Archive for the ‘ graphic design ’ Category

A picture is worth a thousand words

Juan Osborne is a graphic artist who has captured a picture entirely through words…. See for yourself!

Juan Osborne Word Art

Check out Juan Osborne’s astonishing word art here:


Wallpaper Magazine: Design your own cover! –August issue

For those of you who want to take a stab at cover design, Wallpaper Magazine has just come up with a clever new way to get subscribers for their August issue!

They’ve created an interactive designer’s toolkit, complete with designs by James Joyce, The HortAnthony BurrillKam Tang, and Nigel Robinson –that you use to build your very own Wallpaper cover. So if you want to showcase your creative talents in this edgey design magazine…. Try it out! Here’s mine:

a few good books for inspiration on graphic design …

While strolling along Queen west today, I stopped into one of Toronto’s hippest design-y bookstores, called –Type.

I found a few good books on current trends in graphic design, including:

Sarah King is just one of the many fun typographer/ illustrators from Playful Type, to entice you!

There are so many great books on this subject … I’ll keep adding as I find them!

For a theoretical retrospective on graphic design, check out Helen Armstrong’s, Graphic Design Theory –it’s excellent!

looking for inspiration (or work) in graphic design …

This list of edgey design portals comes courtesy of Kris and Robyn! Thanks, guys! 🙂

qbn: a huge portal of graphic design:

thunderchunky: a design portal from the UK

Canadian design blog

Scott Hansen’s blog

lost at e minor: this is a great site that links to lots of other cool sites about art and design

rexbox: visual design for fun things

And last, but not least …
Ffffound: image bookmarking

(by clicking on images you like, it links you to more images that are somehow
related. this site is an inspirational rabbit hole with no end,  connected by a large group of artists and designers.)


On creating online portfolios + finding inspiration

Smashing Magazine offers some helpful tips on how to create an effective online portfolio –Show ’em your stuff!

Looking for inspiration? … Here are some ideas on where to look.

And here are some tips for creating creative résumés …. (Thanks, Laura! :))

And finally, Smashing Magazine gave this showcase of websites from around the world (wide web)! a great resource to help you learn, master, and apply digital tools and techniques.

I learned about educator and graphic designer, Lynda Weinman back in the day of web-safe colours. Lynda was the first to painstakingly identify the 216 of 256 possible browser-safe colours in both hexadecimal and RGB. At the time, this resource was essential to designers, as colour was less predictable onscreen –depending on your choice of colour and how you were viewing (i.e. browser or platform).

Now-a-days, browser-safe colour is less of an issue but continues to be a great resource for learning tips, tools and techniques for anything web/ graphics related.

To keep up-to-date on the latest, greatest trends and techniques in web and graphic design, visit:’s lbrary of video tutorials are well worth watching!



Digital rain

This illustration was inspired by an old French photograph of a young nurse in Hôtel Dieu.

What is an illustration and why would you illustrate?

Well, I decided to look up both ‘illustrate’ in the online Cambridge dictionary and ‘illustration’ in the visual thesaurus …. Here is what I found:

To illustrate:

  1. v. (EXPLAIN) to show the meaning or truth of something more clearly, especially by giving examples
  2. v. (PICTURES) to draw pictures for a book, magazine, etc.

Visual thesaurus, words associated with 'illustration'

So, the simplest definition for illustration is to explain through pictures. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s a very efficient way to explain an idea or to tell a story. Here are some great portfolios of illustrations, to illustrate illustration. 😉

These illustrations were created first by drawing, and then painted digitally, in most cases. Talent goes a long way here …

The scientific and medical illustration field is highly specialized, but Bryan Christie is quite simply the best! – Incredible!

To learn how to create vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, try your hand at these online tutorials.

For those who aren’t skilled at drawing, try playing with Illustrator’s ‘live trace’ or ‘live paint’ functions!

Or if you need a professional illustration, and haven’t got the time to learn yourself … you can always hire an illustrator from this Directory of Illustrators.

But, for a more playful take on illustration … Here’s a personal favourite of mine: Sam Brown’s –I love this guy! 🙂

And of course, the iSpot is a great resource for all things illustration! –Enjoy!