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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 [...]

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 [...]

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

The Basics
At long last you’ve landed a job interview at a design firm. You’re excited, nervous, and worried all at the same time. You realize that part of the interview process hinges on presenting a strong portfolio. But where do you begin?
You’ve got lots of examples from projects while going to your graphic design college [...]

What Employers Are Looking for in Graphic Designers - Part II

It’s More than Just Talent
When you are going after a graphic designer position, your prospective employer is not only seeking qualified talent but “soft” skills and abilities.
The “hard” skills as described in our last article, What Employers Are Looking for in Graphic Designers - Part I, gave a list of the skill sets that graphic [...]

What Employers Are Looking For In Graphic Designers - Part I

What You Need To Qualify
To land a job as a graphic designer you need the skill sets and talent necessary to fill the job requirements.
There are two types of skill set categories employers are looking for when hiring a graphic designer. In the following three part series we’ll delve into what these qualities are and [...]

Graphic Design, Book Covers, and You - Part I

Inspiration from the Covers of Books
In the next few posts, we’ll look at some book covers and learn a few things about design. We’ll find that design sometimes has to follow form. And in these examples, they follow the form of the content.
The creative processes used to design a book cover are relatively the same [...]

Logos: What Makes a Good Design? - Part I

Logo Design Isn’t Always Easy
Designing a logo can sometimes be mystifying, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. At times a logo design just works, even though it may seem rather unremarkable. Other designs should work but they don’t.
When Things Go Terribly Wrong
The examples in this article demonstrate what can happen when attention to [...]

Great Ideas for Package Designs - Part I

See, Learn, and Get Inspired
Designing a package can be quite challenging when trying to think of unique ways to present a product. The following examples show how graphic designers think outside the packaging box by using creative techniques that are novel in approach, and also quite functional by design.
Otokoyama Sake

A simple design can be more [...]

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