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Shooting blanks

What client wouldn’t want to see how its new logo might look on a giant poster site, or screen-printed across a T-shirt or canvas bag? Image templates such as those from LiveSurface and PrestoVisual can help designers to show proposed work in the best possible light – but, as the realism increases and work spreads online, does it matter that it’s now becoming so much harder to work out just what is real and what isn’t?

Shooting Blanks

Image templates enable designers to show proposed work in the best possible light. But, as the realism increases and work spreads online, does it matter that it’s now becoming so much harder to work out just what is real and what isn’t?

Lifetime Achievement: Designer

The former Pentagram partner and editorial design legend David Hillman is D&AD’s most awarded designer. Here, Simon Esterson, a friend and former colleague, discusses Hillman’s remarkable career

Graphic Deliverance

Intrigued by how branding and graphics are portrayed in on-screen fiction, whether it be TV or film, johnson banks’ Thought for the Week blog talked to Anastasya Martynova, in-house art director of the BBC’s recent ‘mockumentary’, Twenty Twelve

D&AD announces all-time top award winners

As part of its upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations, D&AD has identified the designers, studios, ad agencies, creatives, directors and brands who have won the most pencils in its history

Freehand: the software that wouldn’t die

In the March 2009 issue of CR, Michael Johnson wrote of a strange phenomenon: the diehard fans of an obsolete piece of software who refuse to bow to the inevitable and switch to more modern alternatives. His story, which has just topped 200 comments, has become a kind of self-help group for FreeHand adherents. A place to reminisce, to mourn the seemingly imminent loss of an old friend. But, thanks to legal action in the US, FreeHand may have a future

Winners Revealed At New-Look D&AD Awards

The D&AD Award winners were announced last night in a new-look ceremony at London’s IMAX cinema. Well, some of them were, we’ll have to wait until September for the Black Pencils

Kyoorius Designyatra Festival 2011

India’s primary graphic design festival, the Kyoorius Designyatra, will take place this year from September 9-10. A stellar list of international and Indian designers and ad folks are lined up to speak; registration to attend the event closes this Thursday, so act fast to secure your place…

Exhibition: Hand.Written.Letter.Project

Craig Oldham began his Hand.Written.Letter.Project (HWLP) by inviting a selection of leading designers and image makers to simply share their thoughts in the form of a handwritten letter on their own letterhead. Now over 100 handwritten responses are being exhibited at London’s KK Outlet until 27 August…