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Category Archives: Design Careers

How to turn your internship into a job.

Awesome! You’re lucky enough to be among the millions of eager designers who are furthering their graphic design education this summer with an internship. But don’t think of it as just a chance to get a little experience and maybe a couple of after-work happy hours. With the right moves, you could turn your internship [...]

School’s Out! So Now What?

Whether you just graduated or you’re just on summer break, it’s important to make the next few months count. Yes, we’ve heard the job market is terrible. But it doesn’t have to slow you down. Here are a few tips to help put your graphic design education to work, even if you’re not working:
1. Fine [...]

Keeping Your Cool as a Graphic Designer - Part II

In the last post, we started to look at managing the more difficult moments as a graphic designer.  Let’s continue this professional therapy and consider how to work with a difficult client.
The Client/Professional
Before you roll your eyes in recognition of this persona, trust us, you have probably had your moment.  This client comes into the [...]

Keeping Your Cool as a Graphic Designer: Part I

Sure, you get to do what you love as a graphic designer. Yes, you get to be creative for a living and exercise those artistic talents. But, this does not mean that you are free from sticky moments. Deadlines, last-minute changes, absurd requests, and demanding clients are all a part of the job for a [...]

Graphic Design Dream Team - Part II

The Best in the Biz
If learning about artistic whiz-kids hasn’t been a part of your graphic design education to date, let this be the start of a new chapter! In our last post, we met Milton Glaser and Neville Brody. Today, we’re going to get better acquainted with the calm, cool, and collected [...]

Graphic Design School - Part II

Graphic Design School - Part II
You are confident that some form of training can help you land a job in this competitive market. But, you have a job. You have a family. You have something that prevents you from enrolling in a full-time, traditional program.  Enter the online program!  We are lucky enough to live in [...]

Graphic Design School

Graphic Design Schools - Part I
Experience may be the best teacher in your graphic design career, but there is a lot to be said for formal training.  Given the countless programs available, choosing what’s best for you can be tricky.  Let’s break it down.

Top Graphic Design Schools
According to US News, the top schools for graphic [...]

Creating a Graphic Design Resume

Many graphic design colleges instruct their graduating students on the appropriate content, outline, and presentation for their portfolios as they prepare to enter the market.  This is great! This is important! But, it’s not all you need.  With equal attention to detail, recall your academic and work experiences and attack your professional resume.
Every Little Detail [...]

Starting a Graphic Design Business: Part II

You’re in the Money
In our last post we identified some of the advisors you need on your team as you start a graphic design business.  Lucky for you, the logistical fun doesn’t end there.  Armed with your graphic design education and ready to take on your first project, you first need a pricing structure. Design [...]

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Portfolio - Part II

Presentation and Eye Appeal
What would your reaction be if you were served a plate of food at a restaurant that had dust, lint, or smudges on the dish? Now let’s switch this scenario around and put this in the context of a job seeker presenting a portfolio that has dust, lint, and smudges on the [...]

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