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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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Any good reason to study graphic design? [closed]

I would like to know for people that studied graphic design what is a good argument and reason to study that career, and what are the benefits of it. I want to study this career but also would like to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Needs suggestion for graphic designing study

I am freelancer graphic designer and I have got skills by learning some tutorials and some videos. I have got some experience in designing logos and brand identities but I always feel that some pieces ...
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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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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 challenge yourself as a designer

[History] How does one challenge oneself in design? Any ideas for creating problems in order to solve them, as described here and in other random places around this site? [Edit] This user needs both ...
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Simple programs with tutorials for beginners in graphic design? [duplicate]

I am considering a summer job in a camp, but part of the job description is to make signs, announcing events/trips etc. This is well within my ability to do, but I'm not sure where to start. I am ...
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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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First steps in Designers World [duplicate]

My question is simple so feel free to give me any kind of suggestion. I want to study as a Designer and I'm expecially oriented in Web Design. I don't have any graphical studies in my carrier and now ...
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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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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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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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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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Some ideas to improve my skill in 3ds max modeling

I'm a beginner in 3DS Max and I want to start/improve my modelling skill!!! Any ideas for some objects that are both easy and use many modifier and technics? Thanks and have a good day!
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how to think of a great design [duplicate]

I'm 16, from India and I really want to be a web/graphic designer.I'm good with coding, Illustrator, Photoshop etc. Problem is, I only KNOW how to do stuff, like, I see a design and I can confidently ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 to become really good in graphic design from being average?

I have seen many designer's work (logos, websites, brochures, animations, infographics, business cards, scenery, illustrations). Most are average but some stand out. Their work just takes you. You can'...
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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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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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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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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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How to stack images in photoshop side by side in a grid? (Automation, Batching)

How to stack images in photoshop side by side in a grid? In a automated process? I'm going to have a grid of 3 x 7 (total 21) logos for a website? Alternatively I could make images seperately and ...
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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 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 often look unnatural, twisted, deformed etc. More advanced colleagues told me I ...
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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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Skillsets specific for concept artists

I simply love the idea of making concept art, and Id like to know, what skillsets are most important for someone who is trying to find a job in the industry or do some freelance work. Whats most ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the fundamentals of human figure drawing? How to improve in each of them?

I'm trying to break down what skills I need to develop to draw a realistic human figure. At the moment I got: Gesture I have no good idea on how to exercise this, I mean, I have no good way to know ...
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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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Which are the most prominent creative thinking techniques/methodologies?

I know SCAMPER & Ideo cards, but I'm curious if there are any other important techniques/methodologies one must not miss. I'm particularly interested in those that you would resort to use for a ...
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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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