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

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

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

Graphic Design Firm Services

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 16th 2011
Graphic Design Firm Services

What does a full service graphic design firm do? That is reasonable question and a surprising percentage of people you pose that question to cannot answer it. Graphic Design Services to Expect Before answering this, let’s first step back and recognize that graphic design, at its essence, is a visual form of communication to convey information. A full service graphic design firm should provide an array of services to assist companies in developing visual messages specific to all of... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Career Choices

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 15th 2011
Graphic Design Career Choices

Graphic Design, like many computer based technical fields, is a career field that has been growing in popularity over the past decade. Graphic Designers can create visual artwork for websites, newspapers, magazines, books, CDs, advertising and just about everywhere else the eye can see. The variety of work and the never ending sources of employment make graphic design a rather popular choice for anyone looking to use creativity as a profession. For individuals looking to enter the graphic design... CONTINUE READING

10 Years of Photoshop

By: Michael Jackness on Sep 8th 2011
10 Years of Photoshop

I remember the first time I opened Photoshop. My eyeballs bugged out of my head, my brain turned to mush and I felt intimidated and excited at the same time. Did you know the very first version of Photoshop was released in 1988? I was only 8 years old. I bet if Mom and Dad had gotten me a computer and Photoshop back then, well, I still would have been just as confused as the first time I opened... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Job Outlook

By: Michael Jackness on Aug 26th 2011
Graphic Design Job Outlook

Graphic Design and the Recession Here in 2011 we’re all wondering just where this recession is heading. In order to make the best decision, one must connect the dots between the graphic design profession and the US economic recession. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that graphic design employment in the recession will be tougher than out of a recession. But just how much of an effect does a recession have on the graphic design industry? Well,... CONTINUE READING

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