sides). Assuming you've decided to make the leap and start publishing your work, whether through a template, a custom-designed site, a hacked blog, or something else of your own (hopefully low-Flash) design, there are a few additional suggestions that have cropped up since then from an array of sources.


Your Individual Development Plan

Your Individual Development Plan - Lifehack.org

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

This question is one of the lynchpins of the personal development field. It’s usually followed by instructions to visualize yourself having achieved those goals, and maybe an admonishment to ask yourself if what you’re doing now will get you there.

None of this is hard. What is hard, though, is making a plan that will get you there, once you cut out all the stuff that won’t. It’s fairly easy to figure out the steps you need to take for a big project, even one that spans several years. It’s harder to plan for big life goals — things like becoming better at your job, spending more time with your family, getting more organized.

Footers In Modern Web Design

Footers In Modern Web Design: Creative Examples and Ideas | Design Showcase | Smashing Magazine

According to classic principles of web design, everything at the bottom of the page isn’t that important. Most users think like that. And most designers are convinced that this is true. Site elements at the bottom of the page aren’t really able to catch visitors’ attention which is why footers are often forgotten or ignored and not given the attention they deserve.


Package Design Blog

TheDieline.com: The Leading Package Design Blog

TheDieline.com was founded by Andrew Gibbs, a senior packaging designer in Southern California. “I started The Dieline because as a packaging designer, I wanted a resource where I could go to see the latest design trends and styles. When he realized something like that didn’t exist, The Dieline was born.” The Dieline was launched in January of 2007, and has quickly become the web’s leading packaging design blog. “Product packaging not only secures and protects a product, it is the direct link between the brand and the consumer. It is what determines if a product will be a success or failure. Packaging plays a pivotal role in influencing a consumer’s perception of the brand and product.” TheDieline.com defines good packaging and is the ultimate resource for packaging designers in the field.

Designing with type characters

Techniques for designing with type characters ~ Authentic Boredom

After weeks of code speak, let’s totally shift gears and talk exclusively about visual design in all its splendor and beauty.

Typography and typefaces, without a doubt, are two of the most fascinating aspects of visual design. Great designers can execute great designs with typefaces and nothing else, if required, and certainly if preferred. Design legends Saul Bass and Paula Scher have proved this many times over, and they comprise only a fraction of a very long list of luminaries who can wield type brilliantly.

Fabulous Design Internship

2008/2009 Walker Art Center Design Fellowship

Since 1980, the Walker Art Center Design department has maintained a graphic design fellowship program that provides recent graduates (both undergrad and grad) the opportunity to work in a professional design studio environment. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, fellows represent a diverse range of graphic design programs, such as Art Center College of Design, California College of Art, California Institute of the Arts, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eastern Michigan University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, NC State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Royal College of Art, Werkplaats Typografie, and Yale University, among many others.


Helpful Illustrator How-to

Illustrator How-to: This Technique is a Real Knockout | CreativePro.com

My friend at Nike was struggling to create double stitching. Knowing how often apparel designs change, and how newer designs evolve from existing designs, it becomes increasingly important to work with objects that can easily be edited. If you had to draw two paths to simulate a double-stitched line, that would make it twice as more difficult to make edits.


Portfolio Website: Six Things to Never Do

Coroflot - Coroflot's Creative Seeds Blog

So, you've got a corefolio posted; you've put together a nice PDF sampler; you've printed out a gorgeous little book to take to interviews. You're working your networks, both real and virtual, and so far...not much. Potential employers are looking over your work, and maybe they like what they see, but somehow this isn't translating into more gigs, or that one crucial interview.


Why do I make you blog?

Here are some of the reasons in a wonderful article by Henry Jenkins, Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program:
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Why Academics Should Blog...
Current students. By design, students in our program come from many professional and disciplinary backgrounds, and will follow many career paths after they graduate. Early on, several students began to create blogs around their thesis projects -- in part to motivate them to write regularly, in part to get feedback on their ideas. Ilya Vedrashko, for example, started a blog called the Future of Advertising, which quickly became a favorite among industry insiders and reporters. The blog's visibility opened up new contacts and resources, which supported his research. Before long, he was also being courted by some of those companies for postgraduation jobs. Eventually, a major company created a position specifically for him.


Great Illustration How-To

This is How We Do.

A documentation of illustrative process of Frank Chimero in 16 easy steps.


Modern products made to look vintage

Worth1000.com | Photoshop Contests | Are you Worthy™ | contest

The rules of this game are thus: Take modern products and advertise them in a vintage way, or take vintage products and advertise them in a modern way. As always, quality is a must. We will remove poor entries no matter how much we like you. You'll have 48 hours for this contest, so make your submissions count.

