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Illustrator Coolness

Robin and I never get over the feeling of empowerment that comes with using software programs such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.

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More Sources of Design Inspiration

Robin recently gave a keynote presentation at Santa Fe University of Art & Design. The event, Hire Education, was a day-long event and portfolio review, sponsored by AIGA New Mexico.

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The Garage Experiments

Cleaning out the garage can provide a nostalgic trip down Graphics Memory Lane, plus stir up lots of ideas for new projects.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettApril 16, 2012
Topics: Design

What Can Lucian Freud Teach Us about Design?

Our three-month sojourn to London, Paris, Istanbul, and Ireland  is almost over. One of the highlights of the adventure was a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London to see a Lucian Freud (1929-2011) exhibit that included 100 paintings spread across his entire career.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettApril 2, 2012
Topics: Design

Finger Painting for Fun & Profit

You don’t have to have drawing skills to be a designer. But most good designers have developed some illustration skills that are useful for many different projects.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettMarch 15, 2012
Topics: Design

Calligraphic Inspiration

You know how sometimes you walk around town and you wander into a 1,600 year old building and suddenly get inspired about graphic design?

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By Robin Williams and John TollettMarch 2, 2012
Topics: Design

Type Obsession

If you have an interest in design at all, one the first things you become aware of, graphically speaking, is type. Type on signs, type on billboards, type in ads and brochures, type everywhere. If you're brand new to design, this typographic awareness can be disconcerting.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettFebruary 15, 2012
Topics: Design

Blogging, Drawing, and Teaching in London

Robin and I are in London for a couple of months while she teaches a module in the Shakespeare studies curriculum at a West London University, Brunel. Yes, Shakespeare, not design or typography. I know, she freaks me out too.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettFebruary 1, 2012
Topics: Design

Non-Designers Blog, London Edition

For the next couple of months we’ll be blogging from London. We’ve got a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, an iMac, two iPads, two iPhones, a UK Orange mobile phone, and the flat we’re renting has a decent Wi-Fi connection. If we can keep all the batteries charged up, we should be in good shape.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettJanuary 16, 2012
Topics: Design

Have a Happy, InDesignful, Illustratorish, Photoshoppy New Year!

As The Steve Miller Band sang, “Time keeps on slipping into the future.” But is it really a good idea to have an automatic Time upgrade at this time every year?

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By Robin Williams and John TollettJanuary 3, 2012
Topics: Design

Everyone, Sing Along: All I Want for Christmas Is a Free Cool Font?

Designers at any level of experience have at least this one thing in common: font-lust.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettDecember 16, 2011
Topics: Design

It's Starting to Look Like a Book Factory Around Here

2011 has been a very fun year for us, especially for those of us who think it’s fun to spend most of our time on a Mac writing about Mac operating systems (Lion, OS X 10.7, to be specific) and cool, amazing software (Adobe’s Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator). In fact, by that criteria, 2011 was just about the most fun we’ve ever had.

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By Robin Williams and John TollettDecember 1, 2011
Topics: Design

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