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The Customer/Professional Balance Challenge

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 1st 2011
The Customer/Professional Balance Challenge

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

Five Steps of the Creative Process

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 26th 2011
Five Steps of the Creative Process

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

7 Tips on how to Make a Good Infographic

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 22nd 2011
7 Tips on how to Make a Good Infographic

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

A New Spin On Making Portraits By Dru Ritger

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 21st 2011
A New Spin On Making Portraits By Dru Ritger

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

What is Graphic Design?

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 17th 2011
What is Graphic Design?

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 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

Visual Communications Degree

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 3rd 2011
Visual Communications Degree

Visual Communication – Overview Uses in Today’s World Visual Communication is exactly what it sounds like; it is communicating through visual aids to express many different types of ideas or information. It is presented in sources such as signs, drawings, illustrations, and typography. This visual message is expressed to an audience in order to persuade, educate, or inform. Time to Graduate Those who wish to become Visual Artists must have years of training under their belt; this means taking... CONTINUE READING

Top 10 ways to Spot a Retouched Photo

By: Michael Jackness on Sep 28th 2011
Top 10 ways to Spot a Retouched Photo

Nobody is that perfect. Nobody has flawless skin, perfect hair, the perfect shade of white teeth, clothing that fits without a wrinkle in sight… unless it’s a re-touched photo. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Beyonce and Cameron Diaz are absolutely stunning in person, but I am also positive that they have some wrinkles in their clothing, or an occasional pimple that pops up. Professional photo retouchers are trained to virtually erase these flaws while making a photo... CONTINUE READING

Beginner’s Guide to Stock Photo Services

By: Michael Jackness on Sep 8th 2011
Beginner's Guide to Stock Photo Services

If you’ve ever built a website or created any type of print media, then you’ve probably had a need for using stock photos. Then again, maybe you consider yourself a shutterbug and would like to sell some of your images. Either way, you’ll need a clear definition of a stock photo. A stock photo is any image that’s available for use either on a website or in print media. If you need an image of a group of nurses... CONTINUE READING

Animation Degree

By: Michael Jackness on Sep 4th 2011
Animation Degree

Animation Degree- Overview Uses in Today’s World Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images using 2-D/3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. Animation is most commonly found as a source of entertainment in movies, television, and video games, but it is also found in several other places as well. This type of Graphic Design is celebrated as artwork in film festivals all over the world. Time to Graduate The completion... CONTINUE READING

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