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Big Industries vs. High Paying Industries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the top five industries with the highest concentration of graphic designers as well as the five industries that pay graphic designers the most. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no overlap between the two lists. Should you pay attention to one more than the other?
First, the industries with the highest level [...]

Adobe Illustrator versus CorelDraw

Several people have posted comments on this site asking about the differences between Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw, wondering which one is better. Now you can have your answer… or, rather, answers.
Neither one emerges as the absolute winner, since it truly does depend on your needs and the types of features you like. And people loyal to [...]

Design Career Profile: Environmental Graphic Design

Do you have the skills necessary to combine graphic, interior, architectural, industrial, and landscape design? Do you enjoy shaping the overall concept or feel of a place? Then you may enjoy a career in environmental graphic design.
What Is Environmental Graphic Design?
In this career, you could find yourself working in such diverse areas as creating the [...]

Choose Your Graphic Design Courses Wisely

“Graphic design” encompasses a wide range of jobs, each one demanding certain specific skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers with experience in animation and web design should have the best job opportunities. So how do you prepare for those careers?
Multimedia artists and animators need the ability to draw by hand and [...]

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 [...]

Do You Need to Know How to Draw or Sketch to be a Graphic Designer?

The short answer is no, you don’t. But in truth this question requires a more complicated response. Plenty of graphic designers have gotten jobs without knowing how to draw at all. Nevertheless, learning how to draw or sketch can be invaluable for three big reasons.

You have to be able to explain visual concepts and ideas [...]

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 [...]

Understanding Copyright Basics: Part 1

A crucial part of any graphic design education is understanding copyright law. Yes, it sounds boring, but you’re an artist–and knowing how that little “c” mark works can help you protect your original stuff and protect yourself from an infringement lawsuit.
What is a copyright, anyway?
A copyright protects “original works of authorship,” meaning any literary, dramatic, [...]

Designing a Logo - Part II

Whether you attended traditional graphic design school or an online degree program, logo design was most definitely covered. Still, it’s different when you get into the real world and have to design a logo that will sell the client’s company.
In the last post we discussed how to get started. Now that you have formulated your [...]

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