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World Design Capital Taipei

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Taipei was the opportunity to visit the International Design House Exhibitions as part of the World Design Capital Taipei 2016. With Songshan Cultural & Creative Park serving as…

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AIGA Design Conference 2016 in Las Vegas

It has been an incredible week in Las Vegas at the AIGA Design Conference: the Shape of Design. There were provocative sessions, discipline-driven symposia, and inspiring speakers. The 2016 Conference brought together a diverse group of designers,…

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2016 IAMCR Conference

I was honored to attend the 2016 IAMCR Conference recently held at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom from July 27–31, 2016. The conference theme of memory, commemoration, and communication was a meaningful opportunity to examine how…

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Web Flow Workshop IxDA Doha

Mark your calendars! Our spring workshop, Designing Web Sites in Webflow, will be held on April 13 from 3 to 5 at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Led by Ahmed Hashmi, this event is free and open to…

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Storyboarding Inspiration

Storyboards are organizational tools that help designers, videographers, editors, animators, producers and directors create a rough visual representation of a movie or video project. Storyboarding forces you to think through all of the logistics of your project….

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User-Testing Potluck

A fun day in my Interaction 2 class user-testing portfolio websites to identify areas for improvement. Great food, great interactions! A big thanks to all the students and faculty for stopping by!

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Booklet Printing in InDesign

The “Print Booklet” feature in InDesign lets you create printer spreads for printing saddle stitch booklets, magazines, or traditional books. With this feature, your pages will appear in sequence as you work, but can be printed in…

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Manual Printing in InDesign

The process of creating printer spreads from layout spreads is called imposition. Manual imposition used to be the only way to produce your final book from InDesign. Luckily there is the “Booklet Printing” feature to make your…

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Ali AlMasri at VCUQ

As part of the GDES Department’s ongoing effort to bring in visiting Arab designers to VCUQ, we were pleased to host the talented type and graphic designer, Ali AlMasri, this past week. Ali visited us from Jordan…

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Publication Design

As you begin working in the world of publication design, it is useful to look at existing, award-winning designs to generate ideas for the layout, color schemes, and type choices. You might start by visiting the design…

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Color Resources

It doesn’t matter if you spell it “color” or “colour” – we all understand it plays an important role in design. It can communicate emotions, convey contrast, and impact the success of a design project. Choosing the…

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Pantone Color System

The Pantone color system is the industry standard book of color swatches for graphic designers. They have reference numbers that you can give to the printer, who will ready-make inks to match these numbers. When designing for print,…

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MEDEA Workshop Series in Jordan

The Middle East Design Educators Association (MEDEA), in collaboration with ico-D member Applied Science University (ASU), recently held a series of workshops led by educators in the field of design. The event was attended by 180 students representing…

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AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo

I recently returned from the ‘AASHE 2015 Conference and Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education‘ and am bursting with sustainability-related ideas and inspiration. Having been accepted to the Conference and Expo with Kelly Murdoch-Kitt (following a double-blind, peer review process), I invited…

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Minneapolis Field Study

This October, four outstanding Graphic Design students accompanied me on a field study to Minneapolis (Minnesota) to participate in the “AASHE 2015 Conference and Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education.” ASSHE is dedicated to creating a diverse community that…

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