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Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

Thursday 08.14.2014 , Posted by
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We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create. [Read more...]

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5 Fixes for Your Most Boring Fonts

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.

Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts. [Read more...]

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See America: Neo Vintage Travel Posters by Steven Thomas

Saturday 05.17.2014 , Posted by
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Illustrator Steven Thomas has created a series of posters that echo the unique style found in the travel posters of the 1930s and ’40s. His series “See America” is as affecting as the originals – beautifully encouraging people to get outside and visit America’s National Parks. The new “neo-vintage” posters made by Thomas include such wonderful places as Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree and The Badlands. The works were commissioned by New York based photographer Douglas Levere and his company Print Collection. [Read more...]

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Calamity Plates: A New Take On Classic Porcelain Dishes

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Classic white porcelain dishes with cobalt blue designs have existed in households for centuries. Each plate typically tells a story, and in past times it would even provide cordial conversation at dinner parties when the nice dishes were brought out. While the dishes are a nice addition to any household, even one that can be passed on from generation to generation, graphic designer Don Moyer thought they needed a bit of a “modern touch.” [Read more...]

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Can You Imagine Any Better Flourishes? Anton Burmistrov’s Inspired Typography

Monday 03.10.2014 , Posted by
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Graphic designer Anton Burmistrov urges us to use our imaginariums. The London-based artist caught our eye with his design for the glass door of the Imaginarium, a cozy creative space “where ideas are born, where artists could come and dream about impossible things.” Drawn from the conventions and styles of 19th century lettering, his panel is a typographic reverie come true – featuring bold, elegant contrasts and a series of flourishes that would make even the most self-respecting Victorian swoon. [Read more...]

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Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise. [Read more...]

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Design Around the Lines: Barcodes Don’t Have to Be Boring

Monday 12.23.2013 , Posted by
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We love the idea of taking overlooked design elements and making them beautiful. The barcode is a good example of this. It’s on nearly everything we buy – from your latest iPad purchase to a Snickers bar at the market – just a bunch of lines and numbers with very little (if any) thought put in to how it looks. We’ve covered Steve Simpson’s remixes before, and now we’ve run across D-Barcode, a Japanese design firm that’s been steadily revamping this oft overlooked element. [Read more...]

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East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

Wednesday 10.02.2013 , Posted by

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In this global village we live in, there are many differences that exist in how humans live and behave. In particular, there are major differences in how people in the “Western” part of the world perceive things as opposed to those who were raised in the “East.” Some differences are derived from thousands of years of tradition passed on from generation to generation. For example, countries like China, Korea and Japan have been civilizations for many years. The United States, on the other hand, is still a relatively “young” country and in some ways is still finding its common culture. Anthropologists and sociologists have spent lifetimes researching the ways humans live and how we can solve problems and create greater harmony. An artist, who was raised in multiple cultures, decided to make a simple but interesting inforgraphic playing on some of the unique differences between the East and the West. [Read more...]

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Steve Simpson Remixes the Ubiquitous Barcode

Thursday 08.08.2013 , Posted by

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Check out these seriously fun remixes of barcode design from Irish illustrator Steve Simpson. Actually, “barcode design” is almost a misnomer, completely overlooked by everyday designers. The ubiquitous symbol is simply looked at as a necessity. Simpson says we should forget that idea and get more creative. Just look at the many ways he’s reworked the vertical lines required for the barcode to work: they can become crocodile teeth, a sushi mat, Latin American style birds (or at least their legs), and even a convincing cactus forest. [Read more...]

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Jazzy Abstract Maps of Famous World Cities

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Some cities make you want to take out your favorite jazz records, sip on some wine and completely bliss out as you look down on the lights below. These posters from Toronto-based, self-taught artist Jazzberry Blue are just the right accompaniment for those moments – outlining the streets of famous world cities with a mid-century abstract flair. We wouldn’t want to navigate streets by these maps, but we sure would navigate life influenced by their spirit! [Read more...]

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