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 Power of Typography in Design
Jan28

The Power of Typography in Design

A few months ago I posted a TED Talk by John Maeda, President of RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and generally recognized genius, on “How Art, Technology and Design Inform Creative Leaders.” Aside from being a really great talk, it includes a fascinating experiment on the power of typography on the human psyche. Maeda demonstrates through a simple slide of the same word presented in different typographical styles the power of...

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Design Gear for a Good Cause: “Design vs Cancer” Founded by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus
Oct08

Design Gear for a Good Cause: “Design vs Cancer” Founded by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus

Published on October 8, 2013 FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Peter Deltondo is corralling top-notch graphic designers together to fight cancer in a new business Design vs Cancer which will provide assistance to families and individuals battling cancer funded by the sale of premium designer T-shirts and other goods, he says. After his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, Deltondo was compelled to start a...

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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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Synergistic Advertisement Campaigns of the Vancouver Aquarium
Sep05

Synergistic Advertisement Campaigns of the Vancouver Aquarium

Would a large, anatomically correct, anglerfish attached to a streetlight at night attract your attention? It sure sparked my interest and I didn’t even get to see it in person! I’m referring to one of the many brilliant advertisement campaigns for the Vancouver Aquarium created by TAXI, a Canadian based creative agency. According to their website, “We tell compelling stories designed to help build powerful brands ­– stories that are...

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Film Friday: 98 Year Old, Partially Blind Man Creates Masterpieces in Microsoft Paint
Aug23

Film Friday: 98 Year Old, Partially Blind Man Creates Masterpieces in Microsoft Paint

“I jumped up out of bed and went to the computer to see if I could do what I dreamed I could do.” This quote is taken from the first few lines of a powerful, heartwarming, short film titled “The Pixel Painter”, which focuses around Hal Lasko, a ninety-eight year old partially blind man that uses Microsoft Paint to create masterpieces one pixel at a time. Lasko, better known as Grandpa, originally started as a graphic designer and...

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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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