In an ever changing design environment of trends, apps, and platforms, I came across a list of 25 Graphic Designers you should take note of:
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Many of you may be wondering how to find work or an internship. Well this young designer had an interesting approach.
I hope you enjoy his article and I hope it inspires you.
I found the info graphics above to be beautiful visual aides.
I wanted to share a few links that show some examples of some great portfolios.
The end of the semester is quickly approaching and we are preparing to have our Portfolio Presentation on Saturday, Dec. 3. In preparation for this I wanted to share a link with some helpful information regarding developing a print portfolio.
An alumni sent me this link to some very good basic Photoshop tutorials.
I hope you enjoy them and find them as helpful as we have.
Found some great info for all of you venturing into Indesign for the first time:
Here is an interesting profile of a designer and a packaging project he designed:
I thought today was a good day for a giggle or a smile:
Enjoy this gem from the Onion News Network:
New Study Explains Why Comic Sans Font So Hilarious (Season 1: Ep 8 on IFC)
Something to be aware of as you are working to enter this profession.
Here is another cool article about the history of the Nike Swoosh.
The art of the perfect subway ad is an interesting article and creative poster produced in photoshop.
The Chair of the Dance department here shared this link with us and I loved the expression of Dance, Animation, Figure Drawing, and Storytelling in this piece, so I thought I would share it with you as well. I hope it inspires your creativity today.
Here is an interesting article on the importance of Political campaigns.
Also be interesting to see what this effect is like in other countries. Do you think some of the same principles would apply?
Some other Blogs with tutorials I thought I should share.
This is a post a student turned me on to that I thought was fun & I would share:
This is an interesting list about what every Graphic Designer should know, and the list maker is looking for feedback so join the conversation and leave your comment.
Recently we had the privilege of having Steve Tadlock from the Broderick Agency speak to our Graphic Design majors. He walked them through some of his experiences and showed them some of his work as he has worked on a number of different projects over the years incorporating many forms and kinds of media.
I asked Steve to give us a list of some of the designers, resources, and books that he felt Graphic Design majors should be familiar with and this the result:
My pleasure, Kris. (This is by no means an exhaustive list).
Each student should make their own list of inspirational websites. My short-list includes:
Books to read; these are on advertising, not design so much. It’s important to understand the difference.
GUTS: Advertising From the Inside Out, by John Lyons. (haven’t read this in a while but I remember it was good)
Hey Whipple, Squeeze This. by Luke Sullivan. (if you’re serious about advertising, this is a must-read).
Google the credits in work you like.
Some designers you should know:
More good stuff for your blog (or just reading)
I like this paragraph in particular:
“After all these years, and after learning a little bit about what it takes to do great work, I’ve come to realize that talent isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Instead, it’s desire that often separates the best from the rest.”
Here’s a great new site for you creatives to get inspired and showcase your work through Facebook. The more “likes” your work receives the more chances it has to be promoted on the Spotlight page, becoming a permanent fixture. It looks to have great features like a learning lab, current trends, new product promotions and campaigns.
The original article & link are below.
In an attempt to build relationships in the advertising industry, Facebook revealed Facebook Studio, a “place to celebrate innovation, creativity and effectiveness” on the platform.
“We’ve heard from agencies, brands and the marketing community that you want examples and thought-starters for creativity and innovation on Facebook,” reads an introduction to the site. “We’ve built this site to provide a place where you can come to be inspired and showcase your work.”
In practice, the site is a place to introduce recent work. The more “Likes” the work receives, the more likely it is to be promoted in Facebook’s Spotlight, a permanent collection. Facebook also plans to give awards for the best work awards.
Other features of the site include a learning lab, an agency directory and a “what’s new” section that details new product launches, trends and resources.
The effort comes as Facebook’s relationship with agencies has been somewhat strained by the platform’s arcane system for buying ads. A handful of firms, including Blinq Media and AdParlor, have acted as intermediaries to smooth out the process.
