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Questions about either learning or teaching graphic design.

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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 ofen 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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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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Company offered to pay for design training. What should I suggest?

I'm a computer engineer on a small development team that specializes in designing mobile apps. We're all coders, and we're starting to realize that we need at least one or two qualified designers on ...
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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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I am not a graphic designer, what do I need to know so I don't come off as a complete luddite?

Like the title describes. My profession is NOT graphic design. On the other hand, I occasionally work with those who are and would benefit from being able to better see things from their perspective. ...
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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 have ...
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How do I illustrate a somewhat simple human figure?

I want to make similar videos like these guys. I therefore have to draw some stickman and make them animate somehow. My Questions: How to draw stickmen. No, really, how? What to watch out for ...
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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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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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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's a good way to get into Concept Art?

I'm a game programmer, and so yeah, you could call me creative, but I've only created code-generated visuals. I want to get into Concept Art. Where are good places to start? I am looking for both ...
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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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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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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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Learning Graphic Design [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for programmers who must or want to learn graphic design. I would like to learn the basics of graphic design. I am a programmer, but I often end up giving my ...
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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 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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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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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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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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If you were to teach Photoshop, what would you suggest are the most important principles?

I've been using Photoshop for many years now and because of my experience I was asked to teach Photoshop on a one-off basis to a class of 20. These people are beginners and have likely never even ...
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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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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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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 ...