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Pushing Pixels: A Fresh Approach to Incorporating Photoshop into Web Design

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 27, 2013

In the past couple years, since web developer Ethan Marcotte’s call for responsive web design, web design has seen significant changes. For designers coming from a traditional print background and accustomed to working within fixed dimensions, the developments in web design have posed a significant challenge to their traditional way of working. Web designer and educator Ian Yates addresses the limits of developing website layouts within Photoshop in his article, Photoshop's Role in a Web Design Workflow. He proposes a fresh approach to web design which incorporates Photoshop, but isn’t reliant on static comprehensive sketches created in the program.

Road Trip! The Journey Behind the Cover Art for the Handbook’s 14th Edition

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 25, 2013

So what do Mr. Dill, a burnt draft card, a hula doll, and a wooden nickel have to do with pricing guidelines? These are some of the characters making an appearance in José Cruz’s cover art for the 14th edition of The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines. Depicting the view from the driver’s seat on a long road journey, his illustration is an exuberant, I-Spy mélange of detail. Cruz also skillfully places the Handbook and the Guild as central to the artist’s creative journey, with the Guild functioning as a compass, and the Handbook providing a road map. Look closely; the Handbook's cover tells a tale.

Yahoo: 30 Days of Logos, and One Huge Controversy

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 23, 2013

Yahoo’s unveiling of its new logo unleashed a firestorm of criticism and scorn from across the board, from designers, to entrepreneurs, CEOs, and just about the entire Twitterverse. To an extent, they asked for it; for the month preceding the unveiling, Yahoo coyly released a new logo redesign daily. The final logo revealed on Day 30 failed to impress most, and Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer’s Tmblr post on the design process added to the ire. But is the Yahoo logo an unqualified failure? For some designers and business leaders, no. The outraged response even inspired a call for designers to "be nicer."

3x3 Magazine: End of a (Print) Era

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 20, 2013

The illustration magazine 3x3 Magazine has put its last print issue to bed. Although 3x3 is suspending print publications, there are plans to continue to promote quality illustration through its website, blog, books and annuals, (as reported on their blog) “soon new offerings.”

The Interaction of Color: Truly Interactive

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 17, 2013

Yale University Press recently released Joseph Albers’ The Interaction of Color as an iPad app. The app contains the full text of the original book, including 125 color plates and 60 color studies. It’s enhanced with over 2 hours of video commentary, an interactive feature that permits the user to move and overly color swatches. Users can also create and save designs and color palettes into a format read by vector-based design software, such as Illustrator.

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