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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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How do I learn to be creative?

I've been a programmer my whole life, and now I've found that I really need to start designing my own stuff. I know how to use Photoshop in and out, but I just can't create anything nice. I often ...
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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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How or why do your eyes move away from a focal point to other elements?

In studying composition, we're told to pull the viewer's eyes into the frame using a strong focal point, and then lead his/her eyes into moving around inside the frame and hold his interest inside the ...
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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 ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

I want to be a graphic designer but I'm awful at writing copy, editing, coming up with slogans and catch phrases. Do I really need to learn Writing, Spelling and Grammar and such to be a successful ...
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What are the benefits of making gesture drawings?

As far as I know, most art schools have exercises or even whole classes focusing on making gesture drawings. But actually, I'm wondering, why bother with it? While it probably has some merits, but ...
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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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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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Client wants me to teach them InDesign

My client wants me to teach them how to do basic editing in InDesign. This is after, against my better judgement, I had agreed to give them the ID files of the documents I created in favor of ...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

I am CTO at a small-medium software development company with a few ages history. I carry RRHH selection, teaching, and internal promotion. Until yesterday we just had developers and design was driven ...
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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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How to get children active in graphic design?

A 10 year old child shows skill in art both on paper as well as with MS Paint, and can follow through speed paints done on YouTube very well. How could we help them improve their design skills, in ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

I'm trying to make some short animated gifs about Illustrator, with little step-by-step drawings exercises. I could put some explanatory text in some frames but I would prefer not to do that. Maybe ...
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How to study anatomy as an artist?

I am painfully aware that nearly all my paintings and drawings seriously lack in terms of proper anatomy. The figures ofen look unnatural, twisted, deformed etc. More advanced colleagues told me I ...
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How can I practice my design skills in a more motivating and engaging way?

My motivation to practice has been sapped away as practicing feels more of a chore. I know the number one way to truly get better as a beginner is to do fake briefs and tutorials but they aren't ...
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Figure drawing - transitioning between “draw from reference” and “draw from imagination”?

When I draw human figures from reference, my drawing looks wrong but I can see what went wrong and (hopefully) correct it by looking at the reference. However, when I draw human figures from ...
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How to improve angle and proportion perception?

Im having a bit of a problem with my perception of angles and proportions. While I compare some elements of my drawing to each other, they seem to be fine. In a portrait, say, the browridge seems to ...
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I currently work as a UX/UI designer and my boss (a back-end developer) doesn't trust my decisions and acts as if he needs a Production Artist

I find myself in need of some career advice. I work in a small, purposefully-secluded web development department inside a larger company. Everyone else on the team is a front-end or back-end developer ...
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Cutting knife practice drills/exercises?

I teach a packaging class as part of a college graphic design program and I've noticed my students' prototyping skills have been on the decline. This is possibly due to less practice in previous ...
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How can I get a mentor currently, as a student?

I'm currently a student at an art school, however I know I lack a large amount of experience to even be considered a graphic designer. I don't think I have the portfolio/experience yet to do ...
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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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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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Why is moving from a raster editor to vector editor so hard?

Why do so many people struggle with the shift from a pixel editor to a vector editor? Or do they, is there some research done on the subject? Especially, it seems, in that direction. Seem like the ...
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How to identify and understand the principles of a design?

I am having a hard time identifying different principles of design in action. It is hard for me to identify the relationship between different elements on a page and to know what approach was used to ...
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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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Design OpenCourseWare course recommendation

I have alway been creative and interested in Graphic Design but never had any formal training. Ideally I would like to return to University to do a degree in Graphic Design, but due to time and ...
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How can I talk about drawing and at the same time avoid the assumption that I am only talking about analogue drawing?

In my day-to-day life, I instruct people to deal with problems that have a geometrical or topographical nature. And usually there is a critical step in the process that requires one to draw a picture ...
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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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What does an artist who wants to learn graphic design need to know?

There's a (very popular) question that discusses tips and resources for learning graphic design already, but it's from the perspective of programmers who want to get in the game. I have a friend of ...
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What are some tips for getting hired without a formal education?

I don't really want to go into too much detail, but my life took an unexpected turn and I haven't been able to transfer into a 4 year college. I only have an AA degree but I've taken loads of random ...
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Beginning with drawing

I want to begin with drawing but I have literally no experience. I wonder if there are high quality video tutorials, like www.digitaltutors.com just for drawing? I want to start with hard surface ...
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What is a “visual library” and how to work on it?

Reading through concept art forums, Ive met an opinion, that one of the most important things for a concept artist is to have a vast visual library. Out of the context of that opinion I take that this ...
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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 can I find a mentor to critique my work?

I'm a self-learning graphic designer. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and I thought I was doing fine until I got this big shock at work. I've been working for a year at some web design ...
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What to put in my portfolio if I have not had any clients yet?

I am a newbie self taught web designer. My skills are HTML/CSS web designs. My problem is, how do I start marketing myself or what type of web designs should I put in my portfolio if I have not had ...
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How can a novice designer further their culture of typography?

In my teaching I've encountered a problem that is recurring among new students. They often aren't aware of when fonts were created, if they are overused (Brush Script, Comic Sans MS, Papyrus...) but ...
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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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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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Looking for a design that contains a distraction object

Pliny the Elder tells in his Natural History, that the painters Zeuxis and Parrasio -the fifth century BC- discussed which of the two painted with the most realism. To prove it, each one proposed a ...
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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, teamwork means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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How to explain “achieving good Usability”

I have a quite hard task right now: I need to explain agencies and graphic designers, how to design a usable website concept and visual design. The goal is to give designers a workbook/tips&...
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Is there an order to learning non-technical design theory I should follow?

TLDR; I already know how to use design software but I don't know how to design. Bottom Line: Is there a specific sequence to follow for a proper education in the soft skills of design (theory, ...
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What are your key books for reflecting about graphic design education?

I own "The Education of a Graphic Designer" by Steven Heller. It's a great collection of essays to help teachers reflect about graphic design education. I've yet to find other similar works however. ...
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How can I build up 'structured knowledge' of the space of significant font families?

I'm not a graphic designer by trade, and my design work has been limited to posters and flyers for social activism, as well as scientific on-screen presentations and a couple of conference posters. ...
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How do I learn making modern illustrations?

What are some good resources to learn this type of illustration? I would like some help to decompose the technical elements that serve as building blocks for making theses types of illustrations ...
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Where can I find small and limited projects in order to make my first steps toward working professionally as a designer/developer

I am in UI design, and currently looking for jobs, and realized that photoshop skills, and being able to create your designs yourself was a big plus for potential jobs. I have some photoshop skills ...
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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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What is a good sequence of projects to learn design?

I'm sure it rings a bell when I say that you learn more about design when you actually try to do it, and then getting quality feedback (critiques) of your work. I'm trying to figure out what would be ...
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Do the principles of design help the viewer in successfully understanding the work?

So I am learning about graphic design from the ground up starting with the fundamental elements and principles. As I delve deeper into the subject reading more and more about principles like unity/...