Questions about either learning or teaching graphic design.

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Developer to Designer path: How To

Being a developer wanting to be a designer, I'm really interested in learning how to create top notch UI for websites, mobile apps, etc. However, I know nothing about PhotoShop or anything related to ...
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What job can help bridge me over to graphic design while I study?

I would like to have some kind of creative job role while I teach myself graphic design. I currently work in a factory on an assembly line that has nothing to do with what I'm studying. So I've ...
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What career paths does a graphic design degree offer?

I'm considering a number of different options, including Computer Science, Graphic Design and Physics. I enjoy graphic design, but I wonder what jobs I would be able to do with said degree - does it ...
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What are the journals of contemporary graphic design?

Are there any internationally recognized journals on contemporary graphic design? For example, where can I find critiques, reviews, and argued opinions of designers like David Carson or Uwe Loesch?
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Do marketing, English and communications programs teach graphic design?

I frequently see job postings for various marketing positions that specify marketing, English or communications as the degree but a skillset that includes Adobe Creative Suite, HTML, Wordpress/CMS and ...
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What's the best career path / entry-level role for someone aiming to be a creative director? [duplicate]

I wold like to get into the design industry and would like to work my way up to a creative director role. I have also considered art director. What entry level jobs would you recommend to get there ...
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Internship or Spec Work?

I've just completed a Bachelor's in Web Design & Development and have been casting a wide net for employment opportunities, including internships, paid and unpaid. I was contacted by one company (...
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Self-teaching graphic design when English is not our mother tongue

I would like to share with you my fear about my opportunity to succeed in learning graphic design. I am 29 years old and my boyfriend and I decided to change our life, so we moved to London 5 months ...
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Media teacher… but really a student… choosing computers

I am a new media teacher with dreams coming true - we are upgrading the school and I am getting a new lab. I have been asked to make a wish list. However, I am very novice, so it is a big task to take ...
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Future safe jobs in area of graphic design

I've been playing with graphic design for years but never serious. Right now I have the time and resources to go deeper and become really good in a specific area of GD. With things changing so fast ...
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Graphic Design book for an artist that would like to study graphic design

I would like to give (gift) a book to a friend which studied art for many years and is thinking about studying graphic design. I know pretty much stuff about web design, having read books, articles ...
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Where can I learn about graffiti for my next project?

My next project is to design (as a vector graphic) a logo inspired by the so-called layer style of graffiti. As such, I need to learn as much as I can about this particular graffiti style. It would ...
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How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
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I'm just starting out on my own making invitations and such---How should I print them?

I use the website picmonkey.com to do fun editing and graphics to make Christmas cards, invitations, etc. I have been using an online printing website but someday I want to expand this and be able ...
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Want a tracing font for Montessori Work Sheets

I am designing Montessori work sheets. I wanted a Font for tracing for pupils. I googled it and found "KG Primary Dots by Kimberly Geswein", but when I use this font in my work sheet and printed it, ...
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How do I know if I'm ready to become Adobe Certified Expert?

My name is Elizabeth. I am a 21 year old, living in Germany and I would like to become an Adobe Certified Expert. I was wondering if anybody would be so kind to answer a few of my questions. I have ...
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Resources for hand-lettering [closed]

What are some of the most useful resources for aspiring graphic designers who want to try hand-lettering?
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Must one have a knowledge of fine art to be a Graphic Designer? Should all Graphic Designers know how to draw?

Is it true that nice design comes with a nice drawing? Do designers have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not?
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Certificate Programs vs. An Associates Degree

My question is one to be debated. I am currently working as a marketing assistant with many design responsibilities. I have grown to love this and wish to take my career in this direction. Here is ...
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Is designing/drawing characters and backgrounds for video games a part of graphic design?

I want to work as a designer of videogame characters and backgrounds, but I don't know if there is such a job, or what it is called (illustration, graphic design, concept design?). I am about to go ...
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Great source to learn Logo and Web Design software skills [duplicate]

What is a good (preferably free) source(s) for learning photoshop? I would prefer a source you actually used to learn Photoshop basics from ground zero. I want to use Photoshop mainly for web design, ...
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Which is more beneficial for a career as a User Interface Designer; an apprenticeship or a university degree?

If I wanted to be a UI/UX designer, which would be the better route? To get an apprenticeship and earn experience, using online resources to learn techniques, OR to go to a university and get a degree ...
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going from PC Photoshop CS6 2010 to Element for Mac and vice-versa?

My son is using Photoshop CS6 2010 on Windows at school. We have a Mac at home and need to install the program so he can do his homework. As the cost of "full photoshop" is huge, we would rather ...
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How to produce this brilliant effect? [closed]

I can't seem to get how to produce this effect in which the light rays are passing through the render. Opacity and fill don't seem to do the work. And, I think the rough texture is the grain filter. ...
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Where can I go to recieve feedback on web design projects?

