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    Get a Head Start on Your Design Career

    Get a Head Start on Your Design Career
    Jobs are getting harder to find because of the current recession. Which means that you need to be more prepared to develop a stronger resume and portfolio. This guide will help you learn how to stand out from other applicants by presenting your best portfolio, finding the right place for you to work, and a 4 Year Career Checklist. h4. "Create ...
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    Form and Space

    Form and Space
    Ahh, the wonderful, unknown world of 3D art that I just happened to dive into headfirst - scared to death - but now freeing myself to explore this new territory. Working with wood and cutting and gluing is messy! And you still gotta keep the model in good condition and be meticulous about those glue stains and such. We were working ...
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    What's Your Sign?

    What's Your Sign?
    What's Your Sign? Let's talk about logos. We all see them, and love many of them. What are the types of identifying marks out there and what are some tips to design them? Let me give you some thoughts. Logos Defined A logo is an identifying mark that communicates a great deal about a product, service, or organization. A logo has ...
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    Choosing Design as a Degree Can Give You an Edge

    Choosing Design as a Degree Can Give You an Edge
    I’ve found that there are two types of designers; those with a traditional education in art or design and those who are mostly self-educated. Design is unique in that it is one of the few professions where you can teach yourself the basics in the comfort of your own home without much formal training. I, for one, consider myself a self-educated ...
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    Survive an All Nighter

    Survive an All Nighter
    When I was in school, it was not uncommon for me to work throughout the night either studying or working on a design project. I found that at night, I could work much faster than I could during the day. In fact, I found that sometimes the quality of my work was better at night than it was during the day. ...
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    Have No Fear

    Have No Fear
    Remember how in my last entry I was oh so intimidated and pretty much exposed a lack of confidence to the world? Ladies and gentlemen, those feelings of fear have surrendered and bowed down to me! I am enjoying every single minute of my class, both in class and outside of it. I have become so obsessed with photography now and ...
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    Digital Photography for Designers

    Digital Photography for Designers
    First project we have done so far was learning how to adjust the ISO, aperture & shutter speeds to get a correct, yet creative, exposure. Our main objective was obtaining a deep/shallow depth of field in our photographs as well as explore a variety of compositions. For this particular project, I walked around Forest Park and Chicago shooting in the negative ...
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    Let's Advertise

    Let's Advertise
    How We Create Commerce Recently, we've seen some very creative advertisements on television, especially during the Super Bowl. This event has always been known for attracting top advertisements for top dollar. Although some are more effective than others, the art of advertising has been around since - well a long time. Let's take a look at the components of advertising. Defined ...
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    Choosing a Graphic Design School

    Choosing a Graphic Design School
    What should you consider when choosing a graphic design school? What degree you want? A degree in graphic design, or an art degree that offers a specialization or concentration in graphic design? What's the difference? It all depends on where your interests are founded, and where you want to take your graphic design career. If you are more interested in the ...
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    Don't Let Those Creative Juices Freeze Up!

    Don't Let Those Creative Juices Freeze Up!
    Even with Chicago's coldest winter yet: negative degrees, strong winds smacking your pretty face, layers upon layers of clothing that is oh so time consuming in the morning, I'm making sure my creative juices aren't going to freeze up like the rest of the city is, an "arctic tundra" as what my photography professor referred to it as. Throughout the winter ...
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    The Masters of Graphic Design

    The Masters of Graphic Design
    I was thinking back at some of the iconic figures of graphic design through the years. Our design team has been involved in researching some the past styles of design for a huge project we landed. So, naturally, we went to some of these figures to brush-up on what their styles were and what they have done. I have chosen 3 ...
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    Artist By Birth, Designer By Choice: Resolutions 2009

      Artist By Birth, Designer By Choice: Resolutions 2009
    A list of the goals I have set for myself in this brand new year, 2009. 1. Push myself over the limits. Break & bend the rules. Be fearless. 2. Do more than just exist with my art. Inspire. Be inspired. 3. Get out of the comfort zone with my art. Experimentation. Trial & Error. 4. See the beauty in things ...
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    "It's all about ambition. How much do you want this?"

    "It's all about ambition. How much do you want this?"
    I think I've pulled my first ever all nighter in college, the all nighter where I stayed up til 6am, napped for an hour or so, then got ready for another class. Doing that just totally messed up my sleeping schedule, which is why I'm blogging in this at approximately 1:30am. I have 2 more weeks of school left and it ...
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    Design Books Can Get Old Real Quick

    Design Books Can Get Old Real Quick
    I was looking through some of my old textbooks that I used at the onset of the new Millenium and had a chuckle on how old and outdated much of the information already is. We've come a long way in the areas of the Internet. We've also had many changes in the software and other applications in how we design. h2. ...
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    Is this a Logo or a Brand?

    Is this a Logo or a Brand?
    Those of us in the graphic design profession often get a call to design a logo. Sometimes it's a first-time logo for an organization that's never had one before. Sometimes it's a redesign for an old logo that's been around for a long time. Many clients, and sometimes we designers, don't really know the difference between a logo and a brand. ...
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    "No Love, Make War"

    "No Love, Make War"
    Now don't take that PostSecret image the wrong way. I haven't been depressed, I just have been stuck in a rut. Been caught drowning myself in life's difficulties and not finding the strength to leap over those obstacles. It really does plug up the outlets where my creative juices flow out onto the piece of paper for a couple of days, ...
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    Gimme a Break!

    Gimme a Break!
    This is the time of year when students of all types have winter break. It's a nice and well-deserved reprieve from the papers, projects, and other studies of the school year. I haven't been a student in a while, but I still remember the anticipation for the break and the relief when it finally came. During the time off, it is ...
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    Introducing Our Newest Featured Writer: Elisha-Rio Apilado

    Introducing Our Newest Featured Writer: Elisha-Rio Apilado
    About school, school will forever keep me busy, and I like that. I put school first more than anything or anybody. I put art first, so yeah, I've been slacking in my Geometry class, but I'm back on ground with it. The projects in my art class are just more important to me because they are the building blocks of my ...
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    A Checklist for Tough Times

    A Checklist for Tough Times
    We all know that the business environment is tough right now. Consumers aren't spending money, and our clients aren't either. We may have some ongoing services we're providing, like site maintenance, but what can we do to keep some business coming in and save ourselves some income - and worry lines? h2. Be Grateful for What You've Got In these times, ...
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    Continuing Your Continued Education

    Continuing Your Continued Education
    The majority of us have done it already - gone through school to obtain some sort of design or art degree. The grueling days of classes, projects, and tests are over. We're out in the work world and, hopefully, have a job that we like. In school, we've been trained on the latest design software applications and feel pretty proficient in ...
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