Dear Maira, Is it OK if I call you Maira? Because I love you so. I love Benjamin Franklin’s fur hat, and your paintings of the hole punches and rubber bands and cherry trees, the one with the sea of flags and the one with Herman Melville eating a fried egg. I love all the […]
What you business types have always secretly suspected about writers and designers is true: We sit around in cafés all day, peering into our laptops and muttering to ourselves. Sometimes we take breaks to play Words With Friends, or to drink coffee and mutter to each other. All that muttering? Sometimes it’s about the joys […]
Infographics are a powerful design tool. They soar into a realm where bar charts, pie charts, and raw data can never travel: instantaneous emotional connection. Let’s look at an example from USAID (below). At first glance, the poster’s strong symbols and clear typography lead us in and boldly declare the theme of the story. The […]
A good thesaurus not only helps you find the right word, it helps you navigate your train of thought. Here’s a great online thesaurus that a word lover could get lost in.
Ho-hum. Another white paper. Most clients struggle to turn this staple of the high tech industry into something exciting, engaging, and most important, actually read. An edgy white paper is refreshing. Challenges your thinking. Shows true zeal. We’ve written hundreds of white papers. Though often few and far between, the edgy ones are my favorite. […]
When a marketing manager works with a designer, great communication is essential. Many of your designer’s questions are automatically answered if your company has clear branding guidelines—including logo, templates, and color schemes. But there’s always room for design creativity, and that often involves choosing the right imagery to tell your story. Let your designer know: […]
We tip our caps to a master of the visual interpretation of data, Tom Wujek of Autodesk, who manned the whiteboard at the ultra-brainy Singularity futurism conference in the spring of 2010.
You may have heard the proverb: “Do not speak unless you can improve the silence.” When it comes to design, silence is the empty—or negative—space in your layout.
When it comes to design, there are a few simple principles you can follow to vastly improve the results. One such guideline is the grid-based layout.
Absolutely! I agree with our earlier post, Ideas Without Words—or Pie Charts. Information is beautiful in charts like Caffeine and Calories. I would use this or a similar treatment each and every time the client says: “Designer, go forth with this here unlimited budget and a whenever deadline, and just… CREATE!” Alas, the world of […]