Rafiq Elmansy is designer, book author, Adobe expert and trainer with over 12 years experience. He is the author of many books and articles about different topics about Adobe, design and technology. Rafiq is also an Adobe community professional and manager of Adobe user group in Egypt and the founder of 3d Printing Pin http://www.3dprintingpin.com. Find more about him at http://www.rafiqelmansy.com.
With more than a decade of experience in the design industry, I have observed many problems that may arise when there is no design brief assigned to a project. For instance, much of the required information may get lost in the middle of the long chain of communication between the client, marketing manager, creative director and, finally, the designer. Some of this information may be as important as the design style, company portfolio, project budget or timeline. Before we... CONTINUE READING
Many of my students ask me how to show off their creativity and attract companies to get in touch with them for meetings and interviews. My first suggestion is joining graphic design competitions because they do not only help you to prove your skills among other creative minds, but they also give you self confidence that your ideas are worthy and you are the best in the field. Joining graphic design competitions is a recommended practice for graphic designers,... CONTINUE READING
In this article, we will continue to explore the rules of design in our everyday life, namely in creative furniture design ideas. Furniture design is a branch of product design with a unique design process that may look a little bit different from others. The furniture design process starts with a research stage where the designer starts to gather information about the user experience, previous designs, and the problems that its users had to face when using the design.... CONTINUE READING
Online learning can help you earn a degree without having to move or travel to the location of the university, which can help you save the costs of relocation. If you are already working as a designer, this type of flexible learning model can help you get a degree while you are working on your projects. Industrial design refers to the process of creating or developing products for the benefit of both the client and the manufacturer. Both industrial... CONTINUE READING
Product design is defined as the process of generating and developing ideas that are used for creating new products or improving existing ones. Unlike creative arts, design uses both art and science to visualize ideas or deliver a message to the consumers. This concept behind design can be applied to product design, industrial design, graphic design, and other branches of the design industry. The Role of Design in Our Life Product design is one of the core fields of... CONTINUE READING
In a previous series of articles, I tried to shed light on the two main typeface scripts in human history, which are the Latin scripts and the Arabic calligraphy scripts: Creative Examples of Calligraphy Art Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Design Along with this long history, typeface is the initial and most important visual element in your design that delivers the design message to the audience. Unlike the other visual elements in a design, typefaces are used to visualize the... CONTINUE READING
Do not blame me or other creative designers because when we have an art background, we are used to using maximum creativity inside the artwork. I have read an article a few years ago in Adobe’s Design Center about style versus design by Jeffrey Zeldman, who put an end to the long time confusion about the difference between design and styling. Since then, design has had a wider meaning by controlling the major visual elements on a website or... CONTINUE READING
Furthermore, creative package designs attract customers to check out the products and pick them up from the store shelves. While there are many competing products in the market, a unique package design can make your product stand out from the crowd, especially when this unique design is supported by creative functionality and sustainable analytics for a better customer experience. Before you start with product package design, you have to keep in mind a few aspects that will significantly affect... CONTINUE READING
So, when starting to build a creative idea, you should only focus on the idea itself and then think about how it conforms to the design rules later. The reason is very simple, the creative idea is the core of your design and none of the rules are able to invalidate a unique concept. Furthermore, some of the most famous and beloved logos break some rules that are thought to be deviant by many designers. What is the Golden... CONTINUE READING
Black and white photos depend on a wide range of gray colors that reflect the lights and shadows in the photos. The level of the gray tones and depths are related to the exposure that is used when taking the photo. While color photography may look brighter and more realistic, the depth of the gray gives a more dramatic effect to black and white scenes. As you remove the color element from the shot, you give more space to... CONTINUE READING
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