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    Final Project: Type & Image

    Final Project: Type & Image
    For our final project, we had to design the front and back covers and inside spreads of a Chicago Public Art Guide: Loop. We had to provide the photographs ourselves (except for the Buckingham Fountain due to construction). The bodies of text and other information (material, dimensions, location, artist name & artwork name) was provided to us. It was hard to ...
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    Scanable Topics - Take One

    Scanable Topics - Take One
    For a long time now, I've been a scanner. I find many things in my world, mainly printed, that I just have to keep for possible future use. So, I scan them and file them away. Granted, I am sort of a saver, hoarder if you will, but I always feel I will need these items at some point in the ...
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    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

    Approach the On Ramp Following are some things to consider before you put your hands on the wheel. During this step in the process, you’ll do some industry and market research to better inform your job search process. 1. Do your homework Study the market you wish to live in. Determine whether you’d prefer to work for an agency or ...
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    Graphic Design Education Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions; although some entry-level technical positions may only require an associate degree. In addition to postsecondary training in graphic design, creativity, and communication and problem-solving skills are crucial. Graphic designers also need to be familiar with computer graphics and design software. A ...
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    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer
    It can be difficult to merge into the graphic design “fast lane.” The transition from student designer to a first career job can be terrifying. The feelings of being unprepared and/or overwhelmed are totally normal. As I spend time mentoring students at a college level, I have witnessed these emotions every semester. Put your fears aside. With some research and preparation, ...
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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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    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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    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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    Jumpstart Your Career Right Out of Art School

    Jumpstart Your Career Right Out of Art School
    I wish they used Helvetica on my diploma — Friendly advice from a 3 month old graphic design graduate. It's here. That time when all those long, late nights of staring at that brightly lit computer screen, changing the leading, making sure the text didn't bleed off the page, checking if the images were in CMYK, and most importantly, consistently saving ...
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    Does Your Minor Matter?

    Does Your Minor Matter?
    Many students spend so much energy deciding on college majors that they sometimes overlook a related - and sometimes equally important – question: What minor, if any, should you choose? As with so many career issues you'll face during the college years, there is no straightforward correct answer. Insofar as prospective employers are concerned, it all depends. But one thing is ...
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    The Perils of Teaching

    A student recently asked me my opinion on a fellow teacher I don’t personally know anything about, so I told her that while I couldn’t really help, it might be worth her while to check out a site like ratemyprofessors.com or myspace’s similar feature. The student looked at me like she was the cat that ate the canary, like I knew ...
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    Should I Take a Continuing Education Class?

    Should I Take a Continuing Education Class?
    Whether you’re contemplating a career change or looking to add some new skills to your current studio practice, “continuing education” or “adult extension” courses might seem tempting. At the school where I teach, a wide variety of classes are offered – from blacksmithing to computer animation, and everywhere in between. And of course, if you live in a big city, 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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    To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade

    To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade
    *Software Upgrades* Anyone of us who use graphics software knows how expensive it can be. We also know that there are many different versions of the same software as well as price structures for them. Now, we don't use the "Educational Version" of our software for professional purposes, right? It is a great deal to take advantage of while you are ...
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    Apple Color Movie

    Apple Color Movie
    Here's an "interesting movie":http://www.apple.com/pro/color/tools/truecolors_video.html about color on the Apple website. [widget:9_steps_guide_design_benifits]
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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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    Curators' and Archivists' Educational Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Employment as an archivist, conservator, or curator usually requires graduate education and related work experience. While completing their formal education, many archivists and curators work in archives or museums to gain the “hands-on” experience that many employers seek. Although archivists earn a variety of undergraduate degrees, a graduate degree in history or library science, ...
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    What Can I Do with a Major in ________?

    What Can I Do with a Major in ________?
    Whether I'm working with students one-on-one, presenting to a class or another group audience or responding to students' concerns, there's one question I hear perhaps more than any other: "What can I do with a major in ________?" It's only natural to want to know more about the careers your major might lead you to, especially if you're in a liberal ...
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    What is a BFA?

    h4. WHAT'S A BFA? The BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is an undergraduate college degree offered in all areas of the fine and applied arts. Since World War II it has become THE standard degree for students seeking a professional education in art and design. The National Association of School of Art & Design (NASAD, Reston, VA), is the nationally recognized ...
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    Your Desks Are Too Heavy/and Your Walls Are Too White…

    Yay, the semester is done! All that’s left is a stack of grading, but I can deal with that. It was an absolutely terrific semester — I think this was the best yet. I miss my classes already. For whatever reason, the end of the year has me thinking a lot about my own education and its relationship to my work. ...
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