Designer Manifestos

<img src='img/menubarDA1.gif' alt='header file' /> Manifestos, etc. | design activism

If you need evidence that designers are struggling with the questions of activism and becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the way the profession engages is social and environmental issues, you need look no further than a spate of recent manifestos, etc. Although some of them are discipline-specific, many are not, and they are not institutionally specific. That is, they speak to the broad population of their audience, whether across disciplines or within a discipline. Often adopting the language of politics–revolution, even– these texts urge designers to take more action for social and environmental good. Here are some examples, arranged in a timeline.

Louise Fili creates a restaurant's brand

A Logo Is Worth 1,000 Words - Best of Buzz - Zagat Survey

Learn how Louise Fili creates a restaurant's brand from the logo to the bill.


Chip Kidd Interview

Chip Kidd by Robert Birnbaum - The Morning News

The estimable Chip Kidd, designer of books’ fronts, backs, and spines, chats with our man in Boston, ROBERT BIRNBAUM, about what it’s like to work on the words that come in between.

Excellent Design History Blog by Students

Design History Mashup

Rather than viewing history as the linear progress of civilizations or chronicles of “great men,” we will explore alternative approaches, having short, tempestuous affairs with historical designers and movements that allow us to “give birth” to new work. Our mascot is Kid Eternity, the 1940s comic book character who could summon dead heroes to help him fight evil.


Movie Titles Galore!


another good design blog...

grain edit

Grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from our bookshelves.

Kinematic Typography

Great Scenes from TV and Film, Told Using Only Typography (and Sound) | AlwaysWatching.org

But what happens when you combine typography with motion? That's the process of kinematic typography and the results, when paired with some excellent scenes from your favorite films and TV shows, can be moving and marvelous. Here are some of the best examples of film kinematic typography on the web.


Rag & Bone Blog

You should always be be looking at the inspiring work posted to The Rag & Bone Blog.


Inspiration: SXSW Web Awards Winners

SXSW Web Awards Winners

The 11th Annual SXSW Web Awards // Presented by Adobe uncover the best new websites and celebrate those who are building and implementing tomorrow's online trends.

This just in! We are pleased to reveal the 11th Annual Web Awards Winners. Make sure to explore all the finalists honored at this year's ceremony. SXSW Web Awards Hundreds and hundreds of innovative web designers and developers from across the globe submitted websites in this year's competition, all sites that have been launched or completely redesigned in 2007.

Visual Complexity

visualcomplexity.com | A visual exploration on mapping complex networks

VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.

New Job Board on Design Observer

Design Observer (my favorite design culture blog) has collaborated with Coroflot to post a Job Board on the site.


Athletic Scholarships: Expectations Lose to Reality

Athletic Scholarships: Expectations Lose to Reality - New York Times

But the expectations of parents and athletes can differ sharply from the financial and cultural realities of college athletics, according to an analysis by The New York Times of previously undisclosed data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and interviews with dozens of college officials.


How 'bout a device free Spring Break?

I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really. - New York Times

I TOOK a real day off this weekend: computers shut down, cellphone left in my work bag, land-line ringer off. I was fully disconnected for 24 hours.


What Do You Look For in a Designer?

Another good one from the Coroflot Blog (A blog dedicated to creative work: How-to's on finding design work and creative recruiting, advice on what leading designers are looking for, and showcases of great work from Coroflot portfolios.)

What Do You Look For in a Designer? : Nicolas Roope, Poke

Why Young Designers Should Avoid "Design Capitals"

Small Pond, Smart Fish: Why Young Designers Should Avoid "Design Capitals"

Automakers have Detroit, investment bankers have New York, and film actors have Hollywood: the bright shining centers of their respective industries. For those seeking a career in one of these fields, going to the Capital City is often a given, whether to get a foot in the door, or build an existing career. The creative professions have their Meccas too, and the gravity they exert on designers and other creatives is strong indeed; perhaps too strong.

To Score The Perfect Job...

To Score The Perfect Job, HR Professionals Suggest Geeking Out Online

The Black Hole. The Fortress. The Bottomless Pit (of despair). When recounting their last job search, friends and colleagues in the creative professions are prone to using terms like this to describe their most desired employers' HR departments. Most of us can probably recall a time when we felt the same way; as if every studio and firm we really wanted to get into had an army of technicians cleverly sealing off every point of access, and perhaps enfolding all the good jobs in a cloaking field of some sort. There are ads out there, of course, encouraging us to spend weeks tuning our portfolios and resumes, and so we hop through the HR hoops, then fling everything into that hole, never to be heard from again.

