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Category Archives: Design Education

Combining Digital and Traditional Media part 1/3 Digitizing Traditional Work

Any artist that wants to sell their work in the modern age needs to know how to best to optimize it for computer viewing and print, even if they never touched a computer while they were making the actual art. First of all the golden rule: NEVER POST HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA. It […]

Combining Digital and Traditional Media part 2/3 Incorporating Scans and Photos into Digital Art

Photoshop makes it really easy to incorporate physical media in digital designs these days. I’ll be demonstrating how to make a logo for a fictional dive bar/restaurant, using a sketch as the basis for the line art and incorporating a texture from a photo. What you’ll need: A sketched design, paper with an interesting texture, […]

Combining Digital and Traditional Media part 3/3 Bringing Digital Work Into The Real World

Something that’s a little more rare in the modern age is converting digital media to traditional. While there are dozens of methods, including collage, projection, and ink transfers, I’ll be giving you an in-depth tutorial in an unusual method I use to turn very precise geometric line work created in illustrator into an equally precise […]

All Things Sewell

  Okay, so we all have our celebrity crushes. For a 13-year-old singer, it may be Taylor Swift. For a 17-year-old basketball star, it may be Stephen Curry. As for me, a 20-year-old graphic design student, my idol is Carolyn Sewell. Before coming to Mason I did not have too many people I looked up […]

Sometimes People Are Awful, And Sometimes They will Also Be The Client

No matter what field you go into, you will encounter some remarkably terrible people, and some of them will control your salary. In graphic design it often seems that a whole new breed of crazy comes out in some people, including ones that mean well. Graphic designers have been dueling dealing with beastly clients since […]

No Graphic or Digital Skills – Just a Creative Mind

Are we at the point where if we don’t use a single digital skill and still pull off an amazing ad its all the rave? Are we that caught up in all the newest technology that people have forgotten what it’s like to make something organic? While technology continues its growth sometimes going back to […]


Have you ever had trouble with coming up with a color palette for a design? Or created poster online that just needs a simple background pattern? They’re small little details but they mean so much if the colors you choose are unpleasant to the viewers eyes or a background that causes more confusion to the […]

Who Knew?

The art of letter forms is not new. We study writing and its origins, generally agreed as Sumerian cuneiform writing circa 3300 BCE. We study multicultural progression of written languages. As designers, we study its display. Until March 22, 2015, the Sackler Gallery is exhibiting Nasta’Liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy. I went to see […]

Is Graphic Design Still Invisible

  On August 30, the Washington Post wrote an article by Jessica Contrera about the new Tysons Galleria sign. The article started, “The letters are clean and smooth, no extra frills or flares, just basic, readable type.” What? When I was younger, you know during B.C. (Before College), I was not aware that graphics design […]

Is it me, or is most design becoming interactive?

Whether we know it or not, graphic design is pretty much everywhere we turn. Ads, food product containers and boxes, posters, and even official boring documents that we need to fill out. But lately I’ve noticed all these forms of design slowly becoming interactive in one way or another. The other day at the mall […]