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Graphic design is…

Graphic design is … Communication. As far back as the Lascaux cave paintings, people were communicating the events of the day in a 2-dimensional form. Graphic designers communicate through words and images to convey a message, any message their client … Continue reading

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5 critical lessons your design professors never taught you

There was an interesting article about five critical lesson recently published, http://www.graphicdesignblender.com/critical-lessons-your-design-professors-never-taught-you Basically these are: Lesson 1: Clients pay the bills, but the customer’s not always right. Lesson 2: You don’t have to present your design process when presenting your … Continue reading

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Why I discourage graphic design students from wanting to be freelancers

Many of my students at Globe University/Minnesota School of Business look at freelancing as a romantic journey where they will be their own boss and control their own destiny. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Freelancing, especially for new … Continue reading

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Logos, brand names, and answers

Everyone probably knows what the 3M name stands for but where did the name IKEA come from? What is the name of the business formerly known as “U-Tote’M”? For an interesting review on the origins of a few company names … Continue reading

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The Importance of Doodling

Jason Santa Maria says, “Sketchbooks are not about being a good artist. They’re about being a good thinker.” This quote and the others throughout this blog come from an article by Alma Hoffmann titled   “I draw pictures all day”. The … Continue reading

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Five Associate’s Degrees with Payoff Potential

Yahoo Education posted an article about “Five Associate’s Degrees with Payoff Potential” http://education.yahoo.net/articles/associates_degrees_to_earn.htm Number 4 on the list is Graphic Design with a median annual wage of $36,800 . Not bad for a 2-year degree.  And that makes us at … Continue reading

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Skills vs Talent

There was a newspaper article recently about a gentleman retiring after many years at a large advertising agency. He was quoted as saying “Some things can be taught, like graphic design, some can’t, like writing.” I’m hoping he was misquoted. … Continue reading

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