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Category Archives: Design Education

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 […]

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 […]