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February 20, 2014

Sketchology: Orange Is the New Sketch

Several years ago, during my visit to Rome, I realized that recording my experiences there would not be possible with a sketchbook.

Topics: Topics: Color, Design Reference, Interactive Design, Pattern & Palette, Professional Development

February 13, 2014

Playing with Color: Complementary colors

When I teach color, my goal is to create a new awareness—what Albers called "an eye for color.

Topics: Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette

February 11, 2014

Color Forecasting: Staying on the Cutting Edge

Predicting color trends is essential for many design-driven industries.

Topics: Topics: Color, Pattern & Palette, Studio Secrets

January 28, 2014

Playing with Sketches: Back to Basics Materials, shapes, and patterns - FUMAGE (SMOKE DRAWING)

Invented in 1936 by Wolfgang Paalen, the Austrian-Mexican painter and theorist, fumage was a later addition to the collection of Surrealist games that sought to transform automatic writing into forms of drawing and painting.

Topics: Topics: Color, Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Random

January 24, 2014

Love on Luxe: Stefan Bucher Designs for Love

Most of us think of monsters when we hear the name Stefan Bucher, but what many don't know is that he is also an expert in love.

Topics: Topics: Pattern & Palette, Profiles

January 21, 2014

Typography: Essentials: 5 Ways to Use the Letter

Using Letter as Form Each letter is a shape unto itself, a shape that may serve as an illustration, as an icon, as a vessel, or as a graphic focal point, apart from its meaning as an alphabetic unit.

Topics: Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Product Design, Type

January 9, 2014

Overlooked: O Canada

I am now convinced that the media-hyped "polar vortex" of frigid temperatures across North America for the past week can be attributed to the Canadians.

Topics: Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Design Reference, Fashion, Pattern & Palette, Type