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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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    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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    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

    Approach the On Ramp Following are some things to consider before you put your hands on the wheel. During this step in the process, you’ll do some industry and market research to better inform your job search process. 1. Do your homework Study the market you wish to live in. Determine whether you’d prefer to work for an agency or ...
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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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    Interior Design Education Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Postsecondary education—especially a bachelor's degree—is recommended for entry-level positions in interior design. In addition, 24 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico register or license interior designers. Following formal training, graduates usually enter a 1-year to 3-year apprenticeship to gain experience before taking a national licensing exam or joining a professional association. Designers ...
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    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer
    It can be difficult to merge into the graphic design “fast lane.” The transition from student designer to a first career job can be terrifying. The feelings of being unprepared and/or overwhelmed are totally normal. As I spend time mentoring students at a college level, I have witnessed these emotions every semester. Put your fears aside. With some research and preparation, ...
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    Whence Do We Work?

    Whence Do We Work?
    As designers, many times we have the luxury of being able to work virtually anywhere. We can sit outside in the park and sketch, we can take our laptop to the hot-spot cafe and tweak our images, or we can even work in the office with our iPod on for inspiration. When's the best time and place in which to do ...
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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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    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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    Should You Take a Year Off After Graduation?

    Should You Take a Year Off After Graduation?
    You'd like to take a few months or even a year after college to do something off the beaten career path, but you're worried about the effect on your job prospects after your self-imposed sabbatical is over. Take heart: Such a break can often be empowering and beneficial to your career. "If an employer thinks you wasted a year by biking ...
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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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    Design School Financial Aid - Creative Ways to Fund your Design Education

    The field of design is wide open for new ideas, and numerous higher education opportunities exist for potential students. At private colleges and universities, as well as career-focused schools, the cost for a design education (tuition, room, and board, plus costs for books, supplies, and computer software) can reach as high as $40,000 to $50,000 annually. However, according to the College ...
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    I am Officially a Photography Student.

    I am Officially a Photography Student.
    Life of a starving artist, here I come. Went to pick up my portfolio yesterday, and inside was an acceptance letter to the Design Studies -Photography program at Grant MacEwan. I’m pretty excited, and can’t think of anything cooler than “So tonight, your homework is to take some pictures of something”. The first year is just a Design Foundations Certificate program, ...
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    How to Encourage Young Artists

    How to Encourage Young Artists
    It wasn’t that long ago that having a son or daughter who expressed interest in becoming an artist was considered a parent’s worst nightmare. But today, many parents are encouraging of their children’s interest in art. There are many options available to help nurture budding talent, but sending a young artist to expensive private lessons isn’t necessarily at the top of ...
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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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    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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    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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    Should Art or Design Be Censored?

    Should Art or Design Be Censored?
    Censor Art? Art has been around for a long time. Censorship has been around possibly just as long. Can the two intermingle? Can some art be deemed too inappropriate for some to see and thus censored? Who is it up to to even consider this? I have a few opinions on this. Art as Fine Art While art can be defined ...
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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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