Interview with an Art Director

By LaurenMarie

I hope you all have enjoyed the final two installments in the Principles of Design series on Creative Curio. I thought it might be nice to turn your attention to another equally important aspect of design, the business side! Scary. Is there anything to do beyond being a graphic designer? What upward mobility do we have? For answers, I talked with Ms. Purple Lemon herself, Kelly Rinehart! Kelly is an art director for Hancock Fabrics.

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Enhance Your Designs with the Principle of Unity

By LaurenMarie

This seems like the perfect opportunity for a good quote.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

That Lincoln was a smart, well versed man. Unity binds together elements and strengthens what it supports. It is so in any aspect of life, even design!

Unity in graphic design is what ties everything together. It is the sense that the design is consistent, it agrees with itself in each element, there is nothing sticking out that says, “I don’t belong!” Sometimes people refer to the principle of unity as harmony.

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Enhance Your Designs with the Principle of Rhythm

By LaurenMarie

Just as in music, a good rhythmic design is very appealing! You feel almost like you can dance to a catalog that has images and key text in predictable places as you flip from page to page and section to section. The design has a visual beat you can follow!
What is Rhythm?

Rhythm is repetition. Rhythm is consistency. Rhythm is an established placement of elements and it brings immense unity to a layout.

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Applying Special Effects to Your Print Work

By LaurenMarie

I mentioned a few weeks ago on Twitter,

wow, learned so much in just 5 minutes talking w/ my printer about what works and what doesn’t w/ varnishes, uv, aqueous coating, etc. Cool!
4:55 PM Dec 5th

You always hear designers saying, “Talk to your printer!” How many actually do though? Aren’t we afraid of sounding silly or ignorant?

The truth is, your printer sees hundreds more jobs than you do. So how can that help you?

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New Blog Friends!

By LaurenMarie

Since joining Twitter a few weeks ago, I’ve been introduced to many new design blogs! It seems there are little circles that design bloggers tend to hang out in—not in a clique sort of way, but it seems when we start our blogs around the same time, we tend to hang out with other people who did the same.

I wanted to share with you some new design blogs I’ve discovered and really enjoyed lately. This isn’t supposed to be an all-inclusive list (go here if you want that) or a list of the new guys, “up and coming,” or anything like that, but rather a sampling of new material.

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Preparing for Print: Tips, Techniques and Best Practices

By LaurenMarie

Going to print for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. It doesn’t have to be! We’ve all learned some valuable tips on what to make sure to do and what to avoid at all costs. Let’s share some of those with each other and the new print designers out there.

I’ll get us started with some basics. Why don’t you add your best printing tips here, too!

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Combating Designer’s Block

By LaurenMarie

All of us have suffered from it. Designer’s block is miserable, uninspiring and downright discouraging. There are tons of “inspiration” posts that Smash you with information, but does that really help?

This is going to get a little personal, but bear with me. Have you ever considered that your designer’s block is actually a psychological defense? It’s probably stemming from fear about something (yes, I was a Psychology major before discovering graphic design).

I just discovered this awesome process that I think might help combat the block. It’s called The Work by Byron Katie.

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