January 19, 2017

Saul Bass — Style is Substance

15 minutes well-spent watching a couple of commentaries about the title sequences of Saul Bass.

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July 26, 2016

Shop Art Theft

Tuesday Bassen and other independent illustrators have found their work being copied and sold by retailer Zara.

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June 13, 2016

For services to typography and road safety

Graphic designer Margaret Calvert has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).

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November 28, 2011

TIME magazine covers: worldwide differences

The difference between the US version of the TIME cover and that of the rest of the world recently proved to be a popular comparison on Reddit, with some calling it censorship.

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June 17, 2011

Boat Magazine

This lovely publication dropped through my letterbox the other day — the first issue of Boat Magazine.

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June 2, 2011

Patterns in design

When I find it more of a challenge than usual to come up with ideas, it helps to return to design in its most natural form.

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March 29, 2010

Olympic pictograms through the ages

Designer and AIGA medalist Steven Heller commentates on Olympic pictograms through the ages in this short video from the New York Times.

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January 27, 2010

What graphic design schools are lacking

I asked design students and graduates what they’d include in their ideal graphic design course. Here’s what they told me.

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November 12, 2007

50 graphic design blogs

I compiled this list of design blogs back in 2007. Many are no longer updated, and I’ve since unsubscribed from quite a few. Here’s a more current selection.

It can take time finding talented graphic designers, but it's fair to say the best have a healthy online presence. So to make things easier, here are some graphic design blogs worth a look. I've listed them by Google PageRank — Google's way of determining a website's authority, but don't read into it too much — many have an authority far beyond a single digit.

Design Observer

Design Observer: writings about design & culture

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine – a weblog dedicated to web-developers and designers


Core77 / design magazine + resource /

Authentic Boredom

Authentic Boredom – by graphic designer, Cameron Moll

Coudal Partners

Coudal Partners: a forum for creativity and experimentation

Creative Review Blog

CR Blog – News and views on visual communications from the writers of Creative Review


Dexigner – popular design portal featuring the latest design news

Hicks Design

Hicksdesign – Journal of a small creative agency based in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK, authored by Jon Hicks

I Love Typography

I Love Typography, devoted to fonts, typefaces and all things typographical.

Mark Boulton

Mark Boulton: Design Thinking. Web Delivery. By a designer based in Cardiff, UK.


Quipsologies - Corralling the most relevant and creative on- and off-line bits that pertain to the design community.

Russell Davies

Russell Davies – incredibly diverse UK-based blog on topics associated with design

Speak Up

Speak Up > Design Dialog


Subtraction 7.0 – NYTimes.com's Design Director, Khoi Vinh, blogs about design and other relevant info.


swissmiss – tina roth eisenberg | swiss designer gone nyc


Typographica. A Journal of Typography.

Veer The Skinny

Veer: The Skinny – provides visual elements for use in professional creative work

Veerle's Blog

Veerle's blog 2.0 – Webdesign – XHTML CSS | Graphic Design

Logo Design Love

Logo Design Love: a website dedicated to all things logo.

Ace Jet 170

Ace Jet 170 – Found type, print and stuff


AisleOne – Design, typography and everything else.

Chris Glass

Chris Glass, The Last 10 Days. A creative fella's journal from Ohio.

Creative Curio

Creative Curio – Learn, discuss and explore the realm of graphic design.

Design Notes

Design Notes published by Michael Surtees who tries to see life filtered through design as opposed to placing design on a pedestal

Designers Who Blog

Designers who Blog – features blogs discussing graphic design, web design, illustration, marketing, photography, branding, writing and advertising

Design is Kinky

Design is Kinky – a proudly Australian blog on design

Design Mag

DesignM.ag — Articles and Resources for Web Designers

Design View

Design View: Articles, Essays and Opinions by Andy Rutledge

Grain Edit

Grain Edit - covers contemporary graphic design / illustration, as well as design from the from the golden era of advertising (1950s–1970s).


ideasonideas, a blog that invites dialogue on issues relevant to communication designers and brand strategists

Inspiration Bit

Inspiration Bit – Get inspired and learn from the latest technology, art and design buzz on the Web.


ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott Hansen


Jasongraphix :: A journal of art, thoughts, and projects by Jason Beaird

Noisy Decent Graphics

Noisy Decent Graphics by Ben Terrett, a Graphic Designer in London

positive space

Positive Space :: The Graphic Design Blog

Spoon Graphics

Spoon Graphics - the personal project of Chris Spooner, a UK based Graphic / Web Designer.

Swiss Legacy

Swiss Legacy – Graphic design and typography

The Dieline

The Dieline – packaging design blog

things to look at

things to look at – plenty of images, and oddly, things to look at

Type for you.

Type for you. A blog on typography, by Pedro Serrão, a graphic designer from Porto, Portugal.


TypeNeu dedicated to typography, fonts, lettering and typefaces


AdGoodness – advertising and design blog from Frederik Samuel

Andy Budd

Andy Budd :: Blogography – based in Brighton, England


Computerlove – Contemporary Creative Culture

David the Designer

David the Designer – don't underestimate the knowledge this man has acquired (and don't call him Dave)

Elliot Swan

Elliot Swan survived three days without the internet


FormFiftyFive – Design Inspiration – the pet project of designers Glenn Garriock and Jack Daly


graphicPUSH – "a sporadically but faithfully updated design blog"

Graphic Design Blog

Graphic Design Blog – graphic design, freelancing, illustration, advertising, web design


NOTCOT.ORG - for your ideas + aesthetics + amusement.

Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray

We Made This

We Made This (It's Our Blog)

Just Creative Design

Just Creative Design – by Jacob Cass

Truly Ace

Truly Ace – Graphic Design Blog


Don't forget to check out the blogs I subscribe to — changed a lot since this post was published.

July 25, 2007

Graphic Design as a Second Language

Bob Gill design book

I can't choose a single design book as my "favourite," but this one's up there: Graphic Design as a Second Language, by Bob Gill.

Bob Gill design book

"The only way to tell which jobs Gill designed yesterday and which ones were designed years ago, is to look at the date. Styles come and go, but his ideas and teaching philosophy are timeless. That's why Bob Gill is one of the heroes that got me and so many others into graphic design in the first place."
— Michael Bierut

If you're interested in graphic design, the book's definitely worth a read. A little off-topic, turns out that Gill went on to direct a porn movie called The Double Exposure of Holly. David the designer shared that, but does go on to say he hasn't seen it, obviously. David's just a fountain of knowledge.

Available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk.

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