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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.

ARTICLE: “Timely and Timeless” – The Design of Charles S. Anderson


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One of the best parts about recruiting judges for the Regional Design Annual: Getting a chance to browse their brilliant archives—in this case, the work of team CSA Design. Today, third in a series of six judge profiles, we bring you Charles S. Anderson, who will be judging the Midwest region of the RDA this year.


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Creating Infographics That Don’t Suck

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It’s one thing to design infographics, but it is quite another to be well-versed in the art of creating infographics that don’t suck. I know that whenever I see an infographic, I think it’s pretty awesome and am immediately impressed. I love that complex information can be brought to a reasonable comprehension level. Not being a designer myself, I tend to get wrapped up in the pretty colors and focus less on whether the infographic has done its job.

That’s why when I received The Best American Infographics 2013 in the mail, I was anxious to see what the experts had to say about creating infographics that not only didn’t suck, but were, in fact, the best of the year. Much to my delight, the book over-delivered. There were cool infographics (Mixology), impressive infographics (Paths Through NYC), humorous infographics (Quantified Self) and ones that straight-up blew my mind (Wind Map). Best of all, these delightful examples of data visualization helped me come up with a list of eight qualities that non-sucky infographics possess.

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Creating Infographics That Don’t Suck

VIDEO: Saul Bass Google Doodle

The Google homepage today features a cartoon homage to a range of famous films, including “Spartacus,” “West Side Story,” “Man With the Golden Arm,” and the immortal Hitchcock thriller “Vertigo.” What do all those movies have in common? They all feature the work of the pioneering designer and artist Saul Bass, who did for the opening credit montage what Rodin (another recent Google doodle honoree) did for sculpture.

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