2017-01-16T11:04:38ZWhich 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZA 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZWhat 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZA 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZAs 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZAt 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZWhether 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZDafont is a free font website, offering downloadable freeware, shareware, demo and public domain typefaces for windows and mac.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZSometimes 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZBasic typography terminology to help with the understanding how type is described and measured.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZBefore 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZMany 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZNavigation is a key component of a website, and here are five rules to follow to help design yours effectively.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZNavigation 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZSpec work (short for speculative) is any job for which the client expects to see examples or a finished product before agreeing to pay a fee.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZA step by step guide to designing a website, from research and brainstorming to creating wireframes, developing the website and promoting it.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZLike 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZThe 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZSuccessful 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZJPG 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
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZA 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZIt is often the case that designers are competing for projects, and the client is selecting who to work with based on experience, rates and many other factors. At the same time, however, designers should be deciding if the client is a good fit for them.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZAdobe 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZAn overview of the differences between designing for print and for the web, with a a focus on audience, layout, color, technology and careers.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZWhen 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.
2017-01-16T11:04:38ZDigital printing refers to modern printing methods that use digital files, such as PDFs, instead of printing plates.