Facebook reps could not be reached for comment on Facebook Studio; however, we have a feeling this outreach may have something to do with Facebook’s new Director of Global Creative Solutions, Mark D’Arcy. A lauded creative powerhouse, D’Arcy was nabbed last month and tasked with finding interesting and valuable ways for interactive advertisers and marketers to use Facebook.
I know a number of our majors just finished up with their Indesign class and a typography class so I thought they and everyone else might enjoy these links:
I hope you enjoy these and keep your fingers on the keys and the type emerging!
On April 13, 2011,
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An App Full of Ads: You can now download an app provided by Apple that allows you to view all the iAds in one place. The app is called iAd Gallery and so far only runs natively on the iPhone. The iAd Gallery is a celebration of advertising, featuring iAd campaigns from some of the world’s best brands and their advertising agencies. The iAd Gallery gives you easy access to a selection of the fun and informative ads that have run in some of your favorite apps. Use the Browse feature to discover ads you haven’t seen, or to find those you want to see again.
Ran across this and thought I would share. Google has a new website called – Google Art Project
Google’s concept is simple, explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces. Visitors may take a virtual walk through the museums, making the site a sort of street-view for art.
This cool site will provide a wealth of knowledge to any art lover by offering the chance to view the world’s greatest collections without the travel or hiking with backpacks strapped to yourself. Enjoy.
VP, Director of Interactive Design
The Cirlot Agency
If you’re like me, before I sit down and get the creative wheels turning I must have a cup o’ joe. O.k., two or three cups to be exact. Not to be partial to any particular brand but this post is about Starbucks. They are in transition of separating the words from the mark to accommodate their expanding business model. I found a couple great articles on their logo redesign for their 40th anniversary. Terry Davenport, SVP of Marketing gives great insight on their upcoming creative & promotions. Sit back, sip and enjoy!
Executive Art Director
The Cirlot Agency
So we are offering our Digital Imaging class for the first time this Spring and it is going to be an exciting and interesting class, I am not sure they will have an assignment like this one, but I saw these and thought of them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. :-)
I was reading this article and thought is was a good one to share called:
What Do You Do When You’re “BLOCKED”?
I hate when it happens. And, even after “forever” in this business, it still happens to me … regularly.
The ole creative juices just won’t flow. Some call it a “block.” I call it “AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!” Well, that’s what I say, anyway.
I do have some rituals that I go through to try to unlock the creative dam. Like taking a walk to clear my head, or even a quick drive around the block (or to the ice cream shop … Yum!). And I’m never without something to write on and with. You never know where you’ll be when the ideas start to come to you. Just a pocket-sized notebook and pencil will do. Scribble down your ideas, then flesh them out when you are able.
Take a nap. Yep. That’s right. Take a nap. It’s amazing what a little shut-eye can do.
Listen to some upbeat music. Mind you, I said “upbeat,” not “headbanger.” Keep it on a positive note!
That’s it for me. What about y’all? What do you do to help unblock your creative blockage?
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
– Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert”
VP, Creative Director
The Cirlot Agency
Someone once said, “Fonts are the clothes that words wear,” and it has always stuck with me because it is so true. Type design and font selection are areas that I feel are often overlooked in the classroom, but they are crucial parts of good commercial art and design. Something as simple as changing the font can completely change the the meaning that you are trying to convey. Here are some good places to start if you want to begin looking at type more in-depth:
Executive Art Director
The Cirlot Agency
I was recently made aware of this article which talks about the state of Design education.
