Author Archives: Alex Bigman

The graphic designers behind James Bond

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, many critics forecasted the end of James Bond—a Cold War character if ever there was one. At the same time, a prolonged studio dispute made a new Bond film seem unlikely for more prosaic reasons.

November 23rd By

The insane and twisted world of Horror Rudey

What do you get when you mash up the visual equivalents of Rockabilly and ’80s horror punk? We didn’t know it could be done, but the answer is Horror Rudey—a truly distinctive and expertly skilled illustrator, specializing in t-shirt designs on 99designs. Being that Halloween is upon us, we could think of no better person to... Read More

October 30th By

Get to know Paula Scher, titan of postmodern design

It’s hard to believe that a single creative mind could be responsible for both the polished corporate-ness of the Citibank logo and the loudly expressive poster designs of historic Public Theater productions like Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. Yet this all-embracing sensibility is the calling card of Paula Scher, a reigning titan in a heavily male-dominated industry. After... Read More

October 21st By

How to ace your next folded brochure

With the rise of web-based marketing, the golden age of the folded brochure may be over. As a result, many up-and-coming designers today aren’t learning the basic terms, protocols and skills for that type of design. That’s a problem, because while folded brochures may be less prevalent than they once were, they are not going away entirely. As... Read More

October 8th By

Into the world of post-logo branding

In 2009, the Los Angeles clothing company Freshjive decided to take a new approach to branding. Specifically, they got rid of their logo. And the funny thing was, they didn’t replace it. From 2010 on, no insignia would appear on their shirt fronts, their labels, their website—anywhere. Ten years after the publication of Naomi Klein’s No Logo, Freshjive were to be a brand... Read More

October 6th By

The best coffee packaging designs (in America)

It’s National Coffee Day, and never before have we had so much to be thankful for. Over the past ten years, the number of independent roasters in the U.S. has absolutely exploded. Portland, Oregon alone was at one point home to nearly fifty (and that was in 2012). Much like the similarly ballooning craft beer movement, the coffee... Read More

September 29th By

Book cover design according to Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd has been described as “the closest thing to a rock star” in graphic design. His book cover designs are omnipresent, his TED Talk has nearly 1.4 million views, and now he even has a few book titles of his own—both fiction and instructional—on shelves. He hardly needs more attention. But tomorrow is his... Read More

September 11th By

4 compelling stock image alternatives for web design

We considered starting this post with an example of an especially awful stock image, but we decided to spare you. You know the ones… posing “business people” in a dazzlingly white office, a woman smiling in a meadow, someone pointing at something. So how do you find good stock images for a website? If you’re digging through high-end stock sites or... Read More

August 14th By

Tips for better data visualization

Charts and graphs, not words, are the real substance of Powerpoint presentations, infographics, business brochures and just about every other data-oriented design product. If you want to keep a client coming back for more, you’re going to have to get an edge on the software-generated templates. Here’s how. 1. Know your chart types First off, there’s... Read More

August 6th By

14 motivating ways to brainstorm by yourself

Not long ago, working as an independent freelancer in a creative industry would have been seen as a handicap. Given a design brief, how are you supposed to brainstorm ideas without the input of other people? In the last decade, however, numerous studies have revealed that conventional “brainstorming” is actually a pretty bad idea. It... Read More

August 4th By

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