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 [...]

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. [...]

Photoshop Backgrounds for Graphic and Web Designers - Part I

Background Check
Have you even wanted to create your own unique Photoshop backgrounds for a specific project or web design layout that needed some extra shine? In the following tutorials, you’ll learn how to do this. The instructions take you step-by-step and can be used as the basis for creating new backgrounds to suit your needs.
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Windows [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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