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Shout Out to Studio Hemoy

Graphic Designer for Studio Hemoy

for a full list of production work and graphic design check out nancytranter.com or my linkedin profile for work history

Studio Hemoy is an up and coming interior design group that has experience in property management and Interior Design. It’s always wonderful to be a graphic designer for a French team of interior designers. Check out their latest podcast “Les couleurs ont une influence sur notre humeur, notre performance, notre productivité, notre bien-être, notre qualité de travail Notre environnement immédiat influence l’esprit des gens. Que ce soit par l’aspect visible (rangé ou désorganisé), ou par l’aspect plus invisible à première vue comme les couleurs”

rose quartz bracelet gold by nancy tranter
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Pantone Color of the Year 2022, 17-3938 Very Peri, Graphic Designers Resource

Color Trends in Design 2022

One of the color trends that we will begin to see in graphic design will be the use of something called Pantone colors. Marketing Color Consortiums drive large sections of commerce. How important is this to your art? It all depends. I tell my students that creating an original style (their unique signature) is the way to go. This includes the color palette that you have defined for yourself. You always have the choice to not use Pantone Trends and that in the end may be a better design choice. Knowing about Pantone colors is important you need to understand the industry you are designing for and not knowing about their existence is like not doing your art history homework.

Pantone Very Peri interior design living room a striking shade of periwinkle, Color of the Year 2022
Pantone Very Peri interior design living room a striking shade of periwinkle

After a year so full of ups and downs, users will want navigation experiences that are soothing colors. Therefore, the use of subtle blues, violet blues and reds will be of great importance for graphic design and will generate a great impact on users.

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Color trends in graphic design 2022 Flat colors

2021 has shown us that we spend more and more time on our cell phones, computers, and tablets. The use of flat colors will guarantee the comfort of our eyes. Simple, subtle, fresh and natural designs that facilitate online navigation for a long time.

Motion Graphics

Whether you’re walking past a digital billboard, scrolling through a website, or navigating an app, we see more and more motion design at the moment. And most people in the profession believe this can only be a good thing. Static graphics have a way of being overlooked. The constant drive of digital platforms for something fresh and the rise of virtual reality have brands finding new ways of living online. The new possibilities and opportunities using motion and animation are becoming a better way to tell a story to sell a brand.

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Henri Matisse Cut Outs and How He Carved into Color

The resilience of Henri Matisse cut outs as he deals with chronic pain in his later years

Henri Matisse cut outs came about because chronic illness had made painting more difficult. The painter made his name by putting brush to canvas and when he no longer had eye muscle and proper hand-coordination, he made his mark all over again by putting scissors to paper. A flickery home movie of an elderly Henri Matisse shows the artist in a hurry with his giant scissors, cutting asymmetrical, floppy leaf forms out of paper. He compared cutting to the feeling of flying. He enjoyed being able to move them around to contemplate their respective positions within his composition.

Henri Matisse in studio working with cutouts
Henri Matisse in his studio with assistants who would cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls

Henri Matisse cut outs technique may have originated from his influence growing up in a textile region in France. The paper cut-outs have a dressmaker’s pattern influence. The studio that he worked in had many textiles for inspiration surrounding him. There was an exhibit that became the source for my idea for this relationship called Matisse: The Fabric of Dreams: His Art and His Textiles JUNE 23–SEPTEMBER 25, 2005 at the Met. It features forty-five painted works and thirty-one drawings and prints displayed alongside examples from Matisse’s personal collection of fabrics, costumes, and carpets. That exhibition marked the first public showing of Matisse’s textile collection—referred to by the artist as his “working library”—which has been packed away in family trunks since Matisse’s death in 1954. According to his grandson Paul, he enjoyed using the cutout technique right up unto the end of his life.

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success”

Henri Matisse
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Henri Matissein bed at studio composing cutout pieces with long stick

It was noted by friends, family, and colleagues that Matisse had an intensity about him and that he loved to work. He could not stop creating no matter what his physical condition. A type of wilfulness that is indispensable when producing commissioned artwork while in chronic pain.