A Designer's Guide to Surviving Design Competitions

Coroflot - Coroflot's Creative Seeds Blog

What all these articles are pointing out is that there's great potential for exploitation here, and I'm inclined to agree with them. Yet most of us know about it, and we continue to enter, despite the downsides. Shortly out of school, I designed a piece of flat pack furniture for Designboom.com, and got a Shortlisted Entry out of it. No money, not a lot of notoriety, but I didn't feel cheated, and I'd do it again--in fact I'm working on an entry for Dell's Re-Generation competition at this moment.

Winners of the What is Graphic design poster competition

Winners of the What is Graphic design poster competition | Veerle's blog

The moment of truth is finally here! I’m ready to announce who is in for a prize. This wasn’t easy, as you’ve seen in my previous post there are a lot of great entries in this pool. I’ve picked a bunch of favorites let them rest for a bit and came back to them and made my final decision.

See also the contestants.


Manage Your Online Reputation

Life Hacker Feature: Manage Your Online Reputation

Are you happy with the results people get back when they Google your name? If not, there are easy ways to monitor and guide what information is published about you online. Two years ago we covered how to have a say in what Google says about you, and more recently, and how to track down anyone online. But a rash of social media sites have arisen that give you more tools to help you manage your online reputation and become more findable. Let's take a look.


Top film title design

Top film title design - Design Week

There’s no category for title design in the Oscars, but if there were, which movies would make the shortlist? Yolanda Zappaterra picks out some potential nominees before this Sunday’s glitz-fest

Typographic Fruit

You must see the Typographic Fruit.

Fuck style

ideasonideas – Blog Archive – Fuck style

Design is such a multi-layered practice that it’s often difficult to define. That being said, I believe that the word “design” is increasingly confused with “style”. For example, to most “I like the way it’s designed” means that they like the way that something looks.

The visual aspect of what we do is highly important, and style has a place in that. For example, if we want to connect with a particular audience, employing a style can sometimes be helpful. That being said, it seems that style often leads efforts. We have to break this habit.


IDD480 Job Resource Site


FILTER is a full-service creative resources company that delivers proven results. For businesses that need talent - either in-house or off-site - we offer staffing services and project-management expertise for a variety of design, production and content management needs.

By finding and fostering talent, we offer flexible, cost-efficient solutions for producing outstanding creative and marketing content. FILTER serves the creative industry like no one else, with a powerful combination of style, passion and matchmaking expertise.

Our clients include prominent technology and services companies as well as many of the leading design, advertising and interactive agencies.

Cult of the Sketch

Coroflot - Questioning the Cult of the Sketch

Designers must draw. We pretty much all agree on that one. Regardless of whether we're designing buildings, products, clothes or even web pages, a good number of us are judged--and judge each other--on our ability to snag a sheet of paper from the printer and quickly draft something beautiful and compelling.


Top 10 Interview Do’s and Don’ts for 2008 Job Seekers

creativepro.com - Top 10 Interview Do's and Don'ts for 2008 Job Seekers

For many professionals finding the perfect new job or even switching careers. For those seeking a better work environment or wanting to change their career track completely, Ron Axelrod, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Recruiting at NYC software testing firm RTTS, offers a list of job interviewing tips for those embarking on the job search and interview process. Axelrod understands how to help job seekers make the transition from one work environment to another as well as what potential employers expect during the interview process.


Bye, Bye, Facebook. Bye, Bye.

creativity/machine – Why I’m deleting my Facebook account

I know the zombies and pirates will be sad and my virtual garden/fish/panda will die, but I’m leaving Facebook. I swear it’s not a case of getting early adopter syndrome. Trust me, given my background in subculture theory, I have workshopped that one.


Branding You

A New Brand
Design professionals are often great at packaging and promoting their clients ... to a defined market. However, many don't seem to consider, or take the time, to do the same for themselves,' says Jeff Fisher, 'Engineer of Creative Identity' for the one-person design shop Jeff Fisher LogoMotives.

Motion Theory in Fast Company

Loco Motion -- Video Production -- Motion Theory

The creative crazies at Motion Theory turn the video world topsy-turvy.


2008 Animated Shorts Academy Nominees

2008 Animated Shorts Nominees — OZOUX.COM

I just came across this year's nominations for Best Animated Short which is an interesting list. Notable by its absense this year is any of the shorts from the usual suspects, like Pixar's or Sony Imageworks. Here's the list...


Too bored to read this article on boredom?

Scientific American: Bored?

Don't blame your job, the traffic or your mindless chores. Battling boredom, researchers say, means finding focus, living in the moment and having something to live for...

In a quiet, darkened lecture room, you begin a frustrating fight against fatigue. The overhead projector hums, and you cannot concentrate on the slides. You stop absorbing information and doodle mindlessly. The professor lost you eons ago. You are bored.


