Articles on Graphic Design

Thoughts, case studies, book reviews, debates and tips on Graphic Design, written by prominent authors and carefully edited by FOROALFA.

Portrait of Camilo A. Angulo
Author:
Camilo A. Angulo
Title:
The Roots of Industrial Design Colleges in Colombia
Synopsis:
Looking back from two theories about its origin.
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Portrait of Milton Glaser
Author:
Milton Glaser
Title:
Ten Things I Have Learned
Synopsis:
I'm sharing some things I've learned over the years, which have much to do with what we, the designers, do.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
Author:
Norberto Chaves
Title:
Ten principles of graphic design
Synopsis:
Summarized version, as a decalogue.
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Portrait of Erik Spiekermann
Author:
Erik Spiekermann
Title:
Logos to Go
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Corporate identity design is changing. There are designers for whom quantity matters more than quality.
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Main illustration of the article Logo Functions
Author:
Luciano Cassisi
Title:
Logo Functions
Synopsis:
Not all logos are used for the same purposes. Knowing in detail the functions that they must fulfill, is essential to design them well.
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Portrait of Erik Spiekermann
Author:
Erik Spiekermann
Title:
From the C-Word to the D-Word
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Designers must take care of the words we use to talk about our work.
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Portrait of Guillermo Dufranc
Author:
Guillermo Dufranc
Title:
Minimalist Packaging
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Minimalism requires to decide on what is really necessary from what is not.
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Main illustration of the article The citizen designer
Author:
Fernando Rodríguez Álvarez
Title:
The citizen designer
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In the dark days that live Mexico, emerges a discussion about how designers get involved with social conflicts.
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Main illustration of the article Design Manifesto
Author:
Pablo Zarate
Title:
Design Manifesto
Synopsis:
Ten principles that guide my daily design practice.
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Portrait of Guillermo Dufranc
Author:
Guillermo Dufranc
Title:
Healthy Food has Changed Packaging Design
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Since nutritional information became important and popular concern about it grew dramatically, many food brands have foreseen this as an opportunity to build their identity.
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Main illustration of the article Graphic design's carbon footprint
Author:
Fernando Navia Meyer
Title:
Graphic design's carbon footprint
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Carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse effect gases, bound to a product or service.
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Main illustration of the article Green Models in Classroom
Author:
Camilo A. Angulo
Title:
Green Models in Classroom
Synopsis:
Design teachers must spread pedagogical processes for a green world to reduce the impact of our academic exercises on the local environment.
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Portrait of Luciano Cassisi
Author:
Luciano Cassisi
Title:
Less is Less, More is More
Synopsis:
The time is coming - to retire the nearly centenary motto «less is more».
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
Author:
Norberto Chaves
Title:
Design and message credibility
Synopsis:
Communicates' design as a mean to the conquest of plausibility: sender and referent transparency.
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Main illustration of the article Are we destined to fail as entrepreneurs?
Author:
Marco Rinaldi
Title:
Are we destined to fail as entrepreneurs?
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The growing number of creative professionals that venture into entrepreneurship raises doubts and concern.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
Author:
Norberto Chaves
Title:
Corporate Brand: Selling a Design or Transfering a Resource?
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The advantage of agreeing with the client the sectorial diagnostic and the typological selection before proceeding to the brand's design.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
Author:
Norberto Chaves
Title:
Don't Mess with My Design!
Synopsis:
The interprofessional critique taboo: insecurity, paranoia and corporatism refuge.
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Portrait of Manuel Guerrero
Author:
Manuel Guerrero
Title:
Graphic Design New Fields
Synopsis:
Macro-trends and behavior patterns allow to visualize new fields of action for graphic design in the future.
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Portrait of Joan Costa
Author:
Joan Costa
Title:
Birth and Evolution of the Brand in 7 Steps
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The commercial brand was born 3500 years ago.First it was a sign, then a meaning, later a TV story in 30 seconds. Today, it is a complex social and transmedial phenomenon.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
Author:
Norberto Chaves
Title:
Every trademark must be...
Synopsis:
Twelve supposedly «universal» rules in designing trademarks.
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