Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Hatiye Garip on accessible illustration and how the creative industry can take action

Freelance designer and illustrator Hatiye Garip is part of an ever-growing community of creatives making art more inclusive and accessible for all. We caught up with her to learn more about her work and discover what action the industry needs to take going forwards.

The creative industry likes to think of itself as a progressive, open-minded space, but there is always more that can be done. When it comes to disabled people, art can often leave them behind by not catering to their needs. This doesn't need to be the case, though, and there are many ways in which individuals and studios can help to redress this imbalance.

One such creative who is making a positive difference is Turkey-based designer and illustrator Hatiye Garip. Her beautiful, colourful work strives to make the illustration more accessible to a wider audience. Through her studies, research projects and workshops, she is quickly becoming an incredible ambassador for the often-overlooked topic.

What made you decide to specialise in accessible illustration?

I can't say that I'm an expert on this subject yet. No, no, no, this is just the beginning. However, I can say that I am an illustrator who dares to take responsibility and initiate a change. At different times in my adventure with illustration, my path has somehow crossed with NGOs working on disability, accessibility, human rights or independent living.

I learned a lot from these encounters, specifically about including representations of disability in my illustrations. Other people often wrote the image descriptions under the illustrations I had created for them when the work was completed. That is until I was contacted by Alice Wong. Two years ago, disability rights activist Alice Wong contacted me through the Disabled Cartoonists Database while searching for an illustrator for her latest book, Year of the Tiger. Thus, for the first time, I wrote image descriptions for my illustrations as part of my job.

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Experience the Power of Professional Web Design and Take Business to the Next Level

First Impressions: A professional website design can create a positive first impression for your visitors and potential customers. It shows that your business is legitimate and trustworthy.

Better User Experience: A professional website design ensures that your website is user-friendly and easy to navigate, making it easier for visitors to find what they need and stay on your site for longer
Search Engine Optimization: Professional web design includes optimizing your site for search engines, which can increase your visibility in search results and drive more traffic to your site.

Increased Conversions: A well-designed website can increase the likelihood of visitors converting into customers by making it easy for them to find the information they need and take action.

Branding: A professional website design can establish and reinforce your brand by using consistent branding elements and creating a cohesive look and feel across your site.

Branding: A professional website design can establish and reinforce your brand by using consistent branding elements and creating a cohesive look and feel across your site.

Mobile Optimization: A professional website design ensures that your site is optimized for mobile devices, which is increasingly important as more people use their phones to access the internet.

Competitive Advantage: A professional website design can give you a competitive advantage by helping you stand out from your competitors and positioning your business as a leader in your industry.

Different Types of Web Design Services

There are many different types of web design services, each of which serves a specific purpose or meets a specific need. Here are some of the most common types of web design services:Responsive Web Design: This web design ensures your site looks great and functions well on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

E-commerce Web Design: This web design is designed for businesses selling products or services online. It includes shopping carts, secure payment gateways, and inventory management.

Custom Web Design: Custom web design services involve creating a unique website design from scratch tailored to your needs and goals.

Website Redesign: Website redesign services involve updating a website to improve its look, feel, and functionality. This can include updating the site’s layout, colors, and content.

Landing Page Design: A landing page is a single webpage designed to encourage visitors to take a specific action, such as purchasing or filling out a form. Landing page design services are focused on creating compelling landing pages.

CMS Web Design: CMS (Content Management System) web design involves using a platform like WordPress or Joomla to design and build your website, making it easy to manage and update your site’s content.

Website Maintenance: Website maintenance services ensure your site stays up-to-date, secure, and running smoothly. This can include things like updates, backups, and security checks.

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Moves & changes – design industry news

London-based brand agency Boldspace has appointed illustrator and graphic designer Yuko Kondo as its new art director. Kondo has previously run his own studio and also worked at Wieden+Kennedy and AMV BBDO.

Manchester-based agency Anything has announced Alex Atkinson as its head of design. Atkinson, who has worked at McCann previously, will oversee the agency’s digital output.

Interbrand has appointed Paralympic athlete Anna Johannes as a strategist in inclusive design. Johannes won a Bronze medal for swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games. She will work with Interbrand’s director of inclusive design to help embed inclusivity in branding. Interbrand also promoted Gonzalo Brulo to global chief executive.

Elmwood New York has appointed Jeanne Manuli as executive strategy director. Manuli was previously at Huge, where she led Android’s brand refresh. Elmwood has also promoted Natasha Young to its head of client partnerships for the US.

