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If your design do not deliver the desired result, it is more of a barrier than doorway. Tough but true. Be sure to see "Graphic design is a results equation".
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illustrator Erik T. Johnson
I suppose if your work regularly appears
on the pages of publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times,
--it can be said that you have arrived as an
illustrator. But I love the idea that Erik Johnson's technique, though
obviously sophisticated, remains loose and casual.
Here > Example 1...
Here > Example 3...
Here > This is another illustrator whose work
reminds Robert McCloskey's wonderful work...
Graphic design is a results
Graphic design is not art--that it is the mantra of anyone who hopes to
make a living in the world of graphic design in 2010. You can make
things flow intuitively and look smashing, but if you don't deliver the
desired result, your design is more barrier than doorway. Results, of
course, are subjective--this time you may simply want to capture an
e-mail address, the next time the goal might be to complete a complex
series of financial transactions.
ABTests.com demonstrates the
reality of the nuance and science of current-day web design. It is a
forum analyzing two versions of a page and results of which performed
best. It is, at once interesting, useful, and frightening. If you love
minutia, you'll love graphic design.
Thanks to Jeff Green for
pointing us to ABTests.com.
Here > An example: Firefox: 3.6% improvement on
Here > The original test writeup...
> The ABTest.com home page...
From the Ideabook.com Design Store
A brief overview of the interrelation of inches, picas, and points http://ht.ly/1Kqk5
The gecko, the caveman--okay, I get it. It was funny, smart, and wildly successful but now it's time for some new ideas. http://ht.ly/1HAbE
Interview with the designer of Bickham Script--Richard Lipton http://ht.ly/1Gg9h
The font http://ht.ly/1Ggda
CS5 > Tracking and reviewing text changes http://ht.ly/1QrKH
Brief, free clip of overview of differences between InDesign CS4 and CS5 by InDesign expert Anne-Marie Concepcion http://ht.ly/1PFPq
A few new (to me) online graphic design tools and resources
Here are some recent finds that you might want to add to your list of links.
I'm guessing you information graphics
aficionados are way ahead of me on this. It seems that Fernanda Viégas
and Martin Wattenberg, until recently, were the leaders of IBM's Visual
Communication Lab. Now they have founded their own company Flowing
Media, a studio focusing on media and consumer-oriented visualization.
an eye on them. They have done some groundbreaking work, some of which
you will see here. The first example is a project title Luscious. To
create it they used a custom algorithm to extract peak colors from a
series of magazine advertisements. For example...
Here > And example...
The Luscious project...
Here > Further explanation...
> A variation they created for Wired Magazine back in 2008...
> Their new company--Flowing Media...
A grammaphobe's nightmare
In high school, my objective in English class was to get the biggest
laugh, not to actually learn anything. Onlinestylebooks.com, as I image
it, was created by the girl in class who listened attentively and
chuckled when someone said "chomping at the bit" instead of "champing at
For the record, a style manual is a set of style,
usage, procedural, and technological standards adopted by a particular
organization for the writing, design, and production of documents. Mary
Beth Protomastro, the founder of Copyediting newsletter, owns and
operates OnlineStylebooks.com--a search engine for 50-plus online
(To the best of my knowledge, she did not attend my
From the Ideabook.com Design StoreBecoming a Graphic Designer
for the sources of typography
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