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Early this year, in hopes of strengthening my weakness for colour, I went to the highly influential book ‘Interactions of Color’ by artist and educator Josef Albers.   The book, despite its heady and annoying unnecessary academic tone (which I disdain so much), instils a child-like curiosity......

Why does it seem so offensive?   You’re walking down the street and you spot someone breezily walking past you wearing a great band shirt, but there’s something slightly off… you can clearly tell that they don’t listen to the artist in question or perhaps have......

A term which often gets thrown around, is whether someone has “the eye” or has “taste”. What is this? Is this some natural force that a lucky few are born with, destined to live a life where everything they touch turns to gold? Or is......

I’ll admit it, at first, I rejected the grid. The idea of putting what seemed like restrictions on an exciting new idea made me feel as though it would disrupt the fluidity to any creative process and could comprimise any such workflow.   Now, I......

When we compose we organise.   Whether we want it to look chaotic or minimally peaceful, if it achieves what it’s set out to do, the composition is achieved.   I see composing much like the work of the conductor of an orchestra leading the......

From the Constructivist movement in early 20th century Russia to the more recent happenings in Poland with this design clenched in protester’s fists, design has been used again and again to provoke social change and extend political stances – why do visual messages play such frequent roles......

Wide open white spaces and turning dynamic figures that dance off the page, Alexey Brodovich was known as a bold innovator and a giant in the world of editorial design; helping bring a European edge of art and design into American media which we can still......

A long narrow mark which divides, directs, adds dimension, creates momentum, tension, or tranquillity, can be used to communicate everything from emotion to information, a line is an everyday tool of design and like moving girders with a crane, they should be placed with great......

Ivan Chermayeff, known for his graphic work and enduring logo identities is one of the premier designers of modern design.   Partner of Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, a design firm which helped pave the way into the more modern sleeker corporate logos we see......

When it comes to colour, it’s easy to get a bit lost.   Like picking a typeface, it’s the sheer amount of options we have these days which paralyses us. It doesn’t seem to be a problem when we have strict guidelines telling us which......

Earlier this October as the leaves were turning yellow I stepped into The RA’s distinct Matisse exhibition, ‘Matisse in the Studio’. This show was supremely interesting as it focused on Matisse’s influences and what pushed his directions and inspired his own works. You were pretty......

Informed design is powerful design.   And powerful design comes from an informed designer.   The most successful projects are those which the designers are most close to personally....

A few years ago I was obsessed with being productive.   Procrastination was a sinful word I wouldn’t dare entertain, and if I got any spare moment at all I would find myself unnecessarily organising my folders, organising my calendars months in advance, or even......

Whether you’re a Corel nerd, an Affinity connoisseur, or part of the Adobe cognoscenti, we all love the tools we use to accomplish our designs, even when we’re using a compass and our favourite 2B pencil, we take a lot of pride in our chosen......

A design brief has just hit on your desk…   You read it through ten, twenty times, making notes of all the specs, researching; making sure you know everything they are referencing, and now it’s time to start finding a solution to their problem –......

Rubbing your hands together in anticipation, you wait for the computer to startup. After roughing out some promising ideas on paper over the last couple of days, you finally get to start building what you’ve envisioned. And it’s exciting....

Now with labels investing less and less to grow and develop their artists, musicians are under considerably more pressure to take the reigns of their entire music career than ever before. As a musician, today you have to be doing everything from advertising, marketing and promotion......