FutureBrand’s London office has announced Polly Hopkins as its new managing director. Hopkins has worked across branding, communications and business transformation with clients in Europe and the US. London brand consultancy Echo has announced Charlie Hughes as its new strategy director, where she will lead on strategic work across sectors including fitness and fashion. Hughes has previously worked with clients including Virgin Media and The Economist.

Ad agency Elvis has appointed Tom Gudgeon as its first ever head of design. Gudgeon, who has previously worked at The PlayGround and McCann, is looking to build on the agency’s design output.

Graphic designer Astrid Stavro has been appointed president of the International Society of Typographic Designers, where she will look to strengthen the organisation’s international network and improve its diversity. This will include promoting typography’s role in the digital sector. “I look forward to building on [ISTD’s] amazing heritage, championing the relevance of typographic standards internationally as well as making ISTD more culturally relevant, open and diverse,” says Stavro.

Designer and silversmith Rupert Welch is a new ambassador at Anti Copying in Design (ACID). “We must do better to nurture creativity, encourage invention and design and protect those ground-breaking ideas,” he says.


Design consultancy Dn&co has rebranded as DNCO. The new name and identity are a “subtle shift that reflects bigger ambitions and deeper changes in the business”, DNCO explains. The studio was established in 2004 and is now 100% employee-owned.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

The biggest trends in graphic design for 2023, as predicted by the creative industry

As we head to the end of another busy 12 months, we gather expert opinions from industry leaders to give you a sense of where graphic design is heading in the year to come.

The job of the graphic designer may have changed a lot lately, but the good news is that the discipline is still in demand more than ever indeed. As businesses battle to survive the coming recession, good design will help them stand out visually, connect with their audiences, and create the brand loyalty they so desperately need.

That means the best graphic designers should not want for work in 2023, although at the same time, you may be expected to do more than ever. It's no longer good enough to only design for print or even digital. There's also motion, AR, VR, mixed reality and more. The good news is that good design is always good, whatever the platform. So as you stick to the same design fundamentals that have carried you so far, you should be in a strong place.

And at Creative Boom, we'll continue to play our part in bringing you the best graphic design news, resources, interviews and case studies that we always have. So you won't go short of graphic design inspiration or advice over the next 12 months.

To that end, we thought we'd gather some industry opinion to help you navigate the next year of no-doubt choppy waters. In this article, we bring together experts from across graphic design who share their thoughts, fears and hopes for 2023. After all, forewarned is forearmed!

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disguise Brings Motion Graphics to Live-to-Air Broadcast at NAB Show

At this year’s NAB show, disguise, a virtual production technology pioneer, is showcasing an Unreal Engine (UE) integration to bring new motion graphics capabilities to live-to-air broadcast. disguise’s flagship software, Porta, works with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to bring broadcasters an end-to-end solution for everything from virtual worlds to lower thirds.

As more broadcasters use real-time graphics to drive audience engagement, demand has grown for applications that make creating graphics as easy as possible. With the new integration, broadcasters can use one platform to quickly create AR and xR graphics as well as more traditional motion graphics such as lower thirds and full screens. All graphics can then be controlled from a single interface: disguise Porta.

Thanks to its Newsroom Control System integration, Porta lets operators integrate UE graphics into their traditional broadcast workflows, and control their playout, without the need to acquire specialized skills or new talent. With Porta, users can also draw on preexisting graphics templates to ensure a consistent look and feel for their programming and play content out in rundowns with ease and efficiency.“This project is a milestone for us, with all the graphics built in native Unreal Engine — including the CG graphics. It’s a very efficient setup using our cloud-based Porta control, which runs on Unreal, and we are extremely proud to be able to showcase our work for the first time ever at this year's 100th NAB,” says Grigory Mindlin, General Manager for Broadcast at disguise.

“At DAZN we keep innovating and applying technology to enhance the viewing experience for all sports fans. This virtual studio allows us to offer augmented realities of motorbikes, to generate virtual windows for image analysis and to connect with the circuit, turning each race into a more immersive experience never seen before during a MotoGP live broadcast,” said Quim Domènech, SVP of Content for DAZN Spain.

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Web Design Fundamentals – Technology Org

Web design is the process of creating and designing websites that are visually appealing, engaging, user-friendly, and effective in communicating with their target audience. A website is often the first impression a potential customer or client may have of a business, and it is critical that it reflects the company’s values, brand, and message. Good web design involves a combination of art, technology, and human psychology to create an optimal user experience. In today’s digital age, where websites are essential for almost every business, it is crucial that businesses invest in professional web design to stay ahead of the competition.


