Art of the Title

Art of the Title is the leading online publication on the creative process behind title sequence design, spanning the film, television, conference, and videogame industries. Featuring title design from countries around the world, we honor the creators and innovators who contribute to the field, discussing and displaying their work with a desire to explicate, facilitate, and instigate.

One of my personal favorites is the one for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011:


A few of the most creative business cards EVER

A good business card definitely won’t ensure your success, but it sure can help! It can make all the difference in the first impression that you have on someone, or whether or not you leave an impression at all, so here are 30 cleverly-designed business cards that will get you thinking about how you might want to present yourself!

Many of us are probably guilty of accepting business cards out of politeness and then just throwing them away or forgetting about them (I know I am). These cards, however, stay with you – psychologically or physically. Some have been cleverly designed to double as useful tools, product samples or funny little toys, while others manage to make a point about the person on the card that will stick more than just a name and an address.

With the emphasis placed on networking these days, it’s more important than ever to stand out of the crowd – and here are a few good ideas for how to do it! For other great examples of creative marketing and design, check out our packaging and bagvertising posts.
 

Original post by Bored Panda

Q+A

fridaynimh asked: "What was the first experience you had with designing for a 'product, client and/or a cause' that you knew you were going to be a graphic designer for life?"

That is a really good question. I remember exactly when it happened. 

I was 13 years old. A teacher at school asked us to create a product, anything at all, to later promote and try to sell to her. All my friends did the usual dish-soap, regular soap bars, shampoos and stuff like that, but I wanted to stand out and create something different and more upscaled. So I decided to cheat and skip the “product making” process and used a perfume a cousin of mine made for a different school project before and focused on the poster. I grabbed a big black board, bended it to create and “infinite” background look, placed the perfume in the middle and took a bunch of pictures of it from different angles. I later took everything to a really basic design program that I don’t even remember the name of and added more contrast, fixed the colors and added some smoke to it (very minimum). It ended up looking like a really minimalist, elegant poster with the name centered at the top in a small, white font, the product in the middle with a bit of “smoke” essence coming from it, a tag line under it (that I unfortunately can’t remember) and a lot of empty space. My teacher of course doubted I made the product but the selling part was so good and different from the others she didn’t care that much (and obviously I sworn I made it from scratch…) 

After that everything feel into place. Everyone was so impressed that for the first time I really felt proud of my self in different way than ever before I knew then that I wanted to feel like that for the rest of my life.

From there I stared to dive in more and more exploring new programs, photography, drawing, painting, etc., and started to do small projects for friends and family like birthday cards, wallpapers for their computers, and stuff like that.

Not long after the school asked to participate in a logo contest for a day camp they were staring out. My submission won me a summer scholarship for an Adobe Illustrator course. And here I am now.

I hope you enjoyed my story. Thank you so much for asking, I really appreciate it.

Gabby.

THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH SHARING

On Jun 19, 2011, an anonymous person send me this email:

>> Can you lend me any hints on how to get started in this amazing field?

Such a short line but it made me really think, and although I replied very quickly I decided that it was worth sharing. Hope you find it nice...

Hello Xxx, Thank you for contacting me. That is such a big question your asking. There's so much to know and learn about this business. Quick, From the top of my head, a few important pointers for me would be:

1. Try to be the best at what you're good at but make sure to be well-rounded as well and learn about other areas of design (always appreciated)

2. Be patient with the clients, sometimes they'll want to get the best out of you, not in a good way, don't give up

3. Have in mind that is a very subjective business, so there will be time when you will do something that you think is great and the client will hate it, so is very important to get all the outsiders' opinions you can

4. Never EVER stop learning.

5. And last but not least. Be professional but have fun doing it. You will notice that when you enjoy your work you'll never work another day in your life*

Hope this works for you! :)

Best regards,

Gabriela Roger

* A quote from a very good book about usability, "Don't make me think" by Steve Krug.