As a freelancer, or even as a digital artist in general, my role has many more aspects than most people realize. I have to be my own advertising and marketing team. My work on client relations, in some cases, becomes infinitely more important than my actual work. I even have to make my own coffee in the morning. Life is tough sometimes. However, thanks to a few design books and websites, I discovered a very cool way to combine the many aspects of my job while doing everything I already love. I’m referring to the creation and distribution of what is known as a “buzz piece.”
The list of online resources for designers is vast. There are all kinds of helpful websites, from typeface directories to online applications to digital publications. The following websites are all well trusted and hugely helpful to any designer looking to improve their technique, a particular project, or overall business practices. If you haven’t already, make […]
You may have noticed that fine arts have been making their way into graphic design in a big way over the last few years. Graphite, watercolor, acrylics, and scanned-in textures are sprouting up everywhere, even corporate design (historically the last group to the party). I personally love the look of graphite and find myself emulating the look of my trusty 3H pencil quite a bit. But when I was commissioned to create a poster for a local band, I decided that I would attempt to create almost all of the elements by hand, and composite them all together using Photoshop.
Every web project I work on includes choosing fonts. Choosing fonts is not an easy process to begin with. There are so many fonts available free. One thing to take into consideration when using a “free” font is that it may not be free for commercial use. Therefore, it will make a big difference if […]
Infographics are great for showing information in an interesting visual package. Whether you’re trying to show your potential clients a little bit more about your business or creating a presentation for a specific project, an infographic can be the perfect tool – as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.
Ah, the Grand Theft Auto series. By now, it seems everyone and their neighbor’s grandmother has at least heard of it. Notoriously violent and “youth corrupting,” the entries in this series of video games have been villainized by the mainstream media while being touted as a form of evolved modern art by the gaming industry. […]
Graphic design starts with inspiration. Different people find inspiration in the most unexpected places and situations. In this post, we discuss some of these. Try them out to inspire you for your next creative masterpiece.
You have decided to go into business for yourself or with a partner. You know which services you want to offer. So how do you know how much to charge for your services? You want to maximize your sales opportunities and at the same time you do not want to sell yourself short. Before creating […]