I ran across this on Artsy Shark this morning. This is a great article, it’s not just for marketing art, it’s relevant for all marketing. A good read!
This article was published in the How’s Online Newsletter today, I think it’s right on, what do you think?
Are Creative Professionals Praise Addicts?
Furniture designer and artist Harry Bertoia said, “The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.” That kind of personal connection to one’s work makes it challenging to maintain high morale on any design team. Unlike jobs in technical fields that have right and wrong answers, creative work is subjective. Teams are given an outline, specs or themes and expected to deliver something that has never been created before – and loved by the client or upper management. As part of a design team, it is important to remember that praise goes a long way, but what else can make the difference between low morale and perpetual enthusiasm?
The staff at The Creative Group put together some common pitfalls that supervisors make that could impact just that. Below is a excerpt. The full article can be found on HOWDesign.com.
1) They Assume Employees are Lucky to Have a Job.
While many people today may feel fortunate to have a stable position, keep in mind that your most talented employees always have options.
2) Innovation is Not Fostered in Creative Culture.
Encourage staff to approach you with innovative concepts; if you can’t implement them, explain why, and let the team know you value their input. Remember that if employee suggestions are dismissed without any real discussion, staff will stop presenting them.
3) Letting a Lack of Recognition Trickle Down.
Recognition often becomes endangered during busy times because employees are so focused on their design work. If you’re feeling under-appreciated, don’t make your team feel the same way.
Bad morale in a creative environment is not good for the company or the brands. Keeping in mind how creatives think is key to keeping them excited and passionate.
I recently ran across this flower in a neighbors yard, it is absolutely beautiful — and very exotic looking. I had never seen anything like it. I just had to shoot some close-ups to further analyze it. Have you ever grown one of these? Is it grown from seed? Is it an annual or perennial? I have a lot to learn about this beauty. The purple is extremely vibrant! Mother nature creates another beautiful floral.
Yesterday we lost a wonderful designer. Lilly Pulitzer was known for her colorful prints and shift dresses. Here vintage patterns are fabulous. Today the Lilly Pulitzer patterns can be found on coffee mugs, notebooks and home decor and more. The story of how she started it all, is fascinating! You can read it here on the Lilly Pulitzer website.
Purchase six styles of the ITC American Typewriter Family for only $39! Normally $157, on April 2nd until 8pm (EDT) be one of the first 350 customers to purchase and you’ll receive the Light, Light Italic, Medium, Medium Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic styles of the ITC American Typewriter family at the deeply discounted price of only $39. The link for this product is: Fonts.com
I thought you could use a tool to help your design work go faster. Whether you’re doing fashion design, surface design or graphic design, we all want to use the most stylish colors. According to pantone, the colors noted above are chosen by the designers for their fall line.
This is great vintage style font, it’s curves have kind of a 50’s feel and the texture is great for a old fashion, vintage style look for signage or a magazine layout. This font can be purchased at fonts.com.
All the Callery Pear Trees are in bloom here in Southern California. The trees fill with white flowers before the leaves come back in early Spring. They don’t produce pears, but small seed like fruit for the birds to eat. Commonly used in landscape design here, they are often planted in lines along the streets, creating a beautiful scene at this time of year.
I love this font, it’s feminine yet casual and warm with the essence of a handwritten note. The extended flourishes give it a little bit of sophistication. This font would be great for a card or casual invitation. You can find Alana, designed by Laura Worthington at fonts.com
A couple of frustrated graphic designers created these posters from real client comments. A must see — Very funny. What are some of the funniest comments you’ve gotten from clients?
Worst Client Comments Turned Into Posters | Bored Panda.
If you don’t subscribe to fonts.com‘s email newsletters, you’re missing out on a great treat. It’s great to see what’s new in fonts and what’s selling, but the design and creative writing of the newsletter is really wonderful. Check it out here.
Here are 3 of the best selling fonts for December. To see more or to try these fonts go to www.fonts.com
The nature photo can inspire multiple color palettes. This one has multiple neutrals, but there are infinite possibilities with a photo like this. Tomorrow, I’ll post another selection from this image. I took the photo in a hotel garden on the Central Coast of California.
