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    Earn Your Degree in Web Design

    Earn Your Degree in Web Design
    Receiving an education in web design could be the way to turn your love for the web into something that will pay the bills! Web design is more than HTML; it incorporates graphic design, programming, and visual arts in addition to several other specialties. Participating in a web design program can give you a solid foundation to get started in this ...
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    What Type is Your Type?

    What Type is Your Type?
    Many times, in our designing lives, we come across making the decision about the typeface(s) we need to use to put our copy to effective use. Sometimes this entails using a simple, tried-and-true serif face. Other times, we need to use a sans serif. Still, there are those times when only a display face will do - especially for headlines. With ...
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    Design Storytelling

    Design Storytelling
    Storytelling As far as I’m concerned, all design is storytelling. Brochures and books tell stories in a very familiar way; they have covers, chapters and pages. Posters tell stories in three acts (act one from afar, act two as you approach, act three up close), even logos tell succinct moral tales. Thinking of design as an act of storytelling may help ...
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    How to be a Good Student — Part 2 of 2

    How to be a Good Student — Part 2 of 2
    In part one of this feature I highlighted a few of the more obvious things you can do as a student to help enhance your chances for success — showing up, sowing your work, taking notes, and being an active participant. Here are a few less intuitive recommendations to round out that advice: h4. Be courageous I have great admiration for ...
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    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
    A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design is a professional degree that will prepare you to work as a designer in a fashion house or to start your own fashion design line. The first year of your program will give you a foundation of visual art skills such as life drawing, 3-dimensional design, color, composition, and some computer aided design. ...
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    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in New Media and Animation

    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in New Media and Animation
    A Bachelor's of Fine Arts in new media /animation is a professional degree that will prepare you to work as web site designer and animator. The first year of your program will give you a foundation of visual art skills such as life drawing, 3-dimensional design, color, composition, and some computer aided design. In the second year you will typically explore ...
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    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Interior Design

    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Interior Design
    A Bachelor's of Fine Arts in interior design is a professional degree that will prepare you to work as a designer in an architecture firm, interior design firm or to start your own interior design business. The first year of your program will give you a foundation of visual art skills such as spacial drawing, 3-dimensional design, color, composition, and some ...
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    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

    Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
    A Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design is a professional degree that will prepare you for the professional workplace of a designer. The first year of your program will give you a foundation of visual art skills such as drawing, 3-dimensional design, color, composition, and some computer aided design. In the second year you will typically explore different types of ...
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    A Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art

    A Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art
    A Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree that will prepare you to sell you work in galleries, graduate school or a variety of art related careers. The first year of your program will give you a foundation of visual art skills such as drawing, sculpture, color, and composition. In the second year you will typically explore different artistic media ...
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    Master of Fine Arts

    Master of Fine Arts
    The Master of Fine Arts degree is a specialized, terminal degree available at the graduate level in both fine arts and design. The same aspects that distinguish a BFA from a BA are what differentiate an MFA from an MA. The MFA is a concentrated "professional" degree for students seeking advanced education prior to becoming practicing artists or designers. A practicing ...
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    Watch Your Mouth, Buster!

    Watch Your Mouth, Buster!
    There are so many things that go on in graphic design and in the act of designing itself. We're called on to perform many tasks simultaneously and we learn to get quite adept at them, or we perish. We juggle many projects, and CS3 programs, in the course of a day and can pat ourselves on the back for those skills ...
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    Are You a Good Art or Design Student? - Part 1

    Are You a Good Art or Design Student? - Part 1
    We’re only a few weeks into the fall semester, but its never too early (or late) to think about what it takes to be a good — or even great — student. This is not about talent or smarts. Being a good student is a skill and an art in itself. Over the years I’ve noticed some of the qualities that ...
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    Whence Do We Work?

    Whence Do We Work?
    As designers, many times we have the luxury of being able to work virtually anywhere. We can sit outside in the park and sketch, we can take our laptop to the hot-spot cafe and tweak our images, or we can even work in the office with our iPod on for inspiration. When's the best time and place in which to do ...
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    Finding the Right Fit: What Job Is Right for You?

    Finding the Right Fit: What Job Is Right for You?
    Lately I've been fielding inquiries from my former students, nervous about starting their first design job. Fortunately, many of them have multiple offers and the anxiety stems from trying to figure out where they're going to be happy. Here's some perspective for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. *Your First Job Will Not Be Your Last* It's not like ...
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    Problem Project Post Mortem

    Problem Project Post Mortem
    Let me paint you a picture. The dream project that turned into a nightmare is FINALLY over. There's a lot of resentment and finger-pointing all over the place. What's worse, there is a lot of silence from the client and printer, for example, which makes it seem like they've been swallowed up in a huge black hole. What do you do? ...
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    Lighting, Metamerism, and Color Design

    Lighting, Metamerism, and Color Design
    Color is an event that occurs among three participants, lightsource, object and observer. It should therefor come as no surprise that one and the same object will look different under differing lichtsources. Your clothes do not have the same color under a fluorescent tube, a regular light bulb or in sunlight. However, most of the differences are 'corrected' in our brain ...
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    Crayola Brand: The Color Purple - or Red, or Green, or...

    Crayola Brand: The Color Purple - or Red, or Green, or...
    Remember when you were a kid? At this time of year we would be excited to go out with Mom and get our school clothes and supplies for fall. Even though the summer months were filled with fun and swimming (in my case), the anticipation of getting new stuff for school made the waning days of the season worth it. What ...
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    The Process of Teaching Process: Part 2 of 2

    The Process of Teaching Process: Part 2 of 2
    In my last post I wrote about the importance of teaching design as a process, rather than an outcome. I touched on some of the core principles and considerations of my teaching process, including workload, assignment structure, and the importance of exploring new (i.e. unfamiliar) media. 4. First There Was the Word Each of my assignments begins with writing. Designers are ...
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    Interview with Vivienne Flesher

    Interview with Vivienne Flesher
    How did you get started in the illustration field? Upon graduating I didn't think my portfolio was quite ready so while I continued to work on it I freelanced doing mechanicals for Harpers-the literary magazine and SWANK-the porno magazine. One day, I needed to have the editor of SWANK sign off on a layout. His office door was closed and he ...
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    The Process of Teaching Process: Part 1 of 2

    The Process of Teaching Process: Part 1 of 2
    Every year, as August rolls around, I start to turn my attention to the coming school year. I teach sophomore-level graphic design. Having successfully navigated the first semester of their design education — focusing on fundamentals and craft — in level two we focus on process. The course is designed to help students understand design as a method of action rather ...
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