Mastering the Informational Interview

Mastering the Informational Interview - Shifting Careers - Small Business - New York Times Blog

Informational interviews can be a useful tool throughout your career, not just when you’re thinking about a new job or a new line of work. You can do informational interviews when you want to learn more about a certain career move or even what it would feel like to get involved in a new project like writing a book, starting a blog, or running your own company.

Senior Blog Links

I've added links to the senior blogs in the side bar. If your name is missing, it’s because you have not sent me your URL. Now you can start reading and commenting on your classmates’ posts. First post is due Thursday.

Getting Design Done

creativepro.com - Getting Design Done

Here's how to apply the principles of a well-known productivity system to your creative process. The resulting creative habits can boost your design skills while they reduce stress and free your mind to tackle big problems.


Inspiring Business Cards on Flickr

IDD Seniors – here's some inspiration for the tasks to come...

Business Cards - a photoset on Flickr

An Alternative Spring Break Anyone?

south by southwest festivals conferences

The SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of exciting panel content and amazing parties. Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology entrepreneurs, the event celebrates the best minds and the brightest personalities of emerging technology. Whether you are a hard-core geek, a dedicated content creator, a new media entrepreneur, or just someone who likes being around an extremely creative community, SXSW Interactive is for you!

Good Examples of Innovative Thinking

19 Best Ads I Have Ever Seen - UADDit

R/GA in the New York Times

This is the company I mentioned in class yesterday:
Madison Avenue’s 30-Second Spot Remover - New York Times

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes - the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing that you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things."
- Apple Computer ad, 1997

Online Marketing Tools for Creative Pros

creativepro.com - Online Marketing Tools for Creative Pros

It seems like each month brings another new-fangled online marketing tool -- too many, really, and who knows whether they work or will be gone by next year? Are they worth the time and money? It's hard to know, but here are some pros and cons of the latest relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use options.


Are you as creative as you want to be?

Are you as creative as you want to be? - Lifehack.org

The “genetic” view of creativity may explain part of each person’s ability to innovate, but any gift has to be nurtured and released to make it useful. I think that a “naturally gifted” person who takes his or her creativity for granted, and does little to keep it sharp, may well be less innovative in practice than someone with less natural aptitude but more determination to develop.

With that in mind, I offer these observations on ways to extend and polish your own innovative powers, whatever they might be. By using such approaches diligently, you can indeed become more creative than you are today — and maybe more creative than you even imagine.

The Ultimate Student Resource List

The Ultimate Student Resource List - Lifehack.org

It’s back to school time, yet again. In the spirit of the season, I decided to gather together the best tools, websites, and advice I know of to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. Since I know you’re broke, it’s all free!


New Public Domain Images on Flickr

Flickr: The Commons

Back in June of 2007, we began our first collaboration with a civic institution to facilitate giving people a voice in describing the content of a publicly-held photography collection.

The key goals of this pilot project are to firstly give you a taste of the hidden treasures in the huge Library of Congress collection, and secondly to show how your input of a tag or two can make the collection even richer.

You're invited to help describe photographs in the Library of Congress' collection on Flickr, by adding tags or leaving comments.

More Library of Congress Photos on Flickr


Cool Posters of advice from graduating students to freshman

advice to sink in slowly

Advice to sink in slowly is a series of posters designed by recent and established graduates of University College Falmouth for the purpose of passing on advice and inspiration to first year students.

A poster is given as a welcoming gift to every first year student when they enroll.

Watch out for the Design Police!

They are coming to a classroom near you...

Design Police | Bring bad design to justice.

3 Graphic Designers Recreate D-Day

You have to watch this!

via Design Observer


Time to start planning for your portfolio website...

creativepro.com - View Source: The Easy Way to Add Dynamic Elements to Web Sites
Until recently, you probably only used the word 'spry' to describe an aging yet still nimble person. But Dreamweaver CS3 introduced the world to a new meaning of the word: an exciting set of tools based on Adobe's Spry Framework for Ajax. Spry is a set of JavaScript files that let you easily add dynamic elements, such as drop-down navigation menus, tabbed panels, and interactive data tables, to a Web page.


You really should start thinking about portfolios

Speak Up › Small Design Ephemera: The Alternative Portfolio

A designer I met earlier this year, John Walsh, who paid me a visit while traveling in New York all the way from Manchester, UK was kind enough to gift me with an alternative portfolio. A hand-bound eight-by-eight-inch book with colorful tassels hanging from the spine, in a black cardboard sandwiched set of glossy pages with a rough-hewn look and feel that was hard to resist. A one of a kind book. Just for me. Inside, it was filled with loose images, logos, typographic treatments, spreads (or parts of spreads) and other things that may or may not be part of other projects...