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    When to Discount

    When to Discount
    Recently, I talked about how to set rates for design services. Hopefully this helped you, but there has been a question that comes up about discounting rates and when, and if, do to so. Let me give my humble opinion on this. Think About It Of course, rates that we charge are the bread-and-butter for our business and income. Many times, ...
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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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    What Do You Charge For Graphic Design?

    What Do You Charge For Graphic Design?
    What Do You Charge? As a freelancer, or at a design firm, there comes a time when we have to figure out what to charge for our services. We are worth payment. But, what do we do to set our rates to make sure that we're getting what we're worth? In our experience at Creative Core Design (.net), we go through ...
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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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    Life After Art School

    Life After Art School
    If you’re a senior in college or finishing your second year of a MFA degree, I don’t have to tell you that the end is almost near. Depending on where you go to school, you probably have between five and seven weeks before the semester is over and you’re cast out into the “real world.” So what are two things you ...
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    Let's Talk Type

    Let's Talk Type
    As designers, we all do it. When we put on our typographer "hat", we need to establish the current typeface or two that we're going to use in any particular document. I really love doing this part of the job. It can be a fun, and creative, way to research your font suitcase to find just the right one to effectively ...
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    Gotta Aspire to Inspire Before I Expire.

    Gotta Aspire to Inspire Before I Expire.
    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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    Lay it Out

    Lay it Out
    As graphic designers, many of the projects we work with are the layouts of type and image. These projects are mainly done for the printed or electronic page. There are many ways to tackle this type of project, but there are 3 main factors to bear in mind - Emphasis, Unity, and Balance. Emphasis is the focal point that you desire ...
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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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    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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