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Friday, February 20, 2009

To Design or Not to Design

Steven Heller sat down with Core77′s editor-in-chief, Allan Chochinov on how to teach students to not design unless there is a need, as well as debate the concept of obsolescence as a tool for stimulating the economy. We’ve included an excerpt of the interview below. To read the conversation in full click here.

“There is an age-old debate between training students and educating them. This is true for many disciplines, and is perhaps reaching a crisis point with product, or industrial, design. I used to have a perennial argument with a fellow faculty member that took the form of: “These students won’t be able to design anything if you don’t teach them how” versus “These students will only be designing dumb stuff if you don’t ask them why.”


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Monday, February 9, 2009

Drawing Board to the Desktop: A Designer’s Path

Michael Beirut takes a look back at the good old days. Here’s an excerpt from his article via The New York Times.

If you worked in a design studio in 1980, you were surrounded by colored paper, rubber cement, X-Acto knives and cans of aerosol spray glue. Our work, whether an annual report or a poster, was done by hand.

To read the entire article click here.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Creative Intersection: Icograda eNews

Icograda, the International Council of Graphic Design Associations, posts weekly eNews with updates and articles from the global design community. Visual Culture co-founder David Oberholtzer recently contributed an article on sustainability called “Paper Addicts Anonymous”. Here’s an excerpt:

“As designers, we consume massive amounts of paper and various print materials, so it’s safe to say that we’ve all done our part in contributing to this current environmental quagmire. In spite of this, I’m certain that the design community can adopt more sustainable practices and reduce our carbon footprint in the process.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Design for Humanity 2008

The School of Design at Anahuac University is set to host the 19th National Meeting of Graphic Design Schools “Design for Humanity“. The conference runs October 6-10, 2008

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Olympics 101

Here’s a reflective and informative article on China’s approach and process to developing the graphics of the 2008 Summer Olympics.


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Friday, August 22, 2008

Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest

Have you ever dreamt of operating a more sustainable design firm? Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest can help. For more info click here.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Back to School Resource Book

It’s that time of the year again. If you are a graphic design student, Tim Samara’s book on Typography “Typography Workbook” is a must. Read, study, and apply.

Samara’s book is an easy and highly informative read. The first chapter discusses typography fundamentals with real-life projects along with visual examples that support the (more…)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

International Human Rights Declaration 60 Year Anniversary

Design 21 has put together an online exhibition of Human Rights Posters that are commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the International Human Rights Declaration. There are 25 posters total that were selected as finalists.

The presentation is a collaborative effort between the Illustration department and the Designmatters program at the Art Center College in California.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Design Matters

Design Matters, which is run out of The Art Center of Design, is a college initiative. It’s primary mission is to explore the social and humanitarian benefits of design. Their initiatives span across the globe. Our spotlight is on one particular effort that is set to launch in conjuction with The Great Southern California ShakeOut in early November. This enterprise called “The Los Angeles Earthquake: Get Ready” will serve as a model for identifying effective and efficient earthquake preparation and recovery strategies. To find out more click here.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Do It Yourself Guide to Screen Printing

Print Liberation has come out with a screenprinting manual of sorts. The manual is a comprehensive DO IT YOURSELF guide to screen printing. The text is insightful, direct, and at times witty.

What we find great about this book is that it runs the gamut, from down and dirty low-budget techniques to the professional methods used today by master printers. In a sense this book is for everyone. We’ve included selected interior pages of the book to give you a taste. To purchase click here.

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