The 2011 National Design Awards

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We’re very proud to be among the honorees of the 2011 National Design Awards, announced this morning by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In recognition of his extraordinary influence on both the study and practice of graphic design, Steve Heller will receive the 2011 Design Mind award.

The 2011 National Design Awards

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We’re very proud to be among the honorees of the 2011 National Design Awards, announced this morning by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In recognition of his extraordinary influence on both the study and practice of graphic design, Steve Heller will receive the 2011 Design Mind award.

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THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ART

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Last weekend I gave a lecture at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Massachusetts. The following is an excerpt from what future generations shall call my NRM Manifesto (unless the NRM lawyers demand that I remove their name, which is quite possible): Anyone with the courage to take a fresh look at the role of art in the 20th century might reasonably conclude illustration has played a more significant role than "fine" art.

THE LAST COURT PAINTERS

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Illustrator Bernie Fuchs standing behind President Kennedy at the White House Once upon a time, kings and pharaohs sought the most talented artists in the land to serve as court painters. In an era before photography (and often before literacy) royal patrons of the arts knew they would be remembered by the images of their accomplishments.

Things We Love

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In a manner more typical of the corporate than the corporeal, designer Nicholas Felton marks the passage of each year with an annual report. Past editions of the Feltron Annual Report have ranged in sensibilities, from his editorial 2006 (smarter than the smartest magazine) to his diagrammatic 2009 (which out-Tuftes Tufte.)

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST IN TIMES OF CHANGE

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You think you've got career problems? Russian artist Zinaida Serebriakova launched her career just as the world was starting to unravel. Self-portrait as a young art student Zinaida turned 21 during the Russian Revolution of 1905 when widespread violence, poverty and political upheaval did little to help the art market. Even bigger revolutions were just around the corner.

EMPTY ARMS

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Mead Schaeffer You hardly ever see pictures of men carrying women in their arms these days, but once upon a time such pictures made up 71.32% of all illustrations in women's magazines. John Gannam O.F. Schmidt Austin Briggs ad for business travel by train: bring your wife along and have a second honeymoon Readers of Redbook , Good Housekeeping , Ladies Home Journal , Cosmopolitan and McCall's all seemed to love these pictures.

WORDS THAT SHOULDN'T BE ILLUSTRATED

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? God separating light from darkness in the book of Genesis (Michelangelo) "Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not." -- The Book of Revelations Illustrations can enhance words, but not everyone is interested in having their words enhanced. In fact, translating words into pictures sometimes provokes people to violence. This reaction is a tribute to the power of illustration (although many illustrators, given a choice, might prefer the second prize). ?

An Appearance on PBS

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“Off Book” is a series from PBS Arts dedicated to documenting the creative process, and expanding the definition of art. Produced by New York filmmakers Kornhaber Brown , the series premiered with an exploration of “light painting”, and the intention to explore a new artistic genre every episode. Episode two focusses on typography, with our own Jonathan Hoefler representing the sub-sub-sub-genre of typeface design.

THE OLD QUESTION FINALLY ANSWERED: "WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ILLUSTRATION AND FINE ART?"

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Over the years, many people have wrestled without progress over the difference between art and illustration. The internet is riddled with silly theories on the subject: In illustration the intent is most often the selling of a product.

WEALTH FOR THE NEW YEAR

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[Blogger reports that today is my 300th post. I never expected to take this blog past 50, but what started as a fun way to highlight some under-appreciated artists, tell a few truths in support of those who already know them, and share some good stories became an unexpected source of stimulating dialogues and rewarding acquaintances. Many thanks to all who have participated, and happy new year to all!]

H&Co Typefaces Join the MoMA Permanent Collection

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The Museum of Modern Art has announced the acquisition of four type families by Hoefler&Co — HTF Didot, Gotham, Mercury and Retina — for its permanent collection. In designing new typefaces, we’ve has long been consumed with the interpretation of historical artifacts, the implications of cultural expectations and mechanical requirements, and the invention of new techniques.

H&Co Typefaces Join the MoMA Permanent Collection

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The Museum of Modern Art has announced the acquisition of four type families by Hoefler&Co — HTF Didot, Gotham, Mercury and Retina — for its permanent collection. In designing new typefaces, we’ve has long been consumed with the interpretation of historical artifacts, the implications of cultural expectations and mechanical requirements, and the invention of new techniques.

