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Computer Art's 50 Ways To Become A Better Designer

(Thank you, Computer Arts! I love stumbling on tips such as these... and never tire of being reminded of the "basics." Sometimes I have a hard time starting a design, or other times I am hard pressed to find a way to finish it off... so reading up on what the pros have to say on breaking the design process down to it's simplest form is a very good thing, indeed).

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CandyKiller makes me think of the old comic books from the 40's thru 60's my dad used to bring home from estate sales. They were sometimes beat up, sometimes nearly perfect, and invariably their pages were muted and yellowed with time. Boy, did I just absolutely RELISH them. So, because I relished them so, I relish CandyKiller. I love his "Lucky Bag" piece (above), and full-on HEART his retro-cool sushi... so much so in fact, that it's in high-tiled-desktop rotation. I find the use of colour to be perhaps the most alluring aspect. The flat, familiar, muted tones... well, they're... killer. That's right, killer. As in CandyKiller, kids. You MUST pay a visit.

"This system of 50 symbol signs was designed for use at the crossroads of modern life: in airports and other transportation hubs and at large international events. Produced through a collaboration between the AIGA and the U.S. Department of Transportation, they are an example of how public-minded designers can address a universal communication need.

Prior to this effort, numerous international, national and local organizations had devised symbols to guide passengers and pedestrians through transportation facilities and other sites of international exchange. While effective individual symbols had been designed, there was no system of signs that communicated the required range of complex messages, addressed people of different ages and cultures and were clearly legible at a distance.

To develop such a system, AIGA and D.O.T. compiled an inventory of symbol systems that had been used in various locations worldwide, from airports and train stations to the Olympic Games. AIGA appointed a committee of five leading designers of environmental graphics, who evaluated the symbols and made recommendations for adapting or redesigning them. Based on their conclusions, a team of AIGA member designers produced the symbols.

A first set of 34 symbols was published in 1974, and received one of the first Presidential Design Awards; 16 more symbols were added in 1979. These copyright-free symbols have become the standard for off-the-shelf symbols in the catalogues of U.S. sign companies. They are now available on the web for the first time."

- aiga.org

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