Web design involves creating visually appealing and functional websites that effectively convey information and captivate users. It encompasses the design, layout, and overall aesthetic of a website, as well as the functionality and user experience. A well-designed website should be easy to navigate, load quickly, and provide relevant and engaging content to the user. Web design can be achieved through a variety of tools and techniques, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, as well as more advanced programming languages and software. The ultimate goal of web design is to effectively communicate the content and purpose of a website while providing an enjoyable and seamless user experience.


Web design has a rich and varied history that stretches back several decades. It all began in the early 1990s, when Tim Berners-Lee created the first web browser and HTML code. However, it was far from the polished and user-friendly web that we know and love today. In the early years, web design was a highly technical and specialized field that was largely dominated by developers and programmers. Websites were clunky, slow, and often difficult to navigate, with little regard for aesthetics or usability.

Over time, however, new technologies and design philosophies emerged that helped to shape the modern web. One of the most significant developments was the rise of CSS (Cascade Style Sheets), which allowed designers to separate the presentation of a website from its content. This made it much easier to create visually appealing and consistent sites, and paved the way for the widespread use of images, colors, and animation.

Another major milestone in the history of web design was the introduction of responsive design. As smartphones and other mobile devices became increasingly popular, designers were faced with the challenge of creating sites that could adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions. This led to the development of responsive design frameworks, which allow websites to automatically adjust their layout and content based on the device being used to view them.

Today, web design is a complex and rapidly evolving field that requires a wide range of skills and expertise. Designers must be able to balance aesthetics, usability, and functionality, while also staying up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies. From minimalist, flat designs to complex, interactive web applications, there are countless ways to create a website that is both beautiful and effective. And with the rise of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, the future of web design looks more exciting and innovative than ever before.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Paths to Energy, Environment Design Water Conservation Credits for Evaporative Cooling Towers

Evaporative cooling towers play an important role in green buildings by significantly reducing energy consumption when they supplement or replace traditional air conditioning systems, thereby reducing carbon footprint and operating costs. Although evaporative cooling is great at saving energy, it does consume some water, but the benefits on energy savings outweigh the water usage, which in some places is a scarce resource.

Water conservation is therefore a high priority in designing and operating water-cooled equipment and plays an important role in USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other sustainability programs. LEED assigns credit points to reduce water usage.

Two Design Paths

The LEED options for reducing potable water consumption in cooling towers can be separated into two strategies:

Get more use from the potable water. 

The first strategy is directed at maximizing the use and value of each gallon of potable water used in evaporative cooling by optimizing the cooling tower’s cycles of concentration (COC). The success of this strategy and the ease or difficulty of implementing it is highly dependent on the quality of the available potable water.

Substitution of non-potable water.  

The second LEED recommended strategy — which can be combined with the first — is to substitute non-potable water, such as HVAC condensate or rainwater, for some portion of the total water consumed. Analogous to the use of solar and wind as “alternative energy” sources to replace or supplement fossil fuel consumption, the use of non-potable water acts as an “alternative water” source, replacing potentially scarce drinking water. Obviously, the viability of this approach depends on the types of available non-potable water sources.

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Newark architecture firm Benoy appointed to design $1.8 billion cutting edge entertainment city in the heart of Riyadh

The Newark architecture firm Benoy has unveiled its design plans for a new cutting-edge entertainment city in the heart of Riyadh

The project will be developed by Abdullah Al Othaim Investment Company, one of the Saudi Arabia’s largest shopping mall operators. Benoy’s design brings together old and new parts of the city in a new leisure destination on Riyadh’s Golden Strip.

The development — to be called Konoz ‘Box of Jewels’ — will be a mixed-use development and will include an entertainment city, a luxury hotel and residential offerings, in addition to commercial and retail outlets.

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How Education In The Field Of Architecture Has Evolved

The field of architecture has a long and storied history, with buildings and structures serving as testaments to the creativity, skill, and innovation of the architects who designed them. As the field has evolved, so too has the education that prepares architects for their careers. This article will explore the various stages of architectural education, from its early beginnings to the modern approaches that are shaping the future of the profession. Whether you are an aspiring architect, a practitioner seeking to understand the changes in your field, or simply someone with an interest in the development of architectural education, this article will provide valuable insights into the ever-changing landscape of architectural train

The Early History of Architectural Education

In the early days of architectural education, there were no formal schools or programs dedicated to teaching the craft. Instead, aspiring architects learned through the age-old process of apprenticeships. Under the guidance of a master architect, apprentices would study the principles of design, construction, and materials, learning the trade through hands-on experience and observation. This method of education was effective in producing skilled craftsmen, but its scope was limited and reliant on the expertise and knowledge of the master architect. During the Renaissance period, the humanist movement led to a shift in the approach to architectural education. The importance of the classical architectural principles of ancient Greece and Rome were rediscovered, and architects began to study and emulate these timeless designs. This led to the establishment of the first architectural schools, such as the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, which aimed to teach the principles of classical architecture in a more formalized setting. As architectural education became more structured, it also began to incorporate other disciplines, such as mathematics, geometry, and the arts, to provide a more well-rounded education for aspiring architects.
Traditional Methods of Teaching Architecture

As architectural education continued to evolve, the role of the academic institution became more prominent. Architectural schools developed their own unique curricula, focusing on various aspects of architectural design, such as spatial organization, structure, and aesthetics. Students would learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, and studio work, gradually developing their own design language and approach to architectural problems.

