Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:07:53 +0000
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWhat the Font is a free iPhone application that identifies typefaces from photos. A companion to the MyFonts website with the same title, What the Font is an extremely intuitive and clever app that is a great tool for designers on the go.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZSometimes dentifying fonts can be tough. And sometimes impossible. Let's see if What the Font! can help figure which font you just fell in love with.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA list of graphic design printing process resources to help make your designs look there best in print. They include printing vendors, glossary terms, and articles.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZNavigation is a key component of a website, and here are five rules to follow to help design yours effectively.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZNavigation is a key element of any website. It’s how the user gets from section to section, and to your content. Aside from creating something unique, there are several options for navigation in site design that are quite common, and for a good reason… they help the user browse your site easily.
2017-03-13T12:07:53Zelements of graphic design shapes lines colors type fonts typography typefaces text art illustrations photography texture photos
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZJPG files, also known as JPEG files, are a common file format for digital photos and other digital graphics. When JPG files are saved, they use
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZGIF files are a format commonly used for graphics presented on websites. GIFs can contain a maximum of 256 colors, and are therefore best for images that contain simple shapes, a limited color palette, text and other elements as opposed to photos.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAttending design conferences is a great way to build your graphic design business. You will often attend lectures, seminars and collaborative events that give you first-hand expert advice. At the same time, just being at a design conference is an opportunity to network with others in your field and walk away with the potential for new projects and clients.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZMany graphic software programs, such as InDesign and Illustrator, have the option of exporting a design as a PDF, which allows you to create a PDF portfolio. This PDF portfolio can be a custom designed brochure-style piece showcasing your best work, which can be emailed to prospective clients or employers.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere are many file types used in graphic design. These file types include image file formats such as JPG files, GIF files and TIFF files and other common file types such as PDF files and PPT files.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZBasic typography terminology to help with the understanding how type is described and measured.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZChoosing a name for your graphic design business or for your clients is hard enough. This process is even more difficult for a business needing a website because it is tied to what domain names are available. Fortunately, there are online tools that can help select a name and find domain names that are available.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAs client lists and project sizes grow, turning to graphic design project management software is a great way to stay organized by using to-do lists, calendars, collaboration, automated billing and more.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZColor separation is the process by which original artwork is separated into individual color components for printing.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAn introduction to the basics of graphic design and its different applications.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere is a standard set of terms to describe the parts of a character. These terms, and the parts of the letter they represent, are often referred to as
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZBefore beginning the design phase of a job, it is helpful to create a graphic design project outline. It will provide you and your client with some structure when discussing and creating the pages and elements of a project.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZDigital printing refers to modern printing methods that use digital files, such as PDFs, instead of printing plates.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZLearn to use the clone stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop to retouch photos by copying one area of an image onto another area.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWhich kind of portfolio should you go with? Wait, there's more than one? Don't worry, we'll explain 'em all and help you decide which is best for you.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZUrbanFonts.com is a well-designed free font website with over 8,000 freeware fonts for download. UrbanFont’s attractive site makes browsing fonts easier than on some other free font sites.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe RGB model is so important to graphic design because it is used in computer monitors. Therefore, when designing websites and other on-screen projects, the RGB model is used because the final product is viewed on a computer display.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZChoosing a domain name for you or a client can be a long and tedious process. With so many names no longer available, creating a new one or finding the right one requires research, creativity and sometimes a significant investment. Regardless of whether you are looking for a brand new name or considering purchasing one, the same factors come into play to determine the value of the domain name to your business.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA website proposal contains many aspects different from other graphic design proposals, in that technical elements must be addressed along with creative ones. While print proposals do address items such as printing procedures, website proposals must specify web hosting, systems for maintaining content, programs or programming languages to be used and other technical specifications.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWhen working as a graphic designer, it is important to get organized. If your business is not organized, there is a good chance your design will ultimately suffer. Keeping track of design tasks, leads, client requests, finances, emails, and phone calls is all part of getting, and staying, organized.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe Apple iMac claims to be “the ultimate all-in-one,” and it truly is. While marketed as Apple’s consumer model, the Apple iMac certainly packs enough power to use for professional graphic design, with a lower cost than the Mac Pro. Tools such as iLife and Font Book, and Apple's great handling of colors and fonts, make the Apple iMac an excellent tool for graphic designers.