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Initial Creative Concepts For Annual Convention

I (Jerrol) just finished two initial theme variations for my company’s annual convention/trade show and thought I would share them with Creative Curio readers as well as discuss my thought process for how I approached each design. I’ll be presenting my concepts to the decision makers later this week and when one is chosen I’ll be using that look for a whole slew of materials for convention.

If you’ve never designed for a convention, it’s a real blast (and also a TON of work). The best part about designing for a convention is walking through the convention center and seeing artwork you designed everywhere, especially the large format pieces like giant posters, displays, booths and banners.

What Do You Consider Good Design?

Last time we talked about surrounding yourself with design (good or bad!) in order to improve your sense of design and how it’s important to notice the details that makes a design good or bad.

It seems that it would be a wise idea to have a collection of good design to study and learn from. Do you have a folder or file that you keep outstanding design in? I do! I don’t put as much into it as I would like to, but here are a few of my favorite pieces and why I like them.

How to be a Better Designer: Keep Learning

So how do you keep learning about graphic design?

Do you buy lots of books and magazines?

Do you subscribe to graphic design related blogs?

Have you joined a graphic design forum?

There’s really only so much you can learn about design by practicing. Teachers love to say “Practice makes perfect.” I always counter with “Perfect practice makes perfect.” How can you get better at something if you’re doing it incorrectly?

Learn Good from Bad on Someone Else’s Dime

They say practice makes perfect, but what if you’re practicing something incorrectly? More accurately they should be saying perfect practice makes perfect. In order to practice perfectly, you must know how. You need to define what you’re aiming for. This is where critiquing comes in handy. Get in the habit of critiquing others’ designs (even […]

This Will Make You a Better Designer

I know something about you. I see you’re skeptical. Well let’s cut to the chase. Do you want to know what I know? You’re not perfect. And in that light, I would like to offer you some advice. No, I’m not perfect either, but it’s something I’ve learned along the way! Working Towards Perfection Asking […]

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