The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang

Graphic Design, Humor, Interior Design, Life, Photography, Selling Yourself, Typography, Uncategorized

I had a call the other day with a potential client, where I used the words “wordmark” and “logo”. As a designer, we all know that these are 2 different things and we can define each one separately. As a client, not so much. After a short period of time discussing it, he let me know he was currently googling the difference because he didn’t know what I was talking about.

We sometimes assume that others know what we know. Not everything of course because well, we all know how “not smart” some clients are. For example, we all know not to assume that a client knows the difference between an image on their computer screen and an image that can be printed or the difference between a image pulled from facebook verses the original image. See the first and last pictures on “What Not to Say to a Graphic Designer”.

It’s all design speak, right..? And how we see things as designers. Like when you (the client) wants to be trendy *designers across the world shiver*. Trendy is not a good thing; trendy is ‘a dirty word in the design world, referring to a solution that appeals to the short-lasting whims of society. The opposite of timeless.’ We want timeless

And then there are the things that our clients say that they hope is covering up what they really mean. For example, “I showed this to my (insert important person in client’s life) and he/she said…”. Which we all know means “I don’t like the concept, but would rather attribute the criticism to someone else, so you don’t think I’m the one who thinks this is shit.”

We’ve all heard them all… and this person put together a dictionary of them some really funny ones. Its a little lengthy but its definitely a good read if you have some time.

The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang

What not to say to a graphic designer…

Gifts, Graphic Design, Humor, Typography

A personal project by zerouno design.

“In all these years (more than 10 now!) I’ve collected, in a series of post-it on my desk, all phrases that customers are saying and we (frustrated designers) hate to hear.” – ZeroUno

ZeroUno Designs

ZeroUno Designs

 

ZeroUno Designs

ZeroUno Designs

 

ZeroUno Designs

ZeroUno Designs

 

ZeroUno Designs

ZeroUno Designs

 

ZeroUno Designs

ZeroUno Designs

 

ZeroUno Designs

ZeroUno Designs

Check out the full project here and buy the t-shirts here. =)

Adobe Illustrator and why I’m glad I grew up in the computer era..

Graphic Design, Life, Typography

How Adobe Illustrator changed graphic design….

I learned a lot in school about how things used to be done and how difficult and time consuming setting type was, doing comps, etc. All hail the computer!

Free Font Friday

Graphic Design, Typography

Happy Halloween and happy Friday!

And I’m bringing it back, happy Free Font Friday!

Bebas Neue - Original Designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, Dharma Type Foundry

Bebas Neue – Original Designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, Dharma Type Foundry

 

Canter - Designed by Christopher J. Lee, New York, USA

Canter – Designed by Christopher J. Lee, New York, USA

 

Ostrich Sans - Designed by Tyler Finck

Ostrich Sans – Designed by Tyler Finck

 

Homizio Nova - Designed by Álvaro Thomáz

Homizio Nova – Designed by Álvaro Thomáz

 

Simplifica - Designed by KAIWA

Simplifica – Designed by KAIWA

And one for the holiday… not totally creeptacular halloween but those fonts are never actually designed well…

Ravenscroft -  Designed by Justin Callaghan

Ravenscroft – Designed by Justin Callaghan

Find more free fonts here. Enjoy!

Paper is the new black..

DIY, Graphic Design

Huh…? I don’t know… I just love paper! What a weird thing to say; I know. I’m literally just fascinated by the things you can do with just paper; a medium that you so easily have access to, it’s everywhere! I could run wild in the paper section of Dick Blick, or even the scrapbook paper isle of Micheal’s! I honestly collect paper, even scraps of paper, who does that?! Okay, I’m getting a little carried away here but when you see the things you can do with paper, maybe you’ll understand.

Harper1

By Irving Harper

I came across this article last week about Irving Harper, I had no idea who he was but he just made it to the top of my paper list with Julene Harrison and Peter Callesen definitely people you should check out if you’re a paper freak like me. Irving Harper brought me back to a class I took in school, which for the life of me I can’t remember what it was called, but I do remember the project. I don’t recall the parameters but I know I developed a 3D rendering of a recipe out of paper on a foam core board. But Harper has just inspired me to do another paper project, that I am so excited about.

By Irving Harper

By Irving Harper

A little while ago I did a vector rendering of a Map of Philadelphia, which was a long time in the making. Since then, I’ve decided I want to expand the project by doing illustrations of specific Philly landmarks, starting with Citizens Bank Park, because I love Philadelphia and the Phillies almost as much as I like paper. Okay I probably like them more than paper… So, I’m adding this to the list and dubbing it “Philadelphia on Paper”. Don’t expect anything tomorrow but I’ll keep you updated on where I’m at.

By Irving Harper

By Irving Harper

Seriously… Paper is so cool!

Vertical Hong Kong

Graphic Design, Photography

Check out this photographer, Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze. Some awesome shots of Hong Kong that will make you dizzy.

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #84

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #84

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #43

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #43

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #16

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #16

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #24

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #24

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #95

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #95