Gosh, That’s Handy!

A look behind the curtain of graphic design, here are some tips and tricks and tools and techniques and other useful words that begin with “t.”

The More Things Change

Posted May 25, 2016, under Gosh, That's Handy!

Summer’s here, and in a year that’s already the hottest on record worldwide, it’s a beast.

Twitter Terror

Posted October 7, 2015, under Gosh, That's Handy!

If you ever wondered what telepathy would be like in real life, Twitter might be your answer. Designed to be …

A Quick Self-Publishing Primer

Posted July 15, 2015, under Gosh, That's Handy!

In this month’s first Lunch Meat, we talked about ebooks and self-publishing, as a lead-in to talking about book covers. …

Behind the Scenes

Posted May 6, 2015, under Gosh, That's Handy!

While companies will often trumpet “new and improved” product and packaging designs, or their rebranding complete with eco-friendly logo — …

Fool Me Twice

Posted April 8, 2015, under Gosh, That's Handy!

We really enjoyed the TNT show Leverage (2008-2012), which featured a team of reformed (-ish) criminals who used their various …

Bringing the Goods

Posted January 21, 2015, under Gosh, That's Handy!

This month’s theme has been photography, and it could easily have been subtitled: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” …

Sound Advice

Posted July 23, 2014, under Gosh, That's Handy!

Not long ago, we were asked by a client whether their website should have music on autoplay. Our answer was …

Guiding by Design: Typography

Posted March 12, 2014, under Gosh, That's Handy!

In the last Lunch Meat, we discussed the efforts of architects and urban planners to guide and control actions through …

Typography Fails

Posted February 12, 2014, under Gosh, That's Handy!

Warning: This post appears to, but does not actually, contain foul language and suggestive images and may not strictly be safe …

TL;DR*

Posted January 22, 2014, under Gosh, That's Handy!

* Too Long, Didn’t Read The phrase “TL;DR” started out as a complaint against over-long posts in online forums, and …

Fall Colors

Posted November 6, 2013, under Gosh, That's Handy!

The best thing about autumn (besides the extra hour of sleep when the Daylight Savings switch happens) is the way …

Bloody Clever

Posted October 16, 2013, under Ad Absurdum, Gosh, That's Handy!

WARNING: If the sight of blood makes you uncomfortable, this probably isn’t the Lunch Meat for you. Either way, you …

Mood Lines

Posted September 4, 2013, under Gosh, That's Handy!

Since time out of mind, designers have used lines, flows and geometry to convey mood. The positions and shapes of …

Looking for a Resolution

Posted August 28, 2013, under Gosh, That's Handy!

When Impressionism came along in the 19th Century, people were polarized by the art form. Short, “broken” brush strokes of …

White Space: Not the Final Frontier

Posted August 21, 2013, under Gosh, That's Handy!

Did you know that one of the most powerful tools in a designer’s arsenal is nothing? It’s true! But it’s …

Heroic Measures

Posted June 18, 2013, under Gosh, That's Handy!

The big, dramatic image you see on many websites, usually on the home page, is called the “hero image” or …

Spy Gun

Posted July 15, 2009, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Inspired Ideas, Legacy

Most Americans know the Energizer Bunny. How could they not? It’s a campaign that keeps going and going. But, maybe not many in this country know or remember where the fluffy, animated toy mascot originated.

Glasses

Posted February 15, 2009, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy

A design or layout should invite the viewer/reader in. However, it is not a valid application of this principle to make people press magazines against their noses or dent their ribs on their keyboards, squinting.

Halloween

Posted October 15, 2006, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Inspired Ideas, Legacy, Spokescritters

Spokescritters! Spokescharacter Graveyard In the olden days, some companies got so caught up in the spokescharacter craze that, without looking …

Origami

Posted August 15, 2006, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Vocabularama

Gosh, That’s Handy! Folding Webpages Though a hot new web term, the phrase “above the fold” originally hails from the …

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