Author Archive | Brian Morris

Building your graphic design business: An Interview with Jill Tanenbaum

jt_56_cmykJill Tanenbaum has built her company, Jill Tanenbaum Graphic Design & Advertising Inc., from the ground up to become a major player in the

Customizing a computer for high-end graphic design – on a budget

fast-car-fast-computerWe’d all love to plop down $5,000 for a MainGear F1X 750 and never worry about memory issues and other hiccups again. However, most of …

Why do so many graphic designers have poorly designed websites?

fire-carI don’t like to be critical of professional graphic designers. I feel it’s unprofessional to single a designer out and publicly criticize their work, since …

Graphic design inspiration from national treasures

I believe you can find graphic design inspiration in nearly any environment, especially if that environment is incredibly thought-provoking to begin with. Thus, a visit …

Football icon: Branding John Madden

john_maddenWhen I opened my new Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in 1987, I could not have fathomed that a plumber named Mario would spawn a …

Halloween facts for marketers

jack-o-lanterns-halloweenThough many publications are reporting horrid tales of Halloween sales figures dropping by 15 percent or more in 2009 (at least one reporter referred to …

Best Halloween commercials of all time

In contemporary American culture some television commercials have become just as much a source of entertainment as the shows they support. And just like the …

Great Halloween graphic design jobs

macabre_girlHalloween is my favorite holiday, as my penchant for the macabre never fleeted as I transitioned from engrossing myself in the “Scary Stories to

Google Sidewiki for graphic designers and marketers

While the tech business world is abuzz about Google Wave, I’ve been exploring another new Google tool called Sidewiki. Sidewiki is a gadget …

Best Barbecue Sauce Labels

The South might have a reputation for crafting fine barbecue sauces, but we all love to slather our ribs, pork, chicken, and just about anything …

Graphic Design Inspiration from Mother Nature: Space

Graphic design inspiration can be found most anywhere on earth – and in the universe at-large. For some celestial cerebral scintillation, try these out-of-this-world natural …

Mother Nature as Inspiration: Designs from the desert

The third installment in my tip o’ the hat to Mother Earth’s fantastic design work features the deserts of the world, shaped by the winds …