Retro design gives a sense of familiarity that can be a bridge to reach your intended audience with your brand or campaign. But it can also be a crutch for a designer, a simple set of quick visual puzzle pieces that may not actually fit.
This article on Creative Bloq has some great advise and questions to ask yourself or your client to get the aesthetic just right. Read the article here: CreativeBloq “Is your design retro… or just dated?”
Sam 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
How 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)
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?
In this article, Wade Jeffree reminisces over one of his first design projects. Fortunately for Wade, the project was a success after presenting just one design option to the client, photographer Leigh Crow.
How many design options are right when pitching a new client? How do you avoid the client taking over and creating a “Frankenstein” out of your presented materials?
Eye on Design: Wade Jeffree’s Identity for a Photographer as a Lesson in Not Allowing Clients to “Frankenstein” Your Work
Some gorgeous illustrations by Anano Miminoshvili of “old world” catarrhines (a family of primates that includes humans).
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
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
“7. You’ve sat through some terrible movies just because the use of color in the cinematography was so good.”
I can identify with a few of these LOL…
20 Everyday Struggles When You’re a Color Addict