Redesigning Bane

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The Bane of 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises will be remembered for a lot of things, particularly the voice.  That might actually be an accomplishment considering how difficult it was to create such a unique-looking figure and still have the character’s aggression come across with deadly seriousness. The tone of the film series also demanded …

Jewish Wisdom in Graphic Design

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The Jewish community in the United States is a proud one. It’s not uncommon to see celebrations of Jews in various industries, and graphic design is no exception. Voices & Visions, a Los Angeles exhibit, celebrates Jewish contributions to design culture with 18 posters referencing 18 major players in Jewish history. The series takes quotations …

Comic Sans: Why all the Hate?

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Comic Sans has an interesting history. In a few short years, it’s gone from beloved to despised. What happened? Where did all the love go? In an age of internet memes and a celebration of the ridiculous, trolls on sites like Reddit have come to treat Comic Sans as the anathema of decent fonts. You’d …

Magazines Go CG instead of Photography

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3D Renderings for Advertising are shifting from the industry from photography to graphic design in what is likely to mark a monumental shift in marketing techniques and in the professional art industries.  A few weeks back we had a feature about the growing amount of 3D images in IKEA catalogs.  In conjunction with that approach from …

What are Fractals? A 3D Fractal Tutorial for Apophysis

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A fractal is a mathematically consistent, repeating pattern.  They can be consistent in scale, diminish or get larger as seen in this gallery of fractals from around the web. It’s become a popular medium for artistic expression.  That’s especially true with the advance of graphic design programs, Photoshop and more niche-specific software like Apophysis. Apophysis is a freeware fractal editor or renderer …

Orad Releases New Morpho 3.0 for 3D Video

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Graphics company Orad is updating its 3D character generator with the new Morpho 3.0.  Orad will unveil Morpho 3.0, the latest version of its 3D character generator, at IBC2012.  Morpho is a 64-bit program that enables real-time 3D rendering. The main objective of the new system is creating an easier 3D workflow solution for users.  Check out the …

Graphic Design and the Olympic Logo

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In 2007, long ago, when (design firm) Wolff Olins unveiled their design for the 2012 London Olympics there was a lot of backlash from both the international design community and the general public. People were unhappy with the radical design and admittedly I was one of those people.  You’ve all seen it. That odd 80s …

Graphic Design and Comic Book Layouts

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The latest big movies aren’t from the typical source. Sure comics have always provided blockbuster entertainment, but never before have the stories they’ve provided reached such levels of depth and scope. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have cemented the idea comics can be taken seriously in film, but it’s still an industry fighting …

What’s Your Colour?

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Angelica Dass Herself The blogosphere is abuzz with news of Brazilian Artist, Angelica Dass’ project entitled “Humanae,” which is an attempt to collect and classify every possible human skin tone using the Pantone colour system. Dass photographs her subjects and then takes an 11X11 pixel sample of their skin and matches it with one of …

Do Graphic Designers Need to Know Code?

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Mirko Humbert, writing for graphicdesign.com, asked a very simple question: Should you learn to code?  Designers learn a lot of things, increasingly web design.  So, should  graphic designers and web design be intimately acquainted? But they don’t learn how to implement, more often just how it should look.  So he thought out the issue into …