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    Elements of Graphics

    Elements of Graphics
    What are graphic elements? We see them all the time and many of us have gone to school to understand what they are and what they're made up of. Do we all know the difference between graphic elements and graphic principles? It's always good to think about them and work with both of the disciplines to get our work and visual ...
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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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    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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    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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    The College Search: Great Tips for Saving Money

    The College Search: Great Tips for Saving Money
    College may seem a long way away to high school seniors who are focused on that next big test or big football game. But the time to think about choosing and paying for college is now. Some early-admissions and scholarship deadlines are right around the corner, if they haven't passed already. That's not to say that students without a college pick ...
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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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    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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    A Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art

    A Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art
    A Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree that will prepare you to sell you work in galleries, graduate school or a variety of art related careers. The first year of your program will give you a foundation of visual art skills such as drawing, sculpture, color, and composition. In the second year you will typically explore different artistic media ...
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    Opinions of Online Study Changing

    Opinions of Online Study Changing - With Time Among Polk's major employers, online degrees are warmly accepted, but the public's perception is still evolving. But the climate seems to have changed in the past couple of years. A recent survey by the Distance Education and Training Council found more than 70 percent of corporate supervisors rate online degrees as "just as ...
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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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    5 Ways to Screw Up Your Art School Application

    5 Ways to Screw Up Your Art School Application
    So you want to go to art school? Getting an art degree can successfully turn your passion for art into a career. Not only do you get a well-rounded education and an opportunity to hone your artistic abilities, but an art degree stands out on your resume and boosts your chances of getting hired. So how do you get your foot ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    What Do You Charge For Graphic Design?

    What Do You Charge For Graphic Design?
    What Do You Charge? As a freelancer, or at a design firm, there comes a time when we have to figure out what to charge for our services. We are worth payment. But, what do we do to set our rates to make sure that we're getting what we're worth? In our experience at Creative Core Design (.net), we go through ...
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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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    Gimme a Break!

    Gimme a Break!
    This is the time of year when students of all types have winter break. It's a nice and well-deserved reprieve from the papers, projects, and other studies of the school year. I haven't been a student in a while, but I still remember the anticipation for the break and the relief when it finally came. During the time off, it is ...
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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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