Design and Art

September 30, 2010 Comments Off on Design and Art

Narani: I think design can be art if it serves a function. I do believe that design has some artistic aspects to it, but design is not ‘strictly’ art. Design is an intellectual process. Designers may use artistic methods to visualize their thinking process but unlike artists, designers work to solve a client’s problem with an aesthetic approach. It’s an integrated process, from research to planning the appropriate communication strategy, to designing functional and beautiful designs, which at the end, serves a function and solves a problem. Art is not ‘functional’. It involves personal expression and is purely for aesthetic pleasure that is appreciated by others.

Narani Kannan: Graphic and Product Designer | Notes on Design

Creative Direction Today

September 24, 2010 Comments Off on Creative Direction Today

The “kick-ass” creative director and what he/she does is no longer culturally relevant as it used to be. Today’s creativity is way more collective, iterative, and yes, humble. To deliver it, creatives got to move away from “I have an idea, and it’s brilliant” MO: the artistry today is in creating environments where collective creativity can flourish.

i [love] marketing. : Bright shiny things. via ad broad: have traditional ad creatives exceeded their sell-by dates?

Thinking with Type | Home

September 24, 2010 Comments Off on Thinking with Type | Home

Link: Thinking with Type | Home

A book every Designer should own, Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton, now has a new online edition finished off with Typotheque webfonts.

Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design

September 23, 2010 Comments Off on Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design


“Good design is as little design as possible

Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials.

Back to purity, back to simplicity.”

—Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design

Making those ugly ads sing

September 23, 2010 Comments Off on Making those ugly ads sing

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“Not only are we improving our results, we are providing a better service to our clients, improving the look of the paper to appeal to more readers and ultimately driving stronger response to the ads our clients are booking and growing their business – and guess where they will spend their advertising dollars next time!,“ Neville wrote her staff

Nice work.

Format for sharing the work of others

September 22, 2010 Comments Off on Format for sharing the work of others

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This is how I would like my tumblr to look when I share from other people’s blogs or reblog. Including the window shot clearly indicates that it’s someone else’s work and not my own words or images that I also sometimes share here.

Front-end design work

September 22, 2010 Comments Off on Front-end design work

Spending the time to do what I call “front-end work”, which I have written about in this column on more than one occasion and involves students working with their teachers to craft good quality ideas, is always worth the effort. Students who spend days or even weeks working with ideas they aren’t invested in inevitably leads to mediocre art. On the other hand, if students do a little research, get inspired by different approaches to making art, and truly reflect on what is important to them, themes and big questions rise to the surface and ultimately lead to higher quality work.

Developing Themes | Art21 Blog

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