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Category Archives: Design Education

4 things every design student needs

Coffee: Even if you do not drink coffee, the implication by this option is that there are many late nights ahead. Choose your poison to keep yourself alert whether it is sugar, coffee, tea, or even just a strong will.  Perseverance: The hardest part about designing is getting started. Graphic design is not a field […]

When Do We Think, When Do We Do?

Do we know when we should drop the mouse and pick up the pencil? As designers, we often neglect the most important part of designing, the thinking aspect. Several designers spend an excessive amount of time conceptualizing over the perfect design, while others skip over the sketching phase all together. Finding the right balance between […]

Shrinking Our Brains to Expand Them

Do we think like children? As designers, we have to be ready to design anything that comes our way. With this being said, when we have to design for children, who are we truly designing for? As a result of the increase in internet accessibility, children’s environment is changing now more than ever. These children […]

Frustrated? Design it!

Frustrated with something stupid that you feel like could have an easy fix to it? Why don’t you take matters into your own hand, and design it yourself! That’s just what David Barnett did. Barnett was a professor who was simply frustrated with his headphone wires constantly tangling. He wanted something that was easy to […]

3 Reasons to be Happy as a Designer

It’s Thanksgiving and there is a lot to be thankful about. Whether you are just now starting off as a student, or already have an existing career in the field, there are plenty of reasons to be happy as a graphic designer! 1. You get paid for being creative. While design is a procedural discipline, […]

Don’t Be Afraid of Color!

Don’t be afraid of color! I recently read Michael Bierut’s essay Chromatophobia, which tells the story of when he realized he had a fear of color, and it made me contemplate how complex color really is. With over 10,000,000 colors we can see, there are even more color combinations—and yeah, that can be pretty overwhelming. […]

Judging a Book by its Cover

When a person first sees an eye-catching book cover on a bookshelf in a store or a library, the cover gives the potential reader an impression. Whether the cover is for a Biology 103 textbook, a popular new thriller novel, or a fashion and beauty magazine for teens, the individual focuses their attention on these […]

Why I Chose University Over Art School

“So what made you decide to go to Mason instead of an art institution?” It’s my third year at George Mason, and I’ve gotten that question more times than I can count. When I was a senior in high school deciding on what college I wanted to attend, I definitely spent a lot of time […]

You Need Some Space. No, Really.

Whether you work in an office or at home, the design of your workplace influences your productivity. As expressed in the Harvard Business Review article, “Employees Perform Better When They Can Control Their Space” by Diane Hoskins, “an optimal physical environment can serve as a foundation for an effective workforce.” By taking this into consideration, […]

Let’s Talk Sans Serif

If you’re a graphic designer, you most likely know you are expected to understand the difference between serif and sans serif letterforms and when it is appropriate to use them. However, when perceiving typography in design today, sans serif typefaces serve as the popular selection for designers. Since the Bauhaus design movement in the 1920’s, […]