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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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    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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    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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    Graphic Design Education Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions; although some entry-level technical positions may only require an associate degree. In addition to postsecondary training in graphic design, creativity, and communication and problem-solving skills are crucial. Graphic designers also need to be familiar with computer graphics and design software. A ...
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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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    Design Books Can Get Old Real Quick

    Design Books Can Get Old Real Quick
    I was looking through some of my old textbooks that I used at the onset of the new Millenium and had a chuckle on how old and outdated much of the information already is. We've come a long way in the areas of the Internet. We've also had many changes in the software and other applications in how we design. h2. ...
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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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    Jumpstart Your Career Right Out of Art School

    Jumpstart Your Career Right Out of Art School
    I wish they used Helvetica on my diploma — Friendly advice from a 3 month old graphic design graduate. It's here. That time when all those long, late nights of staring at that brightly lit computer screen, changing the leading, making sure the text didn't bleed off the page, checking if the images were in CMYK, and most importantly, consistently saving ...
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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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    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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    Should I Take a Continuing Education Class?

    Should I Take a Continuing Education Class?
    Whether you’re contemplating a career change or looking to add some new skills to your current studio practice, “continuing education” or “adult extension” courses might seem tempting. At the school where I teach, a wide variety of classes are offered – from blacksmithing to computer animation, and everywhere in between. And of course, if you live in a big city, the ...
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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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    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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    Let's Talk Type

    Let's Talk Type
    As designers, we all do it. When we put on our typographer "hat", we need to establish the current typeface or two that we're going to use in any particular document. I really love doing this part of the job. It can be a fun, and creative, way to research your font suitcase to find just the right one to effectively ...
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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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    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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    The Benefits of Teaching TeachDesign Early

    The Benefits of Teaching TeachDesign Early
    A group of Austin designers is helping students at a local high school recreate their campus. Designers, through training and experience, develop a different lens through which to see the world. They move through spaces, environments, and systems, making observations and developing insights about what works well and what doesn’t. They then use those observations and insights to create innovative solutions ...
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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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    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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    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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