Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Building Your Brand

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 28th 2012
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Build your name and personal brand with author, speaker, trainer, marketing expert, and CEO of Web Marketing Therapy, Lorrie Thomas Ross. This short course for beginners quickly examines the world of brands and branding. The author of this training tutorial provides an outline of branding basics and teaches how to brand your business and yourself with confidence. Tried and true examples are given to prove success through consistency and communication as well as how to build visibility and credibility... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 24th 2012
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Paul F. Aubin, independent architecture consultant and acclaimed author, presents this training course on how to create compelling architectural designs with Autodesk Revit software. In the training tutorial, Aubin introduces the building information modeling (BIM) workflow and how to work with one model in many different views and how to use the various software modeling tools. Readers will also navigate the Revit interface, learn how to start a project, work with modeling basics and modeling components, create and work... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Creative Portfolios in WordPress

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 23rd 2012
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Web designer, developer, and WordPress enthusiast Morten Rand-Hendriksen has crafted this tutorial for the specific purpose of creating an online portfolio using three free WordPress themes (Hatch, Gridly, and Touchfolio) that result in three different unique web appearances. Whatever the need for a web presence, this tutorial will guide you to setting up your personal portfolio site, teach you how to configure the theme options without ever having to work with codes, and explains the advantages and disadvantages of... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s recent online course: Illustrator for Web Design with Justin Seeley

By: Michael Jackness on Aug 13th 2012
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This newly released course from Justin Seeley, author and Adobe Certified Expert, teaches designers how to get started with Adobe Illustrator by learning the essential techniques and fundamentals of the software. Seeley walks designers through the core concepts of setting up documents for web and mobile application designs as well as how to use artboards for responsive layouts. Designers will explore the basic and advanced tools necessary for working with color palettes and swatches, layers, shapes and symbols, various... CONTINUE READING

What’s the Best Way to Build an Online Graphic Design Portfolio? (Poll Article)

By: Christine Medley on Jul 16th 2012
What’s the Best Way to Build an Online Graphic Design Portfolio? (Poll Article)

Needing a professional well-designed online portfolio is a must for graphic designers—which, of course is not news to anyone in the field—but what is the best way to make one? That’s where the confusion begins. There are so many ways to build and host a site, that with new software, updates and portfolio sites seemingly appearing every day, it makes it very confusing on which is the best one to use. What’s out there? An overwhelming amount of choices,... CONTINUE READING

Interview with Denise Bosler Author of Mastering Type

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Jul 14th 2012
Interview with Denise Bosler Author of Mastering Type

Denise Bosler is a professor of communication design at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She is an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator specializing in strategic branding, identity, custom typography and packaging. GraphicDesign.com had the pleasure of asking Denise some questions about her new book “Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design“. For eight years now Denise has been teaching typography and graphic design classes at Kutztown University and it seems that by generating her own... CONTINUE READING

Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 18th 2012
Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

As a graphic designer, you probably went to a graphic design school and learnt all the necessary skills: typography, color management, Photoshop, Illustrator, drawing, and much more… Once you started working, it’s highly probable that your employer or one of your clients asked you if you could design websites. You probably said yes, since you can create Photoshop mockups for a website, but is that enough for a graphic designer nowadays, or should you learn how to code to... CONTINUE READING

Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 12th 2012
Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

Last week Book Expo America 2012 took place at Javits Center in New York City. According to a press release, this year the show boasted over 1,300 exhibitors, including 200 new companies, an 18% growth in new exhibitors from 2011. It may surprise some to learn that despite advertising’s higher profile, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2011 show publishing ahead as an industry employer of graphic design, employing designers for content such as books, magazines and... CONTINUE READING

The New Creative Cloud Membership: Is it Really Worth it? (Poll Question)

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 5th 2012
The New Creative Cloud Membership: Is it Really Worth it? (Poll Question)

Adobe is one of the leading companies among design and animation software and tools, and it is rare to find a designer who does not rely on one or more of the Adobe tools in their workflow. After releasing the Adobe Creative Suite, the company started to build a solid integration between applications that help designers work fluently and smoothly with their different products and to transfer projects from one application to another much easier than before. Actually, there... CONTINUE READING

Photoshop 3D for Animators

By: Brandie Gautreaux on May 30th 2012
Photoshop 3D for Animators

Photoshop users no longer need to spend their time divided between Photoshop and third-party 3D software. Photoshop 3D for Animators, written by Rafiq Elmansy, closes the gap and explains the 3D tools provided in Photoshop software. His guided instructions help users create their own 3D content, add 3D content to Photoshop, edit content, transfer content to other sources, and create animation with your own Photoshop timeline. Elmansy starts out with the basics – explaining the importance of configuring your... CONTINUE READING

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