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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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    Visual Arts Education Guidelines

    Visual Arts Education Guidelines
    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Postsecondary training is recommended for all artist specialties. Although formal training is not strictly required, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a living without some training. Many colleges and universities offer programs leading to the bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts. Courses usually include core subjects such as English, ...
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    Architecture Education Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement All States and the District of Columbia require individuals to be licensed (registered) before they may call themselves architects and contract to provide architectural services. During this time between graduation and becoming licensed, architecture school graduates generally work in the field under supervision of a licensed architect who takes legal responsibility for all work. ...
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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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    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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    Design School: Going Back or Changing Your Career

    Design School: Going Back or Changing Your Career
    Many people go to the college or university of their choice to get their education in their chosen field. A lot of these folks choose their main career the first time while going through the system of higher education. What about those of us who go back to school, sometimes quite a few years later? I went back to school about ...
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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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    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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    What is an MFA?

    h4. WHAT'S AN MFA? The MFA (Master of Fine Arts) is a specialized, terminal degree available on the graduate level in both fine arts and design. The same aspects that distinguished a BFA from a BA, distinguish an MFA from an MA. The MFA is a concentrated "professional" degree for students seeking advanced education prior to becoming practicing artists or designers. ...
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    Finding the Right Art School for You

    Finding the Right Art School for You
    Finding the Right Art School for You - An Introduction to Art Schools & Art Education Finding the right art school is a very individual decision. Everyone has their own approach to learning, their own ideas of what makes a school appealing (or not), and their own extracurricular priorities and considerations. Your own personal approach is going to determine the path ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    5 Ways to Improve Your Online Art Presence

    5 Ways to Improve Your Online Art Presence
    I was speaking recently to a young artist who asked me to take a look at her webpage. Despite having had it professionally designed and having spent countless hours getting everything about it just right, she found that nothing was really happening for her – she had no leads and had made no connections that she could connect back to the ...
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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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    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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    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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