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New Comics Anthologies!

A Visual Sampling

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From Print Magazine:

Best New Comics Anthologies: A Visual Sampling
By: Michael Dooley | July 20, 2017

So many outstanding comics anthologies, so little quality eyeball time. But worry not: Print’s come to your rescue. Last year we surveyed “wonder women artists” nominated for San Diego Comic-Con’s Eisner Awards, located here. And on Tuesday we provided you with a visual sampling of this year’s top nominees, and you’ll find that here. And today we’ll wrap up with a design-based survey that highlights some of the more graphically striking and skillfully adventuresome artists within the “Best Anthologies” book category. The winner will be announced at tomorrow’s presentation ceremony.

To read more:
Best New Comics Anthologies


 

Derek Designs Album Cover!

FROM BIRDWATCH:
“Excited to announce our album cover for our new record OLD SCIENCE. This design was created by the amazing Derek Ballard. Along with the artwork he gave a detailed explanation of the design. The meanings he attached to this idea, and the thoughtfulness he put into it mean the world to us. Better than anything we could have hoped for. Here is his description for his work. Thank you to everyone for the support. Album out Friday.”

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FROM DEREK BALLARD, VAD Graphic Design Alumnus:
“Everything in the gold overlay is represented in an art deco style, with confident lines, clean type, and strong iconography. I created a symbol based on the sextant, a dynamic tool used by explorers, and a personal point of interest. Travelers, sailors and explorers found an invaluable advantage through celestial navigation. Looking to the stars with the use of reflections, angles and the horizon replaced their dependency on the fickle method of dead-reckoning and gave them a better understanding of their current position and desired destination. I feel the functionality of this ancient tool (looking forward through use of reflection) can be strikingly emblematic to the emotional themes woven throughout the album.

The background image is a hand, subtly illustrated. At first glance, it looks as though the fingers have dipped into the water below, implying purification. However, on closer inspection, it’s clear that each fingertip has been lacerated for the purpose of bloodletting – and the pool below is the consequence of which. This OLD SCIENCE was chosen as a poignant way to suggest pain, tribulation, and release. It connects with the physical discomfort most musicians feel after spilling their souls into the writing of music, playing until their fingers erupt. It’s my hope that this synthesis of imagery will visually echo the themes of hurt, reconciliation, and growth revealed through the audible and lyrical content of this album.”

CONGRATULATIONS DEREK!

STOCK IMAGE LICENSES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

GAG artFrom the Graphic Artists Guild:

The Restrictions in Stock Image Licenses Illustrators and Designers Need to Know Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 06, 2015

“Microstock websites – websites that purvey low-cost photos, illustrations, and icons – have become a standard image source for designers with small budgets and undiscriminating clients. Illustrators have also used microstock, either in the creation of collage or montaged imagery, or as reference material for illustrations. However, both designers and illustrators are cautioned to read through the licenses employed by microstock sites. The low fees and ‘royalty free’ label extended by microstock sites do not translate to unlimited use of their images.”

To read more:
https://graphicartistsguild.org/news/restrictions-in-stock-image-licenses

INK encourages membership in the Graphic Artists Guild:
https://graphicartistsguild.org/about/cat/overview

FUN: Makers of Amusing

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The Crib Dribbler is the perfect Prank Pack for that friend or family member with a baby in their life or on the way! With the Crib Dribbler feeding system, baby will have the alone time it needs and its parents can enjoy some quiet time without having to tend to a hungry baby.

To see more funny pranks please visit – http://www.30watt.com/

ARTICLE: Custom-Made Helmet Designs

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Dubai-based artist Jyo John Mulloor has used his photo manipulation skills to create an interesting series of custom-made helmet designs that look like shaved human heads. The entire collection of photos are available to view on Mulloor’s portfolio website and on Behance.

To see the other helmets he designed please visit – http://laughingsquid.com/

ARTICLE: The Analog Origins of Google’s Material Design

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To view this article and its examples in its entirety, please visit – http://gizmodo.com/

As part of I/O, Google is giving us a closer look at the fairly old-school tools and ideas behind Material Design—and for anyone with an appreciation for a good X-Acto knife, a color wheel, or a crisp fold of paper, this is going to be deeply satisfying.

Google also posted an update on Roboto, its system typeface, and how it’s evolved over the past year. “We also wanted to add the typographic niceties we’re used to seeing in print,” says Christian Robertson. That meant refining not only the characters, but providing more weights, widths, and newly refined italics—drawing from traditional typography to add depth to a digital typeface. It’s “a living typeface,” he says, “a step beyond what we see with a lot of linotype systems.”

RESOURCE: http://gdusa.com/

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As we move into our 52nd year of publishing, one fact is crystal clear. The story of 21st century graphic design is its centrality to commerce and culture, business and society, media and communications. Our goal in 2015 is to emphasize the importance of graphic design — and the value of designers — in everything we see and experience. In truth, this editorial mission simply complements what has been GDUSA’s role for five decades: to be a welcoming, trusted and unifying source of news and recognition for people, projects, ideas, trends, causes, products and services — all the while helping to build a sense and strength of shared interests, values and community and helping to underscore why graphic design matters.