Latest Articles in Graphic Design

Chandra Greer of Greer

To the Letter

In this digital age, invitations arrive in our inboxes and are promptly deleted. Luckily, there’s Greer, a Chicago stationery depot that’s dedicated to ink and paper created by independent designers.
August 24, 2012
Quite Strong design collective in Chicago, Illinois

Strength in Numbers

Touting a model of collaborative creativity, five young Chicagoans share talent and resources to promote the work of female designers.
July 16, 2012
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Friday Finds 07.13.12

This friday, we see an alternative to the 2012 Olympics logo, learn insider tips on how to best experience AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants, and take an armchair trip to an archipelago in the Arctic.
July 13, 2012
New York CIty subway map

Transit Maps We Love

Certainly you could opt for a postcard of your favorite city’s key landmarks, but that doesn’t tell you all that much about the city’s culture does it? For a graphical element that speaks to the individuality of each city, all while depicting the landmarks that define it, mail those postcards and instead study a transit map. Some iconic, others unheralded, a transit map offers visitors a fingertip guide to the chaos of a city and arranges it in a way that holds true to the roots of the city. Whether using a geographical framework (i.e. New York) or a schematic design (known as a diagram and used by most American cities), cities often swirl those ideas together, bending train lines and inserting key landmarks to help tell the story of both transit stations and cultural interest.
June 15, 2012
Elitis Kandy Wallpaper

New-Wave Wallpapers

Wallpaper often comes with negative connotations of frenetic patterns and faded fruit borders, but a new wave of wallpaper design offers modern alternatives to plain paint and plaster. Click through the slideshow to see the eight designs we are digging right now.
June 1, 2012
knock-off furniture designs argument

The Real Cost of Rip-Offs

Knockoff furnishings may be cheap, but for the design industry, they come with a heavy price.
May 22, 2012
Novak Djokovic Logo

Novak Djokovic: Behind the Logo

Last year we took a look at tennis great Roger Federer's personal logo (bit of a snooze, frankly), so with the unveiling of top-ranked Novak Djokovic's new logo, I thought we'd check back in. And as Djokovic has gone the extra mile as to have a short video created that demystifyies the logo-designing process, I thought I'd share that, too. Novak hasn't veered too far from Federer territory design-wise. An interlocking N and D comprise his mark, just as an R and an F make up Federer's. But Djokovic seems to be reaching toward some Balkan past (he's Serbian) as filtered through the opening credits of a spy movie for his typeface. The Joker has always had a dramatic streak, but if his flashy duds are any indication, he won't opt for Federer's restraint. Have a look at the video. 
May 17, 2012
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Friday Finds 04.13.12

Yet another week has flown by and the weekend is upon us. Below we share some of our favorite discoveries, which include a go-to app for karaoke fiends, a concrete pendant lamp that looks like paper, and a documentary on the stratospheric real estate market in San Francisco. First off, a stormy shot of the Bay Bridge, or, as it seems to appear, the massive lightning rod connecting San Francisco and Oakland.
April 13, 2012
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Play Ball: Huntington Baseball Co.

Now that the season is on, any good design fan is mulling over precisely how to get just a bit more baseball into his home decor. Moderation, fellow fans! Tempting as it may be to move that collection of pennants out of junior's room and into the foyer, there is a better solution for the sporting modernist: the work of Huntington Baseball Co. No game is as ripe with nostalgia, and even the most ardent minimalist will find something to like in the clean typography of Huntington's collection of paper goods. And as the corporate bloat of Major League Baseball's marketing machine rumbles on, you'll be forgiven for hankering for a simpler time with simpler gear. Check out our slideshow for the posters, coasters, and scorebooks that bring just the right does of the old time diamond into the home. 
April 12, 2012