Articles by Speider Schneider

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Interviews

Massimo And Lella Vignelli: Designs That Will Outlive Mankind

April 18th, 2012
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Massimo And Lella Vignelli: Designs That Will Outlive Mankind

There are two major things that had to be overcome in writing this spotlight on Massimo and Lella Vingnelli: One was how approach the subjects in a different way as they've had so much written about them? Two, as with writing about other designers who are still living, one runs the...

Design

Turning 2D Into 3D: Seeing The New Angle

April 4th, 2012
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Turning 2D Into 3D: Seeing The New Angle

If you haven’t seen the viral pictures of English artist Julian Beever’s work, then you aren’t on the web enough. Mr. Beever started as a street artist who figured out how to make his pastel chalk drawings on hard sidewalks turn into three-dimensional scenes that amazed and delighted passersby. Beever started out...

Interviews

Matthew Hawkins: Toying Around With Paper Engineering Creativity

March 23rd, 2012
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Matthew Hawkins: Toying Around With Paper Engineering Creativity

When I was with a former employer there were rumors of upcoming layoffs (obviously the rumors ended up being true or I wouldn't be referring to it as a FORMER employer). The company denied the rumors, which sent employees a message to be nervous. Sure enough, layoffs started. First it was some...

Design

USB Drives That Make You Jump Drive For Joy!

January 23rd, 2012
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USB Drives That Make You Jump Drive For Joy!

In the Stone Age of computers and digital storage, there were little “floppy disks” that promised holding an entire megabyte of space… although it was really only 978 kilobytes. AOL would send these little plastic disks to every household each and every month, hoping computer users would sign up for that...

Interviews

Piet Zwart: The Rebellious Type

January 4th, 2012
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Piet Zwart: The Rebellious Type

“Among the few I have indicated, is there no dynamic man of action, the rebel who will help determine the aspect of the collective expression of tomorrow? Ponder this question and know that to make beautiful creations for the sake of their aesthetic value will have no social significance tomorrow, will be non-sensical self-gratification. Every...

Interviews

Peter Max: Peace, Love and Inspiration

November 11th, 2011
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Peter Max: Peace, Love and Inspiration

As young kids, we all had our favorite posters adorning our rooms. From motorcycles to kittens to Justin Bieber photos… for which the coming years will hold guilt and embarrassment. Thanks to my hippie parents, I had Peter Max posters. In fact, I had a Peter Max room! While I loved the Beatles...

Inspiration

Paul Rand Will Change Your Life!

October 10th, 2011
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Paul Rand Will Change Your Life!

Paul Rand (August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996) lived a lie when he was young. Born Peretz Rosenbaum, in Brooklyn, New York, he was Orthodox Jewish. As Orthodox law forbids the creation of graven images that can be worshiped as idols, he must have felt a yearning and creative turmoil that...

Design

Josef Müller-Brockmann: Principal Of The Swiss School

September 20th, 2011
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Josef Müller-Brockmann: Principal Of The Swiss School

Most people think of a yogurt brand when they hear, “Swiss style.” As designers, we may be a bit more familiar with the Swiss school of design. Some call it the evolution of modern design. Others may think of it as just a step to where design style is now. Both may be...

Inspiration

Getting It Wrong: Edward Fella

August 5th, 2011
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Getting It Wrong: Edward Fella

"I am interested in graphic design as art," Ed Fella says. "This is a kind of art practice that uses forms that come out of graphic design, decorative illustration, and lettering, all mixed together-forms that come out of Twentieth Century art, out of Miró and Picasso -- all of it has a genealogy and a...

Inspiration

Seeing The Negative In Everything: Charles Goslin

July 1st, 2011
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Seeing The Negative In Everything: Charles Goslin

While I loved my art school teachers, they were all very different. There were some who taught technique. They were masters at drawing, design and type and their tips and tricks were valuable to a successful career, but some of my favorite teachers were the ones who taught creative thinking.

Business Online

When You Freelance, How Do You Know You’ve Been Fired?

March 24th, 2011
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When You Freelance, How Do You Know You’ve Been Fired?

It’s easy to figure out you’ve been fired from a staff position. Either your boss or a human resources person has told you to your face, you are met at your desk and walked out, or security guards drag you out, one on each arm and leg. The hints are...

Business Online

Are Male and Female Designers Designed Differently?

December 9th, 2010
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Are Male and Female Designers Designed Differently?

After as far as we have come in equality of the sexes, it is still almost impossible to work with men/women. They are so strange and just don’t do things the way they should be done. They are moody, grumpy, too familiar, emotional, threatening and just plain men/women! Add the popular notion that all humans have these odd traits when interacting with other humans...

Business Online

How to Not Catch a Social Media Disease

September 9th, 2010
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How to Not Catch a Social Media Disease

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I caught a disease from social media and I don’t know if it’s “tweetable” by modern medicine. I am fully vested in all the important social sites; LinkedIn for business, Facebook for friends, old business coworkers and a few “must know” people registered for the big time waster. I even...

Business Online

Promoting Yourself To… GASP!… Live People!

August 30th, 2010
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Promoting Yourself To… GASP!… Live People!

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A friend of mine started an organization named “Creative Connect,” a twice a month get-together for anyone in the creative field. He said it was to, “get people away from their computers and to get them talking at least twice a month.” Mostly designers, programmers, illustrators and photographers with a spattering...