Henri Matisse and cat
Henri Matisse The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952
The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952

Henri Matisse Cut Outs Paint Process

The color on his cut-outs was produced using gouache—a water-based, opaque, quick-drying, matte paint that consists of pigment, binder, and often a white pigment or filler to increase opacity. Matisse purchased a wide range of colors at supply houses in Paris and Nice, choosing tubes based on color and freshness. Studio assistants cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls. Gouache, thinned with water, was applied to paper and then weighted until dry. Some sheets had a more dense application of gouache and some more visibly retained the brushstrokes.

Matisse’s Cut Out
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Color Inspiration From the Flower Bee Balm for Graphic Design, Firelight 17-1460 Pantone

Color inspiration of the day is Bee Balm (Monarda) from hair dye to a graphic designers color breakdown.

In the area of the web, a general rule is that all colors should be in RGB format. On the other hand, print media is rooted in CMYK or Pantone spot colors. The truth is that, despite the gap, one can get pretty close to matching colors in web and print. Alas, it is never a perfect process as colors do not end up looking identical. This is one of the main obstacles that designers face.

Zoe’s hair color inspiration of Bee Balm is the percentage of the following. Hair recipe is based on starting with a hair color of classic brown #4 bleached to blonde #6 with heavy orange overtones. 

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Abnormal Psychology Artists and Identity

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Max Ernst and Cindy Sherman as Examples of Artists Working With the Theme of Identity

Ernst early interests were psychiatry and philosophy. He abandoned his studies at the University of Bonn for painting. Here the rational world of science and industry have gone awry: the prints display a diagrammatic drawing technique, nonsensical equations, ineffectual measuring instruments, and a dysfunctional system of plumbs and weights. The portfolio also marks the first appearance of the artist’s assumed Dada identity, “Dadamax ERNST” Ernst was frustrated at the gallery and museum system who stereotyped him into frottage and oil painting. Frottage is the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art. His creative ability to rebrand himself by assigning himself a new name, identity gave him the emotional and stylistic freedom he was seeking.

Max ErnstPlate I from Let There Be Fashion, Down With Art (Fiat modes pereat ars)1920

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman is one of the best known and most important artists working today. Her style is a performative practice of photographing herself under different guises. The popularity of her work produced many of contemporary art’s most iconic and influential images. An artist whose subject is often herself as somebody else caught in a moment of masquerade. This highlights the illusory nature of not only photography, but identity itself. Sherman’s underlying goal is to present a novel critique of female representation in photography. It has remained unchanged since she began her career in the 1970s.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled 584, 2017-2018 Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures, New York © 2020 Cindy Sherman

Therapist with an Identity Disturbance? Is it possible for them to still be good at their job and help the client?

A therapist with BPD would be more into recovery than out of it and whatever issues are unresolved kept in the background so that they don’t harm the client. Most therapists are aware of their personal issues long before graduation from an accredited school of psychotherapy.

One may be well into recovery and any hidden symptoms undetected and therefore, harmless to a patient. Supervisory therapists can pick up pathology before a novice therapist ever gets near an actual patient, either before or during the internship.

Some students or interns are recommended for therapy before graduation. Some schools require actual participation by all students in personal therapy before entry or sometimes before completion of the program.

Provided someone with an identity disturbance survived all the challenges posed by programs that graduate psychotherapists, It’s highly possible they would do more than an adequate job helping their clients work through their issues. I knew a therapist with treated BPD that accomplished just that.

An identity disturbance in young adulthood predicts a host of negative outcomes across the life span, including mood, anxiety, eating and substance use disorders, increased risk for physical illnesses, STD’s, low self esteem, name changes, cosmetic surgery and medical care, reduced quality of life, and reduced life expectancy

Take Care of Yourself, Too

Sometimes friendships with people who have an identity disturbance become unbalanced, and you may find yourself giving more than you receive. I’ve been on the receiving end of BPD outbursts it can be hurtful and difficult. These are my tips for dealing with these types. If this happens only occasionally, it is usually fine. Most relationships ebb and flow; they can’t always be an even 50-50 split. But if you find yourself in a perpetually unbalanced and difficult situation, it will create a strain in the relationship.

Research has shown that friends and family that care for people with an identity disturbance have high rates of hostility, anxiety, depression, and distrust. Financial strain, marital problems, and social embarrassment are also common family responses.  As a result, friendships with people with BPD can be rocky. Sometimes, people with BPD engage in behaviors that can seem manipulative, mean-spirited, divisional, and or destructive.

