4 Questions to Reawaken Your Creativity & Imagination

play-cleese-quote-600x503Sam Harrison’s article on Howdesign.com is a great reminder that “non creative behavior is learned” and we can re-learn to be creative with practice. He recomends simple mental exercises to revitalize our creative thinking skills, and a Foosball table can’t hurt either.

Read the short article here: 4 Questions to Reawaken Your Creativity & Imagination

18 Cool Book Covers by In-House Designers

storiesofyourlifeHow magazine celebrates the contribution of in-house designers with this article featuring work by Alex Camlin, Kerry Rubenstein and Joan Wong. Each working as in-house designers or art directors in the book publishing business.

Enjoy these wonderful designs (and others in your local bookshop)

How Magazine

http://www.howdesign.com/featured/18-more-cool-book-covers-by-in-house-designers/

Design and Drinking, is a Cultural Shift Underway?

This article in “Eye on Design” highlights an evolving relationship between designers and alcohol. Cultural shifts toward a healthy lifestyle and work life balance, and the new economic realities facing designers today, many millennials approach drinking with a different attitude than in past decades.

Design + Drinking – Part of Agency Culture, or Party Over?

https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/design-drinking-part-of-agency-culture-or-party-over/

Forget about Adult Coloring Books, this looks like fun to me.

Sarah Hyndman’s new activity book seeks not only to teach typography skills, but also to educate on the psychology of type as a tool of communication. Why not spend a relaxing afternoon experimenting with type and perhaps finding a new “voice” to express yourself with.

How to Draw Type and Influence People: An Activity Book

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The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology

Perception is as important to design as content is. There are plenty of fun websites devoted to design gone wrong, like the Starbucks delivery truck the spells out “SUCKS” when the door is opened, or the “keming” websites (a tongue in cheek reference to bad kerning). This article on Creative Market helps designers better understand how we humans connect the different objects we see on a layout together and perceive them as one whole.

The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology

Art & Commerce: A Match Made in Hell

Don’t let the title of this article posted on HowDesign.com fool you. Author, Joe Parrish recounts how his agency was forced to redesign their product packaging in the face of commercial realities. The result is a much improved packaging system for the client. 

Design is about communicating clearly to the audience. If the design doesn’t accomplish that goal, it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is, it’s time to change the design.

Read the story here: Art & Commerce: A Match Made in Hell