I know we spend hours and hours searching for just the right image for our project, and sometimes, it’s still not quite right, yet you don’t have a budget for a professional photographer. Here’s a list of some of the most popular stock photography sites:
It’s hard to take a bad photo on the California Coastline. Here are a few images from the Central Coast. These were taken last week in Morro Bay and Pismo Beach.
Funkydori is a throwback to the 70’s, like the artist who created this font, I too and a child of the 70’s. This font comes with a large collection — 213 alternates, 13 discretionary ligatures and 38 ornaments allowing for a wide variety of looks. Titling Alternates switches the design to an unconnected script making it extremely flexible. Funkydori can be purchased at my fonts. Laura Worthington is the designer.
Pantone fashion report for fall 2012.
If you’re a designer, whether you’re a web or print designer or even a web coder, you probably get paid by the hour and you realize how important it is to keep good time sheets. Here’s a sample of the one I created. It has 3 sections per day to track your time in and out of a project. I staple it to the front of my job jacked for each job I’m working on. For larger projects, I just keep stapling copies to the top of each other as they fill up. There’s also space for expense notes, such as stock photography purchased, prints made and domain/hosting services purchased. Then, when it comes time to bill the job, I have all the information I need in 1 place.
Being organized is such a huge part of what we do — anything that helps push the project along, efficiently, is a good thing.
For a FREE, generic version of my time sheet in a pdf format:
The most beautiful design can be found in nature. A variety of color, line, proportion, symmetry and shape can all be found in the Oriental Lilly, making a nearly perfect design, at least in my opinion. What do you think?
I’m a magazine freak! I love them, I constantly have a pile of new ones near my bed and my desk. There’s nothing better than opening up a brand new magazine, I just love the smell of the ink and the brand new untouched paper. When I saw the new issue of Real Simple Weddings, I thought it may be the most beautiful magazine I’d ever opened. The photography is absolutely gorgeous, the layout is well — of course it’s beautiful, it’s Real Simple! But what surprised me the most was the fact that it was printed on a beautiful, ultra smooth buff colored paper. The images are designed with white in the frames. The white on the buff is stunning. If you haven’t seen this issue, I suggest you stop by a new stand ASAP and take a look at it. You won’t be disappointed!
Pantone talks about why and how they came up with the Plus Series. It’s all about color.
Designers were asking for more options in the Pantone Library. If you’ve ever tried to match a screen color in print, you know how difficult and most times impossible it is. This doesn’t solve those problems, but it does give you more options to choose from when picking/matching colors and may enable you to get a little bit closer to the screen version of a color. Did you know colors are infinite? We can never have enough color!
They’re well into the 60’s now. The art direction on this show is amazing. From the wall paper to the dresses, it’s all so authentic, I just love it. Last night Don Draper’s new wife wore the most amazing dress. Here’s a shot of it. Janie Bryant, the costume designer spoke about it on the amc website. It’s a vintage dress, they remade the sleeves in chiffon because they had deteriorated, the chiffon is accordion pleated but you can’t tell on tv or in the images. It was beautifully fitted and just gorgeous on Megan. I adjusted the brightness in the images below to show more of the lines in the dress. It’s a classic! A perfect cocktail dress!
I love the flow of this font. It’s casual, feminine and has a hand written quality. It would be great for a casual invitation or a magazine headline. You can find it at fonts.com.
What an interesting contest! This is my favorite. To see more: http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1236-Announcing-Contest-Winners!-Siri-comes-to-life-in-3D.html
I recently received an invitation designed in the most interesting font. When I researched it, I found that it was set in Bernhard Fashion. This font was designed in 1929 and has very distinct characters. It was used in it’s original style. It’s a font I’ve had for many years, but I don’t recall ever using it.
With the success of “The Artist” at the Oscars last night and the invitation, I’m wondering if the roaring 20’s style is back in fashion?
A Quote from Rex:
“I was getting so frustrated with having so many hands in my work,” he says. “You mentally internalize that criticism. When you’re an artist, you become your own worst enemy in that sense. I really wanted to just get back to basics and indulge in simple creativity.”
This new slab font is quickly moving up the best seller list at My Fonts.
An interesting script.
What a fun new font.
