Amazing print designs made without a computer

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There is a long-standing debate (which I will not be addressing today) on whether or not software like the Adobe Creative Suite  enables designers to be creative and design impressive pieces of work. This post showcases an impressive collection of print designs made without the use of a computer. It highlights some of the front-runners in the world of graphic design including Paul Klee, Abram Games, A.M. Cassandre and more. These designers worked primarily in screen printing, painting, lithography, etc.

6 ways to make your design look more professional

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The question I have met with my fair share of inexperienced graphic designers who are searching for their place in this enormous industry. Many have asked me what they can do to design at a more professional level. The answers While there are a lot of answers to this question that would most likely deal with the research or creative process, I have chosen to highlight a number of things beginning (or advanced) designers can do in order to make

25 Inspiring and creative print ads

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As a graphic designer, one principle responsibility we have is to convey a message effectively via visual means. The following ads are inspirational in that regard. Few, if any, words are used in most of these advertisements, but the visual imagery speaks volumes. Take a look and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

Build your first wordpress theme with 4 easy-to-follow tutorials

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The wordpress theme used here at Graphic Design Blender is the first theme I ever attempted to create from scratch (patience with glitches are therefore appreciated).  I’m no web programmer. Designer, yes, but when it comes to coding, I have a lot to learn. Assuming there are a lot of designers in the same boat, I would like to present to you 4 easy-to-follow tutorials that will help you build your first wordpress theme.  After reading through these tutorials, please

Tips to help you be ready for your next design job interview

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Graphic design jobs are frequently few and far between. It’s important that you are prepared for any design job interview you might be lucky enough to land. Below you will find a number of tips to help you be more prepared for your next design job interview. 1. Update your online and print portfolios. Tastes, styles and opinions are constantly changing in the design industry. The most important factor in landing your next design job, therefore, is the quality of

The 5 phases of professional logo design

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The research Dare I say this is most important phase of the logo design process.  Research may include asking the client questions about their preferences when it comes to the design of the logo.  It should also include research of the competitors logo and creative work.  In addition, you should research the target audience and makes plans to tailor your design to their needs.  Remember, you have been hired to design a logo for a lot of reasons but the

55+ Questions to ask when designing a logo

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There are lots of questions to be asked when preparing to design a logo.  I do NOT suggest you ask a client all of these questions, but hope that this list will help you think of a few useful questions you’ve never considered before. I have broken them up into 5 categories: company/organization questions, branding questions, design preferences, target audience, budgets & proofing. Company/organization details What is your company/organization/product name? What sets your company apart from others? What services or

Dressing your design piece for the occasion

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I recently had an opportunity to meet with Steve Colin, creative director at Creature, a world-class ad agency in Seattle, Washington.  He emphasized the importance of “dressing your design for the occasion”.  “It’s important to keep the company’s personality and appearance,” Colin said, “but change their creative wardrobe frequently.”  This creates a challenge for designers to maintain brand equity while reaching new creative heights. Dressing for the occasion Picture yourself at a concert for your favorite rock band.  Now picture