If you give too much, you may start to feel resentful or burned out. After a while, you may get to the point that you feel the need to end the relationship for your own health and happiness. one technique that you may to try when dealing with manipulative person is called Grey Rocking. This may Help. Picture a grey rock: Unremarkable, forgettable, and similar to countless others scattered nearby. Even the most enthusiastic collector probably wouldn’t have a lot to say about this rock. So, if you wanted to escape notice, becoming a grey rock might seem like a good way to go about it. Of course, people can’t actually turn into rocks, but that’s where the idea of grey rocking comes from.

Techniques for dealing with those who have mental health challenges

Another technique would be Restorative Justice a technique used in teaching. Dialogue in the restorative justice context refers to the use of a neutral mediator to prepare, structure, and guide face-to-face interactions between victims and offenders in ways that avoid revictimization of those harmed, promote reparation of the harms caused, strengthen pro-social human relationships and provide an opportunity for offenders to earn redemption and return to the community as constructive citizens.

In the long term, however, it is more helpful for a person with an identity disturbance to have a consistent, reliable friend than to have a friend who was 100% there for them for a few months before disappearing forever. For this reason, it is important for you to take care of yourself, take breaks from your friend when needed, and create healthy boundaries so that you get your needs fulfilled, too.

It requires assertive communication skills and sufficient self-awareness to understand when it is time to pull back a bit. It is possible to have a long-term, rewarding friendship with someone with an identity disturbance if you work at it.

What happens when you set boundaries with a borderline? Setting boundaries for your relationship is important for you and the person with an identity disturbance. However, you should not expect your limits to fix the relationship quickly. The person with the identity issue may feel like these boundaries are a form of rejection, which may cause them to lash out. Lashing out can range from gossiping, lying about your character, all the way to homicide.

My personal harrowing experience with an Identity Disordered Person came in the form of mean-spirited speech coinciding with mirroring behavior and narcissism. It is a common red flag for people to legally change their names because of identity disorder, this person doesn’t use her original birth name because of the need to change their identity. She once in casual conversation asked about my bra size which I replied 34DD unbeknownst to me she then went to her plastic surgeon for breast augmentation she demanded the surgeon to give her DD-size breasts to which the surgeon replied your frame is too small to support it. I will give you C-size breasts. She then threw a tantrum and insisted on my actual breast size of DD. Flash forward 15 years later. She has had many breast surgeries to fix botched surgeries and still doesn’t feel any better about herself nor has she achieved the goal of looking or being me.

The second incident of my dossier on my personality disordered friend was my original idea of using acupuncture to help with fertility. I used a professional from Manhattan who was recommended and licensed he is also licensed in herbalism. Once again unbeknownst to me, she went to an unlicensed unheard of acupuncturist and almost killed herself with an ingredient in her tea, ambulances hospital what a nightmare she caused herself to try and be me. I was horrified but aware of her impressionable nature. She still to this day every once in a while speaks to me in a mean-spirited tone trying to publicly embarrass me, body shame me, talks about me behind my back to her colleagues and my friends. She most definitely has an obsession with me.

Besides the ones I had mentioned earlier there are other attributes that this person has to further the pathology of identity disturbance, adultery, promiscuity. rejection sensitivity disorder, and poor memory. She took personal campaigns to extreme alienating potential friendships by forcing strong views onto others in destructive ways. Knowing the reason why she acts this way is tremendously helpful. She still attempts to bait me in public to get out of character but I’m too chill and empowered by the knowledge of professionals in the field of psychiatry to fall for it. Having an older sister who is a psychologist is also helpful. She is the one who told me about personality disorders and gray-rocking which is my favorite technique for this particular person. She also told me to sever all contact with the person if possible. The anecdote of my sisters class has the professor coming in to the classroom dropping his brief case explaining that personality disorder or BPD has a poor prognosis and then teaches how to handle BPD or personality disorder by walking out of the classroom and not coming back. The point of his lesson don’t be friends with this person sever all ties.

Movies about Identity 

This might seem like an odd topic for a film to some people. For those who live with the condition these movies about identity show them they are not alone. There is a stigma associated with poor mental health in the United States and other societies around the world. It’s all too often the reason people suffering from these issues often don’t seek help. One of the ways society learns more about mental illness, its symptoms and consequences, is through storytelling. That lens, in modern society, is often film.

