MOCKUPS/DUMMY LAYOUTS - A Mock Up Layout is a preliminary layout showing the design, position of illustrations and text prior to the final reproduction. A “Mock-Up” is a representative sample of the final printed piece. Other ways of saying Mockups are dummy layouts, and comps (comprehensive artwork).
The Free Mockup – Should You Give Them to Customers - In the newspaper biz, we call this an Ad Proof. We supply proofs to customers for a variety of reasons...but should we?
Should You Do Graphic Design Work on Spec? - It starts off simple enough. A prospective client calls and says, “Show us a few mock up ideas and we’ll pick which one we like.” Unfortunately that is exactly how speculative work or “spec” work originates, which is immensely frowned upon in the graphic design industry.
120 Innovative Self Promotional Ideas for Graphic Designers & Freelancers - The biggest list of marketing ideas for designers ever.
How to Make Car Advertisement Mock-ups - An example of how to create a mock up for a car advertisement layout.
Create Page Mock-ups to Determine Your Site's Look and Feel - Now you'll begin creating the site mock-ups in FreeHand 10
Creating Page Mock-Ups in Macromedia Firworks - This tutorial will guide you through the basic tasks of creating a mock-up of a web page with Macromedia Fireworks 8. Page mock-ups are typically used to show proposed page designs to colleagues and clients. Once a design is approved, the mock-up is used by web designers as a blueprint to create the page.
Dummying Tips - Beginning designers often have problems figuring out how to account for everything on a dummy and how to ensure that the resulting page looks like they envisioned. The following tips are designed to help designers dummy pages correctly.
Web Design Mock-up Using Adobe Photoshop - Don’t read this article as a tutorial from idea to final product, but start by reading these two articles, and you will find out that the mockuping is only a phase in the designing process.
Live By the Mockup, Die By the Mockup - Regardless of what you call it, the mockup can either sell your design or plummet you into a cyclical tunnel of churn. That’s why, like it or not, interface designers often live and die by the mockup.
How to Create Vector Application Mockups Using Visio & Illustrator - Visio 2003 is a great tool for creating mockups of Windows XP user interfaces. It features a complete stencil that includes many common windows control that were re-drawn as Visio vector shapes.
Dummies for Smarties - This article is an attempt to fill in the gaps. There are almost as many ways to make dummies as there are people who make them, but I have asked a number of author/artists, editors and agents what they prefer to see. Most of the advice in this article is meant for unpublished writer/illustrators.
Sketch This! Do Thumbnail Sketches - Explore Layout Options Quickly with Rough Thumbnail Sketches
What's the Difference Between a Dummy and a Comp? - A dummy and a comp (short for comprehensive artwork or composite design) are both mock-ups of work done by graphic designers.
Dummy Pages in Newspapers - has become something of a lost art since the advent of desktop publishing. Prudent editors still dummy any freestanding page, that is, one that does not have an established page structure.
How Do You Mark Design Proofs That You Send to Clients? - Marking any proofs with a stamp or watermark is a standard business practice that serves two purposes. It readily identifies the work as being not a final copy, in need of proofing or approval, and prevents intentional or accidental use of the material as final or camera-ready art.
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Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
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