Posts Tagged ‘Design’

August 23, 2010 Off

Finding the Right Career Path in Design

By in Job Finding Tips

When you have a solid background in design, the world is your oyster. Today there are countless avenues that you can explore if you’re a skilled designer with the education and experience to back it up. Design has become such an integral part of many industries, so opportunities to explore different areas of design are […]

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August 9, 2010 1

Networking in Design

By in Job Finding Tips

Every job has its ups and downs. And depending on who you are and what you like, those ups and downs are different for everyone. No matter how you slice it, networking is a part of the advertising industry. If you’re an outgoing, bubbly and talkative person then this aspect will not only come naturally […]

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June 9, 2010 Off

The In’s and Out’s of Project Management

By in Web Design

As web designers, we are required to be project managers as well. With each client, we must plan, organize, manage resources, and develop a project independently. For some types of designers, managing subcontractors is needed as well. It takes great discipline to get a project done on time, and done well. In this post we’re […]

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May 10, 2010 Off

The Pros and Cons of Adobe Flash

By in Advertising, Review, Web Design

Adobe Flash, which was previously known as Macromedia Flash, is a multimedia platform that is used to add video, animation and greater interactivity to many different areas. Its use in advertising is becoming increasingly common, and it has spurred an endless parade of online games. It can enhance audio, text layout and flow, colour correction, […]

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May 1, 2010 Off

3 Really Useful CSS Grid Systems

By in Web Design

A Grid based design gives your website consistency and allows flexibility between various elements. Grids make your designs more usable and provides a good correlation between different page elements. In order to make it easier for you to find out which grid systems suits best for you, following are three useful CSS grid systems.

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April 19, 2010 4

How to Choose the Right Typeface

By in Design

It has often been said that the most important thing is not what you say, but how you say it. While this rings true in personal relationships, it certainly is true in the world of advertising and design as well. Marshall McLuhan famously said that “the medium is the message”, and even though he was […]

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April 13, 2010 9

Layout – From Print to Web

By in Advertising, Design

I still remember sitting in class on the first day that we learned how to lay out a print ad. Most of us had no clue what we were doing, and were happy enough just to navigate a Mac properly. So when we learned how to do our first layout, we were overcome with a […]

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March 23, 2010 Off

Where Writing Meets Design

By in Advertising, Design

In an industry like advertising, design is so commonplace, so readily available that it’s easy to forget what makes it good. To cut through the clutter, as they say, is no easy task. We’ve all seen the results of an ad agency trying a little too hard to cut through. We see commercials that are […]

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March 16, 2010 6

The Total Package

By in Design

Many art directors and designers try their hand at packaging design sooner or later. Some find it boring, while some find it’s full of interesting possibilities and is an area of design that is often misjudged. No matter what designers or writers or consumers think about packaging design (and I can assure you that most […]

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March 2, 2010 5

Design and Advertising Awards – Good or Bad?

By in Design

When I was a copywriting student, we were told that award shows and the advertising annuals that housed the winners were the aspiration of every designer and copywriter. Whenever we were stuck in a creative rut, clumsily fumbling along for a fresh new idea, our teachers would state religiously: “Read the annuals.” Then we would […]

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February 22, 2010 1

The Design Philosopher

By in Design

He had said,“Don’t enter awards competitions. Just don’t. It’s not good for you”, and “Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms; real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces – what Dr. Seuss calls ‘the waiting place’.” I’m talking about Bruce Mau. If you are a designer, read about him. You’ll […]

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February 22, 2010 17

How to Take Better Screenshots

By in Design, Web Design

While highlighting the features of a product or a service apart from writing perceptive content, screenshots do play a key role. The images and screenshots need to merge well with the content to give the web page a perfect blend. As part of this article, I wanted to share some useful tips and tools to […]

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February 17, 2010 7

Gaining Inspiration through Everyday Life

By in Design

Being a designer means having to always have inspiration on hand to do great on projects, and to grow and develop as a creative. In the past I’ve written many articles on gaining inspiration in various ways, but many of the methods, while useful, are not always practical to keep up with every day. For […]

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February 8, 2010 1

Home, Home on the Web

By in Design, Web Design

People HATE ads. As a copywriter who makes a living writing ads, this is a very unfortunate fact to bear. Every copywriter, art director or person vaguely involved in the production of advertising is most likely hated for writing ads, and really hates to hear this. It means our days spent wading through the crappy […]

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February 3, 2010 3

If Design Isn’t Profitable, Then It’s Art.

By in Design, Web Design

Henrik Fiskar once said this quote, and while it isn’t always true, it is an excellent observation nonetheless. The freedom of art and creativity is exhilarating to say the least, but design is off in a separate tangent — one that solves business problems, and earns a hefty profit for doing so. Still, though, many […]

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January 20, 2010 4

When to Say “No” to Web Design Clients

By in Web Design

While it may happen more with freelancers than with firm workers, the feast or famine style still exists. When we can’t find clients, we cannot pay the bills, and perhaps may not be in a position to pick and choose our type of work. No matter how desperate, though, there are a number of times […]

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