Future Magazine Designers: Enter SPD’s (Free) Magazine Design Contest for Graduating Graphic Design College Students
May21

Future Magazine Designers: Enter SPD’s (Free) Magazine Design Contest for Graduating Graphic Design College Students

The Society of Publication Designers wants to see what great editorial design you have been working on. Forget rules, forget formulas—just show us the best stuff you have. If your work is chosen by our jury of top-notch editorial design professionals, we will showcase it in an exclusive online gallery on the SPD website. It is a great way to get your work in front of magazine art directors with the power to hire fresh, young talent. As...

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Typography Tuesday: Hand Lettered Inspirational Quotes by Sean McCabe
Apr22

Typography Tuesday: Hand Lettered Inspirational Quotes by Sean McCabe

If your a fan of hand lettering, you have probably seen the work of Sean McCabe on Pinterest or other various places inspirational quotes can be found. If you have not, you are in for a real treat. The San Antonio Texas based designer describes himself as a “hand lettering artist and type designer”. With a clear passion for all things hand lettering, McCabe states, “I view lettering as a form of voice. I use it to...

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The Illustrated Life: Los Angeles Illustrator Ann Shen Shares Inspiration and Advice for Aspiring Creatives
Mar10

The Illustrated Life: Los Angeles Illustrator Ann Shen Shares Inspiration and Advice for Aspiring Creatives

With her distinct and quirky illustration style, running the gamut from curvaceous vector pin-up girls to whimsical and painterly hand lettering, illustrator Ann Shen has the kind of skill many designers dream about. Born and raised in Orange County, California, Shen studied writing with a minor in photography at UCSD before moving to LA. Working at uninspiring office jobs post-graduation, Shen’s self-described “turning-point” for...

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2013 Geek Gift Guide: The Best Holiday Gifts for Filmmakers, Gifts for Graphic Designers
Dec13

2013 Geek Gift Guide: The Best Holiday Gifts for Filmmakers, Gifts for Graphic Designers

We’ve rounded up the our favorite geek gear just in time for holiday shopping for the graphic-designing or filmmaking loved one in your life. Our 2013 Geek Gift Guide includes fun novelty items like the coffee mug  shaped like a DSLR camera lens by ThinkGeek and  the hand-lettered eponymous “Dodge & Burn” T-shirt that scream inside humor for the creative digital artist. But also practical items like an upgraded...

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Five Inspiring and Bookmark-Worthy Graphic Design Blogs (Disclaimer: These are Addictive!)
Oct24

Five Inspiring and Bookmark-Worthy Graphic Design Blogs (Disclaimer: These are Addictive!)

The Web offers plenty of places to draw design inspiration from, but one of my favorite ways to stay current with graphic design trends and the amazing work that other people are doing is to follow the blogs of successful and talented designers. From providing advice, to sharing their design process and recent work, to creating fun content, graphic design blogs are often a creative playground of sorts for their authors. Below are five...

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Ten Intriguing Articles for Design Inspiration Chosen by FIDM Graphic Design Director, Steve Reaves
Sep11

Ten Intriguing Articles for Design Inspiration Chosen by FIDM Graphic Design Director, Steve Reaves

Inspiration is a critical element of producing creative work. Thanks to the Internet, we have thousands of websites, tools, and images at our fingertips to help spark our creative enthusiasm. Utilizing these great resources is something that is encouraged for all creatives, but sifting through this vast array of information can be overwhelming at times. One of the best ways of finding quality inspirational websites is to ask for...

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The Evolution of Soda Can Package Design
Aug29

The Evolution of Soda Can Package Design

As brands evolve, so do their packaging. Recently, while raiding my mother’s kitchen, I noticed a vintage Pepsi soda can collecting dust atop of the refrigerator. What sparked my interest was the vast difference in design aesthetic compared to today’s current design, despite the fact the color palette was exactly the same. After a bit of dusting and researching, I learned that this intriguing vintage packaging was actually designed in...

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Vintage Advertisements for Modern Services
Aug22

Vintage Advertisements for Modern Services

Synergy is an important design concept that is brought up frequently on this blog and inside FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising classrooms. For those who do not know, synergy is defined as “the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.” For example, we recently wrote about the effectiveness of negative space in logo design...

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