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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The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork & Album Cover
Aug19

The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork & Album Cover

Very few designs have impacted me as much as Dave Smith’s work on John Mayer’s “Born & Raised” album cover. At first glance, I was immediately reminded of early century ephemera and a craft that I thought was history. High-quality, ornamental, handcrafted typography and sign writing is still alive thanks to exquisite craftsman such as Smith. What impacted me the most was the amount of man-hours that must have been put in to...

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10 Fantastic Websites for Design Inspiration Chosen by FIDM Graphic Design Instructor, Randy Dunbar
Aug08

10 Fantastic Websites for Design Inspiration Chosen by FIDM Graphic Design Instructor, Randy Dunbar

  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...

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Effective Wit & Cleverness In Design
Aug05

Effective Wit & Cleverness In Design

With so many great designers in the world, it can be hard to set yourself apart. Crafting a memorable design that connects with your audience and provokes a feeling is one of the ultimate goals of every designer. Actually doing it however, is easier said than done. One of the most elusive skills in a designer’s arsenal is that of wit—a skill that can take a design from good to great by providing that audience to designer connection....

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