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The New Designer: Testing Design (part 7 of 8)

February 6, 2012
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The New Designer: Testing Design (part 7 of 8)

Subjectivity is the curse of design, and designers. Fortunately there’s a valuable, but often overlooked phase in the design process that can remedy this situation - testing. Testing provides designers a chance to see which design solutions will potentially work best. Testing also provides a counter balance to one of the biggest traps designers face – selecting designs based...

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Typography, Typewriter Art and Creativity

January 30, 2012
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Typography, Typewriter Art and Creativity

Communication and language are constantly, organically shifting. Letters and words are universal, but language changes by location, slang phrases change with fads, and dialect changes by region. The modern alphabet has stayed consistent for centuries; what has changed is the life surrounding our letters, and the means by which we can manipulate them. We have shifted from endless pen...

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Yves Béhar: Be in Love with the Process

January 26, 2012
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Yves Béhar: Be in Love with the Process

Yves Béhar is a visionary. Founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco based design agency, Béhar aims to break into new markets and disrupt old ones by bringing a humanistic approach to his work. You may remember him for the world’s first $100 laptop for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization.

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The New Designer: Customer Insights and Co-creation (Part 6 of 8)

January 25, 2012
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The New Designer: Customer Insights and Co-creation (Part 6 of 8)

Customers. Audiences. Users. People. However you describe them, they are the reason that businesses and organizations exist, and ultimately they determine whether an organization succeeds or fails in the marketplace. As more and more organizations look to design for strategic advantage, a greater emphasis is being put on understanding how design motivates audiences. When combined with business analysis,...

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Audience Participation

January 23, 2012
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Audience Participation

Banksy: I'm not going to argue about the validity, legality, or legitimacy of his work. What I'm going to comment on is the inclusion of the audience as an integral part of his work.

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Common Copyright Myths and Misconceptions, Part 3

January 11, 2012
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Common Copyright Myths and Misconceptions, Part 3

This is the last in a series of excerpts from our most recent white paper, Copyright Basics and Common Misconceptions Debunked, which covers a wide range of questions and answers related to copyright. We hope you have enjoyed some of the tips we’ve shared. The complete paper is available for download here.

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Trendspotter: Nature-inspired, Organic Shapes, Nostalgic and Sweet

December 1, 2011
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Trendspotter: Nature-inspired, Organic Shapes, Nostalgic and Sweet

Design trends ebb and flow just like fashion, literature, and the seasons. As designers, we have to stay aware of current trends to keep our work fresh and contemporary. We also have to stay aware of the trends to keep our work from being faddish, and strive to be timeless. So use your knowledge of trends wisely, because...

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Common Copyright Myths and Misconceptions, Part 2

November 17, 2011
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Common Copyright Myths and Misconceptions, Part 2

Usage Issues: Who Owns What?

I hired a graphic designer to create a logo for my company. She showed me three different ideas, and I picked the one that I liked best. She worked on that one until it was perfect, and I paid her. But she’d sent me the other logos as digital files by e-mail at the beginning...

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Speculative Progress

November 2, 2011
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Speculative Progress

“Make art. Make progress. Volunteer your creativity to support President Obama’s jobs plan.” That’s the presentation of the “Art Works” poster contest being run by the Obama for America campaign to promote the American Jobs Act. But while Campaign Manager Jim Messina may view the contest as a great opportunity for creatives to put their...

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Forever in Court

October 27, 2011
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Forever in Court

Retail giant Forever 21 has defended itself against more than 40 copyright infringement lawsuits by high-end designers, including Anna Sui, Diane von Furstenberg, and Philip Lim 3.1. Forever 21 President Do Won “Don” Chang has managed to quietly settle all of the cases out of court, but with so many people feeling that their designs were ripped off, it...

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