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5 Commonly asked questions about copyright

Copyright? Really? She wants to talk about COPYRIGHT!?

Yeah…but don’t leave the page just yet! I’ll try to keep this interesting and engaging for you…

Alright, copyright isn’t the sexiest of topics and it seems like a huge ocean of grey area. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life and a big topic to digital arts of all kinds. So, let’s dive right in.



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5 Commonly asked questions about copyright

Famous Graphic Designers of the century: What They did and How They Got There

Over the past few months, I have been creating famous graphic designer “profiles” for some of the most famous graphic designers over the past century. This list is by no means exhaustive and I know that there are so many more equally creative and successful designers out there to be explored, so fear not! I’ll continue my research and bring you bite sized profiles of different kinds of designers in the future!

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Famous Graphic Designer Profile: Jessica Walsh and brand design


It’s time to mix things up a little bit with a more modern designer. Introducing: Jessica Walsh. In her elementary years, she became fascinated with all things graphic design. In high school she would create websites for individuals and small businesses.

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Famous Graphic Designer Profile: Saul Bass and Corporate Logo design

Though Saul Bass created some amazingly long-lasting logos, that is not really what he was known for. His real fame came from his revolution of the presentation of movie credits (yes, those short graphic sequences at the beginning of the movie…which perhaps you like to fast forward through…).

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It was in this line of work that he met his wife, Elaine Makatura. They worked together on the title sequence of the film Spartacus in 1960. At this time in his life he worked on many films, both creating title sequences and designing the movie posters. Some of his most iconic movie posters were Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder and The Man with the Golden Arm.



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Famous Graphic Designer Profile: Massimo Vignelli and His Philosophy of Design

To contrast with the famous graphic designer in my last post, Massimo Vignelli’s style of designing was incredibly simple. So simple, that you may look at his work, and think, “I could do that!” Perhaps you would be right, but Vignelli worked the way he did with almost religious precision.



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Famous Graphic Designer Profile: Chip Kidd and Book Design

Graphic design may be considered by some to be the “nerdy art”. For a number of graphic designers out there that may be true, this theory may be debunked or confirmed as we look at this book cover artist…depending on how you look at it. :)



Famous Graphic Designer Profile: Chip Kidd and Book Design

Famous Graphic Designer Contest!

Welcome to our Fall Famous Graphic Designer Contest!
Subscribe now to enter your students!

Our second biannual design contest will be open to the students of teachers who are members at This contest will be a little different; it will piggy-back off the Introduction To Graphic Design lesson. Both student and teacher of the winning design will receive a prize (books, sketchbooks, pencil kits, see below) which will be mailed to the recipients’ school on Nov 1st.

Famous Graphic Designer Contest!

Graphic Design Curriculum Update: Introduction to Graphic Design for Beginners

Teaching Graphic Design to High School: A Simple Introduction to basic design

So, your teaching graphic design to high school students (YAY!)… Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Where do I start?” Maybe you’re thinking, “I’ve never taught this before and I don’t know what to do!” Or maybe you just want to quit and find a new job where you don’t even have to worry about it…

This unit has been fully updated with PowerPoint, assignment page (with answer key), formative and summative assessments, and more! Should you decide to purchase, click below and use this coupon code: ZKCM7X8W04, to receive 25% off this unit (valid through 9/17/19)!

If you like it and want more, you could subscribe for access to the full site, but don’t dilly dally (yes, I just said that)! The membership is only open for the remainder of September this year!

Graphic Design Curriculum Update: Introduction to Graphic Design for Beginners

Typography Shape Design contest results!

And we have a winner...

Presenting to you winning design of the first ever Digital Art Teacher Design Contest!

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By Maria, ​New Jersey, Grade 12


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Carol Twombly: Prominent FEMALE Typographer of the 20th Century

Carol Twombly, born in 1959 in Concord Massachusetts, started her artistic endeavors as a sculpture artist at Rhode Island School of Design. After seeing the practical appeal of the field of graphic design, she switched from sculpture to graphic design.

Carol Twombly: Prominent FEMALE Typographer of the 20th Century