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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 [...]

Understanding Copyright Basics: Part 2

OK, so you’ve got the basics on protecting your own work. Next up in your copyright and graphic design education–how to make sure you’re not stepping on the law’s toes when you use work from another artist.
Well, under fair use laws, there are ways you can legally and fairly use someone’s graphic design work. Using [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Keeping Your Cool as a Graphic Designer: Part I

Sure, you get to do what you love as a graphic designer. Yes, you get to be creative for a living and exercise those artistic talents. But, this does not mean that you are free from sticky moments. Deadlines, last-minute changes, absurd requests, and demanding clients are all a part of the job for a [...]

3D Photoshop Object Projects and Tutorials - Part II

More 3D for Fun and FunctionIn our last article we presented some nifty examples of what you can do with Photoshop in creating your own 3D objects. There are literally thousands of PS objects that you can download from the Internet, but the process of making your own Photoshop 3D items is not only fun [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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