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This is Briefing 65: An overview of stuff of interest to the design mind.
Enjoy! Chuck Green
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The use of symmetry in graphic design
I like the way David Pearson used asymmetrical illustrations to create these unique, decidedly symmetrical book cover designs.
The use of symmetry in design has long intrigued me. I guess it is some deep psychological attraction to the foundational balance and order of nature. It pays to recall how profoundly we are influenced by design.
Have you seen any other good examples you can point us to?
Here > A passage from The Elements of Graphic Design by Alex W. White on Symmetry and asymmetry...http://ow.ly/kmsk
My favorite graphic designer
Back in February I mentioned that Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California was doing a retrospective of Kit Hinrichs (my all-time favorite designer) titled, The Storyteller's Art. Now that it has closed (and in case you missed it) here is a look.
Who is your favorite graphic designer?
Pulp tricks for graphic designers
Some wonderful examples of how to make the paper more important to the design.
Hahaha... InDesign in action. (why are they rewriting the headline while designing the article?) http://ow.ly/h5tj
Homogenizing book designs like this seems to detract from the uniqueness of the title and its author http://ow.ly/h5tV
When you need to talk to a real person at a big company use gethuman.com http://ow.ly/gTZs
I highly recommend Fred Showker's DT&G newsletter (Design, Typography, & Graphics)--always something worthwhile http://ow.ly/gP6k
Packaging design trends to watch
Came across this excellent piece on packaging design that is every bit as applicable to today as it was when it was first published a couple of years ago. It was written by Steven DuPuis, the Founder and President of The DuPuis Group, developers of branding programs for clients including Dole, Heinz, Kellogg's, Mattel, The Walt Disney Company, and ConAgra. He seems to know of what he speaks.
A good lesson in "context" for graphic designers
Photograph 1 is fascinating. Photograph 2 is shocking. The difference is not that both animals are strange, the difference is that the second animal is shown in a totally unexpected context--surrounded by a pristine white background.
Makes me wonder how I better communicate a message by taking something people are used to seeing in one context and showing it in another.
Meet Jillian Tamaki--editorial illustrator, cartoonest, and storyteller
The consensus is good for Canadian illustrator Jillian Tamaki, she was recently awarded Gold medals by both the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers. I particularly admire her ability as a storyteller.
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Drawing graphic design inspiration from historic documents
Historic Stock Market is an international online-market for historical shares, old stocks, bonds, and financial documents. Their collection includes at least 20,000 old stock and bond certificates, many of which include elaborate illustrations, ornate typography, and/or highly complex borders and patterns. This is one place to remember when you need some graphic design inspiration.
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