20. How can I keep up with graphic design trends?

Trends can tyrannize; trends are traps. In any creative industry, the fact that others are moving in a certain direction is always proof positive, at least to me, that a new direction is the only direction.  —George Lois   The first thought that comes to mind is why do want …

47. How can I believe in my work?

This is a good a question and it has a simple answer. It’s easy to believe in your work if you believe in your process. When I say process I mean some version of a traditional design process. A variation of identifying the problem, investigations, explorations, feedback*, refinements etc., we …

Pedagogical Sketchbook

WHO IS THE AUTHOR? Paul Klee was a Swiss artist born in 1879. He was a painter, draftsman, designer, and educator. He experimented with all kinds of media, tools, and techniques, following his own muse and adapting trends to his needs. Mr. Klee taught at the Bauhaus from 1921 to …

Time and Graphic Design

Inspiration and learning opportunities are found where fields or disciplines overlap. Many aspects of filmmaking are connected to graphic design. For instance, a long established technique in film is the establishing shot. An exterior of a building is shown followed by the camera cutting to an interior shot. Our brains …

Robots will take your design job.

The graphic design process is satisficing, not developing the ideal solution, but the best solution within constraints. What happens to the process if one of the constraints is eliminating the graphic designer? Every generation the graphic design field changes in substantive ways. I was taught how to make comps with …

Paragraphs on Printing

WHO IS THE AUTHOR? Bruce Rogers was an American book designer born in 1870. Today he is often referred to as a typographer, but he called himself a book designer. He saw typography as one aspect of a multifaceted art. He became famous for his work at The Riverside Press. …