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    A Refresher Course for Graphic Designers

    A Refresher Course for Graphic Designers
    I recently came across a book that is all about graphic design for "non-designers". At first I was a little offended. How can there be such a book? Don't they know that we designers have to go to school for quite a while to learn the basics of design and how to apply these basics to our work? How can a ...
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    Better Learning Through Art

    Boston, MA-Paintings Talk. Photographs speak of moments. To help students hear all this art, the National Endowment for the Humanities has created a new program that sends high-quality reproductions of 40 works of great American art to schools and libraries. Picturing America includes famous paintings, such as Emanuel Leutze's 1851 "Washington Crossing the Delaware," and photographs, including Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother ...
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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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    Interior Design School Tips

    *Are you in interior design school? Here are some tips that I found really helpful to my career:* h4. Work while you're in school Work for a designer, showroom or supplier. This will provide you with invaluable real world experience. This can translate into better jobs after school and a better understanding of what area you want to focus on. [widget:9_steps_guide_design_benifits] ...
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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 the Right Design School

    Choosing the Right Design School
    *Preparing Students for an Ever-Changing Industry* What is your design program teaching you? In the late 1990s, more than a dozen graphic-design experts came together to lay out, once and for all, the difference between what design-education programs offered and what a student needed to learn in order to succeed in the field. As many design educators saw it, such a ...
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    Tips for Design Grads During Hard Times

    Tips for Design Grads During Hard Times
    How Much Education? You've graduated, been out of school for awhile, and have been working out in the world. Things seem to be going pretty well. Suddenly, some things have happened in the workplace, and the world, and you feel that something is missing. What is it? Do you feel that you still know all of the things you learned in ...
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    Master of Fine Arts

    Master of Fine Arts
    The Master of Fine Arts degree is a specialized, terminal degree available at the graduate level in both fine arts and design. The same aspects that distinguish a BFA from a BA are what differentiate an MFA from an MA. The MFA is a concentrated "professional" degree for students seeking advanced education prior to becoming practicing artists or designers. A practicing ...
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    Is Red the Fairest One of them All?

    Is Red the Fairest One of them All?
    Red is usually regarded as a color which visually leaps out. Red stand out. Red jumps off the page. But does it really? I found two interesting pictures on Flickr. Both contain a red button. [widget:9_steps_guide_design_benifits] [photo:59478] The one button is highly visable, the other is almost hidden in its surroundings, even while it takes up a large part of the ...
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    Continuing Your Continued Education

    Continuing Your Continued Education
    The majority of us have done it already - gone through school to obtain some sort of design or art degree. The grueling days of classes, projects, and tests are over. We're out in the work world and, hopefully, have a job that we like. In school, we've been trained on the latest design software applications and feel pretty proficient in ...
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    Five Signs You Should Change Your Major

    Five Signs You Should Change Your Major
    If you've got a major you are thinking of changing, you're far from alone. But how do you know whether you should go ahead and actually make the move? Try this checklist: h4. You're Bored to Tears in Your Current Major Courses Suppose you're majoring in chemistry, and every time you go to one of your chemistry classes, you fight to ...
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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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    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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    I Have to Pick a Major -- Now What?

    I Have to Pick a Major -- Now What?
    Every time you're on break from school, someone hits you with that most common question asked of college students: "What's your major?" For months, you've been able to get away with responses like "I'm not sure," or "I'm keeping my options open." But now - thanks to your school's academic rules, your parents' incessant nagging or even your own impatience - ...
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    Repaying Your Loans

    Repaying Your Loans
    h4. What you need to know about repaying student loans... After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you have a period of time before you have to begin repayment. This “grace period” will be *six months for a Federal (FFEL) or Direct Stafford Loan. *nine months for Federal Perkins Loans (If you're a parent reading this and you ...
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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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    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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    Getting Older Students Into the Mix

    h4. Key Demographic Bruce Chaloux, director of student access programs and services for the Southern Regional Education Board, says colleges in his region have long missed out on a key demographic. By his group’s count, 20 million 25- to 55-year-olds in 16 southern states have enrolled at a college but left without a degree. "Some institutions have reached out to them, ...
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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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    Fine Arts Programs Prepare Students for Real World

    Most fine arts students used to exist in a bubble - running to class in paint-splattered clothing and practically living in their studios, channeling their muse and honing their craft. Once they graduated, those who were driven enough to try to make a living off their talent still had a lot to learn about running a business. But now many universities ...
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