An interview with Chad W Beckerman

If cover designers are superhero alter-egos, then Chad W. Beckerman (art director and cover designer for Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet Books, as well as Mishaps and Adventures blogger) would have to be Clark Kent. Friendly and hard working by day, yet designing covers that have been known to burst onto shelves, leaping tall buildings (or at least generating lots of interest) in a single bound. Here are but a few:

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Overcoming creative block


I do not know what to write. I am sitting here staring at the screen, running sentences in my head, and turning my music on and off. Earlier I went foraging for food (in hopes of sparking some magical words), but ended up getting distracted by Arrested Development for 20 minutes. This happens just about every time I sit down to do anything. I’ll probably go play the guitar between this paragraph and the next.

Of course this is a familiar situation. Often referred to as “writer’s block”, the concept of an inspiration rut is unfortunately very familiar to every creative in any field. Sometimes ideas just don’t show up to work. Given this, we all develop strategies to combat such a scenario. Not all are foolproof, but it’s safe to say that most creative people have some battle plan for dealing with the dreaded “blank page”.

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Ask the Expert | Design Discussion with James White

Ask the Expert is a popular series on Design Informer. “Design discussion” is the theme for this interview. The renowned designer, James White is this week’s expert.

James White is a graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His personal art and design ambitions have landed him in many worldwide creative publications such as Computer Arts magazine, Computer Arts Projects, Advanced Photoshop magazine, Wired UK and the spanish DT Platinum magazine where he was included in their ‘21 People of the Century’ article. Additionally, James was also named as the Best Visual Artist in The Coast’s ‘Best of Halifax 2009’ readers poll.

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QandA with graphic designer Julie Metz: Judging a book by its cover | Part 2

Earlier this week I posted Part 1 of this conversation with book designer Julie Metz on what makes a successful cover.  Here’s the rest

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QandA with graphic designer Julie Metz: Judging a book by its cover | Part 1

The inside scoop on what makes a successful book cover – and why it matters.

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People who changed graphic design forever

In the modern day world, it is hard to deny the presence of Graphic Design in our daily lives. Graphic Design is everywhere, in every package and product of the modern world. It fills every waking moment of our day. Although the graphic design discipline was introduced less than a century ago, the world has since come to rely upon it. The introduction of new technologies and softwares in the field of Graphic Design has made life easier for Graphic Designers; however, it wasn’t the case some decades ago.

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