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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Choose Your Graphic Design Courses Wisely

“Graphic design” encompasses a wide range of jobs, each one demanding certain specific skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers with experience in animation and web design should have the best job opportunities. So how do you prepare for those careers?
Multimedia artists and animators need the ability to draw by hand and [...]

10 Criteria to Help You Choose a Graphic Design School, Part 2

Here are the final 5 of 10 criteria that can help you choose a graphic design school:
6. Faculty Credentials: Review a list of the faculty at the graphic design school you’re considering. Where were they educated? What is their professional experience? Do they focus solely on teaching now or continue to work in either [...]

10 Criteria to Help You Choose a Graphic Design School, Part 1

Here are the first 5 of 10 criteria that can help you choose a graphic design school:
1. Curriculum: Review the entire program at any graphic design school you’re considering. Read through the descriptions of every course. Can you find courses that match your interests and career intentions?
2. Electives: Do you want to go beyond your [...]

Lessons to Learn from Gap’s Rebranding Disaster

Creating logos can form a large part of some graphic design careers. If that logo is for an entire company, then you have a huge responsibility on your shoulders. Here are three important things Gap’s recent failure at rebranding their own logo should teach you not to do:
1. Don’t underestimate the public’s awareness of design
As [...]

How the Past Influences the Present

The history of graphic design can serve as an excellent source of inspiration, especially if you study how art and technological developments influenced certain designers. While the entire history of graphic design is way too long for this blog, here are some interesting details to note.
 
Advertising existed in ancient times. Egyptians wrote sales messages [...]

You Finished Graphic Design School… Now What?

“Graphic designer” encompasses an array of careers from animation to web design, but some newer job titles have risen to the top in recent years.

Brand Identity Designer
How do companies want to appear in the public’s eye? What image does their logo, advertising, and website project? The brand identity designer oversees all these aspects of the [...]

What Graphic Design Degree is Right for You?

Most employers want to see a graphic design school listed on your resume because it guarantees you have learned certain skills. Yet a graphic design education can culminate in a certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Which one should you get?
Certificate: Some graphic design schools may not allow you to begin a bachelor’s degree program [...]

Sources of Graphic Design Inspiration

Graphic design schools can teach you all the top techniques to create brilliant designs, but if you don’t feel inspired where do you begin? Fortunately, the Internet can prove an excellent source of inspiration for both website and print designs. Here are some of the best sites you should check out:

Raster: An Internet website dedicated [...]

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