Film is particularly well-suited to showing how people, their family, friends and colleagues, deal with difficult mental health problems, how their lives sometime unravel, and what it takes to recover.

sources MoMa, Smithsonian Magazine Matt Morrissette, verywellmind.com, Cosmetic Surgery and Psychological Issues Randy A. Sansone, MD and Lori A. Sansone, MD, inspiremalibu.com, nhsinform.scot, Mike E. King

Vector Mandala Digital Art Designs

Vector Mandala Digital Art file Motif (Digital File) http://ow.ly/nxgW50ExgKb Contains everything you need to start creating beautiful mandala art serpentine designs

Vector Mandala Digital Art Design is available for purchase at nancystoreonline.comThe Mandala evokes the collective archetype of the circle, with no beginning, no end. It is inclusive, as Egypt’s richly polytheistic culture tended to accommodate, rather than to exclude. The mandala is found universally; All cultures use the circle in their art and religious symbolism. The circle is inherent in the human unconscious.

A colorful tibetan mandala in a monastery
a colorful tibetan mandala in a monastery

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Decorating for Easter Try Pysanky an Overview on How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Pysanky, these Ukrainian Easter eggs are decorated using the wax-resist (batik) method. Covered in stunning motifs often taken from Slavic folk art 

Pysanky (plural form of pysanka) is from the Ukrainian word “pysaty” meaning “to write.” Pysanky eggs are hand-drawn creations—first in pencil using guidelines to section off eggshells into a grid pattern, and then with detail within the grid. Afterward, pencil lines are covered with beeswax using a stylus or writing pen called a kistka and dipping in dyes of progressively darker shades. Similar to the batik work done on fabric. The last step is to remove the wax with a candle flame to reveal the beautiful design hidden beneath.

Egg Painter circa 1930 Ukrainian Ethnological Center of the Maksym Rylsky Institute of Art
Egg Painter circa 1930 Ukrainian Ethnological Center of the Maksym Rylsky Institute of Art
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But the intricacy of the design is not the only thing that makes a pysanka beautiful. Even simple patterns can be just as striking as detailed ones. The key to beautiful traditional decorating for easter pysanka is symmetry and precision (although symmetry does not always play a role in contemporary patterns). By precision, I mean that the design is drawn within a grid that has been laid out meticulously, I use a lathe and see-through the ruler/stencil for drawing circles. If a pysanky is only divided in half, each half will measure exactly. Similarly, in quadrants, each will measure the same. The entire design, whether simple or detailed, depends on these first measurements to be exact. This is especially important if the egg will be very intricate.

If you have decorated an egg, then you have participated in one of the oldest decorative arts. Archaeologists have long known of egg art if the form of decorated ostrich shell pieces and empty eggs in Africa of great antiquity, found in tombs or archaeological digs, but they did not know how old this custom was. In 2010 an important find was announced that a team led by Pierre-Jean Texier found a cache of decorated ostrich eggs in layers in South Africa dating from 65,000 to 55,000 years before the present. They had been whole shells but crushed into fragments over time. These eggs were likely used for storing water, as hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari desert do even today. It is speculated that the designs might have been the mark of individual owners of the shells.  An interesting find was that the scratched decorations on the eggs changed over time. Earlier eggs had cross-hatched designs that looked like railroad tracks. Later designs used finer parallel scratches inside of lines. Archaeologists have unearthed ceramic decorated eggs in Ukraine dating circa 3,000 B.C. For those ancients worshiping the sun god Dazhboh, decorated eggs were an affirmation of spring following a harsh winter. The eggs were also considered protection against illness and other forms of misfortune.

When Ukrainians adopted Christianity in circa 988, the practice of easter egg decorations continued but with the focus on Easter. Every egg coloring design has meaning. In the first century A.D. Christians took the ancient legend of the phoenix (one symbol of the sun to the Egyptians) as a sign of the resurrection[i]; in illustrations the bird stands on the egg from which it has risen. Hence, the Easter egg. The first color used to dye Easter eggs was red, symbolizing blood and its life-giving qualities. For several centuries early Christians observed all the traditional Jewish festivals, and thus Easter and Passover coincided. Colored eggs are also used in some Passover celebrations, but whether it was a tradition borrowed from Christianity or not remains a mystery. In ancient China eggs, dyed scarlet, were given as gifts in the spring. A circle represents the sun and integrity, also nature’s triumph over evil. Dots stand for the future. A star or “rosetta” is used to convey life itself, the source of light, beauty and perfection. Triangles are air, fire and water. Straight lines indicate eternal life.

