The biggest myth of graphic and web design

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I’m not going to beat around the bush, the following is what I believe to be the biggest myth in the graphic and web design industry: “Our job is to design what the client wants.”I know the old adage says “the customer is always right.” While I always strive to make the customer happy and create a design that they are pleased with, I would like to consider the following scenarios: Let’s assume you’re not a designer anymore. Rather, you’re

Anatomy of a massive site redesign

If you’ve ever visited the site before, you know that Graphic Design Blender just went through a massive site redesign. I am now happy to present to you the new and very much improved Graphic Design Blender. GDB is a place where graphic and web designers come to stay up to date on an ever-changing industry–that of graphic and web design. This article will cover the ins and outs of a massive site redesign. It articulates on more in-depth considerations

Time management tips for designers

Whether you work in a corporate office, small production house, or as a freelance designer, chances are you have a lot to do. As designers, we many times have multiple projects to work on, clients to find, bills to manage, research to do, meetings to go to, and more. If we aren’t careful, time can get away from us and we can find ourselves not accomplishing all that we hope to during the day. This article is a collection of

51 New Year resolutions for graphic and web designers

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The traditional New Year Resolution: some dread it and some embrace it. Of course, it’s not always easy to sit down and decide what we hope to accomplish over the next year. Below you will find a few ideas that I hope will be helpful in making you a more successful graphic or web designer next year and for the rest of your career. If you have more suggestions please add to the list. Graphic Designers, Code your first web

17 Left-brain exercises for creative people

Most creative people are right brained and frankly, sometimes we work the right half of our brains way too hard. Being “right-brained” means we like to think outside the box, frequently disregard logic, and typically hate subjects like math and spelling. But researchers have noted that the brain works more efficiently if we not only work the side that is dominant for us, but spend some time working the less dominant parts. Therefore, the following are some ideas to help

How to get people talking about your design blog

In today’s world it’s all about sharing. People tweet, digg, stumble, share, sphinn, bump, blend, and more. The key to success of any blog is how well you make sure others are talking about your content. This article contains 20 tips on how to get people talking about your design blog. After you read the list, share your opinion. Get the sociable plugin Possibly the most popular way to share content on your design blog (assuming you are using wordpress)

7 Tips on presenting logos to a client

The research is over. The sketching is finished. Bad ideas now fill your waste basket and the best ideas have made it to the computer screen. After all the hard work, your logos are finally ready to present to the client. But how can you be sure they will be accepted and appreciated by the client? Below are some tips on presenting your logo comps to the client. Follow these rules and your logo proofing is bound to be a

6 ways to make your design look more professional

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

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