Designer Spotlight: Matt Mignanelli

Matt Mignanelli is best known for his brightly colored abstract paintings, but he also works commercially creating editorial illustrations for various publications around the world.

Art of Type: How Fine is Too Fine

InDesign offers fine control over your type, but there’s such a thing as too fine: You can waste lots of time making minute changes that yield little. In this column, we’ll look at some of those controls to see just how fine is fine enough.

Design Makeover: Monster Ball

Client: Swing Goth

Designing with Web Standards

Web standards, simply put, are the basic rules that all Web designers, coders, and programmers should understand and follow when designing and building webpages. While these standards mostly deal with coding and other behind-the-scenes issues, they can also greatly affect a site’s design and influence how visitors access the content on different sites.


Radim Malinic is a self-taught, award-winning art director, illustrator, and graphic designer based in London, England. His cutting-edge, innovative designs, and bold use of color has helped boost the visibility of many household brand names, such as FUZE Beverage, Coca-Cola, Malibu, Dell, and PlayStation.

Artistic Expressions: Illustrative Text

The written word has always been considered to possess great power. There are thousands of different fonts available that can give what you’re saying an additional emotional edge. When you illustrate text, you can give it impact that tells the story without even reading the words.

The Art of Type: Stroke, Stroke, Stroke

In this issue, we’ll take a look at how one simple trick—altering a character’s stroke—can create some effects that are very special indeed.

The Dos and Don’ts of Portfolio Presentation

You’ve submitted your portfolio and are waiting for that call back, but you made some critical mistakes that will leave you waiting. Hopefully, we can correct them and help you get that position.

Design Makeover: Community Arts Center

The Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky, serves the artistic community from the surrounding Bluegrass region by providing music and art lessons, exhibiting local and international artwork, and hosting artist receptions and lectures.

Designer Spotlight: Lee Calderon

Shortly after studying architecture, Lee’s passion for Gothic arches and flying buttresses gave way to his undeniable artistic urges and designful nature. It was also about this time that he swapped out his jars of cobalt blue and cadmium red for pixels and vector art.

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