Being away from the school of VCD for 3 months straight might have left you feeling uninspired or disengaged from the creative spirit. A great way of revitalizing your creative mindset is looking to graphic design-centric books such as this one.
Advertising Now. Print by Julius Weidemann is over 600 pages featuring incredible examples of clever and creative design work from the best ads in recent years. Included are award-winning campaigns from some of the most high-profile companies such as Coca-Cola and Nike. These striking images are rendered beautifully on quality, glossy paper. 
A fascinating thing to consider while combing through this resource is how the ad campaigns from other nations differ from the style and concepts that we are used to seeing in our U.S. advertisements. How does one country advertise the same product or company differently from another?
Included in this book are several interviews and essays with high-profile creative directors who offer fantastic insight on their processes and ideology while they’re working with big name clients.
Whether your preference is photo-illustration, typography, illustration, or a little bit of everything, you’ll find a multitude of stunning examples in Advertising Now. Print. 
http://www.amazon.com/Advertising-Now-Print-Julius-Wiedemann/dp/B001TJ9MG4

Being away from the school of VCD for 3 months straight might have left you feeling uninspired or disengaged from the creative spirit. A great way of revitalizing your creative mindset is looking to graphic design-centric books such as this one.

Advertising Now. Print by Julius Weidemann is over 600 pages featuring incredible examples of clever and creative design work from the best ads in recent years. Included are award-winning campaigns from some of the most high-profile companies such as Coca-Cola and Nike. These striking images are rendered beautifully on quality, glossy paper. 

A fascinating thing to consider while combing through this resource is how the ad campaigns from other nations differ from the style and concepts that we are used to seeing in our U.S. advertisements. How does one country advertise the same product or company differently from another?

Included in this book are several interviews and essays with high-profile creative directors who offer fantastic insight on their processes and ideology while they’re working with big name clients.

Whether your preference is photo-illustration, typography, illustration, or a little bit of everything, you’ll find a multitude of stunning examples in Advertising Now. Print. 

http://www.amazon.com/Advertising-Now-Print-Julius-Wiedemann/dp/B001TJ9MG4

Getting back into the swing of things after summer break can be painful, which is why we’re here to ease that pain. One way we’re going to do that is by sharing anything we find inspiring, informative, or generally important. First up is a “Dear Abby” style blog for designers run by Jessica Hische.Jessica Hische is an illustrator, graphic designer, and typographer who has received awards from Communication Arts, How, Print, Graphis, etc. She has been featured on Forbes 30 Under 30, twice, so she knows a thing or two about being young and successful. She answers questions and offers tips on anything from picking the right typeface to what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Check it out here! 

Getting back into the swing of things after summer break can be painful, which is why we’re here to ease that pain. One way we’re going to do that is by sharing anything we find inspiring, informative, or generally important. First up is a “Dear Abby” style blog for designers run by Jessica Hische.

Jessica Hische is an illustrator, graphic designer, and typographer who has received awards from Communication Arts, How, Print, Graphis, etc. She has been featured on Forbes 30 Under 30, twice, so she knows a thing or two about being young and successful. She answers questions and offers tips on anything from picking the right typeface to what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Check it out here! 

Welcome to another semester of Glyphix! This school year is all about moving forward and improving upon the great work and exclusive experience that Glyphix is known for. We are shaking things up with a staff of bright, new student designers, a talented new project manager, and a new full-time faculty member as our creative director.As we begin to produce new work and have new class experiences, we will post things to our for-students-by-students blog, Roughs. Our two new blog editors, Zoe and Andrew, will also keep you posted on upcoming VCD events, visitors, and developments in our industry. If you would like to know more or simply want to drop us a line, please check out our website or contact Asst. Professor Larrie King at 330-672-2884 or lking32@kent.edu.

Welcome to another semester of Glyphix! This school year is all about moving forward and improving upon the great work and exclusive experience that Glyphix is known for. We are shaking things up with a staff of bright, new student designers, a talented new project manager, and a new full-time faculty member as our creative director.

As we begin to produce new work and have new class experiences, we will post things to our for-students-by-students blog, Roughs. Our two new blog editors, Zoe and Andrew, will also keep you posted on upcoming VCD events, visitors, and developments in our industry. 

If you would like to know more or simply want to drop us a line, please check out our website or contact Asst. Professor Larrie King at 330-672-2884 or lking32@kent.edu.

Over the past few months, Glyphix students Jamie Lefevre and Michael Reece have worked together on promotional materials, including postcard and posters, for an event at Kent State called “Pop It! Move It! Use It!”. The event, which took place on May 2, featured New York Times Best-Seller Robert Sabuda, a man known for his adept talent in paper engineering and pop-up book artistry.
The event had about 145 registered participants. The posters designed by Glyphix were signed by Robert and given as door prizes, as well as “limited edition” posters. Robert also kept a copy of the poster and postcard for his personal archive.
Sabuda offers over 45 pop-up templates on his website (http://wp.robertsabuda.com/make-your-own-pop-ups/) to try out their pop-up skills. Personally, I had a blast trying my hand at a few of these, and would highly recommend practicing your talents on the rabbit, turkey, and reindeer.

Over the past few months, Glyphix students Jamie Lefevre and Michael Reece have worked together on promotional materials, including postcard and posters, for an event at Kent State called “Pop It! Move It! Use It!”. The event, which took place on May 2, featured New York Times Best-Seller Robert Sabuda, a man known for his adept talent in paper engineering and pop-up book artistry.

