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Info for contributors

Work for Money, Design for Love

I’m looking for specific stories about an instance when…

Print vendors: a few handy resources

Woodtype specimen CMYK

A good working relationship with a printer can help cut the cost of your print projects. But first you obviously need to find a reliable vendor.

It’s not easy choosing a book title

Blank book cover

My book will be aimed at those who are thinking of, or who have started their own design business. The title I wish I’d read a few years ago (although I know I’m going to learn a lot writing this one).

How do you find new clients when starting a design business?

Wall clocks showing world times

If you have a specific story you want to share with the world it’d be superb if you get in touch.

Music video for the deaf blind

Here’s a kind of science experiment that made me think.

From the reader #7

Land art

Land art. Worth a look.

Paper from G . F Smith

G.F Smith paper samples

The postman brought a nice surprise earlier.

The design company is not the only place to be a designer

Japanese lamp globe

The design company is not the only place to be a designer. In fact it’s actually in some ways a rather constraining place to be a designer.

Be Bold 101

Be Bold 101

A snippet from Be Bold 101, by Nicholas Bate. Some stellar advice.

Want versus need

Paul Rand Steve Jobs

Quoted from Dave Trott’s blog where he discusses the client/designer relationship between Steve Jobs and Paul Rand.

From the reader #6

Specsavers lettering

How lettering is made for public display.

Champions of Design

Old Penguin logo

The company’s cheap but well-made, well-designed books found a new audience of working and middle-class readers that few believed existed. The future really was orange.

Blanch font family, free download

Blanch font family

The Blanch font file is available as a free download.

To the commentators

Blog comment count

In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.

Thoughts on the designer/client relationship

Thoughts on the designer/client relationship, courtesy of the Design Council.

Soirée Graphique

Soirée Graphique poster design

“A graphic designer faced with no content should create something without content.”

From the reader #5

Please keep clear of the doors

Photos of the now-closed Aldwych underground station in London caught my eye.

Design by Nature

Design by Nature, Maggie Macnab

The book takes an in-depth look at relationships between nature, design, economics, geometry, and art. Well-worth a read for designers and creatives of all types.

“Never just say ‘no’ to an idea.”

Half empty half full

“You have to say, ‘You know what would be even better?'”

Advice for authors

Typewriter close-up

If you’re writing a book for the money, you’re going to be disappointed.

TIME magazine covers: worldwide differences

TIME magazine cover 2045

Selective variations might, on the face of it, appear as censorship, but…

From the reader #4

design trend

These seem popular now (or these now seem popular). They do, don’t they?

Moses bridge at Fort de Roovere

Sunken foot bridge

Great. Love it. But I can’t help wondering how often this happens.

International Year of Chemistry

International Year of Chemistry poster design

It’s the International Year of Chemistry, and graphic designer Simon C Page (previously featured for his Year of Astronomy posters) has created a set of ten promotional poster designs.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

“…before we worked together, he was a legend in my eyes. His designs, for film titles and company logos and record albums and posters, defined an era.”

Free MOOney

Cow skin pattern

I have 15 MOO discount codes to give away, each getting you (or someone you know) the following.

Remove the logo. Know the brand.

Burberry tie

A little reminder that we need create more than just wordmarks and symbols.

Brand Thinking

Brand Thinking

Debbie Millman’s new book Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits is an engaging collection of dialogues between Debbie and different leaders in the field.

Why do so few designers join professional design organisations?

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“You get out of it what you put in, so if you don’t go to meetings, or become involved with other members, paying the fee is pretty much useless.”

When asking for a design critique

Ghost twins

Don’t show two logos and ask, “Which one’s best?”