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How can I do graphic design work for free?

😀 You hopefully realize you are asking many professionals, who make their living via design work, how you can charge nothing and essentially compete for the same clients. You gotta "read the ...
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How can I practice my design skills in a more motivating and engaging way?

Finding work (as opposed to a job) is part of the motivation in (and reason for) creativity. Any couch potato can think of a design job — a tee-shirt with four descriptive words that begin with the ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

I think without knowing what tools did what, what shortcuts did what, and how to do simple things such as reverse the fill/stroke, the gif may be lacking in detail for inexperienced users. There's ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

A tablet is nice. But my answer is a bit different: Take him or her to exhibitions Let him or her touch sculptures Let your kid draw (with pen and pencil) or ok, at the computer too, a real life-...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

Contact a nonprofit that does good work and offer to do volunteer graphic design for them.
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Why is moving from a raster editor to vector editor so hard?

I had this problem. Back when I was a student and recent graduate, I hated working with vectors and would do essentially all my creative work in Photoshop, reluctantly switching to Illustrator to "...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

So it seems to me like you've spotted someone who has great potential, but that potential is not currently fitting your needs completely and you need to partly delegate his training. I can understand ...
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How do I learn making modern illustrations?

This will be a totally obvious answer. The same way as old illustrations. Practice. We are living in an era where the information, tutorials, tips, tools are there, but somehow we hesitate a lot on ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

My experience is the exact opposite of Lucian I guess, myself starting with (web)design related things at the age of 8. (Now 24) My neighbour gifted me a copy of Paint Shop Pro, and without tutorials ...
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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?

"Create an image...." then you could add... "...using whatever method you prefer." By merely swapping the word "draw" with "create" you broaden the perception of the processes. "Draw" to most will ...
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How can I show the feelings of motion, distance, proximity, aggregation and segregation with dots?

I don't want to do your homework for you, but I can help you with the creative process. Make a list of all of the variables that are fixed. Square frame Dots Only Same size frames Then make a list ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

There's a few things you could do to improve this good idea and not make it horrible. You definitely need to add screen keys. You should break it up into steps and use multiple gifs to show what you'...
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How can I ensure consistency in web design?

Can you teach consistency? Yes. That's what the internship is for. Design is not something that requires talent to perform well; with enough practice your intern can become a great designer. Keep ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

You're asking the wrong question. You're asking where to find work to do for free but your real issue is finding good clients. Here's a key: Don't work for free. You're bound to get better and more ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

If you say your work is free, you are saying that it is not worth it. You are not adding value to a potential client or company. If you want to design "for free" design a strong portfolio ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

The short answer..... You don't. Graphic design is about balance, proximity, white space, interaction, etc. These are things a child is still developing a sense for. You can't push a child to ...
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How can I show the feelings of motion, distance, proximity, aggregation and segregation with dots?

I would tell my students to look up the meanings of the words.Also, rather than look for one meaning, look for variations so that you have a broad understanding of the concept the word might be used ...
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Cutting knife practice drills/exercises?

Going to date myself here a bit..... In college, we had to create mechanicals by hand... yeah... rubyliths/amberliths, press on type, overlays, etc. You are right that doing this went a long way to ...
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How to identify and understand the principles of a design?

I think this is totally normal when you are new at graphic design. Our brain can only hold so much at once, and with practice we are better able to group concepts and notions together as a whole. ...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

The answer may lie in the difference between formative and summative assessment — the kind of feedback your employee requires to advance. Note: In the pedagogical feedback theory suggested below, ...
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Steps to becoming a Web Designer without writing code?

There are two very important factors I see.... To be good at design, one must understand production. I think that even if you can't "code" you need to know what is and is not possible and ...
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Small caps and text figures in titlecase

I would rule out the uppercase small caps, which, arguably, defeat the purpose of using small caps. I would also rule out lining figures, because those work better with normal case type. I would pick ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

Help open-source projects! There are uncountably many open-source applications used by thousands to even millions of people that look like absolute ass. Because while open-source is a very common ...
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Can we develop a talent to draw engineering drawings in Auto CAD without having the knowledge of making engineering drawings on paper

So I will answer this since we have this exact situation unfold in front of us. So turns out that our workshop floor has a bottleneck issue. This bottleneck is caused by students not being able to ...
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How to identify and understand the principles of a design?

A good way to identify principles of design is to study each of them in isolation with a definition, an explanation, and examples of the principle. Graphic Design studies include areas in different ...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

Normally when you hire somebody it is to delegate some tasks so you don't need to get involved in everything personally. Now as this designer is clearly a junior, as energetic as he may be, this takes ...
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How to defend layout and design decisions?

Some things are concrete in design discussions, but it definitely requires you control the conversation. Design success is not arbitrary. There are principles (Balance, Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern, ...
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Looking for a design that contains a distraction object

Perhaps it is rare in graphic design because graphic design itself is often a distraction, and it would be considered counterproductive to build a distraction into the distraction. However, the most ...
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Learning the technical side of graphic design

In depth technical learning requires extensive study. Far more than any "tutorial" will ever provide. There are several ways to get this type of knowledge: Seek articles online, NOT tutorials. Few, ...
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How to get children active in graphic design?

Graphic design is quite a technical and business orientated discipline so it is probably not ideal to push a young child into it to any great extent. Better is to encourage general arts and ...
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