There are three things every creative yearns to hear: “we pay the total up front,” “our staff is ready to sexually reproduce with you at your request,” and “be as creative as you want.”
The first will never happen, the second only happened to me when I was in Sweden, and the third happens, but isn’t meant the way it sounds. The invitation for full creative control has some boundaries, and you have to know how to spot them, or you’ll just waste time, and upset the client.
Anyone who does graphic/web design work knows that clients often say one thing but mean another.
In spite of the tremendous expansion of the Internet, the power of the printed word remains strong and popular.
Print media is where it all began and today we take a close look at some amazing design magazines that can really boost your productivity and expand your design knowledge.
In addition to their printed versions, some magazines also offer online versions on their websites as well as PDF downloads and single issue orders. Order online or pick them up at your local bookstore.
Here’s our recommended list with descriptions taken from each magazine’s website…
Website builders have been gaining more popularity and traction lately, thanks to services such as Wix and Webnode.
These online website creators allow you to create a full website, free of charge, directly in your browser without any prior knowledge of website development.
Many of these services also offer premium packages with additional features, for a small cost per month, if you desire additional tools. The biggest advantage in using these services is the unbeatable development speed, as it all happens in your browser with click-and-drag functionality.
In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to add more energy and dynamism to a photo. The effects can be extended and used on a multitude of photos to create a feeling of motion and vibrancy to a static image.
The tutorial was created and written by renowned artist Mike Harrison (a.k.a. destill) and this is his first tutorial for a blog. His work has been featured in Computer Arts and Advanced Photoshop magazines.
OK, enough of an introduction, and on with the tutorial…
When you’ve been designing for a few years, it’s easy to fall into patterns. You carve out your personal style and find your inner voice. You figure out what you’re good at, and the world encourages you to play to those strengths.
Bosses, clients and peers want to see you do what you’ve always done because they know they like it. There are no unpleasant surprises. Sticking to your strengths is an easy formula for success, but only in the short-term. If you don’t adapt and grow as a designer, you’ll end up like that poor guy wearing the Members Only jacket without a hint of irony. Sure, it was uber-cool once. But styles change, and so should you.
A portfolio site should clearly and concisely communicate with visitors about the services that are provided and what the designer has to offer to potential clients. Because there are so many different types of design and various specializations, it’s not safe to assume that visitors will have a clear understanding of the services that are offered without them being communicated.
The purpose of a portfolio site is to show the work of the designer and to attract new clients. However, without a website that communicates effectively with visitors, it’s unlikely that visitors will make the extra effort to contact the designer about potential work.
Although there are lots of posts that evaluate different design blogs, I haven’t seen many that focus specifically on corporate websites. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the homepages of the Top 30 technology companies (the order of this list was determined by the InfoTech 100 from Business Week), and assign them a PASS or FAIL rating based on the quality of their homepage design.
Most web designers and getting more and more requests from clients to design custom blog themes.
While designing a blog theme isn’t entirely different from designing any other type of website, there are some unique challenges that blog theme designers face.
There are plenty of sources available for designers who are seeking inspiration from high quality blog design, but it’s also important to understand specifically what will influence and determine the success of a blog theme design. In this article we’ll examine 13 characteristics that separate great blog themes from the rest.