MARY PERKINS ON STAGE, volume 8

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The newest volume of the Classic Comics Press reprint of Leonard Starr's comic strip, On Stage , has just been released and publisher Charles Pelto was kind enough to invite me to write the introduction. I am a huge fan of the strip, and the period covered by this volume (1966-1967) is one of my favorite periods. In honor of this 8th volume in the series, my introduction lists the top 8 reasons why On Stage was one of the very greatest story strips of all time. Those reasons are: 1.

A THING FOR SHOULDERS

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Illustrator Henry Raleigh had a thing for shoulders. Other artists loved to draw hands. Al Dorne , Steve Ditko and Mort Drucker all emphasized hands in their pictures, building compositions around them and infusing them with significance. Amedeo Modigliani's tastes were a little different; he seemed to have a thing for necks , extruding them to achieve the effects he wanted. And Robert McGinnis consistently painted women with weirdly elongated legs. He apparently found these proportions pleasing.

ARTISTS AT WAR, part two

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The illustrator Harry Everett Townsend (1879-1941) was born on a small farm in Illinois. As a young boy he showed early talent, painting signs for local farmers on the delivery route for his father's peddling wagon. But farm life was too confining for Townsend. As a teenager, he struck out on his bicycle for the big city and when he got to Chicago, enrolled in the Art Institute where he studied under Lorado Taft.

DIALOGUE WITH A FIG LEAF

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Ever since civilization invented modesty, the fig leaf has created special challenges for artists. One of Denis Zilber's typically fun solutions The awkwardness of Durer's early efforts.eventually gave way to more natural looking solutions by artists such as Frank Schoonover, Harold von Schmidt, Al Parker and James Avati: But the motivations remained the same: to make the censor's prohibition seem like a mere coincidence of nature.

NEW BOOK ON ROBERT FAWCETT

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At long last, a book devoted to the life and art of the great illustrator Robert Fawcett has been released by the art publisher, Auad Publishing. It is a hard cover 9x12" book with a dust jacket, 182 deluxe pages, and a special foldout for Fawcett's well known Civil War panorama. The book was a labor of love for the publisher, who selected and edited the numerous color and black and white images used in the book.

Can We Add Serifs to Gotham?

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For the President of The United States? Yes We Can. —JH

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Dan Cosgrove Impresses with his Timeless Designs and Illustrations For Stamps and Posters

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Design Graphis Masters Illustration Dan Cosgrove Design Annual 2011 Graphis Master Poster Annual 2011This week’s Graphis Master is the Chicago-based illustrator and designer, Dan Cosgrove.

In Today’s Mail

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Typefacial Recognition at H&Co Labs

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We’re generally content to control font outlines by pushing points around on a screen, but an intuitive interface for managing the entire gestalt of a type family remains elusive. Andy Clymer at H&Co tends to develop fonts and tools together (one always seems to be the excuse to create the other), and this is his latest exploration: using facial recognition to control the basic parameters of a font’s design.

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Typefacial Recognition at H&Co Labs

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We’re generally content to control font outlines by pushing points around on a screen, but an intuitive interface for managing the entire gestalt of a type family remains elusive. Andy Clymer at H&Co tends to develop fonts and tools together (one always seems to be the excuse to create the other), and this is his latest exploration: using facial recognition to control the basic parameters of a font’s design.

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Line Sketch for 'Bull In A China Shop'

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Here's my composition plan for a large painting I am planning to work on and maybe enter into the Times Watercolour Competition. There is a bit of symbolism involved, can you spot it? I have also done a small value study which I will post after the fixative has done its job. View the finished painting here*. Bull In China Shop Pottery Matador Plates Smashed Pencil Sketch

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Introducing Ideal Sans

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Typefaces are born from the struggle between rules and results. Squeezing a square about 1% helps it look more like a square; to appear the same height as a square, a circle must be measurably taller. The two strokes in an X aren’t the same thickness, nor are their parallel edges actually parallel; the vertical stems of a lowercase alphabet are thinner than those of its capitals; the ascender on a d isn’t the same length as the descender on a p , and so on.

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Introducing Ideal Sans

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Typefaces are born from the struggle between rules and results. Squeezing a square about 1% helps it look more like a square; to appear the same height as a square, a circle must be measurably taller. The two strokes in an X aren’t the same thickness, nor are their parallel edges actually parallel; the vertical stems of a lowercase alphabet are thinner than those of its capitals; the ascender on a d isn’t the same length as the descender on a p , and so on.

