Join Sean Adams for an in-depth discussion in this video Staying on top of the latest design trends, part of Insights on Graphic Design.
kind of keeping on track, on, on top of current trends in design and what's going on and who's doing what, I'm able to do that partially because I'm so involved in a community, that I'm, you know, through my work with AIGA, I'm able to sort of see the profession of a 30,000 foot level and understand, okay in Portland, this kind of a thing is going on, and in Seattle this is happening, and in Austin, this is happening. But also, you kind of start seeing trends. Like the way things are moving and, and then you just get access.
You know somebody will call and say hey, do you know about these people in Austin. They're a new firm. They're doing this sort of thing. And check it out like, wow, like they are doing really cool stuff. So it's that, that information network that's always been sort of passed around to find out what's happening. And in the old days, you know, that it was very clear. There was like a new wave movement or a punk movement or a, you know But now it's so splintered, that there's so many different things happening simultaneously. And once again, you sort of have to rely on, on your friends, and it's one of the issues we've been looking at with AIJ, which is the, the idea of competitions.
You know, people submitting their work and being judged, sort of was going away because of all the websites in the world. Like if I'm a young person, and I want to find new graphic design, I just go to like 15 different websites. The problem with that is it's not curated. You're, you're pretty much just finding things. And the ability to, to have a group of, of projects that, that someone you respected shows, I think, really has value, that, that I can say, oh, okay, this group was chosen by these 5 people that I really respect.
Why did they think these were good? What was going on? So just staying on top of, of what other people are doing and, and asking, hey, do you see anything new by so and so or, what's going on with websites these days? Anyone see anything lately that was working? But once again, you sort of have to search that out. It's not going to land in your lap. There's a, there's a few websites that I'll go to that kind of, are always publishing new things that are, that are interesting. There's a great one Graphic Ambient for signage that's just fantastic. I mean, they're always brand pulling in a new project or, and sometimes, they bring in an old project.
Like I just saw one that they published about the Washington, D.C. zoo in the in like 1975 by Lance Wyman, which was genius. I mean, I had never even seen it before. It was like it blew my mind. So that's a great one or design observer or you know, hey, plug myself, right. My own blog, Burning Settlers Cabin, I go out of my way to find new work to bring it in there. Not every entry is about that, but if I find something I'm really drawn to, I'll do that. And then I'll get a call from someone else, and they'll say the same thing. So once you find one website that, that you sort of feel like yeah, that's kind of in track with my thinking, use those links.
They're going to lead. They're going to lead you to all the other ones as well in, in each of those directions, and you'll sort of find you're gravitating to the same group over and over again.