I wanted to talk to someone who is doing something about increasing diversity in design, so I interviewed AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Chair Jacinda Walker for Fast Company’s Co.Design. Check it out—she has some great ideas.
Read my new article in Communication Arts where I interview designers who have made a switch: Briar Levit exploring filmmaking, Barbara DeWilde learning UX strategy/design, and Michael O’Neal changing to photography. Design is a field where we constantly have to change and adapt, and it was great learning from them.
Pick up a copy of ArtDesk, the new contemporary art magazine, to read my article on “nomadic” Design Museum Boston (also branching out to San Francisco and Portland). They are “redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century. We’re online, out in the street, in public spaces, everywhere.” It was fun to write about this exciting group.
Entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers can always use some inspiration to create innovative ideas. As a graphic designer, I often look to the pioneers of my field for ideas on creative problem-solving. Each of these figures offers important lessons not just in design, but also in innovation that can apply to anyone working on new methods, products or experiences. See my article at Success Magazine for lessons in innovation from Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, John Maeda and more.
Check out my latest post at AIGA and find out who influences icons (and future icons) like John Maeda, David Airey, George Lois, Jan Wilker, and Paula Scher. Who are your influences?
Simplify, visualize, know your user: the lessons of these design pioneers, from El Lissitzky to Paula Scher, are as relevant as ever. Read my guest post, complete with slideshow, at Fast Company’s Co.Design.
John Clifford’s new book, Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design, profiles the modern era’s pioneering designers. Inside this visual, accessible book, you’ll find important work by legends such as El Lissitzky, Jan Tschichold, Lester Beall, Herbert Matter, Cipe Pineles, Alvin Lustig, Milton Glaser, Wim Crouwel, April Greiman, John Maeda, Paula Scher, and more. Who has influenced you? Go to graphiciconsbook.com and join the conversation. Check out the book at Peachpit. Follow me on twitter and like on Facebook to keep up with the latest.
Do you want to learn how to draw your own fonts? Read my review of a fun new how-to by Tony Seddon at The Designer’s Review of Books.