Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’

6 ways for a graphic designer to fill a slow work day

We all like to be busy, but sometimes there are just those slow days.  You know the ones, your work has been submitted for comments and you’re left with a whole day with not a singe piece of design to do.  Instead of wasting the day wandering around the house or office wondering what to do, or maintaining your farm on FaceBook, keep a list of quick look options to hand and refer to it for a fast flash of inspiration.  Here are a few things to get you started.

Go for a run

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Clear your head, get some fresh air and enjoy those endorphins.  Running is a proven de-stress tactic and a good way to find unexpected inspiration.  If you don’t run then take a long stroll, enjoy your surroundings.  Not only is this great exercise, the break from any type of gadget, gizmo or screen does wonders for well being.  It’s also another way of bumping into neighbours, and perhaps an opportunity to drop your company name into conversation.

File paperwork

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I know it’s not exciting but it’s had to make this list.  Take 90 minutes to sort, shred and file those papers that are gradually piling up.  Having an organised work space makes for a cleared head and a more relaxed surrounding.  Plus think of all those hours you’ll save rummaging through a mountain of paperwork to find that all important invoice!

Sketch up an imaginary design

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Just because you don’t have an active client to design for, doesn’t mean you have to stop designing altogether.  Write a quick brief and come up with some sketches.  There’s no reason this can’t then be added to your portfolio as a personal project.

Brush up your software skills

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This could be linked to the previous activity – by continuing to ‘play’ with your chosen software you continue to refine your skills, maybe even learning some new ones along the way.  Experimenting isn’t usually something you can do whilst working on a client project, so now’s the time to have a tinker, and get creative!

Be social

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By this I don’t mean spending a free afternoon at the local pub catching up with friends, as tempting as it seems!  Be available and active on Twitter, FaceBook and LinkedIn.  Here you can help other users with their questions and concerns as well as ask for help with any issues you may have. Of course it’s not just for asking and answering questions.  Twitter is a n excellent way of keeping up with news and trends, there is an ongoing supply of current information and design news.  Just don’t et too carried away when you have actual real work to do!

Get writing

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Designing is your thing, your forte and quite possibly your passion.  That doesn’t always mean you should forget other creative outlets.  With the numerous blogs online all offering a wealth if information, there are many places available to write.  Some even offer a payment in return for good copy.  As well as keeping your mind working, guest writing also gains you exposure.

Simple Tutorial – Creating a pattern brush in Adobe Illustrator

In this, my first ever video tutorial, I will show you how to make a simple brush in Adobe Illustrator. This is invaluable and comes in useful in so many more ways than you can imagine. As this is my first video tutorial, I’d like you please to be kind!

32 Logo Inspiration Sources

I’ve been through my bookmarks and compiled a number of sites that display logo galleries as a source of inspiration for those times when it just isn’t coming from anywhere or anything else.  My method of referring to these sites is to look through then leave the computer for a couple of hours (do dinner, clean the house, go for a walk etc) before returning to the project in hand.  They all help to provide colour, style, shape and concept ideas which I find useful for logo design.

Please do be careful not to duplicate anything already created, intentionally or not.

Logo Gallery

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Pro Blog Design – Blog Article

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Logotwo

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Logo Faves

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Logospire

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Logosauce

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Logopond

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Logomoose

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Logolog (part of  38One)

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Logogala

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StationeryStyle

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Logotalkz

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Logo From Dreams Awards

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Brand New (a division of UnderConsideration)

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Logo Design Love

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LogoBlog – Blog Article

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LogoGalleria

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Lo8os

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Logofi

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Dzineblog – Blog Article

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DeviantART

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Design Dosage

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Smashing Magazine – Blog  Article

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Carbonmade

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Brands of the World

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Design Guide

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Lemonflip

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Logo Lounge

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The Design Inspiration

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The Identity Archives Project

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Creattica

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Web and Designers Inspiration – Blog Article

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Thanks to Hilario for his blog article ‘New must have plugin for Firefox: Pixlr Grabber’ which helped with this article.

If you can think of any that I haven’t listed please let me know and I’ll add them.

New: Web Designers – Outsource Your Graphic Design

Outsource Your Graphic Design

I am delighted to announce that I now offer outsourcing services.