Fendi’s, all dressed up for the holiday, simple, yet elegant. This is my favorite!
The fish window at Bergdorf Goodman created out of glass mosaic tile, rhinestones and gems. To see more visit businessinsider.com
Someone in one of my online groups recommended this site to the designer members. I love, love, love this tool. You can visit at www.design-seeds.com
Victoria Hudgins, a stylist and party planner is founding editor of Styled Magazine. It’s beautifully designed and photographed. The publication gives you great diy ideas for parties including recipes, decorations and more.
Chantry Falls is in the Angeles National Forest.
As reported to Pantone, fashion designers take a painterly approach this season. They’re combining brights with staple neutrals. Rich coffee will continue to be a staple as well as quarry, a medium gray. Deep teal is paired up with cedar and honeysuckle is used as an accent color with neutrals.
When designers were asked what colors they would add to their palette here’s what they said: sea glass green, a rust color, a grayed down mustard yellow, and a sparkly gray.
The beautiful font called Guadalupe is Open Type enabled and filled with an exceptional selection of weights and ligatures including “si” and “ri”. For more information go to myfonts.com.
The symmetry of nature is demonstrated in the Camellia Japonica. This was taken at the Botanical Gardens.
Taken in my garden, this is the perfect pink rose.
Here is a list of sites that sell fine art either as prints or originals. I especially like Zatista.com. They have a wide range of styles, the art is all original and it’s easy to save your selections and come back to it to choose what you like. The prices are set by the artist and the site takes a 30% commission. This sounds high to me, but I’m not sure what a brick & mortar gallery would get on commission.
This list was compiled by Readers Digest. For more details on each site go to:
My mom found this in my grandparents old house. It was the top of a calendar. There was not date on it, but judging from the car, the illustration may have been done in the 30’s? The colors are very intense, just as they are here. Beautiful!
Project by Derek Munn
Doyald Young had a fifty year career as designer and teacher at Art Center College of Design. He was well known for his lettering and logotype designs. He was known as a good listener, patient teacher and self-proclaimed perfectionist. Doyald was a legend in the world of typography and he wrote the 3 books featured above. For more information on his life and his work, here’s the NY Times article and visit his website.
There’s also a free documentary on his life at Linda.com.
This is a print I bought at a thrift store. It’s dated 1909, it was used for a Sunkist ad. The skin tones are especially beautiful. The texture looks so soft, it may have been created with pastels. The flowers, her dress and the background look more like watercolor. I don’t know about her hair, maybe the artist used a combination of both.
This beautiful pair of French (Mallard) Ducks, spent the day in our backyard again today. They drank and swam in the pool, ate bugs out of the flower bed and just hung out for the day. The female is brown and of course the male is more beautiful with his green head.
It’s cold and rainy today in Southern California, perfect for ducks.
This is a photo of the purple vine growing on my back fence. I’ve forgotten what it’s called, but this is the only time of year it blooms.
Did you know that a certain shade of pink causes a short term decrease in aggression? Pink is the most calming of all colors — many jail cells are pink, studies show that the color pink drains energy. Think of pink as the color of romance, love, and gentle feelings, to be in the pink is to be soothed.
Here is a great post on Smashing Magazine today. Douglas Bonneville does a great job of explaining all the details to consider when choosing typefaces.
I think the Gap’s clothing line evolved and it’s logo didn’t. I remember when they first opened, they sold a Collegiate style, kind of east coast yuppie clothing, khakis, white or plaid shirts with v-neck sweaters. Now their clothing style is hip and cool. The logo never reflected those transitions so when you try to make that transition now, it’s a very big change. That’s what people are reacting to. I think you could bring the original logo up to date without such a drastic change. I would like to see a version of the sans serif inside the original blue box, but thicker and brought out to the edges. I’d also try the same technique in the original font.
From a production point of view, the new logo will be difficult to apply as 1 color, it also looks like the blue square has a transition of color, this could be a problem in reproduction of some materials.
In defense of the design firm who did the redesign. I know that sometimes it’s impossible to sway the client into the right design. They can, in may cases make a bad decision or influence the designer to create what they want, which is not necessarily what’s best for the brand and marketing of the product.
What do you think?