The event had about 145 registered participants. The posters designed by Glyphix were signed by Robert and given as door prizes, as well as “limited edition” posters. Robert also kept a copy of the poster and postcard for his personal archive.

Sabuda offers over 45 pop-up templates on his website (http://wp.robertsabuda.com/make-your-own-pop-ups/) to try out their pop-up skills. Personally, I had a blast trying my hand at a few of these, and would highly recommend practicing your talents on the rabbit, turkey, and reindeer.

Since late September Glyphix students have been hard at work on a brochure that will be used to promote IdeaBase, Glyphix, and the students and clients who are involved with the both organizations. After meeting with Stanley Wearden, dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State, the project was completely open with the students free to select all aspects of the project including the form, size, and material of the piece.

It was decided early on that it would take the form of a brochure with a fold out front, 16 page booklet, and a folder in the back. Mood boards were created and students got to work deciding what content would be featured as well as early designs of the sections. In addition to the design of the piece, Glyphix students were also put in charge of all photography. Interviews were held with feature students and IdeaBase students were brought in as copywriters.

"It has been a journey working on this project. From directing copywriters and photographers to designing each spread, we’ve all learned something new about process and production," said Meg Schneider, point person for the project.

As the project nears its completion it is amazing to see how far it has come. From just an idea to a completed book. And what better way to highlight the benefit of the Glyphix and IdeaBase experience than having a piece entirely crafted from the students who work there.

We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of the design.

University of Minnesota Design professor and author Steven McCarthy paid a visit to Kent State late last month as part of the School of Visual Communication Design’s [in]Vision speaker series. After a lecture on Thursday evening, McCarthy hosted a workshop in the IdeaBase/Glyphix offices on Friday morning. Because secrecy is key to making the workshop successful, not much information was given to participants prior to arriving. The topic of the workshop was based on personal archaeology where participants created a project that dealt with the topics of identity and representation. “I was a little anxious going in not knowing what to expect, but it was a really interesting and insightful experience,” said workshop participant Joey Kirkpatrick.

University of Minnesota Design professor and author Steven McCarthy paid a visit to Kent State late last month as part of the School of Visual Communication Design’s [in]Vision speaker series. After a lecture on Thursday evening, McCarthy hosted a workshop in the IdeaBase/Glyphix offices on Friday morning. Because secrecy is key to making the workshop successful, not much information was given to participants prior to arriving. The topic of the workshop was based on personal archaeology where participants created a project that dealt with the topics of identity and representation. “I was a little anxious going in not knowing what to expect, but it was a really interesting and insightful experience,” said workshop participant Joey Kirkpatrick.

To become one of the best you must study the best. Character design takes patience, practice, and dedication. David Colman is an illustrator, who has worked countless hours perfecting the skill. He knows the ins and outs of what it takes to be the best. Within his book, The Art of Animal Character Design, Colman explores the methods, philosophies and secrets of the animal character design industry. He shows his process on how to use the knowledge obtained from studying an actual trade craft. The book contains both his professional and personal work for you to study and learn from. I highly recommend looking into his process and this book.

Check out David Colman’s book on Amazon!

To become one of the best you must study the best. Character design takes patience, practice, and dedication. David Colman is an illustrator, who has worked countless hours perfecting the skill. He knows the ins and outs of what it takes to be the best.

Within his book, The Art of Animal Character Design, Colman explores the methods, philosophies and secrets of the animal character design industry. He shows his process on how to use the knowledge obtained from studying an actual trade craft. The book contains both his professional and personal work for you to study and learn from. I highly recommend looking into his process and this book.



Check out David Colman’s book on Amazon!

Over time the role of the graphic designer has continually grown and expanded. Serving originally as hired help providing a professional service, the role of the designer has evolved into more empowering roles of authorship embracing social, cultural, political and economic issues of importance. In his book, “The Designer As…,” Steven McCarthy tells the story of how designers currently seek opportunities to combine form, function content, and meaning in their work and how they’ve taken on different roles as authors and producers. McCarthy, a professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, has had creative work published in Graphis Poster, the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual, HOW, Page and in Provocative Graphics: The Power of the Unexpected in Graphic Design, among many others. His work has also been in over ninety juried and invitational exhibitions. He will be paying a visit to Kent State for a lecture and book signing Thursday, March 20 at 7pm in the First Energy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. Steven will also hold a workshop the following day for Visual Communication Design students, Friday, March 21 from 10am to 12:30pm at the Glyphix office, 138 E. Main St. in Downtown Kent. Steven’s book, “The Designer As…: Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating,” will be available for purchase the night of the lecture from the Kent State University Bookstore for $32.

Over time the role of the graphic designer has continually grown and expanded. Serving originally as hired help providing a professional service, the role of the designer has evolved into more empowering roles of authorship embracing social, cultural, political and economic issues of importance. In his book, “The Designer As…,” Steven McCarthy tells the story of how designers currently seek opportunities to combine form, function content, and meaning in their work and how they’ve taken on different roles as authors and producers.

McCarthy, a professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, has had creative work published in Graphis Poster, the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual, HOW, Page and in Provocative Graphics: The Power of the Unexpected in Graphic Design, among many others. His work has also been in over ninety juried and invitational exhibitions. He will be paying a visit to Kent State for a lecture and book signing Thursday, March 20 at 7pm in the First Energy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. Steven will also hold a workshop the following day for Visual Communication Design students, Friday, March 21 from 10am to 12:30pm at the Glyphix office, 138 E. Main St. in Downtown Kent.

Steven’s book, “The Designer As…: Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating,” will be available for purchase the night of the lecture from the Kent State University Bookstore for $32.