Whenever I tell someone that I’m in a graphic design class they look at me quizzically and ask, “That isn’t your major is it?” I tell them that it is not, that I am a business major but that graphic design is one of those things that can help you out in business. I believe it can help out with any major. I jumped into this class not really knowing what I was getting myself into. The first day of class I felt like the lone PC in a world of Mac’s. Everyone was so artsy and had so much more experience at doing this sort of thing. I even talked to the teacher confessing that I was a business major, completely inept at art ever since high school where it lowered my overall gpa. I confessed that I was not artistically inclined, however, I promised to give the class 110%. I was still nervous as we started the whole process. It is intimidating to watch the kid next to you sketch out exactly what he wanted to do and then scan it into adobe illustrator. However, I stuck with it, and soon if the guy next to me had a problem he would ask me and not the other way around, even being woken up one night by a fellow graphic design student who was stuck on a project. I went tirelessly through the photoshop and illustrator manuals, clinging to them as though they were the maps to the new world. I will confess jealousy at fellow students when we reached the halfway point and switched to photoshop. All of a sudden I was back at the bottom of the foodchain. Everything I had learned about illustrator and vectors was for naught. Besides that, everyone and their mother had previous experience with photoshop. I, on the other hand was floundering yet again. With the same determination I pushed through yet again. I never became a resource of knowledge for the workings of photoshop but I did learn to use and appreciate a few of the overwhelming number of tools it processes. I am proud to say that I am no longer the scared little kid who first entered the scary world of art and graphic design. I am a war-hardened veteran whose skills will most definitely be useful in the future. I did it, and so can YOU.
I just wanted to do a quick post and shout out to a place of healing and art.
…. and has a cool Belhaven connection as some of the founders of this place are the parents of a Belhaven Student….
Opportunities for visual artists and those supporting the visual arts in Europe. The Art Factory is a faith-based initiative to rediscover the possibility of a creative and restorative relationship with God and encourage and enjoy the making of art.
I came across this blog post about the logo creation process for a non-profit group and thought it was a good one to share.
The landscape of the photography industry has changed drastically in the last decade. No longer does pure technical know-how qualify you to succeed or have a place in the industry. In the midst of all the change Dane Sanders has had a significant impact on the wedding and portrait industry with his book FastTrack Photographer as well as the conversations he regularly engages in on his weekly podcast ‘Ask Dane’ and his FastTrack Roadshow Workshops.
We are really excited to have Dane here in Jackson for one of his workshops and just as excited to have him offering a free talk Thursday evening on Belhaven campus. This is an event that you don’t want to miss. You will leave challenged and inspired!
Adobe has now made a designer’s job that much easier by providing us with an amazing new feature in CS5. The content-aware healing feature within Photoshop, allows the Photoshop application to examine your image as it tries to figure out the best way to remove or repair the damaged or unwanted area you’ve selected. How’s that for making it easy? The Spot Healing Brush is still best suited for smaller areas that you can easily click on or paint over. However, the content-aware fill, lets you repair or replace larger, more complex areas, and even multiple areas at once, simply by drawing selections around them and letting Photoshop do the rest! How about that for saving time?
Using the Content Aware Healing brush is easy. Simply open your image, select the “Spot Healing Brush” from the tool menu on the left, then make sure the “Content-Aware” button is toggled on the “Applications Bar” up top. Using the “Spot Healing Brush” begin drawing over the area you wish to remove, the content-aware will begin filling in the area you wish to remove. Finish up with the spot healing brush.
For a simple tutorial, I have linked a sample video to show the process. Enjoy!
I recently came across this site that showed some Ambigrams……… What is an ambigram? Good question because until I saw these I did not know…..
An ambigram as defined by Wikipedia, “is a typographical design or artform that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also from another viewpoint, direction, or orientation.” To simply put, an ambigram is a typographical creation where the word reads the same when upside down, or flips to create a whole new word. Ambigrams are often very sophisticated and very imaginative typographical style of visual design.
After perusing the blog last Friday and having a few good laughs over the “unfortunate logos” post I thought, … Hhhmmmm, this would be a great segue!
You gotta love logo design – the stories behind them, the untold hours in research, creative brainstorming, taking your friends’ subjective opinions with a grain of salt and your clients’ opinions to heart. There’s just one little thing that this little bundle of words and images has to do and that is to communicate effectively.
