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Recent Blog Posts

28 Sep

I blog for Psprint.com about graphic design, printing and the freelance lifestyle. Here are some of my recent blog posts from blog.psprint.com. Please click-through to read the posts in their entirety.

Interview: Print and Design Before Computers

I recently came across a quote from renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser: ”The computer is to graphic design what the microwave is to food.”

This quote got me thinking. It made me wonder what graphic design was really like in the days before computers.

Do computers just speed everything up, or do they dramatically change the design process? Did Glaser intend a negative or positive connotation when he compared computers to microwaves…?

6 Inspiring Sculptures for Graphic Designers

Sculpture is a lot like graphic design in its use of scale, negative space, form and line to make a big visual impression.

The use of texture, shadow and the special setting or placement of a sculpture can all create dazzling effects. Take some design inspiration from these impressive works of art…

Top 4 Logo Design Pitfalls

Logo design is a mysterious process. Sometimes that perfect design can evade you for days and days and then magically appear. Or you may find yourself with no new ideas, carving out a logo from the clients’ notes on what they like or want in the mark.

No matter where you fall in the logo design process, here are some common pitfalls to avoid. Use these as guidelines or a check list to make sure you are on the right track…

4 Cool Design Elements from Magazines

Reading magazines is such a fun pastime. If a layout is interesting, it can make a story pop. Some of my favorite magazines in terms of design and layout (not counting design magazines because that would be unfair) are Wired, New York Magazine, GOOD and Real Simple. I also enjoy the consistency in design of magazines such as Vanity Fair , Vogue and The New Yorker.

There are many ways in which magazine design can influence other graphic design work on brochures, annual reports, websites, e-mails and newsletters. Let’s take a look at some of the intricate elements of magazine design and see how they can work elsewhere…

3-D Business Card Interview

24 Mar

I blog regularly about design, marketing and printing for PsPrint.com – a great printing services company. I just had the pleasure of interviewing an old friend, Graham Keegan, about his 3-D tetrahedron business cards.  Part one of the interview is here.  Part two is here.

He designed and printed the cards himself and there’s lots of pictures, details and video describing the project. Very inspiring indeed!

MagCloud – H.P.’s Big Idea

30 Mar

H.P. has come up with a web-based means of production and distribution for magazine publishing called MagCloud.

Charging 20 cents a page, paid only when a customer orders a copy, H.P. dreams of turning MagCloud into vanity publishing’s equivalent of YouTube. The company, a leading maker of computers and printers, envisions people using their PCs to develop quick magazines commemorating their daughter’s volleyball season or chronicling the intricacies of the Arizona cactus business. (nytimes)

Sounds great right? This service will help small, niche publications get started- as it drives the cost of printing a magazine down and serves as a digital newsstand for new readers to browse and purchase publications. Hopefully it will also spark some much needed new business for participating printers as well.

MagCloud also makes it affordable for book publishers to re-print a single copy or a handful of copies of out of print books- on demand.

If MagCloud sounds exciting, check out www.blurb.com a similar print on demand service for books but- without the distribution or fulfillment processes built right in. I have high hopes for this project and it will be exciting to watch as digital printing technologies meet online content and communities. Do you think anyone will jump from blog to magazine using a technology like MagCloud? I’ve always enjoyed reading letters to the editor more than blog comments.