There is meaning to the colors, too. White represents purity, birth, light and rejoicing. Green is fertility and hopefulness, the sun and life’s joys. Purple means faith, trust and patience. Black symbolizes constancy, eternity and the dark before dawn. Throughout history, eggs have been at various times magical, protective, divine — even evil, and they are an obvious fertility symbol. In Buddhist, Taoist and certain Russian rituals they are offered to the dead as representations of the revitalizing powers of nature. 

I think the best learning egg dyeing videos are from Lorie Powpow master pasanky artist. Some tips of mine for in addition to Lorie are: 1) Double down on yellow aniline dye, 2) use a 1 tsp citric acid and 4oz of distilled water and submerge egg for 15min to remove egg membrane and make a perfect canvas, 3) use magic eraser Mr Clean sponge and a drop of water to remove pencil lines never use a rubber eraser. 4) if you love it invest in an electric kistka (wax pen). 

How to draw pysanky designs. Here below is a step by step illustration for a few easter egg designs for pdf download. 

pysanky pysanka wax-resist (batik) Here below is a step by step illustration for a few easter egg designs for pdf download. 

For more detail on pysanky using natural dyes and other egg decorating techniques and folklore see the pamphlet “Egg Art,” Library of Congress American Folklife Center (1982).

Pysanky sculpture was commissioned by the town of Vegreville, in the Canadian province of Alberta noted for its high Ukrainian Canadian population
The sculpture was commissioned by the town of Vegreville, in the Canadian province of Alberta noted for its high Ukrainian Canadian population. In order to obtain funding for it, the town applied for a federal government grant and was eventually able to obtain some funding, but only if the sculpture was dedicated to the 1975 centennial of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Vegreville received a grant to construct the egg, a nod at Ukrainian culture in Canada,and specifically at early Ukrainian settlements east of Edmonton, Alberta
These are the Best for Outdoor Activities They set up Quick and are a great shelter for Pysanky Workshops

The current Pysanka Museum building was built in 2000 in the western Ukrainian city of KolomyiaIvano-Frankivska Oblast. Previously the pysanka collection had been housed in the Kolomyia church of the Annunciation. The museum is part of the National Museum of Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttya Folk Art. The central part of the museum is in the shape of a pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg). This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka, and it has become a calling card of the city. In August 2007 the museum was recognized as a landmark of modern Ukraine.

Pysanky Pysanka Museum building was built in 2000 in the western Ukrainian city of Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast.

The video below is how I set up batik dyeing.

Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter

Pysanky easter egg art Four Seasons by visual artist Nancy Tranter
visual artist nancy tranter pysanky
Pysanky Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter
pasanka wax resist batik multiple eggs
Pysanky Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter
pasanka wax resist batik wolf
Pysanky Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter
pasanka wax resist batik multiple designs
visual artist nancy tranter

source: Ukrainian Ethnological Center of the Maksym Rylsky Institute of Art. Book: Makovsky S. Folk art of Subcarpathian Russia, So Jeo, Laurie PopowLuba Perchyshyn, Gail Lamba, Texier, Pierre-Jean, Library of Congress cataloging Slavic materials, St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians, Euromaidan Press, Slavko Nowytski, Authentic Ukraine O. Yasinska & I. Fediv, wikipedia.org, American Folklife Center Librarian J. Gray

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3 Sites to Help You Become an Expert at Computer Repair Turning Geek Into Chic Everyday

Tips About Computer Repair because of a Broke Down Graphics Day

This is a story about computer repair while in the Central Swartekill Wetlands. Once in a while, you find yourself in a remote region with little access to amenities. I was exploring the Swarte Kill in New York. Central Swartekill Wetland (also known as Plutarch Swamp), is one of the more beautiful regions that I don’t think too many people know about. All along Plutarch Rd is a heavily dense wild natural region with an abundance of wildlife, a bird migration route, different types of Red Hawk raptor and, an environmentally protected snapping turtle region, with additional rare species.

 

plutarch swamp -David Jakim and Lawrence McGlinn, Geography, SUNY-New Paltz,

I was set up in a cabin about to edit the pictures for the day and my cord dies. Then my backup cord dies and I have about 2 hours left before my laptop shuts down. 

