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Art Break: Andrea Zittel and the Use of Space

Andrea Zittel is an American artist who began developing functional objects and experimental living spaces in the 1990s. Her work examines the minimum amount of space required for a person to live comfortably in the most efficient and functional way possible.

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Battling “Nature-Deficit Disorder” with Wilderness

Here at Dowitcher Designs we’re fans of the outdoors.

It’s not hard to be, because living in Santa Barbara is like living in nature’s lap. But not everyone has our kind of easy access to bountiful green spaces…

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Four Top Sites for Creative Business Cards

Print may be dead, but business cards sure aren’t. In an era that’s seen a decline in traditional marketing materials like flyers, catalogs, and mailers, business cards remain a surefire way to market yourself. These websites offer unique designs that won’t break your budget.

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Art Break: Zimoun’s Wall of Sound

Jill introduces us to Swiss-born artist Zimoun and his amazing sound sculptures in the first edition of her new blog series – Art Break.

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What is Flat Design?

In 2013 a new trend emerged; the flat design. Even though it has been around for some time, it wasn’t until Microsoft adapted this style to their Windows 8 interface that it truly became a dominant trend in the design world.

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The Subtle Art of the Yarn Bomb

If you haven’t heard of yarn bombing, don’t worry. These aren’t the kind of bombs that explode – but if they did, they would probably feel pretty cozy!

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Take an Urban Street Type Safari

Heard any good Comic Sans jokes lately? Designer James Victore doesn’t have time to listen to them — he’s much too busy taking other fonts to task.

Victore recently took a “Type Safari,” tooling around Brooklyn and Queens in an old Army Jeep with a camera in tow. In the resulting video, he looks at street type and signage and tries to “figure out what the hell it’s for.”

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Lessons in Brand Sentiment and Adaptation: Sherwin-Williams

Last year my spouse and I bought a real fixer-upper of a house, and one aspect of the fixing-up process involves coating every square inch in a fresh layer of paint. So every other weekend we make a trip to Sherwin-Williams for supplies, and every other weekend as we pull past the sign and into the lot I think: what the heck is going on with this logo?

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Change Your Font, Change the Environment

We’ve all seen that line appended to the bottom of emails: “Please consider the environment before printing.” But consider this: if there’s no way around it and that email must be printed, then that extra line is only adding length to the print job, effectively wasting paper. And if the text of the line is, say, green? Then you’re printing with color ink instead of just black, and wasting even more resources.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal to print one extra line every now and again, but [...]

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Kuler for Color

If you’ve ever taken an art class you should have some fundamental knowledge about primary and secondary colors and how they work together. But even if you haven’t, there are great tools available to assist you with choosing the right palette for your project. Allow me to walk you through one of my favorites.

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