Whenever I’m tasked to create one of these I always look for quick inspiration, especially under a tight turnaround – is there any other kind? Whether it’s a four color job with all the bells and whistles or a one color, type only job, I usually hit the site called:
Kinda starting to sound like a PSA isn’t it? If you haven’t already checked it out it will definitely get your creative juices flowing. It’ s nice to see how they present their marks on complimentary colored backgrounds. Who needs white space anyway?
You can view the site by Top Uploaders, Most Favorites, Most Floats and Most Favorite Logos.
I was reading this post and felt it had some really great info for our students regarding how a Graphic Designer should NOT intereact with clients.
Anyway here is the article:
I wanted to say Thank you to a Heidi Flynn Barnett of Flynn Design. Heidi was kind enough to come over and talk to our students about being a free lance Graphic Design and some of the joys & pit falls of working for oneself.
So go check out her stuff online! http://www.groovinby.com
Thanks again Heidi, we all enjoyed seeing and hearing about your journey.
Funny how Fonts, Text, & Design intersect to help share our common cultural experiences.
I was made aware of this cool little post from the Indesign page on Facebook.
Coroflot is one of my favorite sites to visit regularly because it offers a ton of insight and inspiration to emerging designers. I would call it the “Facebook of the Design World.” The site allows you to create a profile page, post a resume, share your latest work and receive monthly reports allowing you to know what designs are receiving the most views per month. It’s a great networking tool. Coroflot allows you to create and join existing groups to connect to other designers from around the world that share your same interests. If you’re looking for work, Coroflot even has a job posting section where you can view and send you Coroflot page directly to the companies in your field that are looking to hire. I found this site extremely helpful when I was a student because I didn’t have the time to build a personal website and keep it updated with my latest work all the time. Updating work on Coroflot is as easy as uploading photos to facebook. Anyone can do it, and in my opinion, it’s the quickest way to get discovered as a designer. Check it out: www.coroflot.com
The Cirlot Agency
It is now more than a month into school and I was curious how the new Graphic Design majors were adjusting to life at Belhaven….. so I asked one of them and this is what they wrote………
First Month at Belhaven
What am I supposed to say? It’s been lonely, frustrating, boring, fun, stressful, challenging, intriguing… you could probably pick any word and I could say I have felt it in the last month. Maybe that’s just me being my emotional self, but I’m a girl, give me a break. I’m sure boys have probably felt it at least once too, they just don’t tell anyone. It was exciting at first being on my own, but also saddening knowing I won’t see my family and close friends for a long time. Then almost immediately I got pushed into the adventure of meeting new person after new person after new person, and then trying to find at least a familiar face in the cafeteria, then classes start, and I started to see the same people repeatedly throughout the day. I started creating a habit, a routine of some sort to try and feel at home. 1st full week of classes hits. It’s not the easiest since I haven’t seen my best friend in 3 weeks or my family in 2, haven’t had a hug in 2 weeks and my 18th birthday is in the next few days and I’ve never had a birthday away from home. I spent the whole week dreading the thought of my 18th birthday (which is supposed to a big deal, right?) being so different and wanting to be somewhere where somebody actually knows me. Surprisingly the girls in my hall took me in and got some people together to do something for my birthday. I was shocked at how kind and much like home they made it feel. Each week had it’s stresses of papers, assignments, quizzes and challenges from the world view curriculum which wasn’t at all what I expected. It’s not that it’s harder or easier than I thought, just different. After freaking out about how to study, some upperclassmen told me I didn’t really need to read the book “just take good notes in class and study those”– a concept I had never even thought about. I had always thought you had to read the book. Apparently in college for certain classes we do not have do this. I signed up for almost every activity that came my way, trying to get involved and make some friends and find the place I belonged, then by the 4th week I figured out I had signed up for too much and had to quit several activities. Trying to find a church in state that’s not your home is a whole other challenge in itself but add no car, and it makes it even more challenging. First church I visited was WAY too “southern” for my tastes, second church felt like I was in a some monk school, third church had the right type of worship but some differences I was not used to since I am from a non denominational background. Needless to say, I am still looking around to see what church God wants me to attend. Hopefully you have had better luck than I. Being pushed outside of my box, stretched to where I didn’t think I could wake up the next morning, doubting my ability to perform the task given to me– that’s how God has been challenging me. But I can already feel myself growing and in spite of the challenges that come with the first month of college, I know this is going to be a great year, and I’m looking forward to impact I can help make on this campus.