Being a hardened graphic designer who was used to the speed of being in a NYC “graphics ring” I quickly McGuivered a power cord.

If you read any basic electronic manual, you’ll notice that an anti-static wrist strap is one of the first things that they recommend. But it’s often the most neglected. If you plan on doing any work with your electronics, you should make sure that you pick one up.

computer repair static wrist guard

I pried open the shell casing with a spudger, then I used a Satco 90-099 Chain Pliers to open it up further.

plastic spudgers for computer repair
computer repair chain pliers for power cord

Then I frankensteined. Swapping all the working parts around, playing with a soldering tool, and triple-checking polarities.

computer repair soldering tool

So glad it works. I wonder if I can stick computer repair under my resume. At the very least I can maintain my equipment in a pinch. The motherboard is certified apple OEM, and the cords are from Hong Kong. 

  1. IFIXIT this is the closest manual instructions for repair that I could find. Ifixit is a place that has repair guides for every thing, written by everyone. This is my favorite site for computer repair.
  2. Lifehacker’s Top 10 Computer Hardware Fixes and Upgrades These fixes or upgrades are easy enough for most of us to do.
  3. Macrumors News, rumors, discussions, a place to ask questions and how to instructions.

Upon completion of my computer repair I returned to my nature project of taking pictures of wildlife and making color studies of Plutarch Swamp

Vernal Pools and What I Learned from Observing Like an Artist.

spotted salamander photo courtesy of Cornell University
Spotted Salamander
Grey Treefrog photo courtesy of Cornell University
Grey Treefrog camouflaged resting against tree trunk

The most important thing about Plutarch Swamp are the Vernal pools. They are a common, but threatened habitat type in the Hudson River Estuary corridor. They are often damaged because they are overlooked or not appreciated by landowners, or in environmental reviews for development. Vernal pools and their surrounding terrestrial areas provide critical habitat for a number of amphibians and invertebrates, some of which breed only in vernal pools. Vernal pools are the only significant breeding areas for Jefferson salamander, spotted salamander, marbled
salamander, and wood frog. Other typical users include spring peeper, spadefoot toad,
gray treefrog, American toad, and other amphibians that depend on pond habitats for
reproduction.

Spring peeper -photo provided by cornell university
Spring Peeper Frog

source: Jakim and McGlinn Geography SUNY-New Paltz, IFIXIT, eekwi.org, New York Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, some photo credits by Adirondack Council and Cornell university

3 Design Books every Graphic Designer Should Read

As to the potential and versatility that digital devices provide, there’s nothing like sitting down with a good book.

With all the various forms of printed media, it is an occasional relief to pick up something tactile once in a while to read. Nothing else compares to this print form. It sets out everything you need to know in an organized and complete way that ensures that nothing essential gets left out. Whether you’re interested in studying the fundamentals of graphic design or developing your existing skills, it’s worth investing in some excellent design books. Here are my favorites.

1) The Uncommon Life Of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday Hardcover – by Akiko Busch

Design books recommendations: The Uncommon Life Of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday Hardcover – July 15, 2005
by Akiko Busch

A look at how design influences and responds to our changing lives, and a study of society and its values and the infusion of meaning into inanimate objects.

2) 4. Logo Modernism (Design) – Jens Muller, R. Roger Remington

Design books recommendations: Logo Modernism (Design) – Jens Muller

When we start analyzing the aesthetics for architecture and art then apply them to product design we recognize a time of vast technological advance that affirms the power of human beings to reshape their environment and to break from the conventions or constraints of the past. From 1940-1980 this book takes a comprehensive look at the scope of post-modernism attitudes that gave birth to the concept of corporate identity.

3) Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints & Pigments by Patrick Baty

Design books recommendations: Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints & Pigments Hardcover – July 18, 2017
by Patrick Baty

Colour is a fundamental part of design, but knowing how to use it is also about learning its deep historical roots and how colour functions within a society as custom. I think all creatives should read this comprehensive and detailed book, focusing on the use of colour in decoration for over 300 years. Patrick Baty is a combination of skills such as historian, detective, and analyst. He traces the evolution of pigments and paint colours, and examines their impact on the colour palettes used in interiors. In doing so, he highlights the characteristic colour trends and styles of painting particular to each time period in interior design.