Graphic Design

6 Things NOT to Say to Your Graphic Designer

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Graphic designers are a funny bunch. They drink coffee like it’s their sole life source, doodle during meetings, and seem to speak another language. The purpose of this post is to poke some fun at the “language barrier” that sometimes exists when communicating with a graphic designer. It’s meant to hopefully bridge the gap when it comes to conversations with …

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Hitting the Mark with E-Learning Design

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Being able to create your own e-learning module can make you feel invincible! You’re creating something with your own two hands and it’s a great feeling! But, sometimes your audience gets lost in the design that you created. They don’t understand your logic because you don’t make it explicitly obvious. Let’s talk about 5 helpful tips that will help you, …

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What makes a good client/designer relationship

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As a graphic designer, you work with people constantly. It’s a part of the job. No matter if you are a graphic designer, an instructional designer, or a circus trainer; it’s important that you have a good designer-client relationship to ensure that you are happy with your job and that your client is more than willing to give you business …

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Taking your Sketch into Illustrator using the Tracing Tool

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If you’ve been following along with the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for sketching your work before you even touch a computer. I recently received my BFA in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design, so I have done my fair share of sketching. But what I wasn’t taught was how to use …

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Necessary Elements of a Great Web Site

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Have you ever browsed the Internet and landed on a website that just looked awful? By awful, I mean the font was hard to read, ads were blocking the information, the color scheme was distracting, and you couldn’t even focus on the information because you were blinded by everything that was going on? Let me show you an example. http://www.theworldsworstwebsiteever.com …

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Before it’s Finished: Why Feedback is Essential

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been told to show my work. Teachers, friends, and colleagues encourage (and sometimes even require) this practice as a way to show and validate your process and work. I can remember the frustration that I felt as a third grade student doing math problems in my head only to receive a …

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How to Design for a Particular Audience

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In the design world there are many different alleyways that designers can go down. Think about all of the different companies that design with an audience in mind. For example: Nike, McDonalds, Apple, etc. Companies tailor their designs to a specific audience for several reasons. This article will help you figure out how to design for a particular audience and …

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Design with Purpose

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If you’ve read any of the other graphic design-related posts on Designed:2:Learn, I’m sure that you’ve realized our team’s passion for good, effective design. With introductory posts like THIS and THAT, you have all of the tools and know-how that you need to begin making your training and e-learning modules look professional and appealing. Now that you’re using those awesome …

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Simple and Quick Design Choices to Positively Impact Your Trainings

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Looking for a quick, simple way to improve your online trainings? These few tips can be easily implemented into existing trainings, therefore bettering content that has already been created! These tips can be used for virtually anything, and I expand on a few of them on my posts on eNewsletters and Graphic Design. However, they’re extremely important and so easy …

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The Importance of Sketching in the Creative Process

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If sketching and storyboarding is a significant part of the creative process of any project, why is it that we are always tempted to forgo it? Starting with sketching can speed up the design process, build credibility with clients, and even help get the “creative juices” flowing. Let’s take a quick look at the benefits of putting pencil before pixel. …

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