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 design, not no design at all.” ~Douglas Martin "People are not passive consumers of design, they are active designers of their own world—and always have been." ~Jane Fulton Suri "We are on a journey...

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 sheet of paper that breaks down the elements of a video production into what you see and what you hear. Not only do they help determine the flow of the...

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 for folding and binding when you are ready. Here's a brief introduction to what you should know about this easy-to-use feature. Note: much of this information can also be found in wonderfully...

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 large bookstore, where you can find entire books devoted to one genre of design, or look through design magazines such as Print or Communication Arts. Below you will find 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 your project is an essential, but tricky, component of the design process. Sometimes a little inspiration can go a long way. I've compiled a list of my favorite online resources to help you...

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 faced by designers is the color seen on the monitor, versus how it prints on paper. Using Pantone colors ensures your design will turn out as you intended. The Pantone books come...

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 foundry is a company that specializes in the production and distribution of typefaces and type families. Originally, type foundries manufactured and sold metal and wood typefaces and matrices for line-casting machines...

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 these ideas? First, let’s start with the Design & Thinking Documentary: "Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessman, designers, social change-makers and individuals to portrait what they have in common when facing...

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 mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to a typographer's solution, and you...

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 Media 291 Paper Letters, 2,454 Photographs, and 140 hours of work. Now that's dedication. Type meets history. History meets animation. What could be better? History of the Internet Great use of infographics in...

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 their cultural background as a basis for modern, contemporary compositions - creating cutting-edge typography and artwork. Using highly complex and decorative design elements (in image making and typography) that is...

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 website. Typolution My experimental typographic heart swoons over this uniquely rendered motion design project aimed at addressing the topic of pollution using only typography. Commas and exclamation marks pour down rain, trees...

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. After teaching in Dubai for almost 3 years now, I've collected a list of printers that students have used with reasonable success. Although not exhaustive, I hope you find it...

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 favorite websites for inspiration. 1. Information is Beautiful Information is Beautiful is a great resource for infographics, mapping and data visualization. The site is managed by author David McCandless who has a...

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 to submit some of your own to help them expand this great community.   Folder Templates There are a lot of sites that have diecuts ready for you to download and use. A...

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 the images, typography, and layout you have developed. Check out the chart below that covers valuable printing techniques and vocabulary. Technique Description Embossing Embossing creates a raised impression on the card stock. Debossing Debossing creates a...

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 comes from knowing you put the work in. You put in the long hours and went through all the research and design exploration to provide the best solution to the...