15 Most Loved Designs and Articles of 2014

We had an amazing year in 2014 with great designs, in art fields such as Illustrations, Posters, Packaging designs, Photography… These I am sharing here are those you preferred to read and share most throughout the year. Some might have been published in previous years, but still remain on top of your preferances. Please enjoy and share. I wish you all my creative friends to have a very inspiring 2015 with fantastic new designs to share 🙂



The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

Jamie Wieck complied The 50, a list of 50 things he believes every graphic design student should know on leaving college. Some of these points are obvious, others less so – but all are brief, digestible nuggets of wisdom that will hopefully go some way to making the transition from graduate to designer a little bit smoother.

Read More: https://www.graphicart-news.com/the-50-things-every-graphic-design-student-should-know/


THEME: Photography

32 Stunning Conceptual Photography Themes

Conceptual photography is the way a photographer conveys his messages, his ideas. Usually the conception of the idea precedes the realization. Conceptual photography can be natural but most of the times is computer generated. Either way the final image is unique.
Below you can see 32 stunning conceptual themes to inspire you and carry your mind away.

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/32-stunning-conceptual-photography-themes/



12 Amazing Women Designers!

Susana Machicao Pacheco and Marina Córdova Alvéstegui have started a beautiful community with women designers, made for women! They gather all women in the design field with the purpose of impeling and promoting women’s work on a worldwide level. The two ladies want to maximize women capacities in equal conditions.
Carole Guevin said: “Gender has got nothing to do with talent! Are women still under represented today? Yes! Needing more limelight? Yes! Meet women who rock the design industry… with more than pink design!”

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/12-amazing-women-designers/



Unique satirical art by Paul Kuczynski

Paul Kuczynski, Polish designer, has graduated Fine Arts Academy in Poznan with specialization in graphics. Recently he is dealing with satirical illustration. His artworks are of unique stylish, paintings on canvas, with extreme imagination. A truly inspiration for you. Enjoy some below or view all his collection.

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/unique-satirical-art-by-paul-kuczynski/



What is Social Poster Design? 8 Significant Poster Designers Advice!

What is Cultural or Social Poster Design? How will poster design impact the world? Can designers communicate and change the world? What are the principles for a good poster design to be effective? These are questions that many designers are seeking answers for answers. We have seen lately resurgence of new fresh blood designers, who are eager to design posters for good. Posters to convey their own messages, their own feelings, frustration or happiness, political ideas, or antiwar messages, but they fail. Why? I think because most of the graphic designers, do not know the value or the power of poster design. They do not know it’s importance, thus they do not know how to effectively present the message, or how to capture the attention. Can those who seek to find the answers find the path? Who will teach them? Unfortunately, we can’t do this in this article, but we can give the advices and inspire them through the words of 7 unique, significant Poster Designers. We have the honor to host here Andrew Lewis from Canada, Antonio Castro from Texas, Chaz Maviyane-Davies from Zimbabwe, Luba Lukova from USA, Mehdi Saeedi from Iran, Michael Thompson from Jamaica, Pekka Loiri from Finland, and Susana Machicao from Bolivia. All are eager to share their ideas and knowledge on Poster Design.

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/what-social-poster-design-is-7-significant-poster-designers-advice/



The Best Greek Olive Oil Packaging

For a second year this article is on my top list.
The olive tree is a blessed tree, which grows in the stony and arid Mediterranean area. Produce fruit under adverse conditions of drought, strong winds and high temperatures, while the longevity and productivity, wrote the history of the Mediterranean peoples. The olive tree lit up, fed, healed, posed up and identified with high ideals and inspired the vigorous culture for many years in the eastern Mediterranean.
Symbol of knowledge, wisdom, abundance, peace, health, strength and beauty worshiped for thousands of years. A living part of a severe cultural heritage, legends, traditions and religious rituals closely associated with flowering, harvest and production of oil. Such a special heritage should have at least the most special packaging design. And how to convey such tradition in a small bottle and label? Here are some examples, made by Greek designers…

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/the-best-greek-olive-oil-packaging/



Gender Equality Now | 10 Fantastic Winning Posters

The top 10 best posters on “Gender Equality Now” have been selected and they could not be missed from our poster collection! We can see how creativity grows more each year, and designers feeling more the need to express their feelings through design to spread awareness. This special and sensitive competition Poster for tomorrow organized is a promise that creativity is still the most powerful channel to change our minds, sensitize them, twist to other directions. My humble congratulations to all designers who won and those who participated for their thirst to contribute their talent to the world.

