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
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Camilo A. Angulo
Title:
The Roots of Industrial Design Colleges in Colombia
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Looking back from two theories about its origin.
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Portrait of Milton Glaser
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Milton Glaser
Title:
Ten Things I Have Learned
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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
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Norberto Chaves
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Ten principles of graphic design
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Summarized version, as a decalogue.
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Portrait of Erik Spiekermann
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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 Graphic identity: its aims
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Luciano Cassisi
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Graphic identity: its aims
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Not all graphic brands 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 Green Models in Classroom
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Camilo A. Angulo
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Green Models in Classroom
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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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Main illustration of the article Are we destined to fail as entrepreneurs?
Author:
Marco Rinaldi
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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 Luciano Cassisi
Author:
Luciano Cassisi
Title:
Less is Less, More is More
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The time is coming - to retire the nearly centenary motto «less is more».
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
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Norberto Chaves
Title:
Design and message credibility
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Communicates' design as a mean to the conquest of plausibility: sender and referent transparency.
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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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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
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Norberto Chaves
Title:
Don't Mess with My Design!
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The interprofessional critique taboo: insecurity, paranoia and corporatism refuge.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
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Norberto Chaves
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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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Main illustration of the article Graphic design's carbon footprint
Author:
Fernando Navia Meyer
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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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Portrait of Jorge Del Toro
Author:
Jorge Del Toro
Title:
What Does My Design Communicate?
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Bad communication is a problem that we experience every day. Design plays an important role in communication and should be congruent.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
Author:
Norberto Chaves
Title:
Every trademark must be...
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Twelve supposedly «universal» rules in designing trademarks.
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Portrait of Daniela Del Pino
Author:
Daniela Del Pino
Title:
Branding types
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Branding is connected with brand image, positioning and reputation. It is the result of an endless list of marketing and design strategies.
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Portrait of Manuel Guerrero
Author:
Manuel Guerrero
Title:
Graphic Design New Fields
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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 Jorge Luis Muñoz
Author:
Jorge Luis Muñoz
Title:
Social design cases
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Social design as a part of graphic design is not only a matter of concepts; it is fundamentally awareness on what is designed and what is done.
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Main illustration of the article Design on the Edge
Author:
Victor Garcia
Title:
Design on the Edge
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Marcos García is a talented Argentinean graphic designer and illustrator who uses cutter instead of pencil to produce his amazing designs.
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Portrait of Guillermo Dufranc
Author:
Guillermo Dufranc
Title:
The Rise of Craft Beer
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Craft beers are opting for innovative designs, focusing more on communicating their quality and craftsmanship than denote European tradition.
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Portrait of Fernando Del Vecchio
Author:
Fernando Del Vecchio
Title:
A passion for design
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Who doesn't want to feel passion for what he or she likes, and loves?
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Portrait of Lorena Garcia Hidalgo
Author:
Lorena Garcia Hidalgo
Title:
Why Does the Client Think Different?
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When a client rejects our work is usually because we do not take their opinion into account. We think that it is only us, the designers, who have the knowlegde.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
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Norberto Chaves
Title:
A “graphic Houdini”
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The combined role of programmatic restrictions and creativity in the accomplishment of message effectiveness.
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Main illustration of the article Zootype: Is It a Case of Typographic Latin American Amnesia?
Author:
Victor Garcia
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Zootype: Is It a Case of Typographic Latin American Amnesia?
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Zootype is, perhaps, the first Latin American font awarded at an international contest, a fact that is often forgotten in regional historic reports.
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Portrait of Norberto Chaves
Author:
Norberto Chaves
Title:
With or Without a Logo-Symbol
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A brand choice conditioned by the profile of the organization and its communication.
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Portrait of Rossy L. Jiménez González
Author:
Rossy L. Jiménez González
Title:
Graphic Design Students Have No Holiday Season
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It's not easy being a designer. It involves sacrificing so many things, among them, to be working at all times, because for a designer, what is «holidays season»?
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Portrait of Guillermo Dufranc
Author:
Guillermo Dufranc
Title:
Strategy and Creativity are Part of Design
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Though it sounds quite obvious, to start any design process it is necessary analysis and strategic thinking.
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Portrait of Sebastián Vivarelli
Author:
Sebastián Vivarelli
Title:
Making a Living as a Designer
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Why designers'compensation continues to be so low? A question that still calling for an answer.
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Portrait of María de Mater O’Neill
Author:
María de Mater O’Neill
Title:
Views and Reflections on Design Education: Local Voices from Puerto Rico
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Limited inquiry that explored ways of knowing, experiences, and procedures in teaching design in Puerto Rico using a critical reflective practice approach.
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Portrait of Soledad Dias
Author:
Soledad Dias
Title:
Learning, the Hard Way
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My first steps as an independent graphic designer. Mistakes and some useful tips.
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Portrait of Adrián Pierini
Author:
Adrián Pierini
Title:
My Debut as a Design Student
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Experience and career are based in dedication and hard work.
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Portrait of Erik Spiekermann
Author:
Erik Spiekermann
Title:
The Seventh Commandment
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The tribute, robbery and theft of authorship, have blurred boundaries in the design practice.
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