This beautiful color chart, created by Moses Harris’ in 1766 was published in the book: Natural Systems of Colors. This particularly fine work of art was the British entomologist’s attempt to explain the color interplay he saw in his own favorite kind of bugs, flies.
This is the 70th day of sadness: http://www.spillphotos.com/
For a donation of $10, you can help the Save the Gulf. Go to www.ripplesketches.blogspot.com for an original sketch card by some talented artists. All funds are donated to: The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center.
Dr. Charles Browne Fleet created ChapStick in 1889. His early ads read “People who go out for recreation in July will become sunburned, more or less. They will please remember that ChapStick is the quickest and best remedy for it.” He was a gifted chemist, but never would have made on Madison Avenue.
Twenty-three years later, he sold his recipe for $5, to local business man John Morton. Morton and his wife spent 7 years mixing the product in their home kitchen and turned ChapStick into the successful brand it is today, generating $110 million a year.
Frank Wright Jr., designed the ChapStick logo, still in use, for a fee of $15.
It’s a cross between Garamond and Caslon, winner of Merit in AIGA’s Flux National Design Competition 2009. For more info visit Typography Served.
Have you ever seen a font in print and wanted to use it, but couldn’t figure out what it was. Well there are 2 places you can go for identification. You can upload a .jpg to myfonts.com or you can answer a series of questions at identifont. Even though myfonts.com asks for you to keep space between the characters, I’ve used their system for script fonts, it gets pretty close and gives you multiple fonts to compare.
Overall a good tool to use. Not like the old days of thumbing through thousands of pages of fonts to compare serifs and weights.
This shortcut will create a new layer, combining all of the visible layers below. You can then make the original layers invisible and resave the file as a .psd. This way you only have 1 file with all the layers for editing, and 1 combined for placement without creating multiple files, thus saving you time and hard drive space. Thank you Creative Techs.
SOTA, The Society of Typographic Aficianados, has announced the release of a new font called “Coming Together”. This font is made up of over 400 glyphs, mostly ampersands to represent coming together to help one another. The font was designed by a group of type designers, graphic designers and illustrators from around the world. All proceeds from the sale of it will go to “Doctors without Borders” to benefit the people of Haiti.
Arial • ITC Franklin Gothic • Benton Sans • FF Meta • FF Din • Eurostile • Gill Sans • DIN Next • Avenir • Futura • Frutiger • Helvetica • Interstate • Akzidenz Grotesk • Univers • Trade Gothic • the Sans • Neo • SoHo • ITC Avant Garde Gothic • Rotis • Zapfino • Optima • Estillo • Helvetica Neue • Estilo Script • Waza™ • Olicana Smooth OT • Louisiana • Metroscript OT
There are many more classic fonts than I would have imagined.
If you haven’t visited fontshop.com lately, you have to check out their new tool: type navigator, it helps you figure out what type you need by the specific characteristics of a font. You choose the size of the serif, the general shape, proportions, weight and more, of the characters you want and it matches your choices up with all of the fonts within close match of those characteristics. It’s just another way to search for a font when you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or if you know what you want it to look like, but have no idea what the name of it is.
According to Pantone® and the global authority on color, the 2010 color of the year is Turquoise. It represents an escape to a tropical paradise. And who couldn’t use that after 2009!
soothing • inviting • luminous • wellbeing • water • sky • healing • pleasant
If you haven’t seen the new promotional piece from Neenah Paper called “Love Linen” you’re missing out on a beautifully designed piece as well as the experience of touching the amazing tactile quality of linen. The design guys have chosen an appealing palette which showcases the vibrancy of the paper along with some sophisticated typography. This would make a good addition to your paper library.
A communicator: A designer uses type, imagery, symbols and color to organize ideas into a clear, concise, unified message. Designers provide this service for businesses and organizations to communicate to their audience and cause a response.
Quote by Paul Rand, Graphic Designer, from his book Design, Form, Chaos, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1993: “To understand the meaning of design is …to understand the part form and content play…and to realize that design is also commentary, opinion, a point of view, and social responsibility. To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps to even amuse.”
“Design is both a verb and a noun. It is the beginning as well as the end, the process and product of imagination.”
It’s about design, all design all the time with a focus on Graphic Design.