You’re a fantastic web designer, your latest site looks great, you made it compatible with every standard out there, it’s all perfect…except for one thing.  That dodgy looking logo in the top left hand corner of your beautiful page.  Sure it does the job – but is it really what your client is looking for?  A bad logo can let even the best designed website down.  Well designed and attractive logos on your web sites can also improve the appearance of your portfolio when presenting  your past work to a potential client.

Learn more about outsourcing to VictoriaAnn Design

mediabistro.com’s first Annual Logo Awards

mediabistro.com is hosting it’s first Worldwide logo awards open to professionals and amateurs alike, with a swish award party to be held in New York City.  The main condition of entry is that all logos were created between March 31, 2008 and March 31, 2010.  Each entry comes with a fee of $30 but the competition promises excellent promotional opportunities and the chance to have your design seen by a massive audience.

Confirmed Judges:

(the following details have been taken directly from http://logoawards.mediabistro.com/judges)

Armin Vit

UnderConsideration | USA

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Born and raised in Mexico City, Armin is a graphic designer and writer now living in Austin, Texas. He has written for AIGA’s VOICE, Emigre, Eye, Creative Review, HOW, and STEP magazines, among others. He is a former faculty member of Portfolio Center and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts. He has lectured on topics ranging from typography to branding in locations ranging from San Diego to Berlin. He is co-founder of UnderConsideration and its myriad sites. His last employment position was at Pentagram and now runs UnderConsideration’s Department of Design. He is also author of Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design.

Rob Janoff

RobJanoff.com | USA

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As a young art director in the early Silicon Valley years, Rob Janoff worked on many high tech accounts including, most notably, a new start-up called Apple Computer. He designed the now famous Apple Computer logo and all of Apple’s introductory graphics and advertising. Janoff then worked on national print and television accounts for advertising agencies in New York and Chicago. Client brands have included IBM, Diners Club, Kleenex, Kraft and SC Johnson. Rob Janodd is currently giving presentations on the development of the Apple logo and the lore that has spread about this internationally recognized icon.

Calvin Lee

Mayhem Studios | USA

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Award-winning designer, born and raised in Los Angeles. His focus, developing identity and brand recognition for both small and large businesses. Through Mayhem Studios, started in 2001, Calvin integrates strategic thinking with creative design to create effective messages targeted to his clients’ specific audiences. Solutions may come in the form of identities, branded collateral pieces, annual reports, brochures, logo design, advertising and interactive web sites. Mostly self-taught, armed with a library of design books, a penchant for hard work and sweating over a hot keyboard has resulted in receiving numerous international design awards and featured in several books including; 100 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers, Identity Crisis, Creativity Awards, American Corporate Identity, Big Book of Business Logos, Big Book of Layouts and featured on many design websites and blogs. Working with clients, such as Guy Kawasaki, Alltop to develop their branding. Calvin also serves as a member of the Platt College Advisory Board for the Visual Communications Department, and on the NO!SPEC Committee.

David Airey

DavidAirey.com | Ireland

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Celebrated graphic designer from Northern Ireland specializing in brand identity design. David created visual identities for companies of all sizes, from Yellow Pages to one-person start-ups. His clients were from Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, England, the United States, and many other locations across the globe. His book is called Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities. He’s also the author of the popular blog similarly named Logo Design Love, which is regularly updated with news, features, and opinions from the world of brand identity.

Fa’eq Al’Olaiwat

MadinaB | Bahrain, Middle East

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Strategic Brand Architect, Marketing & Communication Strategist and a multidisciplinary Designer. He is the founder of MadinaB Brand Consultants, ePromoseven Web Branding and lately, DarOttakwin for Strategic Innovations. Most of his commissions today involve the development of a visionary brand strategy, a business model to support it, a marketing strategy to carry it through and an identity to express it. With this strategic and creative fuel, he played a key role in building organizations such as Reef, Sakana, Labour Fund, LMRA, Etisalcom, Edamah, Bahrain Polytechnic and other important Bahraini brands. Faeq’s added value to any design project stems from his broad and deep cultural background (Western, modern, Arabic, Arts) and a gifted balance between strategy, creativity and technology. He has 18 years of engagement experience in industries such as Government, Financial, Real-estate development, Architecture and Engineering, IT, Advertising, Brand Consultancy and Retail.

Cian Walsh

Afterglow | Ireland

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Cian Walsh is an Irish illustrator specializing in icon creation. He has worked for over a decade producing artwork & interfaces for a wide range of online and desktop projects.

Seven more judges will be announced shortly.


For more information see http://logoawards.mediabistro.com

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