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The Changing Landscape of Graphic Design

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There is something that artists know, and which ordinary people cannot grasp: life, beauty, art and lifestyle is about change. Appreciating beauty is not about what is beautiful, but also about why it is beautiful, whether it is compared to past or its contemporary stature. The change or even the hint of change is what makes something beautiful.

Take for instance, Banksy, the graffiti artist based in New York. The beauty of his drawings stems from its being different and meaningful. Some would say that his drawings are different because of the message they convey, and not the style of the drawings themselves. The drawings are somewhat of a throwback to Norman Rockwell. Or rather, more like a black-and-white rendition of the surrealist essence of Rockwell, drawn on a large canvas. Some pictures are the size of buildings. Most make use of an existing wall feature to be included in the graffiti. However, the real star of the drawing is the message. These drawings draw the casual viewer, pedestrian, commuter, driver and passenger, into the story in an easy to understand but profound manner.

Change is everywhere in the arts. In music, there has been a very subtle UK invasion, where Britons, Irish, Scott and Welsh artists have lead a charge at traditionally American music genres. Musical tastes from R&B, soul, jazz, country and even Americana has had British acts topping the charts.

For Americans, all is not lost, there are new acts on the way, and they have put forth powerful voices in their respective niches. One such example is an American country singer by the name of Justine Moore is on the rise. In fact, Moore is not just a singer, but also a songwriter. Check out Justin Moore concert tickets and know more about his scheduled performances.

In recent years, there has also been a big change in graphic design. Slowly being phased out are designs based on the old IBM CUA specifications. It has been a wonder why that standard even got into website design. Another style, which has been fading recently are sites and designs with heavy graphics. Even though most of the United States still does not have access to good quality broadband, most designers still want to push pages, which are upwards of 1MB in total download size. In contrast, the average user is trading in his laptop and desktop for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to browse the Internet. Smaller loading size websites have become popular because of the use of mobile devices.

It is not that easy to think in terms of responsive design. It is a good thing that responsive design is usually left as an automatic feature of the web page content management system (CMS) or theme. There are still a lot of website owners who insist on re-inventing the wheel, with their own proprietary or custom CMS. It is sad that they do not know what segment of the market they are missing out on.

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