Project planning: Getting started on the right foot

Part of being a good designer is having the ability to understand your client’s wants, needs and limitations. It’s very important to gather as much information as possible before jumping into a project. You won’t look very professional if you have to keep calling the client over and over again to get small pieces of information.

More open source design software

Ahh … the joys of open source. I mentioned a few open source design programs in a previous post. Here are a few more:

Blender

Adobe expert certification: What is it? Do you need it?

An Adobe expert is someone that has passed a test or a series of tests on how to use Adobe software. You can test on individual programs and get certified. You can also test on a series of software programs and get different levels of certification. You pay a fee and have to pass with at least a 61 percent.

A direct-mail must

Probably the most important aspect of any direct-mail campaign is to make sure your postcard or brochure stands out and accurately represents your company. Not …

Focusing on one good idea at a time

Ideas, ideas, ideas. If you have a creative mind (and you do, if you’re a designer/artist/writer/marketer, etc.) you undoubtedly have thousands of new ideas zipping …

Five steps to getting that graphic design internship

1. Compile a list of companies that you would like to do your internship with.

2. Call these companies. Don’t ask if you can apply for an internship position. Instead, ask for the creative director or senior art direct

Where the print hits the pavement

newspapersYesterday I opened the newspaper to read about the latest bailout mess. AIG seems to be paying bonuses right and left. The members of Congress …

Lessons in usability: Amazon, eBay, Tiger Direct and more

Check out Time‘s list of the top 25 ecommerce sites. Take a look at each, and take notes.

These websites share specific characteristics …

The six factors that affect how we see color

The human eye is able to sense wavelengths of light ranging from about 380 nm to about 780 nm, which means we have the ability to see millions of colors, well beyond the gamut of most devices.