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Category Archives: Design Education

Do You Need Art/Design School to Become Successful?

Every student, whether they are in high school or college, must choose their career and take classes related to their career. There are some art and design classes we are forced to take and some that we can possibly pass through that we aren’t truly interested in. However, that doesn’t mean that we must follow […]

Quality Control

How good is good enough in design? When designers are working for clients, they strive for creating both perfect and fast designs. Unfortunately, with strict deadlines and budgets, it is impossible to achieve both. This forces us to determine how we should balance the time and quality aspects of our designs. Although no one wants […]

Design is all Around

Being a design major, my eyes for design have become more aware of the Earth’s natural design. Especially in rock and mineral formations, their chemical compounds allow for their colorful creation. I personally am fascinated by the opal rock because it is not the typical mineral. The opal rock has a more hydrogenous chemical formula […]

Say “NO!” To (Cheesy) Stock Photos

We’ve all been there: you need a photo, FAST, and you just don’t care if it looks super staged and cheesy, so you find the cheapest (hopefully free) stock photo you can find and use it. Maybe you mean to replace it (maybe you forget), or maybe you plan to leave it and move on, […]

Jedi Mind Trick

Do you suddenly feel the need to eat when you drive past fast food restaurants? These spontaneous thoughts of hunger are not a coincidence, but are instead thoughts that have been influenced by these restaurants. One of the most powerful tools that a designer forgets to use is color. Just by using a particular color, […]

Digital Album Cover Designs

With the rise of technology, album covers and vinyls are becoming less popular among the common music listener. Luckily, musicians still depend on album art to express the emotion of their current releases. The ability to capture the meaning of the entire album with one photo; or artwork is much more difficult than many would […]

Text effect on Illustrator

It’s amazing how Illustrator has evolved over the years, text effect has became one of my favorite things to do on illustrator, I am not going to lie that I spend hours on Youtube watching tutorials #nerdalert and today I want to share with you a few of my favorites tutorials of how to change […]

Difference Between Paint Tool Sai, Photoshop, and Illustrator

  If you’re planning on using and/or suggesting to a friend to use Paint Tool Sai, Adobe Photoshop, and/or Adobe Illustrator, you need to know that these programs are not used similarly, despite having similar features.   Paint Tool Sai is a program used mainly for art purposes, such as drawing and painting. Unlike Photoshop […]

Back to the Basics

How frequently do you focus on implementing design fundamentals into your own work? More often than not, new designers are overlooking these basic design principles, choosing to instead focus on aesthetics. Designers need to design for functionality. No matter how appealing a design appears, if it does not successfully communicate the intended message, then it […]

What is Fair Use?

Fair Use. You see it all over the internet, especially in the disclaimers that accompany most of the fanvids posted on YouTube. Fair use is also something that is considered and used by many students when doing presentations or even when making artwork for class. People claim fair use all the time, but do they […]