Interview with a Typographer

While I attended school for Graphic Design I met quite a few unique characters with an array of design talents. Milton Rosado’s skills with typography always dazzled me. I was blown away to find out that not only did Milton draw his own letter forms but he vectored them to make them into digital fonts! [...]

Practically Pikasso

Located near downtown St. Petersburg, Practically Pikasso is an “eclectic art studio specializing in paint-your-own pottery, wheel-thrown pottery, fusible glass [and] custom hand-crafted gifts.” The studio is filled with bold colors. Various shapes and sizes of bisque (or unglazed pottery) line the shelves surrounding the studio walls. There are plenty of seats to accommodate the [...]

Information Graphics Making a Difference in the World

Oil’d from Chris Harmon on Vimeo. Chris Harmon made this insightful animation using information graphics to educate the public about the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He focuses on the impact the oil would have made on our planet had the spill not happened. Chris does a beautiful job of pairing numerical [...]

Imagery Plagarism and Graphic Design

“2867956161_d7f16f7981.jpg” Designer Unknown (1995); Saul Bass (1959). Flickr – Photo Sharing!. Web. 29 April 2011. Having had quite a few discussions with fellow designers about design plagiarism, the difference between “stealing” someone’s work, “copying” someone’s work and drawing “inspiration” from someone’s work, I always found it disturbing that in all the years I spent [...]

Reasons Not to Date a Graphic Designer

I recently stumbled across a silly but oh-so-true article titled, “50 Reasons Not to Date a Graphic Designer” by a bourbon for silvia. The poster is a rbst remix. While I do not think that all 50 reasons pertain to me or any one designer I know, Silvia definitely hit some right on the nail. [...]

February 8, 2011 – What was your favorite Superbowl Ad?

There were quite a few good (and funny) commercials during the Superbowl but the X Factor Teaser commercial from Fox caught my attention from a design perspective. I admit, I don’t know much about putting a video together and so I found myself immediately mesmorized trying to figure out how they made this happen! I’ll [...]

Ever Dreamed of making Movie Magic?

Face Off, a new Syfy series, immediately caught my attention. I have been amazed, ever since I was a child, with the transforming capability of movie make-up. Syfy gives you the focus of the show in this quote,”Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that [...]

January 27, 2011 – Demand Attention from your Target Audience

The other night I had the TV on but wasn’t really paying attention – until this commercial came on. The ad campaign for Dead Space 2 is quite possibly ingenious. Personally, I am not a big fan of video games but this commercial stopped me in my tracks and had me laughing. The ad successfully [...]

January 24, 2011 – You’ll Flip!

I like hamburgers… I love to watch Top Chef… and creative website designs makes me happy…. So I “flipped” when I discovered the website of Atlanta based restaurant, Flip Burger. Top Chef runner up, and Flip Burger creative director, Richard Blais has found a way to create delicious, untraditional/modern, hamburgers, while bold colors and playful [...]

January 17, 2011 – ? of the Day

I’ve seen a lot of daily questions posted on facebook and twitter pages, but I love the way Etsy’s question of the day is unique. Instead of typing out the question, someone on the Etsy staff writes it on a quotation shaped chalkboard and posts the photo. Now that’s thinking outside of… the bubble.