A collection of quotes about design, the media, social change, and other inspirations for research, teaching, and creativity. Design “Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad...

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. The storyboard is a...

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 the appropriate order...

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 lives easier these days.

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 section of a...

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 right color(s) for...

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, a common issue...

There are thousands of fonts to choose from - so how do you decide which typeface to use in a project? Familiarizing yourself with the many fantastic Latin and Arabic "type foundries" is a great place to start. A type...

You hear the term "design thinking" all the time, but what does it mean to you? In my opinion, it involves considering the relationship between design, collaboration, education, writing, politics, culture, and context. But where do we begin to unravel some of...

Super cool websites for typography and game lovers alike. There's nothing to do but dig into the fun!   Kern Me This online game that will help you learn the art of "kerning" - what a fun way to perfect your typographic eye! Your...

A roundup of design related history starts now. History of Typography Check out this synopsis of the history of typography through a fun short paper-letter animation. It's both entertaining and educational. In order to complete the animation, it took Ben Barrett-Forrest from Forrest...

Arabic typography is growing and evolving in new and wonderful ways. Modern, traditional, cultural, and contemporary - there is much to explore in this exciting field of design. "Young designers in the MENA region have started to modernize classical calligraphy by using...

From historic accounts to pure inspiration, typography is alive and well in the field of motion design. Sweeping Beauty Beautiful "Calligraffiti" (Calligraphy + Graffiti) by Niels Shoe Meulman swept onto the street. Lovely! Find out more at unruly gallery and Niels Shoe Meulman's...

Looking for a printer or paper supplier in Dubai? It can be tough if you're a new student or new to the UAE in general. We all want the perfect trifecta of good quality printing, reasonable prices, and fast service....

Information graphics (or infographics) translate complex information, data, or knowledge into clear graphic visual representations. These graphics have become extremely popular in online journalism, but are also found in signs, maps, technical writing, education, and more. Check out my top 6...

istockpack istockpack allows you to find a template or dieline suited to your needs quickly and easily. And yes, you don't have worry, all packages provided on this website are free. So, go ahead and browse the gallery and feel free...

When working within the field of publication design, it is important to consider printing techniques that might enhance your final work. Not only can embossing, lamination, or letterpress breath life into a project, it can bring additional emotive qualities to...

Tried and true advice to help you build your presentation skills as a designer - a lifelong skill that involves sharing your work clearly, articulately, and with confidence. 1. Present with Confidence Everyone gets nervous, but try not to be shy. Confidence...