Design

How to make birthday wrapping paper with vintage library date stamp

Do you have a friend or loved one who adores libraries? For their upcoming birthday, consider creating a unique and thoughtful gift by wrapping their present in custom-made wrapping paper featuring a design inspired by the date stamps found in vintage library books.

Color palette generator

Every day I check the Eiffel Tower webcam. Many days the colors are pretty nice. I’d like to grab a quick color palette to tweet with my @EiffelLive Twitter account. Today’s Eiffel Tower view is peaceful. Gray and white tones. I’m trying out some color palette generators on MacOS. I know they exist on the …

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Using a silly font-picking method to illuminate Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s paintings are full of dichotomies. Earlier this week, I uncovered eight paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection with wonderful dual meanings. Themes like life and death captured in one painting. To really punch these double interpretations, I had fun photoshopping two words onto each painting. Each word is really BIG—as in …

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Five decades of design trends used in new General Motors logo

The new General Motors logo is very curious. It employs design trends from each of the past five decades. Perhaps General Motors wanted a logo that was timeless? If you use trends branching across a wide spread of time, that makes the logo timeless, right? Actually, it makes for one Frankenstein-hideous logo. Whoaaaaaa. Check that …

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Free graphic design magazine 6x/year

Want a free graphic design magazine mailed to you six times a year? Here is a funny story about how my free subscription was accidentally mailed to someone else for five years. Graphic Design USA has been the trends magazine for and about the professional graphic design and creative community for over 50 years. You …

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Griffin with ligatures for ff and fi: Hoefler text

The ligatures in Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is renaming the museum to be the “Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry” Sounds pretty silly right? Look at how long that name is. Plus, Chicagoans notoriously hate renaming buildings. The Chicago Tribune ran an article with selected Twitter reactions from Chicagoans. A typical Chicago response: Me? …

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