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The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails

Let’s face it—some of our projects end up a little more successful than others. Sometimes we win awards and accolades. And sometimes we mess up. Design fails happen. And there’s nothing wrong with celebrating our failures, acknowledging what went wrong, learning from the mistakes, and moving on. ...

5 Things to Avoid When You Think You’re Underpaid

Getty Images | CSA-Archive Few employers in the creative field—or any industry, for that matter—are transparent about what workers earn. In a survey from 2017 by The Creative Group, only 11 percent of the advertising and marketing executives interviewed said their company has an open salary p...

7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism

Active Yet Affable Creative Criticism Years ago, I worked for a guy—very briefly, I’ll add—who insisted on what he called “target practice” whenever our creative team gathered to share ideas. One person would present an idea, and the rest of us were expected to take wild shots at every stateme...

18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day

The internet would never have succeeded if not for cats. The internet is not complete without cats. Cat videos, cat memes, and of course, cat gifs — we need them all. So to celebrate #InternationalCatDay, we rounded up some of our favorite artistic gifs involving cats. Anyone can film thei...

The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds

NSFW WARNING: this post about Effin’ Birds contains birds and foul language that some people might deem inappropriate. Did I first encounter Effin’ Birds on Tumblr or Twitter? I can’t recall where but I do remember how much I laughed out loud. Lavishly illustrated birds greeted me with their bea...

Behind the Art: Liam Sharp

Liam Sharp has been working in comics since the 1980s, making a name for himself as an artist for 2000 AD, “the cutting edge powerhouse of British comics.” Sharp eventually landed with “the big two” comic powerhouses, Marvel and DC. Fans of DC’s Wonder Woman will recognize his name and his dis...

5 Essentials of Masterful Product Packaging

Wooing the customer doesn’t end with a sale. You want to keep your customers coming back for more and sharing their positive experience with friends. Packaging is an integral part of the whole customer experience, and should never be left as an afterthought. According to one study, 72% of cons...

A World of Typography: Creating Typefaces for Multiple Writing Systems

Industrious and ambitious type designers are creating fonts for not only their own cultures, but those in nearby countries—or ones thousands of miles away. Today we have access to thousands and thousands of fonts, especially when it comes to Latin scripts. Writing systems across the Americas and...

What Designers Want Copywriters to Know

Creative and branding expert Teressa Iezzi dissects the copywriter/designer relationship in her book The Idea Writers: Copywriting in a New Media and Marketing Era: “If storytelling is the essential job of the copywriter, design is the starting point of the story; design can inform how a s...

Pierre Katz: Giving New Faces to Old Luxury Brands

Pierre Katz could be considered one of world’s greatest “facial” rejuvenators of luxury brands. But his tools are typography and elements of design rather than Botox or a scalpel. Katz, who is headquartered in Paris, is often called in when a new owner of a brand wants a new look to signal a new...

6 Reasons Why Wedding Invitations Will Never Go Digital

If there’s one thing that probably won’t ever go digital, it’s the long-held tradition of sending wedding invitations. According to etiquette expert Lizzie Post, co-president of the Emily Post Institute, going paperless is not appropriate for a wedding—especially when keeping in mind they are ...

10 Essential Poster Design Tips

Laying deep inside the creative brain, poster making ideas are sometimes hard to unhatch. Former Target creative director and poster maker extraordinaire, Allan Peters, tells us his top 10 tips for ideation and creation. My name is Allan Peters. I went to art college because I wanted to draw ever...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