5 things to read and see

This week read about how the newest flavor of M&M’s got designed, and see pages about graduation and the Best of Boone.

1. The graphic design work of Henri Matisse

Similar to Picasso, Matisse, a renowned painter in the mid 1900s, also dabbled in graphic design. He made book covers, for both his own books and for other authors’, and magazine covers, some of which feature his own hand-lettering. This article contains many different examples of his work, including the cover for James Joyce’s Ulysses, the cover for Cartier Bresson’s The Decisive Moment and the cover for an edition of the magazine Verve.

2. 32 Productivity tips from the world’s top designers

It’s always inspiring to hear from top designers at different firms about how they stay productive, and the advice in this article is varied and useful. Their advice ranges from focusing on one thing, to ending every day on a high note, to showing up every single day.

3. The Legibility Wars of the ’80s and ’90s

This is a fascinating history of typography in the 1980s and 1990s, how modernism shifted into post-modernism and how the digital era affected graphic design.

4. Are gradients the new colors?

It’s definitely noticeable that gradients have become extremely popular, and this article takes the time to explain why they’re so trendy, realistic, unique and playful.

5. Inside the design of M&M’s newest flavor, caramel

This article is about a type of design that I had never thought much about: the design of a new candy flavor. Read about the process of designing the latest flavor of M&M’s and just how many steps it actually takes.


Page Designs

  1. Headed out | The Daily Orange, Syracuse University

Decorating graduation caps is such a fun way to convey the graduation excitement. It’s a way to make the page engaging and fun without including any people on it.

2. Split | Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

I really like the cutout because it brings a lot of movement to the page. And overlapping it with the headline gives the page nice depth. However, I think the small scoreboard infographic gets lost in the bottom right side of the article.

3. Environmental justice for all | The Daily Californian, University of California Berkeley

This page is a great example of making a very text-heavy page more dynamic and interesting. The illustration at the bottom of the left-hand page fits perfectly with the content, and using a dark background with white text makes the page pop. Keeping the editorial separate in the white box also provides another graphic element to help break up the page.

4. The Long Goodbye | The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania

I love the dramatic picture with the intense colors. It immediately catches the eye of the reader, uses negative space really well and has a great hammer head to draw people into the page. The super clean pull quote with a lot of white space continues to emphasize the article’s importance.

5. Best of Boone 2017 | The Appalachian, Appalachian State University

Sometimes simple design is great design. The photography captures the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the logo for the issue is simple, clean and fun.


If you think you have a well-designed page or a good read to share for the next roundup, email me at shays2@elon.edu

Students, did you know you can join the Society for News Design for as little as $5 a month?