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/gender-equality-now-10-fantastic-winning-posters/



Golden Ratio in logo designs

Beauty and aesthetics have been praised from time immemorial. But little did people know that the most effective, perfectly balanced, and visually compelling creations followed the tid-bits of mathematics. At least not until 1860, when German physicist and psychologist Gustav Theodor Fechner proposed that a simple ratio, an irrational number defines the balance in nature. The Golden Ratio! Fechner’s experiment was simple: ten rectangles varying in their length-to-width ratios were placed in front of a subject, who was asked to select the most pleasing one. The results showed that the most favored choice was the “Golden Rectangle” (with ratio 1.618).

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/golden-ratio-in-logo-designs/



Ambigram. How to design it?

“The ambigrams have been my research topic, to try to explain I had to learn”
It is a work of trial and error. It takes knowledge of typography and perception.
It is an act of illusion and magic, as magic is tricks.
In the rotational ambigram knowing the magic is in difference legible traces of ornaments.
The top of a word is the visible area, the lower half hidden area to do the trick!

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/ambigram-how-to-design-it/



Best Wine Packaging and Label Design, 2013-2014 from Greece and Other Countries

Greek wines and their varieties were well known and traded throughout the Mediterranean. The Ancient Greeks introduced vines such as Vitis vinifera and made wine in their numerous colonies in Italy, Sicily, southern France, and Spain. The Vitis vinifera grape which thrives in temperate climates near coastal areas with mild winters and dry summers adapted well and flourished in the Northern Mediterranean areas. The most reputable wines of ancient Greece were Chian, Coan, Corcyraean, Cretan, Euboean, Lesbian, Leucadian, Mendaean, Peparethan wine, Rhodian and Thasian.Wine was also important for ancient Macedonia. Two other names may or may not be regional: Bibline wine and Pramnian wine are named in the earliest Greek poetry, but without any reliable geographical details.

Rear more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/best-wine-packaging-and-label-design-2013-from-greece-and-other-countries/



Drawing Autism

Drawing Autism is an incredible collection of artwork by people diagnosed with autism, from teenage amateurs to established artists.

Rear more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/drawing-autism/



The Olympic patchwork quilt | Sochi 2014

Sochi games’ press release: “The Olympic patchwork quilt, developed by Bosco’s creative department and given to the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, will be the official Look of Russia’s first Winter Games.

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/the-olympic-patchwork-quilt-sochi-2014/



Amazing Manga Illustrations by the Japanese Artist Shohei Otomo


Shohei Otomo is a modern day artist who draws with traditional Japanese influence combined with modern style. He is the son of Katsuhiro Otomo who Created & Directed the Manga “Akira”. Manga are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century [read more about]. They have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art. Shohei Otomo draws his awesome manga illustrations with just a ball point pen! Enjoy!

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/amazing-manga-illustrations-by-the-japanese-artist-shokei-otomo/



This Time for Africa… Mosaic Illustrations by Charis Tsevis

This is a collection, inspired by Africa, of mosaic illustrations made by Charis Tsevis, visual artist from Greece. His recent artworks on African women was the source that led me to one more article on his work. A tribute to him for the unconditional help he offered to me but to also many other designers.

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/this-time-for-africa-mosaic-illustrations-by-charis-tsevis/



Poster Artist Andrew Lewis | Interview

Andrew Lewis is an internationally renowned graphic artist who fuses typography, illustration and design to create posters. His work has represented Canada in numerous international biennials in Europe, Latin America, Asia and at home in North America. Having garnered some of the highest awards in design, Lewis imparts his knowledge to students worldwide, educating them to give voice to ideas via the art form of the poster.

Read more: https://www.graphicart-news.com/poster-artist-andrew-lewis-interview/#.VJqEeF4AA

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)


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