New York is full of illustrators of all kinds, serious and silly, extravagant and minimalistic. Many grace the world’s best loved publications while others sink into obscurity. All of them have that one thing in common, they have New York as their home.
But Jon Contino is a true “New York Illustrator.” His work pulls from a history of city living and a deep knowledge of what it really is to be a New Yorker. To examine his work, one finds a love for old-style Americana, shot through with nautical themes and a deceptively casual implementation of hard-earned skill. Illustrations that could be relics from a bygone era are charged with life and hand-drawn lettering that speaks of a personal familiarity with the past, all step forth from his drawing board and into the light of modern New York City. Continue reading Jon Contino: Illustration from the Heart of New York
Most in their 30’s and 40’s can probably remember the cheerful marketing of their favorite household products in bygone days. From the lovable grump Mr. Whipple’s “Don’t Squeeze the Charmin”, to the charming child playfully hiding beneath a blanket on the Downy bottle. This type of cheer and smile-generating appeal has been usurped by the “no-spill spout” and “new and improved” packaging elements of modern life. With progress has come drop-shadowed type and gradients used so frequently today to create bold but rather sterile layouts in product packaging. Continue reading Recycling Retro: Consumer Products Come Full Circle
ailyDropCap.com is an ongoing project by Designer and Illustrator Jessica Hische. Her goal? “To prettify the internet and beautify your blog posts.” Continue reading Daily Drop Cap
This article has some good information, especially for those that have found our footing as web designers mostly on our own. There is a lot of stuff to know out there and this covers some of the biggies.
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I stumbled across Jon’s unique work while strolling through FFFFOUND! It caught my eye primarily because of implied age, his typography-based illustrations have the feel of branding from the 1800’s, but mix in a bit of modern aesthetic and sensibility. Continue reading Jon Contino: Illustrator/Typographer
Here’s a great one from one of the gurus of great web design, Paul Boag. Productivity Tips
I have been a follower of Mr. Boag’s for years now, a regular listener to his podcast, and his insight has opened up a lot of doors for me. Check out his blog at boagworld.com and listen to his recently revamped podcast on iTunes. The podcast is set up in such a way that he divides it up into seasons based on who he is addressing (ie. Season 1 is aimed towards website owners, Season 2 towards the web designer). Regardless of this, there is great usable information for web designers in every podcast.
Usually when I come across some good articles, I like to post links to them for you. Today I’ve found an abundance of good stuff so give this a shot. Continue reading Buncha Links
Anyone who has worked in Creative Suite will recognize the distinct differences in each of the softwares. While there are common features shared throughout, there is one in particular that is only found in Photoshop. It’s a slider effect for type changes. Continue reading Quicktip: Quick Changes to type in Photoshop
Often in web design we fall into the mode of doing everything the “normal” way. We stick our menu across the top or in a sidebar to the left. Easy and comfortable, all of us have tendencies to go in this direction. Here are 25 examples of websites that go against the norm.
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Letterpress, once considered a rather old-fashioned printing form, is no longer reserved strictly for wedding invitations. With modern ideas and skill, letterpress has returned to the forefront of printing in many applications. Here are a few examples. Continue reading Beauty in Letterpress