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Sources of Inspiration

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 8th 2011
Sources of Inspiration

As a graphic designer, one of your major challenges that you face on a daily basis is finding creative inspiration. Whether it be for your own project or that of a valued client, continually coming up with original designs and perspectives is a challenge. You may achieve inspirations for several days or weeks running and then it disappears. You feel like you’ve used up all your good ideas and the well feels empty. It is in those times that... CONTINUE READING

Marketing Your Infographic

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 6th 2011
Marketing Your Infographic

Once you create a compelling infographic, your main goals are to have it seen and to attract backlinks. You want to have your hard work seen by a wide audience of people who will value the presentation and help you spread the word to their networks. The methods for promoting your infographic are not unlike what you might use to promote other web-worthy work of yours, so the advice here carries over to the promotional and networking process in... CONTINUE READING

Why Invest in Infographics?

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 5th 2011
Why Invest in Infographics?

No area of graphic design and web informational marketing is hotter than infographics. The source of this new boom can be laid on the doorsteps of Google’s February 2011 declaration that original content would be prioritized. Infographics grabbed hold of the public consciousness as a new way to spin established data in a stylish and original manner and be richly rewarded by Google’s search ranking spiders. Infographics simply put to imagery what plain text and graphs did before. They... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Designers and London Design Festival

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 1st 2011
Graphic Designers and London Design Festival

The ninth annual London Design Festival (LDF) has just concluded. At the popular design festival only seven of the 250 event/exhibits featured graphic designs. That is less than three per cent focusing on the graphics area of art and design world. Why is that? The LDF festival features high quality talks, exhibitions, product demonstrations and launches from the art world. It is supported by the V&A , Arts Council England and its main sponsor Mayor of London who embrace... CONTINUE READING

The Customer/Professional Balance Challenge

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 1st 2011
The Customer/Professional Balance Challenge

One of the major challenges for any graphic designer is balancing the notion of “the customer is always right” with providing a fair and reasonable quality service/product that represents you well. For instance, if they hire you for a standard movie poster, but demand a billboard of epic proportions, that isn’t reasonable. But what if they ask you to violate your design sensibilities, what then? The Dilemma Without a doubt, it can’t be argued that a good graphic designer... CONTINUE READING

Website Considerations For Graphic Designers

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 29th 2011
Website Considerations For Graphic Designers

Most individuals who train to become graphic designers are proficient in print design, brochure layout, and Pantone Matching System (pms). The reality is that not enough attention is given to becoming good web designers. It is a more specialized field that many will defer to coders and developers, but design input and implementation is key to web site success. These days, more and more people access all their key information online. Web Design Web design is a totally different... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Career Data

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 28th 2011
Graphic Design Career Data

I recently discovered a fascinating infographic on the graphic design industry. It was produced by Carrington College in California. While they invested considerable time in the creation and presentation of their infographic, which I don’t have permission to reproduce here, the data they used is all sourced to the public U.S. Department of Labor (UDL). The UDL data was collected for their 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). I thought it might be helpful to share some of the key... CONTINUE READING

Walker Graphic Design Exhibit

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 27th 2011
Walker Graphic Design Exhibit

No other art form has grown and developed as far over the last decade than graphic design. The rapid innovations and improvement in computing and the Internet are constantly accelerating the capabilities of graphic design, making them more and more accessible to almost anyone.The democratization of graphic design can be seen in the overall high quality of even purely amateur work. Those with experience and skills soar to new heights with the software available to them. Lead Exhibit One... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Designers Go To The Olympics

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 26th 2011
Graphic Designers Go To The Olympics

Ever wanted to travel the world? Ever wanted to go to the Olympics? Read the story of a great opportunity for 100 creative types to experience both. Creative Ambassadors BT Group plc, the London based organizers of the upcoming 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games around London have been calling on designers, artists and writers who would be interested in creating imagery, stories, films etc. to tell the stories they encounter from the 2012 Games. Selected designers and artists will... CONTINUE READING

Five Steps of the Creative Process

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 26th 2011
Five Steps of the Creative Process

For anyone involved in the creative arts, the process of creation can often be a challenging one. There are times when it flows, but many times when it doesn’t. It can arrive at the least suspecting moment, but not necessarily when you are on deadline. Those elusive moments when creativity flows are like ecstasy as you see things with a clarity and imagination that escapes you in your everyday world. Your aim is to apply our talent, vision, and... CONTINUE READING

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