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Life as a graphic design student is quite enjoyable. You get to work on interesting projects, without the constraints of picky clients and tight budgets. Your teachers push you to be creative, giving you great (if your teacher is good) advice to become a better designer. But what happens once you graduate? Once you have your diploma in hands, things become more real. You have to find a way to make money with your new skills, which means to... CONTINUE READING
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 is organic design? There are “organic foods” (even though there’s no such thing as inorganic food) and an “organic” movement that’s tied to ecological concerns. Organic food is free from chemicals, pesticides and other artificial additives. Organic design is similar; it avoids the “artificial” look of work that appears to have been created by software instead of by a caring, human artist. How often do you look at design work that clearly broadcasts the “footprint” of whatever software... CONTINUE READING
Ask any design firm what the most tedious aspects of their daily routines are- you’ll probably be surprised by the answer. Although a few will complain about dealing with customers, creating cool InfoGraphics, or even last-minute project changes; their major frustration has always been within the realm of time management. Things like holding creative sessions, gaining approval from clients and starting new projects all take up a considerable amount of time and money. Up until recently, these types of... CONTINUE READING
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
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
The concept of an information graphic, commonly referred to an infographic, is not a new one. The desire to share information in an easy to relate to medium is useful in every area of our lives. With the advent of the Internet, the infographic grew in popularity because of the visual simplicity they can bring in distilling and presenting key data. Information seeking consumers are drawn to the elaborate design and yet simple delivery and presentation of information in... CONTINUE READING
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
Sometimes the perfect way to communicate with a customer is not through spoken dialogue or written text…it is through a stunning illustration that someone can immediately relate with on a personal level. A truly great image is not worth a thousand words as the old saying goes; it’s actually worth billions if it connects to the proper audience. In a nutshell, that’s what the graphic design industry is all about and it is easily one of the most powerful... CONTINUE READING
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