Category Archives: Design News

The Explosive Hand Lettering Rebellion

By: Denise Bosler | February 21, 2015

”A stealthy resurgence happening in the design world—a rebellion against the cold, sleek, digital environment in which we designers spend most of our time. Hand lettering is not-so-quietly making a colossal comeback, exploding into the forefront of design. It no longer has to hide on the B-side or apologize for looking hand lettered. Categories that used to be forbidden, such as logos and packaging, now embrace this historic form of typographic expression. It’s appearing everywhere—even on A-list products such as movie titles, magazines, book covers and advertisements. Hand lettering is out, proud and absolutely amazing.”
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Design Services photoFrom GDUSA:
The Expanding Definition of ‘Design’ Services And How To Adapt for Success

Guest Post by Amy Graver, Principal and Creative Director, Elements
“Over the past several years graphic designers have been asked to take on an increasing number of services that go beyond what we originally set-up shop to do. The design landscape has completely shifted and changed with no end in sight. Our roles are continuously evolving and it has become a question of keep up, or get left behind.”

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Tokyo Olympic LogoAIGA Op-ed

An Open Letter From AIGA to the Tokyo Olympic Committee

December 8, 2015

Earlier this week the competition to design a new logo for the plagiarism-plagued Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games came to a close after organizers received nearly 15,000 entries from people vying to win JPY 1,000,000 ($8,250) and tickets to the opening ceremonies.

While we don’t doubt that the Olympic Committee had good intentions with an open-call contest, we feel compelled to bring them up to speed on AIGA’s strong stance against spec work. To that end, our executive director recently sent this letter to Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee.

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NEWS: Poor Yorick’s Fall 2015 Open Studio!



Now that we have your ear, we hope you’ll listen close:

It’s time to load up those little Potato Eaters and make the Mini Van Go to the Poor Yorick Fall Open Studios on Saturday, Sept. 26!

The Big Event kicks off at 4 pm in the afternoon and goes into the Starry Starry Night until 10 pm. Can’t wait to show off what we’ve been working on since we last saw you!

Also, we’ll be joined that night by special musical guests Jazz Jaguars: Unleashed! Woot! Woot!

Admission is always free, though donations are gratefully received with great Lust for Life, by artist and musician alike.

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126 West Crystal Avenue / South Salt Lake, UT / (801) 759-8681

DESIGN NEWS: The Four Letter Word Ruining the Industry


Bait storyFrom BRAND Packaging, Pamela Long:

“The other day I walked into the pharmacy, picked up a deodorant and walked out of the store. I plan to try it, and if I like it, I will go back and pay for it. Most of you are probably thinking that sounds crazy. But that is, in fact, exactly what SPEC (or speculative work) is, and it’s time for agencies to stop doing it and for clients to stop asking for it.

SPEC work is essentially free work created for a prospective client, with the assumption that if said client likes the work, it will hire the agency. Up until a few years ago, SPEC work was a relatively rare request in the branding world, but not anymore. It’s now a regular ask from small companies and fortune 500 clients alike. What’s worse is many agencies continue to do SPEC, which perpetuates the practice and affects the entire industry.”

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UMFA Brit ShowFrom UMFA:

The British Passion for Landscape:

Masterpieces from National Museum Wales

AUGUST 29 – DECEMBER 13, 2015

Drawn from the remarkable collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, “The British Passion for Landscape” offers visitors a rare opportunity to follow, in a single span, the rise of landscape painting in Britain through works from such masters as Claude Monet, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and Richard Wilson.

The exhibition unfolds a story that runs from the Industrial Revolution, through the eras of romanticism, impressionism, and modernism, to the postmodern and post-industrial imagery of today. The work references both the poetry of landscape and the environmental threats posed by industrialism – key themes that persist in British art today and that will resonate with Utah audiences.

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DESIGN NEWS/GATHERINGS: AAF of Utah Presents Trevor Graves



Trevor Graves photoWednesday, September 16, 2015 @ Church & State – 370 South 300 East / SLC

11:30 – Check-in starts / Noon SHARP! to 1:30 PM – Lunch & Presentation

Parking is available on street at meters, or across the street in the The City Library public parking. Both are pay options and AAF encourages you to carpool and allow time for parking.

Students is $15 / AAF Members $25


From AAF:
“Trevor Graves has the privilege of being one of the pioneers of snowboarding photography. Chasing the snow around the globe in the era of snowboarding’s most phenomenal growth in the ‘90s. In 2000 he won the coveted Crystal Awards, an action sports photo shoot-off held in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

As a founder of Nemo his contribution to the team today is to find partnerships with potential clients, creatives and causes. Nemo is an Active Lifestlye brand design agency based in Portland, Oregon. Nemo solves business problems by connecting a brand’s vision and audience values via Nemo’s trademarked “Corizontal” process.

Then Nemo creates amazing consumer experiences, turning those insights into creative firepower. Trevor has steered the company through 16 phenomenal years of commercial and artistic output.

His ongoing projects include expanding the Nemo business, sits on the board of directors for the non-profit Entrepreneur’s Organization, personal video/photography, and husband/Dad duties with his wife Amy and their three children.”

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Are you on LinkedIn? Check out the new SACM LinkedIn Group

As you begin the semester, would you find time to introduce the SLCC: School of Arts and Communication LinkedIn Group to your students by talking about it in your classes? The group can be found at

This group is a place where students, faculty and alumni can connect with other people in the college. What are you working on? What exciting things are happening in your field or in our community? Are you looking for collaboration? Do you need followers on your portfolio site or likes on your video? An audience for your upcoming performance? Post a link so we can see! Comments and feedback are definitely encouraged in our discussions.

NEWS: Hammerpress Printing Studio Celebrates 20 Years


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It seems like just yesterday that I was marveling at the fresh new work from a little printing studio in the Midwest calling itself Hammerpress. It was with great pride that I included them in New Masters of Poster Design, showcasing their inventive take on letterpress for the world to see. Soon after, I couldn’t help but smile as I saw their cards and stationery work in some of the coolest shops in town. Success couldn’t come to a nicer (and incredibly talented) bunch! Amazingly, the studio has now reached its 20th year. Stretching from their humble beginnings to become one of the most influential letterpress shops in the world, all while staying true to the roots. I had a chance to talk with founder Brady Vest about the twists and turns of the last 20.