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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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    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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    Drawing: Cause and Solution to All of Life’s Problems

    Drawing: Cause and Solution to All of Life’s Problems
    I started off this morning with my favorite little art trick ever, one that I’ve used ever since I was a teenager. In the weird little twilight that exists between being awake and asleep - that lull that comes over you just as you start to be aware of your surroundings upon waking up - I planted an idea in my ...
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    Reconstructing Google

    Reconstructing Google
    Just to have a little fun, I tried reconstructing the Google color scheme. Just to see if I could improve it in only half an hour with a bit of Photoshop magic. Here's what a Google results page looks like, these days. (see below) If I throw out all the details and just concentrate on the blocks of color in the ...
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    A Working Classroom Teacher?

    A Working Classroom Teacher?
    I subtitle my blog, “A Working Classroom Teacher” because that is what I am, working. Teaching is hard work and those of us who teach work very hard indeed. Sometimes the work is in the planning, sometimes in the instruction, sometimes in the guidance of students, and sometimes the work is in figuring out what works best for us as teachers ...
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    ArtBistro Interview with Michael Bierut

    ArtBistro Interview with Michael Bierut
    As part of our series, ArtBistro Interviews: read our latest interview with designer Michael Bierut- Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram, where he has done graphic design work for a wide range of clients including the New York Times, Princeton University, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Saks Fifth Avenue. His ...
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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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    Contracts and the Small Print

    Contracts and the Small Print
    Contracts - The Small Print Isn't Small At All We all should know that a contract, preferably written and not verbal, is of utmost importance when procuring our design services. All sizes of design firms have them, and we've all seen, but have not necessarily read, the small print on the back of our credit card statements or when accepting the ...
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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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    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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    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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    Three Easy Steps to Finding an Art & Design Scholarship...PLUS Five Great Scholarships to Get You Started

    Three Easy Steps to Finding an Art & Design Scholarship...PLUS Five Great Scholarships to Get You Started
    *Step 1. Find Schools You Want to Attend* Most colleges and universities offer fantastic scholarships. So the BEST way to search for scholarships is to narrow the list to include only those schools you’d most like to attend, then research their awards and financial aid options. Many scholarships from corporations and nonprofits also require detailed information about your academic plans, ...
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    The College Search: Great Tips for Saving Money

    The College Search: Great Tips for Saving Money
    College may seem a long way away to high school seniors who are focused on that next big test or big football game. But the time to think about choosing and paying for college is now. Some early-admissions and scholarship deadlines are right around the corner, if they haven't passed already. That's not to say that students without a college pick ...
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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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