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YouTube Embraces Itself in New Rebrand

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“We have the word tube in a tube. This is weird. No one knows what this is,” Christopher Betti, an Art Director at YouTube, said in a recent Verge article on the logo change. Now that he mentions it, I don’t have a connection to YouTube’s original logo. Although it successfully suggested theContinue Reading

September 4, 2017
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Top 5 MFA Theses from MICA’s 2017 Graduating Class

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Every year a new batch of students graduate with a thesis, created through sheer blood, sweat, and tears. These were some of my favorite projects from MICA’s 2017 graduating class: 1. City Flora By Miles Holenstein I loved City Flora because visually, it was cohesive, clean, and beautiful. Conceptually, itContinue Reading

August 29, 2017
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Wearing Your Voice with Fashion and Typography

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One important facet of graphic design is considering how typography sits in physical space. Not necessarily in an architectural sense, although it could apply. I mean that designing messages outside of any digital platform requires an understanding of how the viewer will see it. Billboards, for example, need to be designedContinue Reading

August 11, 2017
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All You Need is Type

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When I was young I would joke that I wanted a career of “making fonts.” I had meant jokingly since the most boring job I could think of would be designing letterforms. Now aged 21, there are few crafts I find more interesting and demanding than designing what I nowContinue Reading

July 19, 2017
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Bringing Cooper Black

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It’s time to bring Cooper Black back. Yes, I mean Cooper Black, the globular typographic choice dominating every sleazy motel and corner liquor store (with all respect to the former Payless Shoe Source). It’s unfortunate then, that unlike a fine wine, Cooper Black has not aged well. In a world thatContinue Reading

July 13, 2017
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June 27, 2017
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Emigre Magazine: Design, Discourse and Authorship

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As I was coming of age as a designer I witnessed and was influenced by Emigre Magazine. At the time, we didn’t have blogs, or social media. Therefore, the only places design students were able to look at new work were books and magazines. In the 90s, there were theContinue Reading

June 16, 2017
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Bianca Ng’s “Who is Your Shero?” is a Reminder of How Amazing Women Are

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Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Bianca Ng, is tired of all the negativity that has consumed us since Donald Trump became our president. In no way is she diminishing the concerns regarding Trump as a national leader. In fact, she has become a part of a movement of creatives that areContinue Reading

Louise Fili’s New Font Montecatini Inspired by Art Nouveau and Stile Liberty Posters

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Lousie Fili Ltd recently released their newest, beautiful font, Montecatini on MyFonts. The name Montecatini comes from the majestic spa in northern Tuscany, which appeared in Fellini’s 8 1/2. Visitors seek Montecatini Terme for the healing powers of its mineral waters. Montecatini takes cues from the legendary 1900s Stile LibertyContinue Reading

June 7, 2017
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The Art Direction of Kendrick Lamar’s New Album “DAMN.” is Far from Boring

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Kendrick Lamar’s new album cover for DAMN. has captured the attention of many hiphop fans and graphic design critics. The overall design is being criticized for its basic and “stark simplicity:” the red serif font, Times, and Kendrick Lamar beneath. Vlad Sepetov, the graphic designer behind the cover, defended hisContinue Reading

Who Designed the Star Wars Logo?

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It was the 1970s, disco and sci-fi were taking over the world, but it was not until 1977 that the world jumped into hyperspace never to return. From then on the world has been amazed and inspired by the heroes and villains of Star Wars. It has been more thanContinue Reading

April 21, 2017
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20 Years of Experimental Jetset

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Since starting 20 years ago, Amsterdam-based studio Experimental Jetset has been a party of three. Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, and Danny Van Den Dungen met while attending Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. The three young students shared a common passion for design, art, and music. Music gave them the resolutionContinue Reading

March 22, 2017
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The Best 35 Signs From The Women’s March Worldwide

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A week ago, over 5 million women, men, and children attended the Women’s March worldwide. The mission and vision of the Women’s March is: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing thatContinue Reading

January 31, 2017
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Rima Massasati’s 4 Corners

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For Syrian-American designer Rima Massasati, helping Syrian refugees is a matter of design. Through her new poster series and an Indiegogo campaign, she’s raising money for food, medical assistance, and blankets for the refugees in the camps in Greece. Rima volunteered as an art teacher in the refugee camps forContinue Reading

January 30, 2017
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The Visuals of Sound

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How do you create a visual identity for something that’s based almost entirely on sound? Well, according to The Partners, an agency based in London, and Kurppa Hosk, an agency based in Stockholm, you latch onto the most visual element. Recently we’ve seen the rebranding of Royal Stockholm Philharmonic OrchestraContinue Reading

January 29, 2017
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Paula Scher’s Heart & Stroke

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Established in 1952 Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada has been working to prevent heart diseases within Canada. Since it’s foundation, the death rate of heart disease and stroke in Canada has declined 75 percent. Despite the group’s evident success, they realized that their 60-year-old identity was no longer approachable toContinue Reading

January 24, 2017
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