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Category Archives: Design Education

Do’s and Don’ts of Color

article: http://www.inspirationbit.com/dos-and-donts-colour/ I read this article because color, along with typography, are one of the two most important elements in design work.  Not having taken any color theory classes at Mason, I thought this article would be a good read. The main Points I found to be helpful include: Do take the time to learn the color […]

An Open Letter to Graphic Design Students: Don’t Follow the Web, Follow Your Heart

http://imprint.printmag.com/design-school/an-open-letter-to-graphic-design-students-dont-follow-the-web-follow-your-heart/ What caught my eye to make me stop to read this article was the title.  It is a letter to graphic design students, which clearly relates to the peers in our class.  The article touches on aspects of juniors and seniors starting out in a new semester and where they are heading in their […]

Originality in a Media Saturated Market

This article highlights a major problem and drive that pushes designers today.  It starts with the technology that is available to the public.  We have much more advanced designing programs that come standard on most computers.  They have come a long way from the “Paint” program.  From PowerPoint to editing programs, even children today are […]

Cell Phone Apps & Designs

The article (3 Design Essentials For Early Adopters by Seth Priebatsch) drew me in mainly because of its title and pictures. Who am I kidding, it was definitely because of the pictures. The article’s main subject was about adopting three design essentials when creating a new application for smart phones. Keeping it simple, creating a […]

The Power of Graphic Design

After seeing the title of the article, “Can Graphic Design Make You Cry” by Jessica Helfand, it is like a magnet pulls me in. Following along the article, I am expecting to find the answer. However, the question didn’t get a yes or no answer but an open-ended conclusion. But the example she use to […]

Websites are the new Magazines

I am confidently predicting that most of us here spend way more time on websites than we do reading magazines. Websites are the new magazines for designers and as such, we should be learning website design a lot faster than we learn editorial design. Fortunately, there is a lot of overlap between editorial and websites, […]

What do you know about Pro Bono?

So, how much do you exactly know about designing for pro bono? As working designers, especially for students, we should all be educated about designing for pro bono.  Surprisingly, a lot of people have wrong perceptions to how pro bono is worked. When done correctly, pro bono design can be one of the ways designers can […]

Some type tutorials

Speaking of typography and tutorials…here is a link to a blog post that links to some cool typography tutorials. http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/articles/25-tutorials-for-creating-detailed-graphical-text-effects Some of them are a bit meh but some of them are really cool.

The need for peer review

Recently I was writing a research paper, and I was having an extremely difficult time finishing it. This is a problem I usually don’t have, but I eventually realized that I needed a fresh set of eyes to read over my paper and help me filter through some of my thoughts. Unsurprisingly, shortly after I  […]

What truly makes a font terrible?

I know that I ‘ve posted up at least 5 different fonts that have been viewed as “disgusting”, “tacky”, etc. and frowned upon by graphic designers. Whereas some of the featured fonts such as Comic Sans and Papyrus are universally reviled by any graphic designer, are seen as the mark of a complete amateur, and […]