Author Archive | Brian Morris

The messenger always gets killed

killer-with-knife-and-bloody-shirtIf a client asks you to design a direct-mail postcard and their copy, offer and/or mailing list sucks, it’s time to step in. The messengers …

Jumping to conclusions gets you into trouble

loserAfter reading this post on “Best and Worst Logo Remakes of the Century,” I had to wonder what compels successful companies to make …

Mother Nature series No. 2: Designs from the rainforest

Incredible designs from the rainforest, where up to 75 percent of all living creatures reside.…

Mother Nature series No. 1: Designs from the sea

I’ve decided to do a series of posts heralding the awesome designs crafted by Mother Nature, beginning with designs from the sea. Be inspired, my …

Three Scary Halloween Design Effects

Halloween is one of the favorite times of the year for many graphic designers and for good reason: No other holiday – and perhaps no …

Brochure Design Layouts That Work

When it comes to sales, brochures are the go-to collateral that can intrigue interest, inform and even close a sale, which makes brochure graphic design …

Best beer label designs

I’ve always thought that if there was one product label type that’s a hoot to design, it’s beer. Sure, Budweiser’s famous label is tough to …

Five things sold on Amazon that improve a graphic designer’s life

I love Amazon. It has a lot of stuff, but that’s not why I like it. It’s ingeniously marketed. The company is also innovative …

Movie Poster Design Trends (The Dark Knight)

dk-serious-posterMovie poster design has evolved with taste and technology. Today’s movie posters are very different from those watercolored wallpapers of the 1950s and ’60s; yet …

Developing Identity: An Interview with Prescott Perez-Fox (part 2)

This is Part 2 of my interview with identity designer Prescott Perez-Fox, art director at Starship Design in Jersey City, New Jersey. Click here to

Developing Identity: An Interview with Prescott Perez-Fox (part 1)

prescott-perez-fox-profileLarge ad agencies have the ability to put a lot of minds on a single project, but that’s not necessarily the best way to develop

10 killer calendar designs

A brief list of some of my favorite calendar designs, and why I like them.…