MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Apps to Create Fast Graphic Designs . “In today’s world where selfies rule and videos are king among content, there’s no doubt killer visuals are important. But adding visual elements to your written content can feel like a major time-suck, especially when you don’t have any design skills to lean on.”
Witty Sparks: DesignCap – Free Online Poster Design Tool. “DesignCap is a free poster making tool that helps users create stunning posters in minutes online, no registration or installation needed. All the whole design processes are done on the web. It offers a large number of templates for posters and flyers.” The English in this article is a little awkward, but it doesn’t detract from the usefulness of the article.
Fine Books & Collections: Letterform Archive Launches Membership Program and Online Archive. “Letterform Archive, the nonprofit library and museum dedicated to the history, preservation of and education in graphic design and letterform arts, announces its new membership program and the launch of the Online Archive. Beginning on November 29, 2018, charter participants in Letterform Archive’s membership program will receive access to the online Archive, a digital repository of highlights from the non-profit center’s collection of over 50,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design.” The initial archive will have 1000 items. Membership is $60 a year or half that for students and educators.
Dezeen: US midterm elections logos compiled into searchable database. “Just in time for the midterms, 6 November 2018, a team of designers has set up The Center For American Politics And Design to bring together all the graphics used to promote those seeking election to the House and the Senate – the two chambers that make up Congress.”
The Writing University: New Archive: Anthology Poster Collection. “The Writing University is proud to announce a new digital archive: the Anthology Letterpress Poster Collection. The Writing University has created an archival and digital collection to preserve and display the one-of-a-kind posters created for the Anthology Reading Series. The new online collection was created in conjunction with the Center for the Book, the UI Library Special Collections department and the Iowa Digital Library.”
Design Taxi: Sainsbury’s Online Archive Of Packaging Designs Spanning Decades Is A Real Treat. “The Sainsbury Archive at the Museum of London Docklands has recently digitized the decades-old packaging designs of UK supermarket Sainbury’s for your viewing pleasure at zero cost. Thus far, the collection comprises over 400 photographs and scans of packaging, which certainly offer more than enough for you to observe how design has evolved. There’s so much to unpack here.”
Queen Mary University of London: Investigating representations of gender-based violence. “Using interdisciplinary research methods, the two-year study will focus on how four types of violence (domestic abuse, trafficking, street harassment, menstruation-based discrimination) are portrayed in graphic print publications such as comics and public graphic expressions including murals, graffiti and street art. The research will also examine how stakeholders, including activists and artists, use graphic art as an awareness-raising tool. The work aims to foster knowledge exchange via local research hubs. It will result in two creative initiatives with local arts and non-governmental organisations: an open-access digital archive of representations of gender-based violence and a series of workshops for 600 girls aged between 12 and 17.”