Well how about the rest of you Belhaven Freshmen/Transfers what has your first month been like? Are you going to make an impact this year?
So after asking a freshmen about why she chose Belhaven, and reading her response I was naturally curious to know more, like how she decided upon Graphic Design as a major, here was her response……..
Why I Chose Graphic Design
I have been surrounded with art my whole life. My sister is a photography major and my oldest brother started out in graphic design but now does more of the business side than creative. I grew up in a home that had a love for art. When I was little I used to sit for hours and hours and watch my big sister work on her college art projects. I just loved watching how she created the beautiful picture and wanted to learn how I could do it too. I took art classes in elementary and junior high school and loved being able to create pictures with pencil, oil pastels, paint, or create a vase with broken pieces of glass. Once I got to high school I took digital photography, drawing, web design, and interior design and loved it all. I knew graphic design was what I wanted to do when I looked at all the classes required for the major and couldn’t wait to take all of them and learn all that I could. The beauty of art has always attracted me and I have always loved being able to create it myself. Sometimes I kind of struggle with the whole inspiration or “what do I draw” thoughts, but with graphic design there is more of a need where a client needs a logo, or a web page, or play bill to be designed. There is already the need and I am here to fulfill that need with my creative ideas and it has more of a purpose than to just make somebody feel something. It is to catch the viewers’ eye and intrigue them to come to your event or buy your product. I love being able to help people. Knowing that I can both create art and help someone with graphic design is just the perfect fit for me.
So why did you choose to be a Graphic Designer? (Or be a Graphic Design Major?)
Well, it’s Thursday, and I thought everyone might enjoy some levity, and when I came across this post I thought it was worth sharing…..
In June, I was locked in a conference room for two days with our Administrative Team, the Directors of Admission and Integrated Marketing, and some incredibly gifted marketing consultants.
Our time together was for one simple task – to articulate exactly what Belhaven University does that distinguishes us from all other colleges and universities.
You’d think that assignment would be easy – but it wasn’t. And fortunately, we had Liza Looser and the Cirlot Agency, one of the country’s top marketing firms, leading us through this analysis – a gift of their time given to Belhaven, worth far more than we could ever afford, had we hired their council like other clients for this analysis.
We were charged with distilling everything special about Belhaven into one or two words. If you had only one or two words to describe everything that is unique about us – what would you say?
I’ve suggested to the campus that “Christ focused” would be those two words, and while true, we were quickly convinced in our session that those words didn’t articulate what made us different from every other evangelical school.
Well, it may not be the perfect answer, but to summarize the nature of what distinguishes Belhaven University from all the other 4,168 schools in America we chose the words: “purposeful stewardship.”
Not too catchy for a billboard is it? Yea, we didn’t think so either, but it’s the truth, and we’ll find some good ways to explain it.
It comes down to this idea – we have a drive and culture ingrained in Belhaven that seeks to get the best out of everything that God has given to us. We are purposefully good stewards of whatever the Lord entrusts to us.
