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Skills Designers Need Now

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 8th 2012
Skills Designers Need Now

Scan almost any online graphic design discussion board and chances are that you’ll quickly spot a common set of questions being asked. What are the skills I need now? And, what is the best way to get them? While, concerns about how to stay current in our industry are not new it is safe to say that current economic conditions, rapidly changing technology and evolving demands in the design profession overall have certainly ratcheted up the conversation level. Graphic... CONTINUE READING

How I Skyrocketed My Freelance Design Business by Finding a Specialty

By: Preston Lee on Mar 6th 2012
How I Skyrocketed My Freelance Design Business by Finding a Specialty

Making it big as a freelance designer can be tough. Between the expenses of staying up-to-date with the latest tools and the added stress of competing with stock logo sites or crowdsource designers it’s enough to make you want to quit some days. Have you ever wondered what steps you can take as a freelance designer to help yourself stand out from the competition and bring in more design clients and profit than ever before? Then keep reading, because... CONTINUE READING

Copyrights and Usage Rights: The Fundamentals

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 5th 2012
Copyrights and Usage Rights: The Fundamentals

Since graphic design and media production is dependent on the reproduction of photographs, designs and other imagery, graphic designers and photographers need to understand the issues related to copyrights and usage rights. They are not the same thing. (Note: although copyright and usage is an international issue, the topics discussed in this article pertain specifically to the U.S. and Canada, and for the most part, Europe. Other countries have varying laws and protection related to copyright. If you live... CONTINUE READING

Graffiti – Street Art or a Criminal Offence?

By: Julia Wild on Mar 3rd 2012
Graffiti – Street Art or a Criminal Offence?

After reading Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch’s article on Graffiti Art and most recently traveling to Berlin I really started to think about graffiti – is it street art or is it a crime? Some graffiti artists are in jail whilst their work is exhibited in a gallery. How does that make any sense? There is a lot of Graffiti in Berlin and to be honest it is pretty amazing. In the 1980s political slogans and general comments on the current situation... CONTINUE READING

The 2012 Oscars: Brands Compete for Cut of the “Red Carpet”

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 1st 2012
The 2012 Oscars: Brands Compete for Cut of the “Red Carpet”

Whether you were focused on Angie’s leg, JLo’s… um, neckline or genuinely interested in seeing who would bring home the award for best picture during last Sunday night’s Academy Awards show, major brands were there hoping to catch your attention. The three-hour ceremony provided plenty of time for brands to showcase themselves through red carpet product placement as well as in ad spots. Add in sustained engagement of pre-event, during and post-event buzz and an opportunity to do some... CONTINUE READING

Things You Will Not Learn in Graphic Design School

By: Mirko Humbert on Feb 25th 2012
Things You Will Not Learn in Graphic Design School

After almost ten years working as freelance graphic and web designer, there are many things I miss about my time in graphic design school. First, the environment was excellent to become better at designing; no constraints, lots of creative freedom, passionate conversations about design between classmates, interesting teachers, and much more. However, I must say that although studying graphic design taught me some solid basics about graphic design, there are areas that I did not cover in graphic design... CONTINUE READING

Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 2 of 2

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 20th 2012
Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 2 of 2

Aside from the excellent beer and awesome burgers at New York City bar, Idle Hands, Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities For Design Innovation: Part 1 discussed the importance of packaging and label design as marketing differentiators, especially in highly competitive, high end and niche markets. In part two we continue the conversation with Devon Wade, a Digital and Interactive Marketing Manager who completed a graduate thesis on niche marketing while studying at NYU and Carmela Davis, Branch Operations Manager... CONTINUE READING

kHyal Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

By: GD Staff on Feb 20th 2012
kHyal Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

kHyal is a technology, fashion and street art obsessed – award-winning designer, creative director, writer and marketing consultant. In 2007, she founded fiZz Agency, a future-focused boutique marketing and communication design firm. kHyal co-founded PUSH Workshops in 2007, talentEd in 2008, DesignerGrill in 2009, PUSH Design Camp in 2010 and the Fairfield County Adobe Users Group in 2011. She is the creator of The Weather sKwirl and BlipWorld. kHyal designs one-of-kind upcycled apparel and accessories under the name kHyal... CONTINUE READING

Kid-In Online Magazine Launches

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 18th 2012
Kid-In Online Magazine Launches

Kid-In, a stylish and design-led online magazine on the childhood has recently launched. The magazine is “a platform for the diverse perspectives of a wide range of international and local designers and photographers, artists and thinkers, focusing on the singular subject of childhood.” Founded by three artists who are parents themselves, the magazine is “a celebration: of the magical realism inherent in childhood, and of the surreal nature of its imaginative realm.” Two of the founders originate from France.... CONTINUE READING

Color Spaces and Profiles

By: Nat Coalson on Feb 17th 2012
Color Spaces and Profiles

In graphic design and photography, color management is an essential component of the workflow to produce professional quality results. In my last article we looked at the basics of color management and how the content management system (CMS) handles color. In this article you’ll learn more about color modes and color profiles. Color Mode In graphic design and photography software such as Adobe Creative Suite, the color mode describes the overall color model used for the image or document.... CONTINUE READING

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