One central aspect of traditional architectural education is the design studio. In this environment, students work on individual and group projects under the guidance of a professor or instructor. The studio format encourages collaboration and peer critique, as students learn from each other’s ideas and experiences. This approach to teaching architecture is still prevalent in many architectural schools today, with the design studio often considered the core of the architectural curriculum.

The Impact of Technology on Architectural Education

The advent of computer technology brought about a significant shift in the way architecture was taught and practiced. With the development of computer-aided design (CAD) software in the 1980s, architects gained the ability to create precise, detailed drawings with relative ease. This technology revolutionized the profession, making it much easier to design, visualize, and modify architectural plans.

As CAD software became more advanced, it also began to impact the way architectural education was delivered. Many schools incorporated CAD courses into their curricula, teaching students to use these tools alongside traditional hand-drawing techniques. In addition to CAD software, other digital tools, such as 3D modeling and rendering software, have become essential components of the modern architect’s toolkit. As a result, architectural education has had to adapt to ensure that students are proficient in these new technologies. The rise of digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting, has also had a profound impact on architectural education. These tools allow architects to create physical models and prototypes with a level of detail and precision that was previously unattainable. As a result, many architectural schools have incorporated digital fabrication labs into their facilities, providing students with hands-on experience using these cutting-edge technologies.

Modern Architectural Education Approaches

In recent years, there has been a growing movement towards more interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to architectural education. Many schools are now encouraging students to engage with other fields, such as engineering, urban planning, and environmental sciences, in order to develop a more holistic understanding of the built environment. This approach not only broadens the students’ knowledge base but also fosters a greater appreciation for the complex, interconnected nature of architectural design. Another trend in modern architectural education is the increased emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility. As the impacts of climate change and resource depletion become more apparent, architects are increasingly expected to design buildings and spaces that minimize their ecological footprint. To prepare students for this challenge, many schools have incorporated sustainability-focused courses and design studios into their curricula, teaching students to consider the environmental implications of their designs from the outset.

Finally, the rise of online education has led to a greater accessibility of architectural knowledge and resources. Many institutions now offer online courses and degree programs, allowing students from around the world to access high-quality architectural education without the need to relocate. This has not only expanded the reach of architectural education but has also led to the democratization of architectural knowledge, as students from diverse backgrounds and locations can now engage with the discipline.

The innovation of Virtual Tours

One innovative approach to architectural education that has emerged in recent years is the use of virtual tours. These immersive, interactive experiences allow students to explore architectural sites and buildings from the comfort of their own homes, providing them with valuable insights into the design and construction of these spaces. Virtual tours can be an effective supplement to traditional classroom learning, as they enable students to experience and analyze architecture firsthand, without the need for costly and time-consuming field trips. In addition to their educational benefits, virtual tours can also serve as a valuable tool for architectural practice. By providing clients and stakeholders with a realistic, immersive representation of a proposed design, architects can more effectively communicate their ideas and receive feedback. This can lead to more informed decision-making and a smoother design process overall.

The Future of Architectural Education

As we look towards the future of architectural education, it is clear that the field will continue to evolve and adapt to new technologies, methodologies, and societal needs. One area in which we can expect to see significant advancements is in the realm of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). These technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way architects design and visualize their projects, as well as how students learn and interact with architectural spaces. Another area of potential growth is in the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into the architectural design process. These technologies have the potential to streamline and enhance various aspects of architectural practice, such as generative design, building performance analysis, and construction management. By incorporating these tools into the architectural curriculum, schools can prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the profession.
Embracing Change in Architectural Education

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Inspections may cost AMC more than original design

Ahmedabad: When the civic body’s roads and building committee met to finalize the fees for the three consultants who will ascertain the causes of the poor quality of the Hatkeshwar flyover, the costing was more than for the original designing of the flyover itself. The meeting also discussed whether the inspection would cover all 82 flyovers and bridges in the city.

