How-To: Create Decorative Eggs with Nupastels

Mar 15

How-To: Create Decorative Eggs with Nupastels

Looking for a fun project to help liven up your space for Spring? This fun and simple tutorial will show you how to use Nupastels in a new way to help create Spring decorations!

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Get “Pinspired” with Prismacolor!

Mar 07

Get “Pinspired” with Prismacolor!

We are live! Prismacolor has joined the party on Pinterest and just in time for our big birthday (we totally planned that)! As we have shared in the past, Pinterest is a vision board-styled photo sharing website and app where users can create and manage theme-based image collections.

An online tool just meant for the art world.

Celebrate 75 Years with Us…

Feb 28

Celebrate 75 Years with Us…

Can you believe its been 75 YEARS since Prismacolor started its creative journey!? Personally I don’t think we look a day over brand-spanking new… a few packaging refreshers never hurt anyone right!?

Check out where we’ve been AND where we are going next…

Jaime Ames Navarro

Feb 28

Jaime Ames Navarro

I’ve been on the hunt for a skilled charcoal artist to feature for about a month now, and luckily for me, I met Jaime Ames Navarro, Chicag0-based tattoo artist at Code of Conduct Tatttoo. Before I met him, I was doodling in a fold out chair while a friend of mine was getting a tattoo at the shop, and I saw a small sketch pad with some Prismacolor Charcoal Pencils beside it. The book belonged to the artist inking someone else, but that didn’t stop me from asking him about his work. A man of few words, Navarro shares a little bit of his life with us.

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How-To: Chrome

Feb 20

How-To: Chrome

You’ve spoken, and we’ve taken notice. Many of you have been requesting some how-to demos on various surfaces and textures, specifically on chrome. Well, here is a quick little guide to how to create the effect!

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UI/UX Design – Making Pixels Happy

Feb 19

UI/UX Design – Making Pixels Happy

The UI or User Interface design is the special part of a product that faces the user when looking at the site, while the UX or the User Experience is the sensation, the feeling users get when they look at the site. To get into more detail, User Experience is the sum of aspects resulting from the interaction of an individual with a certain IT system, interface, industrial design, graphics or a physical type of interaction. Classic human-computer interaction is normally part of the User Experience design, along with the insertion of all the aspects of the products/services as they are perceived by the users. The feeling normally needs to be one of encouragement, stimulation to purchase the services or products, or get in touch with the company, small business managers, or freelancer for similar purposes.

 

Brief User Experience History

Ergonomics and various human factors are some of the main triggering factors of user experience design. It was given birth to sometime in the 1940s and it has ever since focused on the type of special interaction between machines and people. Systems that can successfully address users’ experiences were required and hence developed and the spread of workplace computers in the ‘90s threw an even greater deal of importance. The name Donald Norman is important to remember in relation to user experience design, as he was the pioneer of the field.   

 

Important User Experience Components

The information age has risen beautifully and therefore some of the main components of UE design rely on user experience digital systems and their building blocks. Graphic design, UI degree of attractiveness, and the emotions of users are all components of UE.  

Graphic design is the aesthetics of the front-end of the User Interface graphics treatment of the interface. Colors and images, lines, symbols, and everything in between are used to convey a certain message to the viewers/website visitors. The most skilled and experienced of graphic designers know just what sort of elements to insert within their work so they can create just the effects they need.  

 

Findability And Structuring

Products and services need to be highly visible and easily findable on any well-built website. This is why one needs to carefully structure and organize all relevant information with the help of information architecture. All images and documents, software apps and web sites represent the type of information that lies between data and knowledge in the field of information architecture.

Proper structuring means the creation of building units that encompass information. These units are carefully related to one another and grouped in a way that has a certain meaning. The use of labels is necessary to speed up the time required to find the right kind of information and to navigate more easily. Findability is also critical for information architecture. Users need to be able to discover the information they are searching for without having to browse, get in touch with customer support or, or search.

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Joseph Crone: Photorealism

Feb 11

Joseph Crone: Photorealism
31 year old Indianapolis resident, Joseph Crone has mastered photorealism with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. With a BFA in illustraton and studio drawing from Herron School of Art and Design, Crone depicts scenes inspired by “film noir.”  Creating a narrative, he “mimicks the idea of a still frame within a movie.” Previously inspired by David Lynch films, capturing both the physiological and psychotic, he now focuses on creating subject matter that is more situational, such as suspense.

Who is “TheBoyWhoDraws”?

Jan 24

Who is “TheBoyWhoDraws”?

As I, myself, began trying to grow a presence in the social media world, I stumbled upon 20-year old artist TheBoyWhoDraws, an alias that instantly attracted me on Instagram. As a sophomore at Wayne State University in Michigan, he has already gained 23 thousand followers, and he only follows 40! Thus, this lead to me realize, this kid knows a thing or two about marketing his art. I felt compelled to reach out and see if I could pick his brain for some helpful tips.

Reveal the Secret…

Art isn’t dead! (Or is it?): Illustrator Alexandria Ortiz

Jan 16

Art isn’t dead! (Or is it?): Illustrator Alexandria Ortiz

Recent graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, zombie-loving illustrator Alexandria Ortiz takes her art very seriously with a “tough love” attitude on life and work ethic. Grown up in Chicago, Ortiz’s illustration breathes “urban punk,” while she maintains a graceful hand with her media. While many illustrators are leaning towards digital art, Ortiz embraces traditional media and has some brutally honest advice to share.

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