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Category Archives: Graphic Design

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Can Graphic Design Schools Teach You to Be Creative?

Do you ever worry that you aren’t creative enough to succeed as a graphic designer? It’s a thought that crosses nearly every artist’s mind at some point. Fortunately, you can improve and build your creative skills by increasing your knowledge.

For decades, scientists and psychologists have theorized that several distinct levels of creativity exist. While [...]

Tackling Great Typography

With thousands of fonts and the ease of digital technology, you’d think that every art director, graphic designer, and amateur out there would be able to achieve typographic perfection. But typography has been a specialized art since the printing press was invented, and it takes skill to really get it right–whether you’re a pro or just [...]

Designing a Logo: Part I

The outfit you decide to wear on your first day of graphic design school tells your classmates a lot about you.  It’s the first thing they see.  It represents you.
In the same sense, a logo tells a prospective client about a company, and it may be the only thing this client sees when flipping through [...]

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 [...]

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 Dream Team - Part I

The Best in the Biz

If you love basketball, you might idolize LeBron James. If you are an avid golfer, you probably try to emulate Tiger’s swing. Even these days, the guy’s got a great swing.  But, if your passion is graphic design, you can’t tune into the graphic design competition on the graphic design channel, [...]

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