7 questions asked by noob designers, answered

Anyone who writes about web design or runs a web design blog (like this one) is bound to get questions from new designers on a pretty regular basis. And most of us try to answer those questions as time allows (which, unfortunately, isn’t as often as I’d like). Since time can be an issue, I’ve […]

How to deliver the perfect design

Working with clients can be tough. There can be a lot of back and forth communication and many requirements. Every client has their different level of standards and can make bouncing from project to project a bit difficult. One client’s idea of good is another’s idea of average and they’ll want more. Some of us […]

9 mistakes designers make when creating a logo

Every now and then I’m approached by design students and clients asking me to critique their logos. While I’m not particularly fond of critiquing anyone’s work, especially when it’s hard to find something positive to say, I’m happy to help students raise their game and charge a consultancy fee to any client looking for a […]

49 stunning examples of letterpress printing

When it comes to printing, whether business cards, posters, greeting cards or invitations, you will invariably be presented with a multitude of mind-boggling options. You can opt for digital, die cut, thermography, lithography — the possibilities are endless! But what about letterpress printing? And what exactly is letterpress printing anyway? For those that don’t already […]

Big brand theory: packaging design

For most brands, recognition is everything. Occasionally you’ll encounter a company that seeks to create a air of exclusivity by shunning popular appeal, but for the large part companies need you to spot them immediately. Brand recognition isn’t about making a good first impression, it’s about up-selling; creating a way, once trust and even pleasure […]

10 predictions for imagery in 2014

s a part of my role at iStock by Getty Images, I run global research projects that involve monitoring visual trends to help us stay one step ahead in sourcing fresh, relevant content for our customers, and serve as a resource for creatives who seek to stay on top of the latest trends. Reflecting on […]

50 Beautiful and Effective Package Designs

When choosing one product over another, the design of the packaging probably influences your decision far more than you realize. Effective packaging design breaks away from the standard rules and conventions that we are accustomed to, giving the product a unique edge to stand out from the rest. The packaging should appeal to your target […]

Portland art student designs winning beer label

PORTLAND — A Maine College of Art senior has designed a label that will appear on nearly 1 million bottles of beer this year, and won a $5,000 prize for her effort. Nicole Holmes, a graphic design major from Branford, Conn., recently won a competition to create the label for D.L. Geary Brewing Co.’s Summer […]

Label maker

Bristol Brewing Company held its annual Smokebrush Porter release party Wednesday. This year’s label features art by local beer enthusiast Katie Schwing.   We caught up with Katie and here is what she had to say:   Q. How did you end up designing a label for Bristol? A. About three years ago, Bristol Brewing Co. put […]

Color Meanings Around the World

Colors are an integral part of a brand strategy. The color palette chosen to represent your brand can subconsciously communicate a variety of messages, and it’s been proven through market research that color directly impacts consumers. With that in mind, I’ve been looking for a good source to provide some insight into the psychology of […]