Graphic Design: Designers discuss How to calculate charges? Hourly or Flat Rate?

As a graphic designer or creative specialist, whether employed, or freelance, how do you charge for your services? There have been many articles, probably hundreds, and many books written about running a creative business. It all really boils down to how much it costs you to do business, how much you want to make, and how well your market supports your talent and price level. That's simple enough. Yet the question on the lips of many creatives is not necessarily how much to charge, but how to charge it. October 19, 2016

The Gestalt Principles of Design : the most important lesson for all designers

Bridget Haina, accomplished design educator discusses the Gestalt Principles of Design. For more than a century, and thousands of hours of research and study, these lessons have been established as the most important factors of visual design -- for all designers! Thank you Bridget for helping get visual designers on the right track! September 13, 2016

Designing Logos : what really endures as good logo design?

Everyone and their brother seems to a logo designer and logo design expert these days, no matter how much (or little) experience they've had -- and without the slightest mention of a formal education. Blogs hum, faceless unknowns pontificate logo design, and there's even a "logo of the day" site. One popular logo blogger has climbed to unimaginable popularity with "lists" of logos regurgitated from other people's sites and no content of his own. Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn buzz with "logo designing" experts from all over the world. I searched for Logo Design and got 40-million hits. It's amazing. August 2, 2016

Making fine arts and fine arts museums more accessible world wide

fine art museums come together

Is it enough to have art museums, and then art museum web sites, and then art museum web sites that consolidate other art museums? There are all kinds of web sites that scrape the web to consolidate content into one place. Look at the stock photography industry, or the Photoshop tutorials genre. Are you ready for an art museum site that will 'vend' art as an ecommerce add-on for YOUR site? Welcome 1,000 museums! July 28, 2016

Seymour Chwast: Using irony and sympathy in graphic design

You've heard me speak of Seymour Chwast many times in the past. He's an icon of the graphic design world, and when he speaks -- designers should listen. That's why I just had to post this as soon as I discovered it. Thanks to Steven Heller for passing this along. This is good stuff, folks, don't miss it ! April 29, 2016

Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Watercolor, Scatter and Smoke brushes in Photoshop

Our friends out at 123rf.com have sent this tutorial to brighten your brushes collection -- and they even send along links to the suggested files. We all know that understanding how to make your own brushes can really come in handy. After all, many times, you could use a good brush when working in Photoshop August 24, 2015

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for August 2015

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #08 ~ August

Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to summer!
01 June and July and the livin' was Easy
02 Hats off to Lynda Weinman and Lynda.com
03 60-Seconds #326 : Fools Gold - web advertising
04 The Art of Maxfield Parrish
05 Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more
06 Pop up some sideline income by popping up Logo Pop for FREE
07 Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration
08 60-Seconds #325 : Should graphic designers have social responsibility?
09 60 Seconds #324: Getting a job in the Web Design field takes a little more than an email
10 Marketing Update : marketing hacks, marketing sins, marketing myths and more and more
11 Mosaic-Crop in Posterino for your next montage will amaze you!
12 There's a new Media Browser in town, and it's awesome
13 Web designers who discover the sandvox are in for a nice treat
14 August : End of summer, gateway to the fall
August 1, 2015

Art Authority Announces Year Five of Its Intern Program for Art Majors

An appreciation of art is one of the foundation requirements for all visual communicators. Now, the Art Authority for iPad is the only iPad Reference app to be named to both of Apple's Rewind "best of" lists. It brings over 75,000 high-resolution classic works of art to your fingertips. May 23, 2015

You cannot innovate into the future until you understand the past

Year five of the 'Art Authority' Summer Intern Program is here for students majoring in art and art history. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your visual vocabulary for future design innovation. Check it out! May 11, 2015

Virtual Reality plus Education Clubs and the National Park Service make rich learning opportunities

The Immersive Education Initiative have opened with two new Immersive Education (iED) student clubs in Colorado to advance the newly established Immersive Bent's Old Fort* project. In December the Initiative revealed that Bent's Old Fort, a unit of the United States National Park Service located on the Santa Fe Trail in Colorado's Otero County, will be reconstructed virtually in the video game Minecraft and also as a fully immersive 3D virtual reality (VR) environment. February 3, 2015