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Appealing To Your Audience Or Compromising On Your Design

Posted on August 10, 2013

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What It Means To Work With Clients
There is a very simple and fundamental fact about graphic designing. In fact, this is a great mantra for all graphic designers to keep in mind. In short, when you make your own art, you never have to compromise. However, when someone is hiring your to make a product for them, you will have to bend to meet their needs. This does not mean that you are Read the rest of this entry »

Time Management: How To Plan Design Projects

Posted on June 6, 2013

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How to Plan Timely Design Projects
There’s a simple way to plan design projects in a timely manner. Divide the design project into phases. The number of phases depends on the size of the design project. Within each phase, estimate how much work is involved to complete the project. Next, calculate the number of workers needed. Rely on a flowchart to link phases of the design project to actual work involved.

Flowcharts Help Maintain Timely Design Projects
A flowchart is a simple spreadsheet that is broken down by the Read the rest of this entry »

Nature’s Influence On Modern Art And Design

Posted on April 2, 2013

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Looking around at the world, you can probably see the immense influence that nature has had on art. People love to paint and make models of natural images that they find in the world, and they might even dedicated some of their pieces to the praise of nature. Furthermore, people are interested in prints, borders and all of the rest that feel natural. Oaky wood colors and moss greens are not only finding their way into the world of art, but they are also making themselves at home in beautifully Read the rest of this entry »

Designing Websites in the Age of High Speed Internet

Posted on March 16, 2013

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For businesses, a solid website plays a critical role in attracting new customers and maintaining returning customers. For many customers, the content on a website is crucial, but the look of the website cannot be ignored.

Although today’s blazing-fast Internet speeds allow designers more freedom to create elaborate websites, businesses must also create mobile-friendly websites.

Elaborate Designs

With so many Internet service providers, such as CLEAR Internet, offering 4G Internet speeds, designers can truly let their artistic skills shine through their websites.Check out CLEAR’s speed at http://internet.clear.com/clear-internet-plans.html.

Just a few years ago, most Internet customers used slow dial-up modems to access the Internet. Web designers could not include more than a few basic images on each individual page because of this limitation.

Today, however, designers can use advanced multimedia platforms in their designs, including Flash animations and embedded videos. By creating elaborate but functional designs, web designers can make a business website look professional and stand out from the competition.

Extensive Content

Thanks to consumers now having access to fast Internet service, web designers can include bandwidth-heavy content, such as games, interactive graphs and videos. For example, a company that sells crafting supplies can include videos describing how to use its products to craft household projects.

Good content will also draw in search engines and people using those search engines to find information about products. A website with extensive content will draw in a better search engine ranking than one with only text and boring graphics.

Designing for New Devices

Although today’s web designers have more freedom to design websites with visually rich themes, they cannot neglect users who shun traditional ways to view the Internet. Due to the growth in smartphone and tablet use, designers must learn how to create mobile-friendly websites.

Even with a fast 4G Internet connection, the smaller screens of smartphones and tablets cannot deliver the same online experience that a desktop computer or laptop provides.

Fortunately, web designers don’t have to completely sacrifice their artistic visions for mobile wireless Internet users. Web designers can create separate mobile sites while allowing other users to experience the full version of the website.

How To Generate Design Ideas: Overcoming Artist’s Block

Posted on June 22, 2012

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Many of us have the desire to create something new and exciting but when we sit down to start this project our mind goes blank. This happens to the best of us and can be quite discouraging. Hopefully this article can inspire your creative juices and help you to overcome what is known as “artist’s block”.

Sometimes artist block can happen because the stress that is related to project we are trying produce. It could have a deadline that is causing stress or it could be caused by inspiration of how someone else’s project Read the rest of this entry »

India’s Unique Textile Designs And Their Influence

Posted on June 18, 2012

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Over the centuries, the influence of Indian textiles and designs has been a lasting one — perhaps even as old as the concept of clothing itself! For nearly five thousand years, India has been expertly crafting textiles from fine materials like cotton and silk. The development of techniques like block printing and creation of patterns like paisley, whose popular use continues to this day, shows us that India has been a key contributor to the arts and sciences of textile design.

Paisley is a perfect example of this longevity. The paisley motif Read the rest of this entry »

How To Improve The Quality Of Your Design

Posted on June 15, 2012

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Creating a memorable and quality design is a difficult thing. However, there are step you can take to create a great design every time.

Keep It Simple

One of the most important things when learning how to improve the quality of your design is to keep it simple. Sometimes frustration with a design can lead you to just keep adding things, trying to fix the little weird bits that you see and it can end up a cluttered mess. If you don’t like what you have so far, take a critical look Read the rest of this entry »

How To Captivate Your Audience Through Design

Posted on June 13, 2012

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It’s been said time and again that first impressions are everything, and while this understandably applies to meeting new people, it can apply to artistic endeavors as well. In these cases, first impressions are made through design. For example, a website with an unattractive design or a confusing layout will turn visitors off no matter what kind of content it may have, and a painting or drawing with poor design may turn people off almost immediately no matter how Read the rest of this entry »

How To Convey Emotion Through Your Design

Posted on June 10, 2012

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Effective portrayal of emotion through design is accomplished through the use of line, color, texture, shape and composition. All art and design provoke emotion, even if the viewer is unaware. The emotional content may be subtly covert or intentionally obvious.

Geometric shapes arranged in a rectilinear fashion convey order and logic. Although repeating patterns may convey order, additional elements of composition and color will influence the mood of your work. If geometric elements are arranged in a spiral or crowded into a corner the emotion provoked Read the rest of this entry »