What makes a great portrait?

Posted April 28, 2016 in Design, Working with WD

  I work with photos every day in my graphic design projects. Sometimes they are provided by clients – amateur photos – and sometimes I commission a professional to take them. When it comes to photos of people, i.e. portraits, I’m fussy! I like to insist on well-lit faces, natural expressions and a little je-ne-sais-quoiMORE

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New website showcases Guelph’s graphic design talent

Posted April 25, 2016 in Design

A group of Guelph graphic designers is launching a new website today to show off the creativity of local designers, illustrators and photographers: www.designersofguelph.ca.

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Every picture tells a story

Posted May 2, 2014 in Design, Images

In many ways, it was a lousy photo: grainy, poorly lit, and the most unflattering portrait angle, shot from below. But none of that mattered. Finally, we had an image for the phenomenon everyone’s been talking about for a year: Rob Ford with crack pipe in hand. The Globe plastered it on their front page,MORE

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Coffee table books to order

Posted January 29, 2014 in Design, Printing

I’m very excited about the new publishing opportunities that exist for producing one-off books. Using the latest, short-run colour printing techniques, there are many choices for printing your own, hardcover (or paperback) book, at a price that might surprise you. Mostly, these are photo books, with a print run in the handfuls. Apple may haveMORE

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Good design is an old thing in France

Posted October 3, 2013 in Design, Printing, Technology

I just took a long vacation, in the Languedoc region of southern France. As always, I keep my eyes alert to graphic design when I travel. And I have to say, I was largely dissappointed this time around! The stylish French really failed me. Publicity for the places we visited was mostly uninspired (see posterMORE

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Is profanity the new eloquence?

Posted November 11, 2011 in Design

“Fuck you Mad Men. Fuck your white male chauvinist and racist story lines.” I’ve been listening to George Lois for almost an hour, pouring out one remarkable anecdote after another from the 1960s trenches of Madison Avenue. His work was provocative and urgent – like when he posed Lieutenant William Calley (about to be convictedMORE

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What’s the first thing you see? It’s colour

Posted November 1, 2011 in Design

I once designed a logo for a scientist who is colour blind. Did I pull a fast one and slip him a black-and-white design? Of course not! Colour is emotional. We feel it in a design before we even start looking. It’s so visible, but it’s mostly invisible to our consciousness. We take it forMORE

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