Sunday, November 30, 2008

Beautiful Type-Only Commercial from Starbucks and Product(RED)
Thanks to my FIU student Aaron for sending this in. In a continued effort to reinforce its commitment to the communities that grow its coffee beans, and to continue being a responsible global company, Starbucks will donate five cents to Product(RED) from Nov. 27 to Jan. 2 with each purchase of a (STARBUCKS)Exclusive coffee drink: Peppermint Mocha Twist, Gingersnap Latte and Espresso Truffle. On the 20th anniversary of World AIDS day on Dec. 1st, Starbucks will donate five cents for every coffee drink sold. To read more, visit this press release at the Starbucks website.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This Would be Funny, if it Weren't So True...
Thanks go out to my past MDC student Robin for sending me this video, parodying an experience that a graphic designer might have while working with clients.

A professional graphic designer's job is to be a partner and consultant in the ultimate success of the project, which will be of mutual benefit to both the client and the designer. Here, the designer is presented as a lackey, following all the obviously bad suggestions of the graphically-uninformed clients.

Educated graphic designers understand that they are more than just software operators. They are experts in visual communication, understanding how to create clear and attractive messages. To be effective, a graphic designer must guide the client through the creation of the work, explaining why a certain design approach might have been selected, and why certain ideas just won't work. Graphic design should facilitate communication, and is never just decoration.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Paul Rand Talks about Graphic Design
Thanks go to my FIU student Andrea for posting this YouTube video in which Paul Rand talks about that career we all love.
25+ Sites That Use Only Typography as a Design Element
Thanks to my FIU student Elizabeth for posting this blog, which lists about 37 sites that use typography as their only design element. See? It can be done. That's why having strong type skills is important.