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Delivering Design and Tech Skills: Shillington Graphic Design Graduate Exhibitions

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jul 17th 2012
Delivering Design and Tech Skills: Shillington Graphic Design Graduate Exhibitions

This week, Shillington School will host their Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition in Manchester, London and New York City. The school, founded in 1989 by Andrew Shillington to address the need he observed for “talented young designers with high-end computer skills” prides itself on turning out graduates who “can confidently take a brief, efficiently use industry-standard software and produce quality design solutions to a tight deadline.” Shillington strives to meet the ever-changing expectations of the design industry by teaching the... CONTINUE READING

The 10 Best Books for Graphic Design Students

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 22nd 2012
The 10 Best Books for Graphic Design Students

Many experienced graphic designers somehow regret their time in design school. After ten years in the industry, a routine slowly sets up, you often work on the same projects and it makes it hard to feel as excited as you were when studying graphic design. For me, grabbing a graphic design book is one of the ways I use to re-create some of this initial enthusiasm. If you are still in a university, or any other design school, you... CONTINUE READING

79 Short Essays on Design

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 28th 2012
79 Short Essays on Design

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design is the latest collection of writings by Michael Bierut of Pentagram, and published by Princeton Architectural Press on 29th February 2012. The book is a 272-page hardcover publication which comprises of two decades of essays ranging from “New York’s faulty “Push for Walk Signal” buttons, to the disappearance of the AT&T logo, to the implications of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire for interaction designers” (via Pentagram). The book is described by cultural website A Very... 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

Color Management Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on Feb 9th 2012
Color Management Essentials

Color Management 101 Color management is the term used to describe an integrated system of computer hardware, software and workflow techniques all working together to translate color from one device to another in a controlled way. Color management is of great importance in graphic design; if you want your designs to look their best you should follow a color-managed workflow. Gamut: Range of Colors Available Various devices (monitors, printers, cameras, scanners, etc.) all handle color differently. Each device has... CONTINUE READING

The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

By: Neil Tortorella on Feb 7th 2012
The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

Developing a website, even a small one, can easily turn into a daunting task without some sort of documented process in place. There are those sites that require little more than a designer sitting in front of their monitor tapping out some html and css. Other sites can involve an army of team members from graphic designers to coders, photographers to writers and a host of others in between. What they share, or at least should, is a process... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Career Paths

By: Mirko Humbert on Dec 23rd 2011
Graphic Design Career Paths

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

Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

By: Nat Coalson on Dec 19th 2011
Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

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

Organic Design

By: David Bricker on Dec 12th 2011
Organic Design

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

Online Collaboration for Designers

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 23rd 2011
Online Collaboration for Designers

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

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