“Without deviation progress is not possible.” Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording engineer, record producer and film director who profoundly influenced my life with his multi-dimensional output that incorporated rock, jazz, classical and experimental music, film, video and theatre with a large helping of humor ...MORE
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Last year I was asked to speak to the in-house creative team at the CIA in Washington, DC, and I arrived a day earlier to take in some sightseeing. I hadn’t been to the country’s capital in over 20 years. Although it was a very hot and sticky July afternoon, I hit the ground running ...MORE
My Dad was born on Valentine’s Day, and every year my Mom would make a huge cake shaped like a heart and lather it up with hot pink frosting. I guess when she married my Dad she figured a high-quality, heart-shaped pan would be a good investment. And 26 years after my Dad’s passing, that ...MORE
"Design is so critical it should be on the agenda of every meeting in every single department." Tom Peters (born November 7, 1942) is an American writer on business management practices, best known for In Search of Excellence.
The Decade's 10 Best Super Bowl Ads By Ed Roberts I’ll be tuning into Super Bowl XLVII not to watch the retiring Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens battle—ahem—the “best wide receiver in NFL history” Randy Moss and the San Francisco 49ers. Oh no, my eyes will be glued to the television—like 51 percent of ...MORE
Popular Lies About Graphic Design A new book by Craig Ward reviewed by Ed Roberts What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever been told about design? Milton Glaser says, “Less is more.” David Carson answers by saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” And years ago, James Victore was told “you can’t use more ...MORE
Have you ever had one of those days when you don’t have one original thought in your head? Well, when I get stuck, in a creative black hole that just keeps getting bigger and bigger, I often ask myself: What would Wilco do? Yes, I’m speaking about the original alt country rock band that has ...MORE
Second Helpings: Lunch with Marshall Mckinney, Garden & Gun By Ed Roberts Thanks for coming back for second helpings with Garden & Gun art director Marshall Mckinney, the creative soul at the center of the new south. Pull up a chair, dig right in and enjoy! Your typographic and photographic choices at G&G are incredibly clean and ...MORE
Looking for holiday gifts for designers in your life? Or an office gift for one of your colleagues? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself so you can settle down with a good book over the holidays. We’ll here it is. A list of some my favorite books that are guaranteed to engage, inform ...MORE
"Design is thinking made visual." Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was a graphic designer and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his design of film posters and motion picture title sequences. During his 40-year career Bass worked for some of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Amongst his most famous title sequences is the animated paper cut-out of ...MORE