Surrealism is a cultural and art movement that started in the 1920s. It encompasses all forms, such as art, sculpture, music, literature, film and philosophy. Surrealism is a sandbox of the human subconscious mind. Artists and writers of the movement believe Surrealism to be a revolutionary philosophical movement first, using visual works merely as an artifact. Since we are graphic and web designers ourselves, let us discuss surrealism in its visual form.
Surrealism artworks often feature the element of surprise with random objects and unpredictable juxtapositions. It developed out of Dadaism during the WWI, centered around Paris, France and quickly spread worldwide from the 1920s onward.Read More
It’s been more than a month since the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. It is one of the most devastating natural disasters of the century, having caused thousands of deaths to our brothers and sisters in Japan.
On a lighter side, let us remember what the crazy creative Japanese brought to the world. They are innovators, not imitators. One great difference I saw between Western and Japanese package and product design is the amount of energy and life found in the latter. Most Western packaging appeared limited, merely ‘contained’ on the canvas or package. Whereas Japanese design is more alive, spirited and energetic. Japanese packaging is created not to just contain the product, but has a unique soul of its own. It’s easy to tell–most of the packaging and product designs are based on nature and all things cute. In fact, they go through lengths to add tiny details like faces, eyes and smiles to products to make it more ‘kawaii’. Charming mascots, sweet characters and happy faces definitely sell in the company, and cute characters will definitely lure consumers into buying their products.Read More
Finally we’re at the stage where we can use some of our design skills! In the next few articles we will look at how to make our content easy to read and scan; in the next post we’ll work on grabbing attention with good headlines! Your content won’t be read if you don’t add kick ass headlines! And your content won’t be read if it isn’t formatted to be easy, pleasant and quick to read! Many bloggers do not consider just how important these points are in the beginning, I didn’t either, but after being online so long, I really appreciate good formatting and yes, catchy headlines work on me as well as they work on anyone else!Read More
An artist needs no permission to display his art and his creativity has no boundaries. Street art is a perfect illustration of this aspect in artists. Although this art form is unsanctioned no one can stop it from expansion. Graffiti is different from corporate art which is painted for advertisement purposes. For some street artists there is no reason other than personal expression. Some street artists, however, use their art as a way to subvert the mainstream or raise political or social issues.
Apart from the reasons that gave birth to street art, the brilliance, endowment and ingenuity of graffiti artists is undeniable. There are as many examples of street “doodles” as there are boulevard virtuosos in the world. Many of them are so picturesque and breathtaking that you can not keep stop looking. Here are some that I can’t stop looking at, enjoy.Read More
A company’s logo is the most powerful part of their corporate identity. Logos communicate with consumers and users on a personal level, affecting the market’s opinions towards the brand on a psychological level. Sometimes, logos need a makeover. It takes a lot of research to be able to execute a redesign of an old and familiar logo. Underdogs can get on top of the game because of their logo transformation and at the same time a major player can destroy themselves in just a short time. Here are a few of the most successful and not-so-successful logo redesigns. Let’s cover the good ones first.Read More
Infographics are graphic visual representations of data and information. They come in extremely handy when you need to explain complex information, numbers or data rather quickly and effectively. Infographics are used worldwide from magazines to metro stations. A great infographic can render complicated information easily understandable and engrossing. However, infographics can be pretty hard to design since you have to gather together a lot of information and make it look good. In this article you’ll find some tips for designing outstanding infographics as well as some resources and inspiration.Read More
This article is about the differences between pixel and vector-based designs but before going into details, I would like to give you an introduction to graphic design. A design is a combination of words and drawings which is integrated in a manner so that it can enhance creativity and exquisiteness through innovative ideas whereas graphics are a visual presentation of images in print media. Graphic design is the production of images and text artistically and in an appealing style. Graphic design can be referred as a visual communicator in the field of multimedia. If someone wants to enhance interactivity in his website, logos and signs or to convey a strong message through brochures and posters then he should incorporate graphic designs in his work.Read More
Are you familiar with the extensions after your images? There are so many image formats that it’s so easy to get confused! File extensions like .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, and more can be seen after an image’s file name. Most of us disregard it, thinking there is no significance regarding these image formats.
These are all different and incompatible, though. These image formats have their own pros and cons. They were created for specific, yet different, purposes. What’s the difference, and when is each format appropriate to use?Read More
Minimal fonts can awesomely enhance any artwork if used properly. You can see more and more websites using minimal fonts in their designs. Personally I love the neat look of bold minimal font in a minimal design. In this article you’re going to find some tips together with stunning examples to learn more about minimal font usage in web design. While minimalism seems easy – it really isn’t, it takes great skill to come up with something clean, professional and unique at the same time! Let’s jump into art of minimal fonts?Read More
Photography seems easy at first glance. You simply make your frame and press the shutter button. The reality is, everyone can take a photo but not all can master it. There’s more to photography than just simply “point and shoot.” Photography is a skill only a handful have the patience and the passion to stick with.
Photography students and enthusiasts must educate themselves with many technical terms such as aperture, shutter speed, focus and exposure. You’ve probably read enough about that elsewhere, so how about a few photography effects? In this post I will share some photography tips and effects. They can enhance the beauty of your photos and they can be very fun to do, too.Read More