The Gestalt Principles of Design : the most important lesson for all designers

Bridget Haina, accomplished design educator discusses the Gestalt Principles of Design. For more than a century, and thousands of hours of research and study, these lessons have been established as the most important factors of visual design -- for all designers! Thank you Bridget for helping get visual designers on the right track! September 13, 2016

Designing Logos : what really endures as good logo design?

Everyone and their brother seems to a logo designer and logo design expert these days, no matter how much (or little) experience they've had -- and without the slightest mention of a formal education. Blogs hum, faceless unknowns pontificate logo design, and there's even a "logo of the day" site. One popular logo blogger has climbed to unimaginable popularity with "lists" of logos regurgitated from other people's sites and no content of his own. Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn buzz with "logo designing" experts from all over the world. I searched for Logo Design and got 40-million hits. It's amazing. August 2, 2016

Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!

Getting ready for the summer vacation and all of the cook-outs, receptions, parties and picknics going on, we were delighted when Ainseley Bevis sent in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial with lots of blends, gradients and vector cooking! July 1, 2016

Laura Worthington: graphic designer, typeface designer, lettering art extraordinaire

We ran across Laura again quite by accident, but thought for some reason we had met her before -- which we had -- we featured her in 2013. Low and behold we catch back up with her and discover she's continuing as one of the masters of lettering fonts in the world! Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Lura Worthington . . . . April 29, 2016

We Love you, Yuko Shimizu !

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Yuko Shimizu -- a Japanese illustrator and instructor at The School of Visual Arts based in New York City -- her awesome works are truly world class! April 28, 2016

A Pictorial tour of women's fashions in history

There's nothing better than historic reference for graphic design, illustration and art inspiration and idea sourcing. These books are inexpensive, but offer a huge opportunity to explore. Besides, I've included a pile of free sample files to get you started! April 27, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women: video, illustration, packaging and more

Designing Women Surf

Again we're back with another surf to meet some outstanding women in the fields of graphic design! You're gonna love Sara's video -- and Sue's posters, so follow along and have a great time!

  • Jennifer Dickert : Altered Context
  • Nicole Miller-Wong : minimalism
  • Sue Murphy : a matter of fact
  • ZSO speaks for herself
April 19, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women: Marta Granados, Visual Storyteller, two new videos and more

Designing Women Surf

Having a great time learning about such outrageous new talents! This issue we have two videos along with a super collection of wonderful samples and portfolios ... take this journey and I hope you have as much fun as I did putting it together!

  • Marta Granados: universal language of color and shape
  • Peperina Magenta : Visual Storyteller
  • Barbara Nessim : : An Artful Life
  • Karla Blanco : Make a statement
April 7, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women: BLITZ, Stacey after a decade, Becca's soft hand, Cuba Illustrated and more

Designing Women Surf

As we said before, we love to visit studios we've featured before. Such is the case with Stacey's! But probably the highlight of this journey is the story about BLITZ magazine, and the video we've included. It's a pleasure to keep rolling, and our #3 will follow this week! Have fun!

  • Ten years ago : Stacey Dyer and Triple Frog
  • Giselle Monzón Calero: Cuba illustrated
  • Carey Labovitch and her BLITZ
  • Becca Stadtlander soft hand
March 31, 2016

Flora Borsi: Discovering one's self in the art of photography and Photoshop

Flora Borsi designing woman

Meet Flora Borsi a Photographer, Visual Artist and Freelance Graphic Designer from Hungary -- one of our April Designing Women series features! She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused who the human being -- including you and me! March 24, 2016