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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 [...]

The Building Blocks of Great Composition

No graphic design education is complete without a thorough understanding of composition. It’s the basis for any design, whether you’re working in photography or film or comic book illustration. So how well versed are you in the building blocks of great composition? Take a look at these basic composition principles from the book The Designer’s [...]

3D Photoshop Object Projects and Tutorials - Part I

Practice Makes Perfect
After a while, it seems that plain old 2D Photoshop images are lacking when it comes to creativity for some of your graphic design projects. Maybe you have thought about doing more 3D work but didn’t know where to start. The following Photoshop tutorials can help you create some nice objects. All that [...]

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 [...]

Specialized Fonts for Graphic Designers - Part I

Innocent Beginnings
Graphic designers and web designers use a basic collection of fonts when first starting out on a project. But as time and experience soon dictate, it becomes evident that a basic collection of fonts can be limited in scope and use.
This need for additional fonts turns into a hunt for the “perfect” match for [...]

Graphic Design, Book Covers, and You - Part II

Reading a Book by Its Cover
The chance to produce art for a book cover is rare, but the essential thought processes and creative steps are very similar, if not identical, in the inventive process. In this series we actually try to read a book by its cover–to see if the design concept is successful or [...]

Freelancing 101: The Typical Life

Freelancing 101: The typical life.
Plus tips and advise from a professional.
By Elle Phillips
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, about twenty-five percent of all Graphic Designers (or Graphic Artists) do freelance work, full-time or part-time. Many more have aspirations of doing freelance because of the money, creativity, and the appeal of working from home. [...]

When Design Becomes Literal

As a graphic artist, you face the challenge of creating designs that are unique, and interesting. Some designers, as you will see, have taken the idea of design to a very literal form.
The following examples are fun to look at and admire, but also serve as inspiration to think “inside the box” by approaching design [...]

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