I just discovered Carbonmade >> http://carbonmade.com/ If you click “examples” at the top of the page, you can browse through artists’ portfolios. The layouts are simple, clean and easy to navigate through. I thought that it was entirely free, but you can sign up for the “Meh.” portfolio for free, which lets you create a portfolio with 35 images. For $12 a month, you can sign up for “Whoo!” to create a portfolio with 500 images and 10 videos. But even so, I think 35 images is a sufficient amount for an online portfolio. I’m gonna sign up for “Meh.” for my photography and see how I like it.

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Creative Food Art

May 1, 2012

This isn’t entirely related to graphic design, but it’s still worth a look. For Advanced Digital Photography, my final portfolio will be food photography, and I was searching through google trying to find some inspiration, and I came across this blog with awesome food art. Take a look!

http://www.pixel77.com/thou-shall-play-with-your-food-creative-food-art/

Self Promotion

April 25, 2012

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I love these business cards! They clearly show that this guy is into photography. I even went to his website and browsed through his photos. If his business cards were just plain and rectangular, they definitely would not catch as many eyes as these do. These definitely stand out.

Information Design

April 17, 2012

I saw this graphic on Facebook a few days ago, and I love it mostly because of the content. Anyone who says that going to McDonalds is cheaper than cooking at home is kidding themselves, and this graphic proves it. I also like how the designer included the nutrition content. The graphic comes from this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/is-junk-food-really-cheaper.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

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I also love this. I found this chart on tumblr a few months ago (but one of lesser quality that didn’t have the website on it), and after searching google for a bit just now, I discovered that this chart is from the UK (and one of higher quality!). How wonderful is this chart? The colors are great, the information is awesome, and I love looking at it. The website is http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/

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This is the identity for Beats Audio. This identity/design randomly popped in my head as one that takes advantage of positive and negative space, so I’m still trying to find out who created it. The company creates high quality headphones. The design represents a lowercase “b” but the use of positive and negative space also makes it look like a headphone.

Paula Scher

February 23, 2012

Paula Scher began her career in graphic design as an art director in the 70s. According to her biography of AIGA, since then, she’s been at the forefront of graphic design. She has worked with a wide range of clients and has designed popular logos such as CitiBank and Tiffany & Co. She has won numerous awards for her achievements. My favorite work of Paula Scher, however, is her series of maps. Scher painted a series of maps that contained contextual details of what we may think of the cities/countries/locations she painted.

http://www.aiga.org/medalist-paulascher/

Map of the world, Florida, and a poster for The Public Theater

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Gregory Thomaso…

February 8, 2012

Gregory Thomason is a graphic designer from Texas. He created this series of posters after receiving news that he was going to be an uncle. These posters emphasize the importance of parenting and family values. At the bottom of each poster, he includes tips to better parenting. He uses bold colors, images and text to catch the viewers eye.

http://gregory-thomason.com/index.php

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(I had to do a print screen of the posters as I was unable to save them, hence the poor quality and a portion of an “x” button at the top right corner of each poster)