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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 […]

Dropbox Update was Made for Designers

As a graphic designer and a student, I can appreciate the branding update to the file sharing and storage website, Dropbox. The overhaul went into effect October of 2017 and included an updated logo, typeface, color palette, and visual design for the website. The company’s design release page focuses a lot on the idea of […]

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 […]

Judging a book at first sight

Judging a book at first sight Book design has a lot to do with appearance; have you ever “judged a book by its cover?” As much as I’d like to say I read the content of a book first, I would be lying. I’m one of the many people that pick a book based on […]

The Invisible Triangle

Test your eyes: Do you see a triangle? Fact: There is no triangle. This is a Kanizsa triangle, an optical illusion—that triangle isn’t really there. That’s the gestalt law of closure. If you’ve been paying any attention in your design classes, then there’s no way you haven’t come across some mention of gestalt. In the […]

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. […]

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, […]