History of Design: The Impact of Graphic Designer Jennifer Morla. FIDM Student Sharon Salem Reports
Jun16

History of Design: The Impact of Graphic Designer Jennifer Morla. FIDM Student Sharon Salem Reports

 Editor’s Note: Every quarter at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, students of various majors are challenged to focus on a famous design or designer to assess its historical impact on culture and the design community in History of Design class taught by Alex Gardos. In the report below, FIDM Graphic Design Student Sharon Salem reports on career of graphic designer Jennifer Morla, weighing in with her own...

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Typography Tuesday: 10 Fonts Designed in 2014
Jun10

Typography Tuesday: 10 Fonts Designed in 2014

As time goes by, it’s easy for some designers to get caught up in using the same fonts in design after design. To avoid becoming a “one-trick pony,” it’s important to stay up-to-date with new fonts as they become released to the public. This immediately allows your design work to stand out from the majority if you can find an effective use for a particular font. Below, we have gathered ten of our favorite fonts...

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Typography Tuesday: Design Your Own Typeface With Prototypo, an Open-Source Online Typeface Editor
Jun03

Typography Tuesday: Design Your Own Typeface With Prototypo, an Open-Source Online Typeface Editor

If you are a lover of typography like we are you are going to love Prototypo. Prototype is an open-source online typeface editor that allows you to shape a complete typeface by using sliders, then refine spacing and outlines like never before. The project was recently launched on the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter and quickly passed their original goal of £12,000. “No matter how experienced you are at designing types,...

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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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