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The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

A condensed primer for students and graduates-to-be.

The 50

From speaking to friends, colleagues and recalling my own experiences I’ve complied The 50, a list of 50 things I believe every graphic design student should know on leaving college. Some of these points are obvious, others less so – but all are brief, digestible nuggets of wisdom that will hopefully go some way to making the transition from graduate to designer a little bit smoother.

Share the 50

The 50 has been crafted to be shared, spread and debated. Each point has been synthesised into just 140 characters (complete with a #the50 hash-tag) making them memorable and Twitter-friendly. Tweet your favourites, share them on Facebook, and send this URL to your friends – The 50 needs to be seen by as many students as possible – because feedback is crucial for the next step…

The 100

Ultimately, I want to have 100 points in total. This list will no doubt throw up debate and I’m sure many will have questions and queries that have yet to be answered. So please email me, tweet me or leave comments and have your say on what the next 50 points should be, and together we’ll write The 100 – a condensed primer for students and graduates-to-be.

Thank you, I look forward to working with you.

Read the full article at……… The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know – Jamie Wieck – Design, Illustration & Creative Thinking.


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When Vision Turns Into Reality – Photoshop CS5 Interaction with Tablet Devices… | PHOTOSHOP.COM BLOG

This week, I left the Adobe San Jose office to spend a few days in Monterey (just about an hour’s drive south of us, right along the coast) to immerse myself in the creative world of sculptors, painters, magicians, actors, poets, musicians, digital artists and…a cluster balloonist (yes, he was there! ) at the 5th annual e.g. conference. The e.g. conference is an intimate gathering where innovators and leaders come to be inspired – breaking free of society’s molds, fully embracing what they’re most passionate about and encouraging each other to re-think what’s possible.

It was fitting that I found myself in this melting pot of creativity, as Adobe steps outside of its traditional workflows and completely re-thinks how people interact with mobile and tablet devices. As evidenced at the conference this week, creativity and inspiration can happen just about anywhere and we want to ensure you’ve got what you need to also realize that spontaneous thought, idea or vision wherever you are. A few weeks ago, we shared a bit about what we’re doing behind the scenes to explore the possibilities with Photoshop and tablet devices.

Read the rest of this Article at…… When Vision Turns Into Reality – Photoshop CS5 Interaction with Tablet Devices… | PHOTOSHOP.COM BLOG.

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Born This Way Album Cover – A Designer’s Perspective | Eric M Chicago

Lady Gaga released her Born This Way album cover last night at midnight CST and the reaction has been exactly what you think it would be:


If you’re not a designer or an artist, you’ll probably either love it or hate it within 3 seconds of seeing it. If you have a designer’s instinct, you’ll hate it. If you have a designer’s perspective, you’ll love it. And I’ll tell you why:

First of all, you have to count this as a complete success. Why? Because she got what she wanted from the designer. She’s incredibly proud of this cover and she loves it. As far as designer/client relationships go, the client walked away from this project happy and fulfilled. Great, so where does that leave you? Hating what she wanted? Don’t be so quick to knock it off your radar, you have to think like an artist to get there:

There are two major design-level themes going on here: Less-Is-More and Retro-Grade-Amnesia.

Born This Way Album Cover – A Designer’s Perspective | Eric M Chicago.

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