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Category Archives: Design Education

Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I

It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]

Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship

Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]

Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II

If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]

Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part I

Doing pro bono (”for the public good”) work has a variety of advantages, including the chance to do something good for someone else, network in your community (or in the online business and design community), possibly get a tax break, and build up your portfolio. Today, we’re taking a look at smart ways to do [...]

4 Online Magazines and Journals for the Graphic Designer

As a graphic designer, where do you go for inspiration, connections, business news, copyright and legal information, best practices, and technological advances? There are professional magazines and journals out there that cover a variety of news, research, issues, and developments related to various topics, including graphic design. So if you’re interested in design magazines that [...]

Career Growth through Professional Mentorship

Have you ever thought about getting a professional mentor? If not, you should. There are a variety of advantages to having a graphic design mentor if you’re wanting help with career guidance, and finding a mentor can be a way for you to continue your graphic design education even when formal classes are over.

Advantages of [...]

Business Classes for Freelance Designers

Going into business for yourself can be intimidating. Now, in addition to finding clients and completing design jobs, you’re also your own boss, accountant, janitor, art director, and IT specialist. But luckily, there are ways to prepare yourself for a freelance graphic design career, including business classes at graphic design school. In fact, the Bureau [...]

Eye-Catching: Making Pictures Stand Out in Print

How do you choose the right photo for a newspaper story, magazine article, or advertisement? It can be difficult to balance headlines, photos, and texts, so today we’re focusing on selecting the right images for storytelling. How do you make a photo really stand out on a page? Here are some tips to help you.
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Psychology and Graphic Design

The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that graphic designers get a broad liberal arts education, and specifically mentions courses in psychology. However, if you’re tired of taking classes, it might be difficult to motivate yourself to take one more. After all, you’ve already learned abut how color and shapes affect graphic design. So what could [...]

Specific Fonts: A Short History Lesson

Knowing the history behind various typefaces and why they were originally used can be a graphic design education in and of itself. If you know why and how typefaces were originally used, choosing your fonts could become not just about current aesthetic sensibilities and preferences, but also about referencing the technological and typography past. So [...]

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