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 and Effective Messaging - Part II

Graphic Design Is Messaging
Although the artistic merits of good graphic design is at the forefront of what a graphic artist does the real backbone behind the design is the effectiveness of the message you are trying to communicate to the viewer.
In our last article we quoted Marshal McLuhan saying, “The medium is the message” or [...]

Graphic Design and Effective Messaging - Part I

The Medium Is the Message
Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “The medium is the message.” McLuhan was considered one of the cutting edge media theorists of his day and realized that the “container” of the message or the medium influenced how the final message was perceived.
As graphic artists it is important to understand and use this [...]

Specialized Dingbats for Graphic Designers - Part II

Dingbats Continued…
We continue this series with some more dingbats that you can use in your next flyer, ad or graphic arts project. These dingbats are all scalable and will come in handy when you need a quick graphic or design motif for just the right look.
We’d like to thank the folks over at dafont.com again [...]

Specialized Fonts for Graphic Designers - Part II

The Fonts Go On
Last time we presented some really nice fonts for specific uses and applications.
In part two of Specialized Fonts for Graphic Designers, we are continuing this series by displaying some very creative font designs that are functional as well as unique.
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Underwood Typewriter

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Sooner or later you’ll need to use a typewriter font. There are [...]

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 [...]

Photoshop Backgrounds for Graphic and Web Designers - Part III

The Rest of Them
This series concludes with several colorful Photoshop backgrounds that can be used for the times when you need something colorful and eye-catching for a backdrop. And as it was with the previous examples, you can modify these patterns to suit your own specific needs.
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Light Rays
If you need a dramatic and striking background [...]

Photoshop Backgrounds for Graphic and Web Designers - Part II

Abstract Photoshop Backgrounds
In the following tutorials, you’ll learn how to make Photoshop backgrounds that are more abstract and artsy. Since these themes are open-ended in nature, they can be used for many types of graphic design projects and web design layouts. You can scale these backgrounds to be used as buttons, backdrops, or poster elements. [...]

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