Fueling the Creative Economy

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 3rd 2012
Fueling the Creative Economy

According to a news release from the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, Vermont has named former director of the Vermont Film Commission and Tisch film graduate, Joe Bookchin as the state’s new director of the Office of the Creative Economy. The purpose of the newly created office is to stimulate and encourage the state’s burgeoning creative economy, defined in the release as “Creative enterprises—from web designers and software game programmers to architecture, e-commerce, graphic design, publishing... CONTINUE READING

Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 2nd 2012
Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

This week Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced Google’s intention to introduce their own Android Tablet as early as in the next six months. Although plans had reportedly been in the works for some time, according to the Inquisitr, this was the first time anyone from Google attached a timeline to the project. As I read through articles with what by now has become typical “will this be an iPad killer” rhetoric, one question was conspicuously absent—“What does this mean... CONTINUE READING

U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

By: Matt Cannon on Dec 29th 2011
U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

In the days of Pin-Up Girls, artists would render upgraded versions of the models based on photographs to achieve the look every woman wanted at the time. This is an old tradition and a false reality that we have accepted and become comfortably numb to in mass marketing for quite some time. We’re always told not to believe everything we read. In a digital age where reality is so easily skewed by a simple box of tools inside Photoshop,... CONTINUE READING

Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

By: Nat Coalson on Dec 19th 2011
Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

Finding good photographic imagery to use in your designs for print, web and video projects is one of the most common and important tasks for graphic designers and art directors. It can also be challenging and sometimes frustrating. There are several things to consider when you’re sourcing photography, including where to get the photos, image file quality and specifications, licensing and usage terms, and cost. Starting out, you have two basic options: buy pre-existing images (referred to as “stock”... CONTINUE READING

What Makes an Effective Graphic Design Customer?

By: Mirko Humbert on Nov 17th 2011
What Makes an Effective Graphic Design Customer?

As a graphic designer, whether you are freelancing or employed by a design studio, a day will come when you will have to face clients. Most of the time, things should go fine, but some clients can be a pain to work with. Those rare bad customers play at least a positive role, they teach you to cherish the good and effective graphic design customers. But how do you identify effective customers? We’ll try to help you recognize them... CONTINUE READING

Advice For The Graphic Design Student

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 14th 2011
Advice For The Graphic Design Student

Graphic Design is wonderfully challenging and rewarding occupation. Applying your creativity to problem solve your client’s project needs is a stimulating process, especially when your end product could end up in front of thousands or millions of eyeballs eventually. While graphic design classwork will give you the technical skill and know how, you can’t be fully prepared to jump into the graphic design world until you learn to manage some important, but often untaught skills. Communication outweighs even creativity... CONTINUE READING

Being Your Own Boss

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 11th 2011
Being Your Own Boss

The graphic design industry is filled with creative individuals. They lend their unique perspectives and artistic visions to whatever project they are working on. It is that same independence of thought and action that sometimes makes them poor candidates for working in team or larger structured business settings. They can feel controlled and dread having their creativity reigned it by rigid corporate interests. Sometimes the best option for frustrated individuals is to consider starting their own business. There is... CONTINUE READING

Finding a Graphic Design Job

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 10th 2011
Finding a Graphic Design Job

Graphicdesign.com is proud to relaunch our site with improved design and functionality. This will be an ongoing process so feel to give your feedback on how we can improve it further. One of the goals of the site is to be a resource for those who work in graphic design and for those who want to get into the graphic design industry. Some of graphicdesign.com’s improvements include: 1. We have added a growing graphic design firm directory that allows... CONTINUE READING

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

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