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe software that is included with all new Apple computers can be very handy for managing tasks beyond your personal life. Here are some tips for using Mac applications in your design business.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere are many benefits to time tracking in your graphic design business. Keeping track of the hours you spend on projects, and specific tasks, can help you set your rates, improve your business, and even save time in future projects.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWorking in book design can mean several things. For some, it may be creating elaborate book covers and jacket designs from scratch. For others, it may mean hours of detailed-oriented layout work.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere are several different types of fonts that make up the majority of the fonts found today. The three main types are OpenType fonts, TrueType fonts and Postscript, or Type 1, fonts.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere are several tools that are essential to graphic design. See how a computer and software, design books, a sketchpad and even other designers can be essential to your design process and business.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA TIFF file, or TIF file, stands for Tagged Image File Format. TIF files are a common format for images, especially those used on graphic design.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere are many ways to improve your graphic design business. Some of the most obvious ways include building your portfolio and improving your skill set through practice or courses. However, there are additional improvements you can make to your business that don't involve design work. These include anything from how you dress to how you write.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe CMYK color model is used in printing. Although computer monitors display color in RGB, final printed pieces will be in CMYK, and so it is important to understand this model and the printing process.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere are many websites that offer online printing for your design projects such as business cards, calendars, stickers, postcards and posters. These online printers offer a multitude of products to choose from with different paper options, processing speeds and delivery options. Depending on what you are printing you can often decide to order recycled paper and choose a matte or glossy finish, along with many other options. Some of the websites will provide you with a free proof to review before placing your order.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZTexture can refer to the actual surface of a design or to the visual appearance of a design. In the first case, the audience can actually feel the texture, making it unique from the other elements of design. In the second case, texture is implied through the style of design. Rich, layered graphics can create visual texture that mirrors actual texture.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZLike many graphic design fields, working in advertising takes you far beyond creating designs and page layouts. While a specific job may be to create a print ad for a campaign, this field requires an understanding of marketing, public relations and consumers.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWhen starting a new design project, there are steps of the graphic design process to follow that will help you to achieve the best results. You can save yourself time and energy by first researching the topic, finalizing your content, starting with simple sketches, and getting several rounds of approval on designs.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAn overview of the differences between designing for print and for the web, with a a focus on audience, layout, color, technology and careers.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA TrueType font is a single file that contains both the screen and printer versions of a typeface. TrueType fonts make up the majority of the fonts that have come automatically installed on Windows and Mac operating systems for years.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA timeline noting key moments in graphic design history from 15,000 BC to 1900, including the first visual communication, the invention of movable type, the opening of the first type foundry, and the development of the first Caslon Old Style font.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZGetting your credit line on your work is a great way to spread word-of-mouth on your business. It is satisfying, and lucrative, when someone sees your work and contacts you for a project.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZPsPrint.com is an online print shop that offers a long list of products at affordable prices, along with several paper options, same day service, and a large collection of design templates.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAt the start of a project, it is important to know what to ask graphic design clients to gather as much information as possible. This will often occur before you have landed a job, as it is necessary to have this meeting to help determine the cost and timeframe of the project.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA list of tools, resources and articles to help with graphic design pricing, setting graphic design rates, time tracking and other aspects of the financial side of design.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZMembers of the Behance Network can create online portfolios to showcase their work and attract new clients. Behance is a members-only website, but anyone can request an invitation by filling out an online form with just an email address and description of work.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZDomain names or website addresses, such as google.com or facebook.com, are available for purchase from many website services or registrars. While of course the names mentioned above are far from available, there are countless website addresses that can be purchased, often whether they are already owned or not.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWhether you are a freelancer or you own your own design firm, it is crucial to have business cards for your graphic design business. A well-designed card with the right content will help you look professional, show off your work, and land new clients.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZOmniGraffle, now in version 5, is Mac software that simplifies the creation of wireframes, flowcharts and other diagrams by providing shape, line, arrow, text and graphics tools to use on a blank canvas. Many stencil sets, which are collections of graphics with a particular theme, are available that make the software even more powerful.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZI have been fortunate enough to interview a number of members of the graphic design community. The interviews brought insight on the design processes, self promotion, budgets and maintaining control over your design.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZBuilding a library of graphic design books can be very helpful to a designer. Some will be showcase books to look through for inspiration, while others teach design theory or provide tips on running a graphic design business.