Are there are any web design forums where designers can submit their work to receive feedback and advice? I am looking for a place that I can seek advice on how to improve my designs.
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Ideas or advice on a new career path I could follow

The more I study graphic design and the more freelance jobs I take on, I start to realise that my future in graphic design is not really going to happen. I've been teaching myself graphic design and ...
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Clone Stamp Only Exercises for Class

I teach a very basic Intro to Graphic Design course using the Adobe Suite. In the section on photo retouching we talk about the clone stamp, healing brush, spot heal, and content-aware fill tools. In ...
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Colleges to do graduation in graphic design in the US? [closed]

I am from programming background but I want to do graduation in graphic design. I'd like to know about the colleges which provide this facility in the US so that I can take admission over there. If ...
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How can I prepare for a career in character design?

I'm a young girl and I love to draw, especially characters. I started drawing people when I was much younger. I love character design. I would like to have a job that involves drawing people in ...
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How to start with Blender?

I'm very interested in animation however I only have a little bit experience in Flash Pro. I would like to start from Blender and how to make easy models then go higher and higher. Is there any book ...
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Where to start preparing a portfolio to enter a graphic design program?

I need to create a portfolio to enter a graphic design program. Subjects are the use of typography and imagery to communicate information and ideas. Possible projects might include things like ...
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Without having an academic background in Graphic design, Can I still get on the top? Any resources/techniques and ways to succeed? [duplicate]

I am currently studying computer sciences and I don't have any design school here to go to after I complete my degree and going abroad can take some time. I am very interested in learning and ...
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how to learn? What resources to start looking at [closed]

I am kind of just starting out in learning how to create interesting monochrome designs in Paint.net. Now, I can learn the technique in just about application. What I would like to know is where (...
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Distinguishing characteristics of the concept art industry?

What distinguishing characteristics apply to the concept art industry that separate it from from other related fields of graphic art, design, and illustration? What are the unique educational ...
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What is the best approach to improve skills? i.e good tutorials, books, course

I would like to improve my design skills. My main focus is web development and even though my coding skills need to be improved upon a lot, right now, design is where I feel like I lack the most. I ...
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Design books with quantifiable, real world resources (vintage)?

I am looking to pick up a few reads. I am mostly interested in the fundamentals of design such as space, hierarchy, balance, etc. but beyond the scope of the basics. I have been through the fine arts ...
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Resources for learning Photoshop (CS5)?

I've been searching for some good resources for learning Photoshop from scratch. I'm someone without a formal design background, but I'm looking to become competent using Photoshop (not trying to be a ...
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Learning how to draw as a web designer [duplicate]

I'm a web designer with few years of experience, done lots of various projects. I've got some straight graphic design experience as well, but never been expanding some territories. People who like my ...
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What Graphic Design degree has more value for advancing the field?

There seems to be emerging two schools of "Graphic Design" which I use very loosely in the world today. The traditional school of Graphic Design is about "Art". Creating, exhibiting, and the history ...
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Advice on becoming vector proficient

Background I'm a complete novice and not very tech savvy but I'm interested in teaching myself how to create and design images in a vector based format. What I need to do I would like to get ...
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Is Design School a Requirement for Graphic Design?

Is it required for people to go to design schools to become a Graphic Designer? I've heard many cases where they have started from scratch without previous education in design and are doing fine as ...
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How to teach a print designer to design for web?

I'm a programmer (not a designer) and I work with various designers in the marketing industry. A typical project will consist of a designer coming up with a design for a web page and then handing the ...
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Graphic design courses under a Creative Commons license?

I'm an amateur graphic designer, with a decent head for theory, and intermediate skills. I would like to run a graphic design course for my friends, but I would prefer not to spend months on ...
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Are there any schools with packaging design specializations in the US?

Mohawk College in Ontario, CA just opened a very nice design center which includes packaging machinery for the students to learn, it is a part of their graphic design program. http://www.mohawkcollege....
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What are some essential tools I need to start school?

I dont have an artistic background, so when I start school soon, I don't really know what I'm going to need and what I'm not going to need. I'm trying to prepare as much as I can before starting and ...
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Online Program in Graphic Design [closed]

I'm interested in possibly studying graphic design while I work full-time. I already have a BA in Business and a MS in Software Engineering, but have not taken any art or design courses because the ...
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Beginner Web Designer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for beginning designers For some time now I have been strugling with my inability to create my own web designs. I am a pretty decent coder but I always ...
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Good Methods To Substitute A Design Education?

While I know that going to a Design University is the most optimal way to learn and master Graphic Design, in my case, it would be difficult for me to attend one because I also have to do some other ...
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Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?

My question is should I start with paper to learn to draw or learn to digitally draw with Photoshop or Illustrator or any image manipulation application. I am thinking of using a book or some other ...