Getting Started as a Designer: Freelance First or Agency First?

By: Preston Lee on Mar 30th 2012
Getting Started as a Designer: Freelance First or Agency First?

I love working with new designers. In fact, I spend most of my time mentoring new designers through my ebook, business critique service, and blog. One of the most common questions I get from up and coming designers is this: “Should I start out freelancing or start by working at an agency?” It’s a great question and can be a pretty difficult one to answer, but today, I want to offer some pros and cons for both freelancing first... CONTINUE READING

Susie Hall Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

By: GD Staff on Mar 30th 2012
Susie Hall Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

Susie is the president of Vitamin T, a new division of Aquent, the largest creative talent agency in the world. She has worked with creatives for over 12 years helping build careers, restructure departments and solve business problems for huge brands and small businesses throughout North America. Over a dozen years ago Susie joined Aquent as an Interactive Agent – just in time for the explosion of interactive technology that continues today. She’s held a variety of leadership roles... CONTINUE READING

Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 29th 2012
Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

Bongo Comics Group is a lesser-known Comic Book publishing company established in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison and Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. They publish comics related to the animated television series The Simpsons and Futurama along with original material. It was named after Bongo, a rabbit character in Groening’s comic strip Life In Hell. Long time Art Director Nathan Kane has now been promoted to Creative Director, replacing Bill Morrison, who is still rumored to be working on secret side projects with Groening.... CONTINUE READING

Interview with DeeDee Gordon from Sterling Brands. Sneak Peek of the the-Collaboratory Re-Design!

By: Julia Wild on Mar 27th 2012
Interview with DeeDee Gordon from Sterling Brands. Sneak Peek of the the-Collaboratory Re-Design!

Q: So DeeDee, you are renowned as a youth-culture expert and trend researcher. How and when did it all start? A: When I was younger I started consulting with a number of companies selling trends. I realized that these companies and brands didnʼt have a lot of accurate information about what was happening in youth culture. At the time, there was a huge need gap for information like this. Thatʼs how the light bulb initially went off for me.... CONTINUE READING

USA Basketball Introduces a New 20th Anniversary Mark

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 27th 2012
USA Basketball Introduces a New 20th Anniversary Mark

USA Basketball unveiled a new logo that will be worn by all of the USA Basketball teams including the men’s and women’s national teams as they pursue victory at the London Games this summer. The new logo combines iconic components from the past into a modern, simplified mark honoring the strong heritage and national pride represented by USA Basketball. Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s... CONTINUE READING

Design Enabled: Getting the Most Out of Facebook Timeline

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 23rd 2012
Design Enabled: Getting the Most Out of Facebook Timeline

A cover photo and profile picture is just the beginning with the new Facebook timeline, which goes live for all Facebook users on March 30, 2012. As described in Facebook’s video, “How-To: Using Facebook Timeline and Subscribe”, timeline is a “Collection of most important photos, stories and life events that represent who you are…” Featuring a new visual format, reportedly inspired by designer Nicholas Felton’s annual report project documenting a year of his life, timeline is intended to “Show... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Hiring Trends and Positions in Demand: Insights from The Creative Group

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 20th 2012
Graphic Design Hiring Trends and Positions in Demand: Insights from The Creative Group

If you’re looking for some good news to start your week then look no further! As a follow up to our article “Skills Designers Need Now” we asked Donna Farrugia, executive director of well known and highly regarded staffing agency The Creative Group to weigh in on graphic design hiring trends and positions in demand for 2012, as well as new portfolio and résumé standards. In addition to answering our questions, Donna, who manages operations for the firm’s locations... CONTINUE READING

The Rainbow Society Gets Carried Away on a Dream Cloud

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 16th 2012
The Rainbow Society Gets Carried Away on a Dream Cloud

The Dream Factory is a charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life‐threatening illnesses. Its unique because all of the funds raised stay in Manitoba, Canada to help local children. Originally named The Rainbow Society, the organization’s name and brand identity have evolved; however, The Dream Factory’s mandate, mission, and goals remain the same. They rely solely on the generous support of people and businesses. Since 1983 it has created cherished memories for more than... CONTINUE READING

Reading Histograms

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 16th 2012
Reading Histograms

A histogram is a graph that can help you evaluate a digital image. Histograms can be found on digital cameras and in computer software. A typical histogram shows the relative distribution of the brightness values of the pixels in the image, from black to white and everything in between, using a linear scale of 256 levels. 0 is solid black and 255 is pure white. The darkest shadow values are shown at the left end of the scale, and... CONTINUE READING

Tips and Tricks for a Better Online Portfolio

By: Mirko Humbert on Mar 15th 2012
Tips and Tricks for a Better Online Portfolio

Whether you freelance or work in a design studio, it is important for your career as a graphic designer to have a solid portfolio. It is always good to get a printed version of your work, but nowadays the best way to find new clients is probably online. If your work is well presented, you will get the opportunity to display your work worldwide instantly, or get some exposure on design blogs or even in the press. However, as... CONTINUE READING

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