Graphic design Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, photography, iconography and illustration. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used synonymously. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. History In both its lengthy history and in the relatively recent explosion of visual communication in the 20th and 21st centuries, the distinction between advertising, art, graphic design and fine art has disappeared. Graphic design in the United States began with Benjamin Franklin who used his newspaper The Pennsylvania Gazette, to master the art of publicity to promote his own books and to influence the masses. American advertising initially imitated British newspapers and magazines. The advent of printing The printing press made books more widely available. Skills
Teach yo'self: A guide to online graphic design education This was one of the top 20 blog posts on The Creative Edge from 2013! Don’t miss out on the rest. Welcome to class! It’s a new era of graphic design. In a discipline that has always grown with, and been defined by technology, the computer is now one of the sole forces moving the medium. Here we have compiled a course just for you, featuring all the steps we believe will make you an even more killer designer than you already are. Start with principles of designBuild skills with hands-on tutorialsGet into your client’s headGrow your freelance business Although most of these educational options will not grant you a degree, some of them have the option of acquiring a certificate of completion. Alright class, lets begin! 1. Duke Graphic Design Principles Index Let’s get started with your basic design principles. About.com Design Principles While less official, About.com has some great articles on the basics of graphic design. The Principles of Design AIGA: Graphic Design Theory 2. Coursera Learnable
How to become a designer without going to design school | Karen X. Cheng I got my job as a designer without going to design school. I had hacked together my own design education in 6 months while working a full-time job. I didn’t think I was ready but started applying for jobs anyway – and got a job at a great startup, Exec. To be clear, I’m nowhere near as good as those design prodigies that come out of a 4-year education at an elite school like RISD. But I’m definitely good enough to do my job well. I’m the only designer at Exec, so I do a pretty wide range of things – visual and interaction design, print, web, and mobile app design. Maybe you want to change careers and become a designer full-time. This is a guide to teach yourself design. Update: I first published this blog post over a year ago. Step 1. First, learn how to draw. You don’t have to sit in a room with a bunch of other artists trying to draw a naked woman.You don’t even have to get that good at drawing. Learn graphic design theory Start with the book Picture This. Learn how to write Step 2.
Online & On-Campus Graphic Design Courses Online – Martin @Martin School of Design and Technologies Graphic design involves the creative process of translating concepts into a visual form - graphic design courses can open up a world of truly exciting career paths. Qualified graphic designers use their artistry and technical skills to visually communicate marketing ideas.... Learn more In essence, graphic designers develop the 'look and feel' for almost any kind of project. Places of employment include advertising agencies, design studios, publishing houses, pre-press companies and client side (meaning any company that has graphic designers on its staff). For any graphic designer working in a modern commercial environment, knowledge of key software packages is essential for success and career progression. Graphic design courses at Martin involve learning the latest Adobe suite (In-design; Photoshop; Illustrator), ensuring that you are ready to enter the workplace armed with the necessary software skills.
Art Fundamentals-The Elements and Principles of Art Quality art starts with the elements and principles of art. I like to explain to my students how the elements and principles of art work through the illustration of cooking. (I even speak like I am Julia Childs when I am explaining this concept to them. ) Difference Between The Elements and Principles of Art It's easy to get confused when discussing the elements and principles of art and group them all together as one big group of abstract terms. When you are cooking something, you have a list of ingredients that are organized by the recipe. The lines, shapes, forms, values, colors, textures, and spaces that are incorporated must all work to make your artwork great. So you must spend some time exploring them, understanding them, and learning how to use them together effectively. The recipe is the principles of art. The elements can be arranged in a work to produce balance, harmony, unity, rhythm, proportion, variety, emphasis, and movement. So you must explore the principles as well.
Teach yo'self: A guide to online graphic design education Welcome to class! It’s a new era of graphic design. In a discipline that has always grown with, and been defined by technology, the computer is now one of the sole forces moving the medium. We are now able to teach ourselves and work for ourselves, from wherever our computers may be. Here we have compiled a course just for you, featuring all the steps we believe will make you an even more killer designer than you already are. We will: Start with principles of designBuild skills with hands-on tutorialsGet into your client’s headGrow your freelance business Although most of these educational options will not grant you a degree, some of them have the option of acquiring a certificate of completion. Alright class, lets begin! 1. Duke Graphic Design Principles Index Let’s get started with your basic design principles. You can go all the way through, or jump ahead to an area you are particularly interested in, like Use Color to Create Memorable Moods. About Design Principles GraphicDesignHistory.org
Broadsides Printed Broadsides Printed on one side only, broadsides are used to issue public decrees, governmental notifications and a host of commercial and private announcements. Early broadsides were quickly and crudely produced in large quantities and distributed freely in town squares, taverns, and churches. Some were sold by itinerate salesman, or chapmen, for a nominal charge. Broadsides were intended to have an immediate impact and then to be discarded. Immensely popular and affordable, posters were made available to the general public who purchased them to display in their homes. A Need for Large Type Broadsides were meant to be read from a distance and therefore required large type. There were a number of negative factors of large metal type, it was expensive, required a large amount of storage space, and was extremely heavy—just try lifting a case of this type! Wooden Type Commercial pressure for large type was answered with the invention of a system for wood type production.
watercolor tutorial part 5: mediums and techniques | The Alison Show I know I left you all hanging for Part 5 in Yao’s Watercolor Series! But the holidays and all that jazz just tend to take over! But now that Spring is in the air, it feels like the perfect time to bust out some color! So here you go! This is part 5 of 5! If you need to catch up you can check out Yao’s whole series here. And DO NOT miss Yao’s free downloadable stationary she did for us here! Now take it away Yao! Well hello! This week, I want to share with you guys other mediums and techniques that I like to combine with watercolor. To begin with… Masking fluid is a medium I often use in my work. Here’s what you need to know before using this medium for the first time: Keep a jar of soap water near by, as you will need to rinse it in the jar every minute or so to keep the fluid from drying on your brush. Paint with it just as you would normally. After the fluid is completely dried, paint on top of it with watercolor and blend with colors however you’d like.