Monday, October 31, 2005

What to Expect as a Graphic Design Graduate

This informative article appeared in the October 29th Vue Weekly. Although it's about Canadian graphic design students, the content is applicable to graduating design students anywhere in the world. In order to be a successful graphic designer, graduates have to be creative, use the software effectively, and must also possess some business know-how. Here's what Nathan Webb, 31, associate art director at Hok Nik Creative Studios had to say:

Nothing beats real-world experience in this business. If I were to recommend any changes to the programs I've taken, it would be an increased emphasis on and support for students doing a practicum.

Monday, October 17, 2005

New Blog by Adobe's Program Manager for Fonts

Thomas Phinney, Program Manager for Fonts and Core Technology at Adobe, recently launched a new blog, called Typblography. One of his first posts describes Adobe's phasing out of Type 1 fonts in favor of their more recent font technology, OpenType, which is cross-platform and supports up to 64,000 glyphs (single characters) in a single font file. He states, "from a technical perspective, Type 1 is a thoroughly obsolete format."

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Two Logo Designs I Admire for their Simplicity

Last night, while watching TV, I saw a commercial for, a Christian website. Its logo struck me with its perfect visual blend of the Cross with the "walk" symbol at a crosswalk sign. The green color surrounding the accurate reproduction of the walking man connotes positive motivational energy--"go" rather than "stop." Whether or not you're a Christian, you can't help but appreciate the clarity and simplicity of the logo's symbolism.

The other logo, which has been around for some time, is for the PBS antiques series Find! I am impressed that the simple arrangement of an exclamation point in relation to the counterform of the lower case "d" can so clearly denote a magnifying glass, which implies a search, and ultimately a find.

In an age where most logos seem to rely on illustration and shading, it is refreshing to find two that make such a strong statement in as simple a manner as they do. A dictionary definition of elegance is simplicity--an elegant solution is a simple one.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Helping Non-Profits to Market Themselves More Effectively

The marketing firm Right Brain Branding Consultants has organized an event called Brand Aide 2005, which will take place on Saturday, November 12th, 2005, at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. In an October 5th press release, Vanessa Horwell of Think Ink PR, announced that Right Brain Branding will be seeking students in the areas of graphic design, web design, programming, advertising and marketing to help five selected non-profit organizations with their integrated marketing campaigns. The local organizations perform valuable work, but are often restricted by limited budgets from gaining needed support and recognition.

Now’s your chance to gain valuable work experience and references you will need to launch your career successfully. Contact Vanessa Horwell at 305.776.8817 or

Monday, October 03, 2005

Fort Lauderdale Design Firm Wins Prestigious Design and Logo Award

In an October 3rd press release, Fort Lauderdale design firm announced that it had won a prestigious Graphic Design Award granted by for their logo. also won a Web Design Award for its own website.
New Online Design Glossary Seeks to Improve Communication between Designers and Non-Designers

Design TalkBoard has launched a new online glossary comprising terminology from the graphic design, pre-press and printing and web design fields. The aim of the site is to cut down on misunderstandings between the creative side and the production side of the industry. The launch was announced in a September 29th press release.

"You wouldn't believe some of the stories we've heard about print jobs going disastrously wrong, simply because of a lack of understanding between creatives and pre-press departments", said Richard Shadbolt, Design Talkboard's Editor in Chief.

The glossary is available now at