August 2011

An ambitious collection of simple icons.

TheNounProject collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language. Their emphasis is on simplicity and quality, all the icons can be downloaded for free. They are in SVG format so you can manipulate them to your heart’s content in Illustrator.

New High-Quality Free Fonts.

As stalwarts of the online graphic design community, SmashingMagazine has a fine reputation to maintain. So when thay highlight a bunch of free fonts, you know the quality will be high. Check out their latest offering.

Five keys to the perfect Podcast.

As you may know, a podcast is a series of digital media files that are released as regular episodes. They are common on the interwebs these days, and quite easy to produce. But this ease of production means there’s a lot of crap floating around, a situation that can be easily fixed. TheNextWeb has five keys to make sure your podcast doesn’t suck.

21 exceptional Fonts every designer should have.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Every collection of free fonts is exceptional, outstanding and a must-have. And, of course, they are not what they claim. Occasionally, among the proliferation of crap you will find some real gems. Which means you need to take a peek, and this is BloggersPath’s roundup. Hope you find something useful.

Comic Book Colors: Then and Now.

As any regular reader knows, I’m quite passionate about comics. I’m delighted that in the 2012 Pantone View Home + Interiors, you will find a color palette based on The Comics. Colors in this palette reference the bright, vivid colors of modern comics. But what of the colors of the limited palettes available prior to the 1980s? Check out this splendid article at EisemanColorBlog.  Juicy!

Examples and tips for using Illustrator’s Warp Tools.

Although similar to Photoshop’s Liquify tool, Illustrator’s Liquify package contains seven different tools: Warp, Twirl, Pucker, Bloat, Scallop, Crystallize and Wrinkle. Such choice can be confusing until you understand the effect that each tool can produce. SmashingMagazine has a simple tutorial that explains each of these special effects, and tips on how to use them.

The secret behind Starbucks’ logo.

Under careful analysis, it’s interesting how much ‘story’ is attached to a popular logo. Take the Starbucks logo for instance; is it a mermaid or a siren? And why does it appear to have two tails? This mystery piqued the interest of EndicottStudio who delved into the history of the mermaid/siren, with surprising revelations. Simply fascinating, don’t miss it.

July 2011

Tips for effective Poster Design.

Creating an effective poster is different to designing print flyers or brochures. You need to grab your audience’s attention in half a second, sometimes from across the street and you need to make sure you can communicate the main message clearly and quickly. CrazyLeafDesign has 23 tips to ensure your next poster is a winner. It’s all basic stuff, but surprising how many designers can get these fundamentals wrong.

A Collection of Free Dingbat Fonts.

We’re all familiar with Zapf Dingbats, Wingdings and Webdings. They’re all useful as a typographic ornament, but they can be used for so much more. Type them into Illustrator, create outlines and voila… instant graphic elements. So much fun. NaldzGraphics has a nice collection of Free Dingbat Fonts for you to use in your designs.

Welcome to the new and improved Graphic Post.

I’m a firm believer that websites are a dynamic entity. Just as the technology behind the web is evolving, so do the aesthetics of how information is presented. The Graphic Post is now almost two years old and it’s time to reconsider its online presence.

I’ve opted for a simpler, cleaner presentation. All the featured articles appear in a single stream, clearly identified as belonging to one of 18 Categories. Posts appear chronologically, marked by the month and year. All links lead to the original source from the main stream.

The Graphic Post has curated well over 5,000 articles from a myriad of sources. They’ve all been appropriately tagged and the easiest way to find what you need is obviously the Search field above. Alternatively, browsing the Categories presents the articles grouped within your field of interest.

As well as being a repository of useful and interesting links, The Graphic Post will serve as a platform for me to share items of relevance to designers (okay, call it a blog).

I encourage use of the RSS feed, and I will continue to share and communicate via Twitter. If you go to a post, you can leave feedback, make comments or offer healthy criticisms. Social media widgets for Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus have been included to make it easy for you to share a particular post.

I hope you enjoy the new and improved Graphic Post.