Friday, September 30, 2005

Art Fusion Gallery presents Fusion II

Art Fusion Gallery will be hosting its anniversary party and new collection of artwork with Fusion II on Friday, October 7th between 7-11 PM. Live music by Latin Flavors Orchestra. Resident Artist from Peru Rafael Diez will be creating caricature portraits for guests. Complimentary open bar, light hor doeuvres and George Malinowski on the sax!

Art Fusion Gallery is located at 1 NE 40th Street, Suite 3, 6 And 7 in Miami. (Map) For information call (305) 573-5730 or email:

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Canadian Firm Awarded for Excellence in Graphic Design and Web Design

Ottawa, Ontario-based graphic design and web design firm, Sage Media, was granted awards of excellence by In a September 25th press release, Sage Media's owner Chanie Cunningham attributed her firm's success to emphasis on customer service and strict adherence to accomplishing all creative work in-house. "Customer service seems to be an outdated notion - we just decided to bring it back," she said.

Sage Media won awards for its own website and for its corporate logo design for Ella Ruth Finest Cashmere. The Ella Ruth Finest Cashmere logo can be found on Sage Media's portfolio page.
Graphic Design Award Goes to Object 9

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based marketing firm Object 9 has been awarded one of Graphic Design USA Magazine's 2005 American Graphic Design Awards--granted to 10 percent of the 10,000 entries submitted to the magazine for this year's competition. Object 9 is responsible for a re-design of Old Milwaukee beer product line.

In a September 26th article that appeared in Adweek, Richard Williamson interviewed Andy Gutowski, Object 9 creative director and partner. He said, "Object 9's successful brand experience in the beverage industry is a direct result of collaborative client relationships and depth of talent and experience amongst our design team."

Friday, September 23, 2005

MOCA Annex to Revitalize Wynwood District

WLRN Herald News correspondents Harold Chang and Elisa Turner reported in a September 23rd story that MOCA North Miami would open an annex in the Wynwood District this December. It is expected that the growing number of art galleries and museums in Wynwood will revitalize that area, which now consists mostly of warehouses. The Wynwood District runs from I-95 to North Miami Avenue, and from NW 20th Street to NW 29th Street.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Links to Logo Database Websites

Informative Interview with South African Graphic Designer

An informative interview with Shona Danckwerts of the South African design firm Cross Colours appeared in the September 21st Independent Online news web site. Shona's answers are relevant and important to those interested in graphics as a career, not only in South Africa, but in any part of the world.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

BYU Graduate's Poster Designs Set the Stage

Cameron King designed a series of posters to promote the 2005-06 theater season at Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Theatre. The 12-foot high, boldly colored posters were a challenge of consistency, King said in a September 19th story by Erin Pierce of the Daily Universe. In order to achieve unity, all posters for the entire season were designed at the same time, with special attention paid to color, image quality and placement of phrases that represent the diverse plots and themes of the plays set in Egypt, Italy, America and Spain.

The tone of the poster must feel the same as the tone of the play, and the colors must reflect that,” Kind said. “Using a variety of colors and other elements from what the production represents, we create something modern while [remaining] true to its historical setting.

King graduated from BYU's graphic design program and is starting his professional career with Martha Stewart Living magazine in New York.
elf Design Studio wins American Graphic Design Awards

In a September 18th press release, elf Design Studio announced that it had submitted two winning entries in this year's "American Graphic Design Awards," sponsored by Graphic Design USA Magazine. Only 10 percent of the entries submitted this year were honored, and two of elf's designs were recognized for their excellence: Maryanne Comaroto's logo and Menlo Furniture Design's website.

Maryanne Comaroto is an author and a motivational speaker. Her logo combines a gothic aesthetic with imagery that references symbols of wisdom and spiritual growth. However, because almost all of the frilly decorations are concentrated on the top, the design is a bit top-heavy. Additional frills elesewhere would have unified the logo better, as would application of upper and lower case in the text.

The Menlo Furniture Design website uses a clean, modernist design effectively representing the style of furniture Menlo sells. For improvement, more negative space and less text would give the site a greater sense of prestige and elegance.