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Graphis Master Francois Robert Creates Evocative Conceptual Photography

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Graphis Masters Magazine Archives Photography Francois Robert Graphis Master Graphis Master portfolio Issue 205 Issue 335 Photography Annual 2011 social & political protest posters Switzerland USA

An ODE to CONTRAST (verse 1)

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Peripheral vision may be our greatest weapon against ignorance. Your eyes don't need to stray more than an inch before they might bump into a view of reality that is startlingly different from your own: Matter and antimatter coexist side by side in this catalog of classes from the Learning Annex Of course, we can't always rely on our peripheral vision. Sometimes we have to seek out contrasting views.

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ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

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It's too early in the season for the star of Bethlehem, so that glow in the sky last week could only have been the neon lights from "the most prestigious art show in the Americas," Art Basel Miami Beach : photo by Casey Kelbaugh, New York Times The Miami show, we are told, brought together 250 "leading galleries" from around the world, "including the world's most respected art dealers offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers."

East London women's community football club Hackney Laces unveils new kit designs with attitude

Creative Boom

Hackney Laces was founded in 2011 by Katee Hui to empower girls through both sport and a sense of community, by allowing them to play football locally. East London-based women's community football club Hackney Laces boasts a newly designed kit, graphic language and photographic campaign.

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25 Annual Report Designs: Tips, Inspiration, & Resources

Inspiration Feed

How do you think people feel when it’s time to give that annual report again? You’ll probably hear groans and moans all around, depending on their performance.

Barbara Hulanicki, iconic founder of equally iconic '60s brand Biba, launches new fashion label

Creative Boom

In around 2011, she collaborated with George at Asda on a clothing range (the black batwing shirt from the collection remains one of my absolute favourite things in my wardrobe); and she's worked on ranges with Topshop and Habitat among others.

Witches brew comes to life with delightful fictional beer designed by Vanessa Lovegrove

Creative Boom

Vanessa graduated in 2011 with a Visual Communication degree at Bath Spa, working as a children's book designer initially, and then moving on to a stationery design studio.

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Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans respond to 'digital addiction' in new project PRSNT

Creative Boom

Joel Meyerowitz, ElementsSeries: Fire, Provence, 2011 © Joel Meyerowitz. Zhong Lin - #172 #ringbuoy and posted on 16th Oct 2020 based on Instagram © Zhonglin.

2020 Logo Design Trends & Inspiration

Just Creative

Past Logo Design Trend Reports: Logo Lounge: 2020 , 2019 , 2018 , 2017 , 2016 , 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2011. On Just Creative: 2019 , 2018 , 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009.

Candy-coloured photographs of LA's glorious hidden beauty by George Byrne

Creative Boom

George Byrne attended the Sydney College Of The Arts, travelled extensively, before settling in Los Angeles in 2011 – where he now lives and works.

Indie football zine Pickles brings politics to the fore

Creative Boom

Founded in 2011, it's an indie football magazine that celebrates the best in football culture and shines a light on the most interesting stories, all with bucket loads of visual style. You might think that "thoughtfulness" and "football zine" are two things that don't go together.

50 Inspiring Iranian Women, a book beautifully illustrated by Roshi Rouzbehani

Creative Boom

Born and raised in Tehran, Roshi moved to the UK in 2011 and studied Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire.

Inspiring work by the 'Type Champions' in Monotype's second annual award

Creative Boom

Looking at some of the winning work, we see Duolingo, the education app founded in 2011. City of Helsinki.

Of The Land and Sea: Beautiful photographs of England's Cornish coast

Creative Boom

In 2011, Nick offered to photograph a friend's wedding in Dorset as they weren't going to bother with a photographer. Of The Land and Sea © Nick Walker. When lockdown began in March, it was unprecedented just how much the creative industry was impacted.

Tracy Ma on playfulness, peculiarity and her prodigious prolific practice

Creative Boom

I studied at art schools in Toronto, moved to New York in 2011 to join the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine's art department.

Artist Spotlight: Lena Gustafson

Booooooom

Gustafson graduated from the Art Institute of Boston with a BA in Illustration and Art Therapy in 2011. Paintings by San Francisco-born, Oakland-based artist Lena Gustafson.

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Stanley Donwood reveals the creative process behind Radiohead's iconic artworks

Creative Boom

linocut print, 2011 © Stanley Donwood. If you're a fan of Radiohead, you'll already be familiar with Stanley Donwood , regarded as one of the most important visual artists of his generation and the genius behind the band's iconic art.