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAs a graphic designer, you may often be asked to deliver web-ready images, such as photos for a web site or banner ads. The Photoshop “Save for Web” tool is a simple and easy way to prepare your JPEG files for the web, helping with the trade-off between file size and image quality.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe tools available on the Photoshop toolbar and menus are the basis for working in the software. Learning tools such as the crop, clone stamp and marquee, and the use of tool presets, will help facilitate design and improve workflow.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAt any stage of a business in graphic design, word-of-mouth is one of the most effective ways to land more jobs.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe Photoshop marquee tool, a relatively simple feature, is essential for several tasks. At the most basic level, the tool is used to select areas of an image, which can then be copied, cut or cropped. There are four options within the tool to select different types of areas: rectangular, elliptical, a single row or a single column.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZCarbonmade is a website that allows you to build an online design portfolio. Carbonmade has a plan for a free online design portfolio, and a portfolio search that can help potential clients find your work.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZGraphic design pricing and budgets can be difficult to determine, especially when you are getting started. Fastspot's Tracey Halvorsen talks about factors that can affect graphic design pricing, such as the importance of a project to your portfolio and referrals that can come out of the work.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAdobe Photoshop has long been considered essential software for graphic design. Photoshop’s primary functions include photo editing, website design, project layout, and the creation of elements for any type of project.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZBefore you even begin to create a first version of a design in graphics software, it is important to harness your creativity to come up with concepts and ideas for a project. Unless the winning idea simply pops into your head (it has been known to happen), it is often difficult to sit down and start designing without a brainstorming session.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWe take TeuxDeux for a spin to see if it meets basic to-do list needs. OK, OK, we like it. Find out its hits and misses to see if it's right for you.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe Illustrator selection tool is for selecting objects in your layouts, such as shapes and blocks of type. Once selected, you can use the tool to move, transform, or apply any number of filters or effects to the selected objects.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA common decision to be made when starting a graphic design project is whether to charge a flat or an hourly rate. Each method has pros and cons, as well as ways to work towards a fair deal for both you and your client.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWebsite wireframes are simple line drawings that show the placement of elements on a web page. Learn the focus, benefits and elements of a properly constructed website wireframe.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA postScript font, or a type 1 font, has two parts, one for displaying the font on screen and the other for printing. PostScript fonts were developed by Adobe and for a long time considered the professional's choice for printing.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWork-for-hire refers to the situations in which a creator of a work does not retain the rights to that work. By default, and artist or designer owns the copyright to his or her work. Work-for-hire includes two exceptions to that rule.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe grid system in graphic design is a way of organizing content on a page, using any combination of margins, guides, rows and columns. By using the grid system, a consistent design can be achieved through all the pages of a project.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZShapes are at the root of graphic design. They are figures and forms that make up logos, illustrations and countless other elements in all types of designs. Altering the size, form, angles, colors and other characteristics of the shapes in a design can significantly impact its message and success.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZGraphic design blogs can be excellent resources for design information, inspiration and tutorials. Many design blogs are written by industry leaders and offer an inside look into what they are interested in and inspired by. This list highlights some of the most popular design blogs.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA retainer is a fee paid for a pre-determined amount of time or work. Most commonly, a percentage of a retainer is paid up-front for a specified number of hours or days of work within a time period.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZLinkedIn is a business networking website that allows professionals to connect and help each other. Unlike many other networking tools that were originally geared towards socializing, LinkedIn is specifically for business networking and therefore an obvious choice as a tool to market yourself as a graphic designer.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA step by step guide to designing a website, from research and brainstorming to creating wireframes, developing the website and promoting it.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZSuccessful website layouts depend on many variables including consistent navigation, proper balance, use of space, and clear delivery of content. See examples of successful layouts in a variety of industries.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZPaul Rand was one of the most famous and influential graphic designers in history. He is best known for his logo design and corporate branding, creating timeless icons such as the IBM and ABC television logos.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZIllustration, while often closely related to graphic design, is for many a separate profession. Most commonly, illustrators work in software such Adobe Illustrator or Corel Painter, and often incorporate hand-drawn elements into their work.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZTo create a brand for a company is to create their image, and to promote that image with campaigns and visuals. Working in branding allows a graphic designer or design firm to get involved with many aspects of the industry, from logo design to advertising to copywriting and slogans.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZPhotography is a great source of graphic design inspiration. There are many online resources that give you access to vast photo collections, from photography portfolios to stock photography websites.