If we take all the complexities and distinctives of this University, and distill them into this core idea of “purposeful stewardship,” everything we do boils down into three critical stewardship callings given to us by God:
1. Purposeful stewardship of teaching an unchanging biblical worldview
2. Purposeful stewardship of valuing every student.
3. Purposeful stewardship of honoring God-given opportunities.
Dr. Roger Parrott
President, Belhaven University
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
(601) 968-5919 voice — 352-1911 fax
Belhaven University – Our Standard is Christ
Be strong and courageous! … The Lord your God will go ahead of you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 …. Belhaven University 2010-11 Verse of the Year
I enjoy reading a few blogs by different Artists and Craftsman and I think I have pointed out David Duchemin‘s blog before, but I read a post from the other day (and in turn another person’s blog ) on Inspiration, it’s usage, and what is becoming of creativity. So continuing the string that has been started here I really want to encourage you to read 2 blog posts:
First this one by Owen Shifflett entitled:
Now read this post by David Duchemin:
So what do you think. Is inspiration a bad deal? Is creativity dead? & Why?
Andrew Davies wrote me saying — “Just wrote another post that I thought might be useful to your students. Especially ones graduating. DJ Stout from Pentagram Austin visited this past week and he had a few choice pearls to share about interviewing skills.”
As I work to recover from the quick paced start to this semester I wanted to get back to Guest blog Thursdays…… so in that regard …..
A great Designer and friend of our Program – = – from Paragon -=- Andrew Davies who recently wrote about his encounter with Lee Hunt and Lee’s presentation to a group at SCAD regarding Media and Branding. It is a very worthwhile read and I encourage you to head on over to his blog and check it out.
There may be no more important way to reach the world for Christ than through images. As Christians our words matter a little, our actions matter most, but it is the images of communication that grip people if they are to consider ideas outside their familiar turf. In this age, graphic design may be one of the most important evangelism and discipleship tools available to us.
It is contrite to repeat the old saying, “a picture is worth 1,000 words” – today, the right picture, with the right headline, presented in the right way speaks volumes. And to me the importance of graphic design gets lived out every day:
- I just published a book, and we spent more time getting the cover right than I did writing chapters, because if entirety of the book’s message doesn’t come across on the cover, the book will never be opened.
- When we print our magazine for Belhaven, I spend as much time working with out team about the graphics as I do about the words. I know the recipients of our magazine may or may not read the story, but I know they will all see the graphics.
- When I write even a simple email to the campus, I know that how it is laid out will determine how well it is read. The words don’t change, but the presentation can make the words be heard rather than lost.
I hope our students will become the best – for business, graphic design firms, and ministry organizations. And I hope they will be people with a calling from God to not be satisfied with just showing us razzle-dazzle of creative designs. Whether selling a product, shaping an idea, or sharing a ministry focus I pray we will have graduates who “serve rather than be served” – which means in graphic design that the goal must be to meet the needs of those to whom you are communicating, not just boost the designer’s ego so they are able to win awards.
I’m thrilled we’ve started this graphic design major. With the thousands of images that come at us every day, and the short attention span of people, it is the graphic designers who have more opportunity to set the cultural agenda for the world. The good ones will be heard.
Dr. Roger Parrott
President, Belhaven College
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
(601) 968-5919 voice — 352-1911 fax
Belhaven College – Our Standard is Christ
He led me to a place of safety; He rescued me because He delights in me.
Psalm 18:19 …. Belhaven College 2009-10 Verse of the Year
When I was first asked about creating a blog for the Graphic Design Dept. I wasn’t sure what I would write about week after week, so I stole an idea I saw on Scott Kelby’s blog where he invites different guests to post blogs on his site on Wednesdays. I thought this was a great idea and thought I would use Thursdays to do the same thing. :-) Thus, giving other creative people and friends of our Department a chance to use our blog to post ideas, thoughts, or otherwise enlighten us. Well our first guest does just that!
I am honoured and excited to announce that our first guest blogger is Dr. Roger Parrott the President of Belhaven. So please tune in tomorrow and read his post. You can also follow and read more about Dr. Parrott and Belhaven on his blog