Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Olympic Games Logos from 1924-2012

Let the games begin! The 2012 Summer Olympic Games were officially kicked off in London, England on July 27th with over 200 participating nations to millions of viewers worldwide. The Olympic Games is by far one of the most recognizable international sporting event, which features summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The very first Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The International Olympic Committee, which was founded in 1894, has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement. Throughout the ages we have seen the Olympic logo develop and change. The logo was influenced by events and changes in the world, which became incorporated into the designs. Click this link below to see all the Olympic logos from 1924-2012 featured on WebDesignerDepot.com. Enjoy!

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Facebook Infographic: Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

As a graphic designer I am inspired by things I see and learn visually by watching how something is preformed. An Infographic is graphic visual representation of information, facts, and statistics. These graphics present intricate information quickly and clearly, and can be seen as signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and presentations. Check out the infographic below found on www.1stwebdesigner.com that visually shows some very interesting facts about Facebook that you probably didn’t know. And look to Moonstruck Marketing Group to handle all your future Infographic Designs for your next presentation!

Top Ways To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Whether you consider yourself to be a creative genius or you know you haven’t a single creative bone in your body having more creativity can help you in your professional life and help you get ahead in your career. It can help you improve your professional work life by finding creative solutions to your problems. As a graphic designer I have found some creative tips that will help you to be more creative and find inspiration that motivates your mind.

Learn something every day

Creativity often involves taking on a moment of inspiration and gathering new ideas to make it your own. Continually exposing yourself to new ideas will keep your creative juice running and keep it fresh. Always use tutorial books and magazines on hand to reference from time to time. Above all, learn something from every experience.

Think small

Now we’re not saying to not look at the big picture, but just don’t get overwhelmed at the thought of too much, too soon. Having a creative vision is important, often essential, but the details make the whole thing come together. Take time to simply plan out the steps you’ll need to accomplish your final result. Having a well-executed plan will give you a solid base from which to let your creativity run wild.

Surround yourself with colors

Black, which represents the unknown, is a stimulant to the release of feelings and thoughts. Violet is the color of creativity, and purple the color of passion. Red is creation itself, passion, energy, and stamina. Orange encourages playfulness and vitality, and yellow stimulates the mind. Choosing a little of several of these colors in each of your rooms will greatly enhance your creative energy in anything and everything in your life.

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The Secrets Behind How Top Graphic Designers Create Their Logos

The true secret behind how graphic designers create their best work is in the “Design Process”. Below are the steps involved that designers take when creatively designing a logo for a client. These steps were featured in an article on JustCreative.com.

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1. The Brief

Nearly all designers agree that the initial accumulation of information from the client is the most important step, either by a face to face interview or a questionnaire. This is where you must establish the design brief. Designer, John Homs says “You really need to understand your client very thoroughly before you get started. Logo Design is never just shooting in the dark. It’s just the opposite.”

If you haven’t got a client yet you may be interested in how to get your first job. Or if you need help on writing a design brief check out how do you write a graphic design brief?

2. Research

After moulding the design brief, getting to know your client’s businesses is the next crucial step in making a logo successful. Research includes general reading on the industry itself, sometimes on its history, and on its competitors. If budgets allow, external research can be carried out.

3. Visual Research

This is research not into the clients business, but into the actual logo style. This is where we seek out a look, a style, an approach or attitude, usually to attain a period or style that we are unfamiliar with, or to refresh ourselves with what is new or successful. Eg. Find logos of similar business’ and critique them. This is where you look for inspiration. Designer Wendy Stamberger said “I look more for techniques and to ask myself why a certain logo looks corporate, or what makes a […]

Smart Business Uses for the iPad

iPads are everywhere and can make your life so much easier, but how can you use them can make your business better? Below is a list of innovative ways companies have incorporated the power of the iPad to make their businesses run smoother and give their clients a positive user-experience. Check out these smart business uses for the iPad

Education: Replace Physical Books

Besides than saving the environment by preserving the trees, there are several advantages to using digital versions of books instead of physical ones. These include being able to store lots of text books and journels inside your iPad and taking them everywhere easily, you can quickly search for any information from those books, you can add notes and annotations without damaging the books, and the books will always be in mint condition so you can keep them forever. Plus it takes alot of weight of student’s shoulders.

Airport/Travel iPad Self-Service Tool

If you need quick information at the airport, the chances of you waiting in line to speak to airline representative was very high. Nowadays, Airports have check-in kiosks which utilizes the technology of the iPad. The self-service kiosk allows passengers to book, pay, and check-in whenever they are in the airport. Beyond booking flights, customers can also search schedules, check their flight status, choose their preferred seats, search for lost baggage and find deals and offers available.

Restaurant iPad Menu and Ordering

Why wait for a hostess to bring you a menu or a server to come take your order. Now you can simply look at menus and even order your meal using the iPad stationed on your table. South Gate, a restaurant adjacent to New York City’s Central Park, has such an extensive wine inventory of […]

Graffiti Goes from Concrete Jungle to Mainstream

Art is all around us and graffiti art is moving into the mainstream world. Below is an article posted on the Art Institute website that goes further into how this once unacceptable form of art has evolved from vandalism to artistic masterpieces seen all over the graphic design industry.

Strolling along an inner-city street isn’t the only way to experience the urban aesthetic anymore. Graffiti-inspired design can be found almost everywhere now – in advertising and living rooms, and on clothing and toys. The free-flowing and spontaneous styles used in the public space have caught on in the mainstream, and graphic designers are fanning the flames.

Graffiti has colored the urban landscape for decades and has actually been traced to ancient times. The objectives of graffiti writers and street artists vary; some use their public art to voice a specific message or political view, while others just see the urban space as a big platform to showcase their work.

Although graffiti is considered vandalism when applied without the property owner’s consent, its style is finding a legitimate place in advertising, magazines, billboards, television graphics, and even corporate logos. A few of the world’s top brands like Pepsi, Sony, and Nike have sought street cred by using graffiti-style art in marketing efforts.

GRAFFITI INSPIRED DESIGN

Graphic artists and designers have also incorporated the style in non-marketing materials. Miami-based Graff Toyz produces interactive graffiti-inspired toys and art objects. The company is the brainchild of designer Jay Bellicchi, who was a graffiti artist as a youth in Boston from the mid-1980s through early 1990s. Known then as “REMOTE” in his graffiti circuit, Bellicchi eventually started using computer graphics programs to create graffiti-style lettering. That’s also when he realized the potential of incorporating […]