Citizen Project: Collaboration, Freedom, Purpose

The Citizen Project is a collaborative of four creatives in Grand Rapids, Michigan—designers Jody Williams and Brian Edlefson, type designer Terrance Weinzierl, and illustrator and designer Michael Nÿkamp. Formed by Williams, the collective was established with the intent of collaborating on side projects with a purpose: to raise awareness of the amazing talent in Grand Rapids. Read the rest of the article at Against the Grain.

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Handlettering Gymnastics

I’ve become obsessed with handlettering lately. It’s more prevalent than ever, appearing in advertisements, packaging, signage and more. With incredible detail and draughtsmanship at its finest, these artists are in high demand, giving each project a one-of-a-kind look.

The five artists featured here are forging new ground in the lettering category using a variety of materials and techniques to achieve stunning and sometimes surprising results. Read the rest here.

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Spooktacular Craft Party

Elements has done it again! Spicing up their studio with sinister machinations and quirky craft creations, the fantastic four (Amy Graver, Chelsea May, Tracy Forbes, and Kathryn Chase-Levin), hosted another successful crafting party for friends and colleagues. They served up spooky spirits and snacks while a Pandora playlist of Halloween music inspired the crafters—and, occasionally, irritated them. “We had to keep skipping songs because some of them were driving us crazy with the dramatic organ music or hardcore guitar riffs,” says May. Read the rest here.

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Visiting the Streets of Old Detroit

Time travel was never so easy, if you’re in Detroit, that is.

The Detroit Historical Museum has a permanent exhibition called The Streets of Old Detroit, which leads visitors through the city starting in 1840 then moving through six decades as it transforms from a rural frontier town to an industrial giant. The themes of industry, commerce, communication and retail are explored with facades of actual businesses such as a barber shop, hat shop, printer, blacksmith, and more, complete with cobblestone streets and gas lights. Read more here.

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Why Sagmeister & Walsh Stays Small

Let’s face it, when most of us start our careers, we dream big, as in working at a big, fast-paced agency with high-profile clients, surrounded by other creatives.

That’s great and all, but some of the most successful graphic designers—including Sagmeister & Walsh—have purposely set their sights small to create big. In our November 2014 issue, HOW spoke with the principals of six design firms, each operating with five people or less, to find out what’s so great about maintaining a small studio—and how anyone can do the same.

Here, we learn why Sagmeister & Walsh stays small.

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Let’s face it, when most of us start our careers, we dream big, as in working at a big, fast-paced agency with high-profile clients, surrounded by other creatives.

That’s great and all, but some of the most successful graphic designers—including Sagmeister & Walsh—have purposely set their sights small to create big. In our November 2014 issue, HOW spoke with the principals of six design firms, each operating with five people or less, to find out what’s so great about maintaining a small studio—and how anyone can do the same.

Here, we learn why Sagmeister & Walsh stays small.

– See more at: http://www.howdesign.com/articles/sagmeister-walsh#sthash.5GP2kIVe.dpuf

Brand New Conference: The Wrap

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Brand New Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Helmed by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit of Under Consideration, the event was a tightly run ship where speakers from around the globe shared insights on branding and logo development, while showing off some amazing work. … Read rest of post here.

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Getting Crafty with Neenah Papers

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Elements [elementsdesign.com], based in Branford, Conn., hosts monthly Craft Nights for clients, friends, and family. “It’s a fun way to connect with friends and make things with our hands,” says Elements principal, Amy Graver. “The theme for the party was ‘Summer,’ and it was inspired by the beautiful sheets of Neenah ENVIRONMENT® Papers we had in the office.” Read the full article, here.

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Comeback Kid: @issue gets new online presence

In 1995, Kit Hinrichs and Delphine Hirasuna took on an ambitious adventure with the Corporate Design Foundation (CDF), when they launched @issue: The Journal of Business and Design. It was immediately embraced by the design and business communities because it was the only publication that really addressed how design directly impacts businesses and their brands. It was also smartly designed by Hinrichs and printed on high-quality Potlatch (now Sappi) paper (Sappi also underwrote the costs of the publication). Read the rest of the article at printmag.com.

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Bonnie Siegler Casts Herself in Her Own Movie

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Serendipity played a big role in the design of Bonnie Siegler’s MOO MiniCards for her design firm, Eight And A Half. She explains, “There happens to be an amazing movie, made in 1963 (the year i was born), with the same name. There were many, many posters designed promoting this movie in every language, and we have several of them hanging in our office. I decided to use them as the backs of the cards, because one was more beautiful than the next—and let’s face it, they were already designed.” … read the rest of the article here.

Papercrafting at its best

We are going deep into the strange and wonderful world of paper geeks today, readers. But the deeper you go, the better it gets. It takes one to know one.  Owen Gildersleeve is a designer, papercraft illustrator, and set maker in London. He recently authored and designed Paper Cut, An Exploration into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration for Rockport Publishers. I had the pleasure of working with him on this beautiful book. When I first approached him to write the book, he was very reluctant and declined. However, about week later, he contacted me and decided to do it. …. read the rest of the article here.

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