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZOne of the most common ongoing debates in the computer world is whether to get a Mac or a PC. Macs, produced by Apple, have often been used in the design world, with the PC (running the Windows operating system) dominating most of the business world. When looking at the two for graphic design work, the focus is on the handling of graphics, color, and type, the availability of software, and overall ease of use.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe Dieline is a website all about package design, with a blog of beautiful packaging and a directory of package designers.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZJoining a graphic design organization can open up a new outlet for networking to increase your client-base, contact list and list of potential collaborators. Being a member of a design organization can also give you access to events, research options and competitions. This list covers some professional organizations in the design industry.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA timeline noting key moments in graphic design history from 1900-1990, including the opening of the Bauhaus school, the designing of the IBM and MTV logos, and the release of the first Macintosh computer and Adobe Photoshop.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZSetting a graphic design hourly rate is important because it will position you in relation to your competitors, determine what your flat rates are for projects, and of course directly affect what you earn.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThere are many ways to promote a graphic design business, including blogging, word-of-mouth, email newsletters and social networking. Many of these methods are inexpensive or free, and can lead to increased exposure for your business and new clients.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZDesignModo is a website filled with graphic design inspiration and ideas. With topics ranging from freebies to coding to inspiration, DesignModo has quickly built up a large archive of design articles in a relatively short period of time.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe web is full of portfolios for graphic designers, web designers, photographers, artists, illustrators and other creative professionals. When building a new online portfolio, there are many factors to consider and decisions to make to set yourself apart and properly showcase your work. You must determine your goals, create an outline, categorize and select your work for presentation, write your content, and design and launch the website.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZEarning a design degree can go a long way in helping to enrich and advance your career in the graphic design industry. There are many schools around the world that offer excellent programs in the various fields of graphic design including industrial design, visual communication, automotive design, health-care design and product design. This list of schools highlights some of the best outside of the United States, according to Bloomberg Businessweek and psdtutsplus.com.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZAs a graphic design business grows, using time tracking software can help you keep organized, properly bill your clients, set your rates and study your workflow. There are many stand-alone time tracking applications, as well as options that are part of larger project management packages.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZYou don't need to be a fine artist to be a graphic designer. While it could help your career and your creative side, it is not necessary to be a sketch artist, painter or other type of artist in the traditional sense. Graphic design is about taking elements such as type, photos, illustrations, and color and combining them to create effective messages.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZWhen preparing a document to send to a printer, there are several specifications and elements to include in your layout. These specs help to insure that the printer will provide your final project as intended.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe different options available within a typeface, such as roman, bold and italic, make up a type family.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZFacebook is enormously popular, most often thought of as a social tool for friends and family to share photos, thoughts and anything else that the huge Facebook network allows. It is also, however, a powerful business tool. With so many people on one website, it was inevitable that businesses jumped in with profiles, or pages, of their own and by taking advantage of other business opportunities.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZSaul Bass was a Bronx- born graphic designer who took his New York style to California and became famous for his work in film and classic logo design. He studied in New York at the Art Students’ League as a teenager and developed a unique style that is both recognizable and memorable.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZIt is often difficult to find out your client’s budget. While some may reveal it, others will want to get a quote from you first. However, with some explanation regarding the benefits of a disclosed budget, some clients will talk money with you early in the process and this will often save you time and improve your relationship with the people you design for.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZCommunication Arts magazine is a great source of inspiration, with profiles and features on top designers and work. While there is not a focus on design methods, it’s a well-designed magazine that keeps up with the latest trends.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZA common dilemma that graphic designers face is whether or not to take on projects for friends and family, and what to charge them.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZIllustrations are used throughout graphic design in art and design books, magazines, advertisements,
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZKuler by Adobe is a great tool for creating color palettes and viewing color palettes created by others. Accessed through a browser, Kuler allows you to easily edit color palettes and save them for use in Adobe applications such as Photoshop or Illustrator.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe HSV color space is important to look at because it describes color based on three properties: Hue, Saturation and Value. As you edit these values, the full spectrum of colors can be created.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZThe Photoshop crop tool serves two main purposes. The first is to crop, which means to cut out an area of an image by selecting the area that you wish to keep. It is also handy for quickly resizing images. These functions can also be used at the same time to crop and resize a photo (or any type of image) at once.
2017-03-13T12:07:53ZShelby White is a designer focused on web and print design and website development. Starting with very little programming knowledge, Shelby created Designspiration.net, a new way to save and share your design inspiration.