History of Graphic Design


I found this website that talks about the history of graphic design. I found this site to be very interesting as well as informative. It discusses all sorts of topics like typographic milestones, the origins of advertising and the digital revolution in graphic design, as well as many others. It also talks about logos and symbols and the history of posters. This site has a lot of information so if you are interested in learning a bit about anything related to graphic design or about the history of how graphic design came about I suggest you check out this site! http://www.designhistory.org/ 

typography and advertising

I found this site that had some interesting examples of advertisements. These ads used typography in different and interesting ways to help express the main idea of the ad. I thought some of the examples were pretty neat. You can see more examples at this website http://bestphotoshoptutorials.net/2009/03/19/40-examples-of-beautiful-typography-in-advertising-design/ 

Viewbook – Online Portfolio Site

A online portfolio website that I found is one called Viewbook. I liked this site because it seemed easy to navigate and organized the portfolios well. You are able to manage and share your portfolio and can design the portfolio to suit you. You can try Viewbook for free for a 30 day trial period, after that you must choose either the Gallery Basic plan which is $4/ month, the Portfolio Standard plan which is $9/month, or the Website Pro which is $19/month. I really like some of the work in the Studiodosis portfolio, I thought their pieces were interesting and unique. To see some work from the Studiodosis portfolio you can go to this link http://studiodosis.viewbook.com/

The link to the Viewbook online portfolio site is http://www.viewbook.com/

Self-Promotion: Ivan Khmelesky

I thought this self-promotion package was a very interesting and successful one. This self- promotion piece was created by designer Ivan Khmelesky. It contains his business cards, a flash drive with his digital portfolio, a pin, a poster and his resume. I thought this was a successful self-promotion piece because it was unique and you really got a sense of his personality from it. I like how he connected the business card to the flash drive with the ribbon. I also like how he kind of based his logo off of his name. I also really like the “Hug me if you ke rn” button, it added a little bit of humor while still showing his understanding of typography. Check out all the parts of his self-promotion piece at this website http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Self-Identity-Project/174958

Designer Resumes


I found this site that had examples of some really interesting resumes created by different designers. Since we are currently working on our resumes for our self -promotion project I was excited to come across this site. The different resumes are all very different and very unique. They definitely express each persons individual personality. Some of the resumes are really crazy and out there and others are simpler but still very interesting. Here’s the link to the site so you can see for yourselves!


Info Design- Coffee Drinks

An example of information that I thought was very interesting and well done was this piece done by Lokesh Dhakar about coffee. This is a very simple and easy to understand chart showing what is in the different types of coffee drinks you can get at a coffee shop. I though that he used a very creative way to help people better understand what exactly is in the different types of coffee drinks. There are so many different types of coffee drinks today that it can be difficult to keep straight what each one is so I think that this is a very helpful and interesting diagram. More information about this diagram and Dhakar himself can be found at his blog.



Ambiguity of Positive and Negative Space- Piano Forest

A logo that I felt showed a successful use of ambiguity of positive and negative space was the Piano Forest logo. This logo was created by Jason Cho. When I first looked at this logo I saw several black trees however when looking closer at the white spaces you see that they are in fact piano keys, with the “trees” being the black keys on the piano. I really liked this logo because it is very simple yet effective.