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Pentagram’s Joe Marianek explains his OnDesign logo design for Creativity.com

Posted in Design, Process by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/29

Joe Marianek of Pentagram shares his design process for the OnDesign logo that is part of creativity.com. Find out his steps as he moves through the process of the logo’s design.

“When I started on the assignment to create a logo for OnDesign, I hesitated. As a patron of many online design rags, I have always managed to avoid the trouble of considering a blog’s logo; the typeface, color and gimmicks usually escape me and feel invisible.”

Read the full article . . .

Good Article on Free Fonts from The Type Studio

Posted in Design, Typography by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/27

TypeTalk: Are free fonts worth the price? http://bit.ly/HhIIJ

Techniques for choosing free fonts.

Interview with Veronica Belmont

Posted in Design Events by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/22

Shared from: Web 2.0 Expo blog

How Valuable Are Old-School/Traditional Design Skills Today?

Posted in Commentary, Design Matters, LinkedIn by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/22

Inspired by LinkedIn’s Communication Arts Group’s discussion forum post:”When you learned to work on a computer, did you take classes or teach yourself?”, I want to pose the question: How valuable are traditonal design skills like thumbnailing (preliminary sketches and verbalization), and marker and paper comping? Are they still being used today? Are they being taught in design programs today? Join me in the discussion.

WordPress WordCamp SF

Posted in Design Events by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/21

“WordCamp San Francisco is a conference organized by the creators of WordPress for our users and developers. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. The event is open to WordPress.com & WordPress.org users alike.”


Hot tells its story for itself

Posted in Design Matters by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/21

Hot Studio CEO, Maria Guidice talks about their work on Dave Egger’s Once Upon a School Project.

Resonance by Continuum

Posted in Process by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/20

Continuum’s take of design strategy.

This video is shared from the designthinkers weblog

Literature on Design Thinking

Posted in Design Matters by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/06

Thinking about Design Thinking: an emerging literature?

I’m sharing a post from the designthinkers weblog.

Designing Cross-Culturally

Posted in Commentary, Design Matters, LinkedIn by ayanaairakan on 2009/05/05

Oftentimes, I hear the need to design for a cross-cultural audience. Given that the world, has become a “small” place relatively speaking, and pop/current culture seems to manifest similary thoughout this world (example: jazz/hip hop/literature/fashion), I’m asking myself, what is a cross-cultural audience?