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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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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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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

In part, yes. As an expert, heck no. Writing is its own profession. You don't need to be an English major or writer to be a designer. As a designer, I am often asked for ideas, i.e. slogans, tag ...
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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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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Think critically about designed objects around you Nearly everything in the man-made environment has some sort of design behind it, whether it’s a graphic, a website, or a fashion accessory. Notice ...
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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 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 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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Tips and resources for beginning designers

A few points to keep in mind: Every design solves a problem Stop thinking about the design in terms of "How do I make this pretty?" and start thinking about it in terms "How do I make this as easy ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

Required? No. The larger the company, the more likely it is that they'll have specialized departments for certain jobs. Marketing is a skill, writing is a different skill, graphic design is another ...
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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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Figure drawing - transitioning between "draw from reference" and "draw from imagination"?

Tricky. Study a little anatomy, but do not get too bogged down in "correct proportions". Few of us complies with the vitruvian man :D Study foreshortening Sketch a lot, fast, without looking too ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

I think that depends on where you work, but largely I don't think these skills are a necessity. My girlfriend for instance works at a place where graphic designers are part of the marketing ...
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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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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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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 find a mentor to critique my work?

Well among what could be many answers—right here. We're all different levels of experience, and in different aspects of graphic design. Some more web, others more print, others more technical ...
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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 can I get a mentor currently, as a student?

One option is to stick around this site, there are questions that I have and I am sure others have benefited greatly from the answers. Questions that I would have not thought of. I am not talking ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

Basically it depends on the work environment you're in. I would say writing can be a big part of being a graphic designer. However there is a difference between content creation for written language ...
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