Best Graphic Design Career and Business Books - Ultimate List of Books for Freelancers & New Designers - I decided to compile a list of the best graphic design career and business books collected from reading people's favorites listed on forum posts and blogs. I came up with the following graphic design career and business books.
A Basic Overview of Design Principles - Applying basic design principles to your package will avoid design disasters and enable you to create an elegant and communicative piece of work
Defining the Principles of Design Through Metaphor or Allegory - Generally, all the principles of design apply to any piece you may create. How you apply those principles determines how effective your design is in conveying the desired message and how attractive it appears. There is seldom only one correct way to apply each principle.
What is Graphic Design - Design Principles Review
Digital Dreamer: What is Graphic Design? - Graphic design basically is visual problem solving using text and/or graphical elements. Your aim is to create something that is pleasing to the eye, and gets the attention of the viewer. But things can't just look cool. They have to work as well.
What is Graphic Design - A YouTube Video - A great video explaining the basics of graphic design.
What is Graphic Design? - Graphic Designers create books, websites, magazines, film titles, catalogs, typefaces, signage systems, television graphics, posters and postcards. From complex identity programs to single logos, graphic designers give a face and a “visual voice” to retail and cultural enterprises, to entertainment, manufacturing and service industries, governmental and political interests. Simply put, graphic designers give meaningful visual form to content in all media: from print to screen; business cards to billboards; computer interfaces to movie screens.
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition - Find out more about becoming a graphic designer, including such points as what the nature of the Work is, what sort of Training and advancement there is, employment issues, the future job outlook, projections data, earnings, OES data, related occupations, and more.
Graphic Design Basics - An entire design based on the basics of graphic design
Design Basics for Desktop Publishing - The elements
and principles of graphic design
Get a better understanding of the basics of graphic design by studying the elements and principles of graphic design that govern effective design and page layout.
Graphic Design Basics - This series of hueristics will provide learners with the building blocks of graphic design. In our fast paced world where sound bytes tell stories and information doubles every 18 months, effective communication is critical.
Graphic Design Information - What You Want to Know
Graphic Design Principles and Rules - Your graphic design strategy needs principles and rules...
Graphic Design Principles Index - A free course. Short, illustrated guides exemplifying principles of good graphic design, with tips on balancing the weight of graphic elements, bright or saturated colors, choosing appropriate typefaces, color balance, creating a rhythm, individual color idiosyncrasies, maintaining visual consistency , organizing elements, organizing intervals , perceptual disabilities, positive and negative space, readability, shape and density of type, the idiosyncrasies of color contrast, the social and gender connotations of colors, using typefaces and color consistently, using color to create memorable moods, using graphics to supplement non-visual information , using icons for recognizable concepts and more
Graphic Design Principles - a concise, text-based guide to well-accepted graphic design principles, covering alignment, contrast, visual consistency, proximity, text & fonts, colour & atmosphere and more
Graphic Design Theory - Here is a short introduction to graphic design theory
What is Design? - A nice article on what design is.
What is Graphic Design - Graphic design is the process and art of combining text and graphics and communicating an effective message in the design of logos, graphics, brochures, newsletters, posters, signs, and any other type of visual communication.
Become a Graphic Designer - Design Careers & Design Education Advice from Professional Designer - Elle Phillips wrote this article full of advice to individuals who are looking to become a Graphic Designer. This article is an informative article to help many other people who also wish to become a Graphic Designer.
How to Become a Graphic Designer: A Designer’s Point of View - One of the graphic designers who visits All Graphic Design decided to write an article about becoming a Graphic Designer.
The Importance of a Graphic Designer - Illustrators and graphic designers are practical artists who put their talents at the service of commercial clients.
How to Become a Graphic Designer - You may be one of the many individuals who look at a logo, an advertisement, or perhaps a website and wonder how it may have been created. Behind all of those magazine ads and brochures lies a graphic designer.
How to Transition from Graphic Designer to Web Designer - So what’s the best way of making the transition from graphic to web designer?
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
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 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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