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    Rounded Corners

    Rounded Corners
    Lately I've been contemplating the value of rounded corners in design. Is it eye-candy? Or does it add value to the user experience? Let me put it this way: Take a look at the black and white image here. [widget:9_steps_guide_design_benifits] I hope it is clear that the rounded corners do make a difference. On the left side, you see one surface ...
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    Important Art Skills They Don't Teach in Design School

    Important Art Skills They Don't Teach in Design School
    Art schools teach you the fundamentals of art. Your curriculum probably covered art history, how it evolved from ancient times and how it has developed in recent years — the evolution of technology has guided art from canvas to computer screen. Art school also covered topics such as the elements of art (line, shape, color, etc.) and has given some training ...
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    Finding the Right Design Gig

    Finding the Right Design Gig
    Most of us, especially as freelance designers, come up with the challenge what types of gigs to go after. There are times when the jobs come rolling in and we don't really have time to differentiate between them. That can be a really good thing. But, there are also times when the jobs aren't rolling in so much and we have ...
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    How to Encourage Young Artists

    How to Encourage Young Artists
    It wasn’t that long ago that having a son or daughter who expressed interest in becoming an artist was considered a parent’s worst nightmare. But today, many parents are encouraging of their children’s interest in art. There are many options available to help nurture budding talent, but sending a young artist to expensive private lessons isn’t necessarily at the top of ...
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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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    It's A Colorful Life

    It's A Colorful Life
    Chronicle Books sent me the second in the series of Designer Toolkits called 1000 Colors - Thousands of Color Combinations - and let me tell you, it rocks! The handy CD that accompanies this book is as good as the one that came with the first one by Graham Davis. Color is beautiful and my rods and cones thank you! Davis' ...
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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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    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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    Photography Educational Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Employers usually seek applicants with a "good eye," imagination, and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography. Entry-level positions in photojournalism or in industrial or scientific photography generally require a college degree in photography or in a field related to the industry in which the photographer seeks employment. Freelance and portrait ...
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    Confessions of a Recent Design Grad: My Path in the Design World

    Confessions of a Recent Design Grad: My Path in the Design World
    My path through the design world has not always been smooth. I’ve taken some detours and risks that I wasn’t sure would pay off, but I’ve learned from all of my experiences, and I don’t regret any of them. I don’t purport to be a seasoned pro—I’ve been in the business for only eight years—but I know the early years can ...
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    The Importance of Setting Goals

    The Importance of Setting Goals
    If you think about it, the term “artist” is a “one size fits all” sort of category that probably doesn’t really come close to describing who you are and what you do. Damien Hirst, who famously chopped up sharks and floated them in tanks with formaldehyde is an artist; someone who makes a living painting traditional portraits is also an artist. ...
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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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    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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    Should You Take a Year Off After Graduation?

    Should You Take a Year Off After Graduation?
    You'd like to take a few months or even a year after college to do something off the beaten career path, but you're worried about the effect on your job prospects after your self-imposed sabbatical is over. Take heart: Such a break can often be empowering and beneficial to your career. "If an employer thinks you wasted a year by biking ...
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    One Year Countdown to Reality

    One Year Countdown to Reality
    June 2010. My expected graduation date. So many things have been on my mind as of late! The future is what's been running through my mind non-stop, and at times it's caught me off guard on how quickly time is passing and how I'm halfway through my VC program at school! I admit I had a few weeks of doubts in ...
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    How to Get A Degree in Games Design and Animation

    KNOWLEDGE of computer languages such as C/C++ and Java is essential for programmers and experience of particular tools is essential for designers. Knowledge and skills in other areas such as mathematics, object physics, gaming console architecture and gaming aesthetics and genres are also necessary. Besides computer science, geography and urban planning are associated with in-game landscape, building and community recreation; engineering ...
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    Elements of Graphics

    Elements of Graphics
    What are graphic elements? We see them all the time and many of us have gone to school to understand what they are and what they're made up of. Do we all know the difference between graphic elements and graphic principles? It's always good to think about them and work with both of the disciplines to get our work and visual ...
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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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    Design School Financial Aid - Creative Ways to Fund your Design Education

    The field of design is wide open for new ideas, and numerous higher education opportunities exist for potential students. At private colleges and universities, as well as career-focused schools, the cost for a design education (tuition, room, and board, plus costs for books, supplies, and computer software) can reach as high as $40,000 to $50,000 annually. However, according to the College ...
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    Confessions of a First Year Design Student.

    Confessions of a First Year Design Student.
    So, the shock of being back in school is over, and now we’re actually *gasp* LEARNING STUFF. Can I really complain when my homework is taking pictures, drawing, and playing with construction paper and glue sticks? (Yes, I am a university student. Yes, my homework involves gluing construction paper to posterboard using glue sticks and scissors. Is there anything wrong with ...
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