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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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    Watch Your Mouth, Buster!

    Watch Your Mouth, Buster!
    There are so many things that go on in graphic design and in the act of designing itself. We're called on to perform many tasks simultaneously and we learn to get quite adept at them, or we perish. We juggle many projects, and CS3 programs, in the course of a day and can pat ourselves on the back for those skills ...
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    Is Now the Time to Go to Grad School?

    Is Now the Time to Go to Grad School?
    While many people begin college right after high school without giving it a second thought, the question of when to start a graduate program can be tricky one. Choosing to commit to two years of intense study – not to mention expensive student loans – is a huge responsibility. How do you know you’re ready for graduate school? [widget:3597] I started ...
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    Important Art Skills They Don't Teach in Design School

    Important Art Skills They Don't Teach in Design School
    Art schools teach you the fundamentals of art. Your curriculum probably covered art history, how it evolved from ancient times and how it has developed in recent years — the evolution of technology has guided art from canvas to computer screen. Art school also covered topics such as the elements of art (line, shape, color, etc.) and has given some training ...
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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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    Mental Health In Design

    Mental Health In Design
    Maintaining good mental health in the design world is interesting to me. Although I believe that a little bit of sick or twisted mental health can be a good thing for design and creativity, I also have to say that, as in everything, moderation is the key. I hate that part. In my past and through my "upbringing" in graphic design, ...
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    Design Storytelling

    Design Storytelling
    Storytelling As far as I’m concerned, all design is storytelling. Brochures and books tell stories in a very familiar way; they have covers, chapters and pages. Posters tell stories in three acts (act one from afar, act two as you approach, act three up close), even logos tell succinct moral tales. Thinking of design as an act of storytelling may help ...
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    Fashion Design Education Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement In fashion design, employers seek individuals with a 2-year or 4-year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends. Designers must have a strong sense of the esthetic—an eye for color and detail, a sense of balance and proportion, and an appreciation for beauty. Fashion designers also need excellent communication and ...
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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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    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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    "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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    Advice for Incoming Art Students

    Valerie - ArtBistro manager- asked me if I had anything in particular to say about education or perhaps even some sort of “How to survive art school” sort of talk that I could convey on this site. I have to say that I really don’t have such a thing just sort of stored up in my head and even wondered if ...
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    While Attending School (Financial Aid)

    While Attending School (Financial Aid)
    Get the facts on financial aid, how to maintain it, and what to do when school's over.. If you are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student and need to find out more about your educational loans, you'll find all the information you need right here. Financial assistance programs and requirements often vary from school to school. Always check with ...
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    Which Internship Is Best for You?

    Which Internship Is Best for You?
    There's no such thing as the perfect internship. But you can figure out which one aligns best with your career goals, and then tap your own initiative to turn that internship into an experience that will grab the attention of future employers. *Take It or Leave It?* How do you judge the potential value of a particular internship, especially when you're ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Details of an Online Education

    The Details of an Online Education
    Not since the revolutionary invention of Gutenberg’s printing press in the 15th century has a single technology so dramatically changed the future of education as the web. Just as movable type helped create a booming university culture in the late-middle ages, so too has the modern web created an educational paradigm shift. Not only has the web democratized education, it has ...
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