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    How to Lose Design Competitions and Alienate Judges

    How to Lose Design Competitions and Alienate Judges
    Landing your work in a design annual or winners’ gallery isn’t going to catapult you to instant fame and fortune. But even an honorable mention award can help you slowly raise your profile in the design industry. It’s another accomplishment for your resume, and if you’re lucky, your award-winning project just might catch the attention of your next boss. I’ve been ...
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    Press Release Marketing Tips for Artists

    Press Release Marketing Tips for Artists
    Today, press release marketing presents the artist with another low cost opportunity to promote their artwork. If done properly, press release marketing will bring traffic to the artist’s website, help in building and maintaining an artist’s brand and will eventually create incoming links to the artist’s website, thus, enhancing it’s SEO and gaining a higher page rank too.[widget:inarticlebulleted_art_marketing] There are myriad ...
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    How to Be a Successful Interior Designer

    How to Be a Successful Interior Designer
    The definition of success is certainly subjective. In terms of what makes a career successful one could measure success as it relates to salary, benefits and professional advancement. Interior designers strive to create intentional, fresh and personalized spaces for their clients. It’s a business of helping others. Designers are hired for their expertise in a variety of categories, not for their ...
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    Can "Giving Up" Benefit Your Art Career?

    Can "Giving Up" Benefit Your Art Career?
    I am sometimes asked, "What was your biggest lesson learned when you were just getting started licensing your art?" The lesson I am inspired to share isn't about my business, but more of a life lesson that serves me in all areas. I believe it can serve other artists equally as well. "Never give up for more than half a day." ...
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    Graphic Design Industry Role Descriptions

    Graphic Design Industry Role Descriptions
    If you’re a recent college graduate or if you’re just now entering the workforce, you’ve probably looked at and applied for dozens of design jobs. You’re probably aware of most of the popular job titles in the design industry including everything from junior art director, senior art director, art director and beyond; but after reviewing all the descriptions for each, you ...
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    10 Secrets Every New Artist Should Know

    [widget:inarticlebuttonquiz_successful_designer]Being a professional artist is as much about tenacity as it is about talent. Just because you have the creative ability to mold perception and shape moods using color, light, and sound, doesn’t mean you have what it takes to make it as an artist. In fact, being creative and being talented is rarely very lucrative. It takes a lot ...
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    How Art Mentors Can Create Career Success

    How Art Mentors Can Create Career Success
    Thinking back on my art career, when I found my Mentor, I believe that my development and progress was accelerated by several years! Because of my Mentor’s knowledge and experience I was able to bypass a lot of unnecessary trial and error, needless expense and most of all a lot of wasted time! Think of a Mentor as someone who can ...
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    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?

    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?
    Hi, Dr. Maisel, I have the sense that as a creative person I’m at greater risk than the next person to fall prey to an addiction. Is there some truth to my worry? Ronald L., Ft. Worth Thanks, Ronald. Yes, you are absolutely right. The short story “The Bound Man,” by the German author Ilse Aichinger, is a beautiful piece in ...
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    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?

    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel, I wonder if it’s possible to make it on talent alone or is hyping your art three-quarters of the battle? You know which answer I hope to hear! But I fear that the real answer is, hyping your art is essential. Is it? Lydia L., New York City Thank you, Lydia: Let me give a slightly tongue-in-cheek answer ...
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    5 Tips for Writing Your Artist Statement

    5 Tips for Writing Your Artist Statement
    Have you ever read someone’s artist statement and said to yourself “what the heck does all of that mean” or “those are some fancy words that I have no idea what they mean?” If you were having a personal conversation with the artist and you were asking about their art, would they talk like that, in those terms? Probably not and ...
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    Design Resources: Finding What You Need

    Design Resources: Finding What You Need
    Build Your Design Arsenal, Blow Away the Competition I think it’s safe to say that most designers cringe at the idea of using clip art in their work. When I think of clip art, I think back to the Intro to Computers class that I took in college where I was frequently forced to use clip art in my assignments. You ...
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    Is a Video Game Design Career for You?

    Is a Video Game Design Career for You?
    If you're looking for a career that combines artistic creativity with technical know-how, all in an environment that actually encourages hours upon hours of game play, a career in video game design is definitely for you. As the video game market has exploded into a multi-billion dollar industry, opportunities for talented designers have become abundant as the leading video game firms ...
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    The Seven Habits of Very Successful Artists

    The Seven Habits of Very Successful Artists
    In the early 1990’s Steven Covey wrote a book entitled “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” which became a huge best seller and still sells well today. It was a book that provided a holistic and a principled approach for problem solving, living and adapting to change by seeing opportunities rather than problems. I believe that there are also seven ...
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    10 Secrets Every New Artist Should Know

    10 Secrets Every New Artist Should Know
    Being a professional artist is as much about tenacity as it is about talent. Just because you have the creative ability to mold perception and shape moods using color, light, and sound, doesn’t mean you have what it takes to make it as an artist. In fact, being creative and being talented is rarely very lucrative. So what are the 10 ...
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    How to Take On a Passion Project When You Have a Job

    Yeah, it would be awesome if you could quit your job and dedicate yourself full time to that online museum you’ve been talking about for years, but realistically, you tell yourself, you need a steady paycheck. True, but that’s not a good reason not to do something you absolutely love and believe in. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a ...
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    6 Soothing Sounds That Promote Creativity

    6 Soothing Sounds That Promote Creativity
    In 2007, I had the good fortune to live on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, for a year. While I was there, fewer than sixty-five thousand permanent residents occupied this 622-square-mile Eden, which meant that there were almost as many roosters as there were humans living there. Far away from the clanging trains, rattling jackhammers, buzzing bumper-to-bumper traffic, and other city ...
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    12 Step Plan to Building a Thriving Art Career

    1. Build a Supportive Network [widget:inarticlebulleted_networking] First off, you can’t do this alone. Working in your studio is a lonely business most times. You need a community. I tell my students and my clients to hang out with passionate people, other artists, visual, writers, poets, performance artists. Anyone who inspires you, understands what you’re going through, and will share opportunities ...
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    Get Your Work in an Art Gallery & Sell It

    Get Your Work in an Art Gallery & Sell It
    Rhonda Schaller is an artist, gallerist, and the Assistant Director of Career Development at New York’s School of Visual Arts. She has an amazing wealth of knowledge, and offers in-depth steps to sell your artwork through galleries or as a self-produced artist. Bookmark it, print it out, study and learn how to advance your art career! I want to talk with ...
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    A Day in the Life of a Gallery Director

    A Day in the Life of a Gallery Director
    Robert Patrick is currently the Director of Marketing and Wholesale (and in-house blogger) for Linda Jones Enterprises in California, dedicated to the art of legendary film creator Chuck Jones. Robert has a long history of curating and producing shows, tours and events, including 12 years as a very successful gallery director at the Walton Street Gallery in Chicago. Robert graciously agreed ...
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    What Type of Graphic Designer Are You?

    What Type of Graphic Designer Are You?
    I know we're all designers at heart and share some similar design habits, but there are many different realms of graphic design. The following is a profile list of the "species" of graphic designers that include characteristics they may have according to their industry. I hope that this may give you some perspective and the ability to more easily determine your ...

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