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Category Archives: Design Education

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, […]

Gender Disparities in Design

In a classroom of design students, we see a mix of gender, and often time we see more women. According to statistics found on AIGA, “More than 50 percent of people working in the design and graphics arena are women. However, only 3 percent of women are creative directors, the most senior roles in the […]

Graphic Designers are Contributing to Global Warming

In the graphic design field, it is important to see the drafts and final products on paper because it can look different on printed paper compared to the screen. Designers have to evaluate color, size, and even different types of paper to have the best finalized product design to show to either clients or for […]

Just Your Type

When looking at graphic design, many people tend to overlook and forget about the thoughtful details that go into making a particular work successful. Typography especially, is a game-changer in the design world, and has the power to effectively impact a target audience. Understanding the importance of typography is essential for new and upcoming designers, […]

The Total Package

When walking across the cereal aisle of a grocery store, shoppers are enveloped in a colorful sea of options. Some individuals already know right away what brand of cereal they want specifically. Other customers simply do not have the time to compare the pros and cons of products, so they result to judging by the […]