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

A New Spin On Making Portraits By Dru Ritger

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 21st 2011
A New Spin On Making Portraits By Dru Ritger

Creating portraits of people is an art form that goes back nearly as far back as the very notion of art. Countless artists have attempted to give their own approach to the portrait creation process. A modern day example of an artist infusing their individuality and creativity in the portrait design is Dru Ritger from Montvale, New Jersey. Ritger was surround by an art-loving family and started demonstrating his creative eye as early as age 3. His progression started... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Trends: InfoGraphics

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 19th 2011
Graphic Design Trends: InfoGraphics

The concept of an InfoGraphic is nothing new. It is a visual representation of often complicated and complex information that is presented in such a way that your brain immediately has an “ah ha!” moment when it processes the visual. This is because an effective InfoGraphic is fun and immediately engaging. So why are InfoGraphics noteworthy when talking about trends that graphic designers need to be aware of? Glad you asked. Effective InfoGraphics can easily become viral in your... CONTINUE READING

Building Your Graphic Design Portfolio

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 18th 2011
Building Your Graphic Design Portfolio

If you’re planning on finding that perfect graphic design job for your creative talents, it is essential that you build an attractive portfolio. Your graphic design credentials are a showcase of yourself as a freelance designer, and the only way to become elite within the industry is to show off your skills and past achievements. Your portfolio will allow your potential employers to know what you are all about and seeing, as the old adage says, is truly about... CONTINUE READING

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