Author Archives: Alex Bigman

3 ways to rethink nonprofit design

Nonprofit organizations don’t operate like for-profit organizations. Should they be designed like them? There are many reasonable questions a designer might encounter upon striking up a professional relationship with a not-for-profit company. What sort of hierarchy will best suit the website? Are there special rules for designing a nonprofit logo, as opposed to a for-profit one?... Read More

December 12th By

Insight from up-and-coming web designer, UndoRedo

Tiffany Tannone, a.k.a. UndoRedo, has really been impressing us lately with her bright, illustration-heavy web designs. Turns out she is new to the field. We spoke with her about the influence of comics, the choice of illustration versus photography, and vintage signage – among other things. Read on for the interview. Name: Tiffany Tannone 99designs handle: UndoRedo Location: Wichita, Kansas... Read More

November 21st By

Looking back at Dan Friedman’s radical modernism

If you’re ever in New York City, make sure to stop by AIGA’s National Design Center, the ground floor of which serves as a gallery for rotating exhibitions of work in design. Currently they have an excellent show devoted to the career of Dan Friedman, a pioneer of “new wave” design in the 1970s and... Read More

November 12th By

4 key principles of web design

If you’ve ever researched web design principles, you’re probably more than familiar with the following attitude: “Web design is just so easy these days. With lightning-fast internet speed and sophisticated browsers, designers hardly have to deal with any of the restrictions that shaped the early days of the web. A website is, more than ever, a... Read More

November 7th By

The best (and worst) of horror movie poster design

The minimalist movie poster re-design has grown into a full-fledged phenomenon. They may be tokens of shameless nostalgia, but they are also an invitation to clever visual play and a good way for today’s talented designers to show off their chops. Of course, every trend yields its share of duds – and this one is no exception. Below,... Read More

October 30th By

We chat with 3D design wiz, MirkoAndricDesign™

We’ve been wowed for a while by MirkoAndricDesign™‘s impressive grasp on 3D design. Deftly designing 3D models and renderings, he’s brought restaurant, apartment and office interiors to life, and helped inventors visualize the look of new products. We decided to chat with Mirko about how he got started and his plans for the future. Name: Mirko Andrić... Read More

October 24th By

Trend Report: Ranking the styling of sleep apps

Among smartphone users’ many concerns, not getting good sleep ranks pretty high. In recent years, a deluge of “sleep tracking” apps have emerged – many offering similar capabilities: tracking REM cycles to fix poor sleeping patterns, waking you up at ideal times (through data), and sometimes even recording your sleep sounds for self-analysis. Even without considering... Read More

October 17th By

10 winning ways to enhance your email design

The idea of junk mail—the kind that arrives in your (actual) mailbox, stuffed in an (actual) envelope—has never seemed so quaint. This is without question the heyday of the email newsletter. This is not to say that design approaches to this digital-born marketing tool have been at all codified. To the contrary, email newsletter strategy largely... Read More

October 3rd By

Taking stock of the craft beer movement and its image

In 1949, LIFE magazine ran a nifty chart (below) plotting Americans’ tastes across the “brow” spectrum: highbrow being the most intellectual and sophisticated group, lowbrow the least. For example, where the most refined among us (retrospectively speaking) might attend a ballet for entertainment, the lowbrows would catch a Western flick. For drink, wine reigned at the top; beer was... Read More

September 29th By

The challenge of branding across languages

If you asked for the most general definition of a logo, you’d probably get something like “a mark that stands for a company or product.” The implication is that it doesn’t matter what the mark is; anything could work. But then, can we assume the effect of a logo is universal—even across languages? Apparently not, based on... Read More

September 17th By

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