The cost for this consultancy work is being calculated per square metres for the first time. These experts will also provide a detailed proposal for testing and repair works. “The fees for the three different aspects of the consultancy when calculated, works out between 7 and 10 per cent of the construction cost of the flyover,” said a senior AMC official. Sources in the AMC said some members of the inspection panel have beehttp://n project management consultants for various flyover and bridge projects in the city.

n 2017, the AMC’s standing committee had set up a panel who appointed consultants to carry out inspections of various flyovers and bridges in the city and suggest a repair scheme, if required. Initially, the consultants were asked to submit their reports by 2020, but a three-year extension was later given. “The consultant appointed by this panel was paid a fixed fee of Rs 1.25 lakh for a detailed visual survey and suggesting a scheme for repairs. These consultants were assigned random flyovers and bridges, wherever the AMC’s engineering department felt it was required. These flyovers were mainly structures that were more than 20 years old,” said a senior AMC official.

The official adds, “If the AMC decided to conduct repairs and their cost was Rs 3 crore, the consultant would be paid 1.25% , which is Rs 3.75 lakh for the visual survey and Rs 5.25 lakh for the detailed repair scheme.” These rates were fixed rates and were never on a per square meter basis. Mahadev Desai, chairman of AMC’s road and building committee, said, “A decision to set up a panel for conducting inspections of all 82 bridges has been put on hold.” Under the new scheme discussed on Monday, the cost of the visual survey works out to Rs 22 a square meter, and an additional Rs 81 per square meter for detailed inspection and a third fee for suggesting a repair scheme at the rate of Rs 302 per square meter.

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

5 iconic stadiums that redefine ‘larger than life’ architecture

There was a time when sports stadiums were rated solely on the basis of capacity; basically, how many spectators it could hold at any given time. Gigantic concrete monstrosities with very little architectural value, bare minimum facilities, and certainly not a place designed for spectator comfort! However, the increasing popularity of sports and the commercialisation that followed, led to a complete transformation of stadium architecture, with the design now focussed on delivering a complete sporting experience to every stakeholder, from venue owners, organisers and sponsors to sportspersons and spectators.

Sports architecture is no more just about size, compliance and standardisation; it’s also about striking looks, advanced engineering skills, materiality, sustainability, spectator, player and media facilities, user experience, comfort, technology, hospitality, and very importantly, adaptability – to host a diverse range of activities and events throughout the year, no matter the weather, allowing venue owners multiple opportunities to monetise the commercial potential.

While many sporting venues are built for specific events such as the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup for instance, the master planning is focussed on delivering legacy value, ensuring the facility has purpose long after the event is over. Stadiums today are designed as mixed use integrated facilities delivering sporting, leisure, lifestyle, recreational and entertainment experiences, but they are also required to be built to international regulations and benchmarks.

Standardisation of requirements makes sports architecture “a bit generic”, observes Hamish Lyon, Director of Architecture and Design at NH Architecture, which served as both master planners and architects for the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct development. However, by adding local context to the design, architects are ensuring a sense of belonging and emotional connection, allowing these venues to become an integral part of the community.

With architects pushing the boundaries of stadium design, here are 5 venues that are making a larger-than-life impact on global sports architecture.

The centrepiece venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Lusail Stadium combines a futuristic design with elements of Qatar’s cultural heritage. Conceptualised by Foster + Partners, this spectacular arena – Qatar’s biggest stadium – is part of the larger urban vision for Lusail City, an upcoming state-of-the-art metropolis near Doha.

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Monday, April 3, 2023

Google Pixel 8 Pro's design leaked online, new renders show revamped camera layout, mysterious sensor & more

As per the leaked renders, the structure and size of the Pixel 8 Pro is pretty much similar to its predecessor, the Google Pixel 7 Pro, we spot a few changes to the smartphone's camera layout on the rear.Seems like Google has integrated the camera unit into one single piece which makes the camera layout look cleaner and more neat. But this change in the rear camera layout doesn't mean Google is compromising on the megapixels.

Despite the design change, Google Pixel 8 Pro will still come packed with triple camera setup. Apart from the layout update, the camera's flash has also gone under the knife.

Google has increased the size of flash on the Pixel 8 Pro and has also brought in another sensor. So far, not much has been revealed about the mysterious sensor under the flash on the Pixel 8 Pro, but speculations suggest that the sensor could be a macro or depth sensor.

Now coming to the smartphone's display, the Pixel 8 Pro will feature a flat screen unlike the Google Pixel 7 Pro which sported a screen that was slightly curved from the sides.

The screen on the Google Pixel 8 Pro will be a 6.52-inch punch-hole display with more rounded corners than the Pixel 7 Pro.

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