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Category Archives: Design Education

Who Is My Target

How often do you research the demographics of your audience? Each work you create is trying to convey its own message to a particular audience. If you do not know who your audience is, you can accidentally design for the wrong individuals. A designer has failed at creating a successful design when they are attracting […]

Design Thinking and How to go About it

What is Design Thinking? How do you define the process in which a design comes about? Every designer has a process of their own in which they believe “works” for them. Some go for a linear route and some would be called organized chaos. The most important part that all designers have in common though […]

NJennovation

*NJen Behance* There are so many designers in the world, one of my favorites is Natasha Jen of Pentagram. She is a designer from Taipei, Taiwan but currently resides in New York City; where she received her BFA at the School of Visual Arts. She has designed for Nike, Kate Spade, Target, Guggenhiem Museum, and […]

Creating your own fonts in Illustrator

To create your own fonts you would need to master specific tools that are not always intuitive. But have you ever thought about being able to design your fonts and convert them to installable fonts using Adobe Illustrator? This is what FontSelf do, the app is a plugin made for Illustrator that lets you create […]

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Color Scheme

Having an understanding of colors will play an important role in the success of your project. Learning how to use it is a very important tool when choosing your color schemes. There are many things that you need to keep in mind when picking the right combination for your work. One of them is how […]

Music and Design

Music and design – they have more in common than one would think and need each other. They both are created and carry messages out to the audience by emotion and influence and have an impact on cultures. The music and design are decorative elements to go along with the theme of a person, place, […]

Befriending Satan

Regardless of whether or not you think web design is Satan, every graphic designer needs to befriend it. Due to the rapid expansion of the internet over the past few years, graphic designers are now expected to be able to code. Upcoming graphic designers are upset with this new expectation that requires them to learn […]

How to give CONSTRUCTIVE criticism.

What is constructive criticism, you ask? When giving constructive criticism, you are not just telling a person what they’ve done wrong. While you do have to point out what they did wrong, you are more focused on how they could improve upon the mistake(s) in the future. For example, if I were to say, “The […]

Give Me More Than Art Now

These are the textbooks for Art Now and the History of Graphic Design, respectively. Only one of these classes is a requirement for all graphic design majors, but it’s not the obvious choice…So why is Art Now a required class for graphic designers, but the History of Graphic Design is not? In Art Now, contemporary […]

Know Your Values

What separates you from the designers around you? When you stop to think of your differences, there may not be as many as you had originally thought. Designers today are starting to use the same styles, following the same trends, and being influenced by the same inspirations. Although the solution seems odd, designers need to […]