Archive for the ‘Design’ Tag

Seeing With New Eyes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscape but in having new eyes.”  Marcel Proust

John Paul Caponigro combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using the digital platform.  He asks himself a series of questions when he finds himself photographing at locations where many have been before him.  Although he is speaking of photography, these questions can be applied to graphic design as well as any other art.

  • What’s been done before?
  • What made it work?
  • How could it be improved?
  • What hasn’t been done before?
  • How have things changed since that work was done?
  • What could be done to reflect that change?
  • What’s unique about this moment?
  • How many ways could that be made clear in images?
  • What’s special about my perspective?
  • How many ways can I make that strongly felt?

The right set of questions can help generate many ideas as well as guide and focus your work.  You may read the entire article and more at   Seeing With New Eyes.

What is a Graphic Designer?

When I tell people I am going to school to become a Graphic Designer, they almost always ask what is that or what will you do with that.  Well below is a great explanation of what a Graphic Designer is and does.  The following information came from http://www.studentscholarships.org/salary/618/graphic_designers.php

Graphic designers—or graphic artists—plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They find the most effective way to get messages across in print and electronic media using color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications. They also produce promotional displays, packaging, and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive logos for products and businesses, and develop signs and signage systems—called environmental graphics—for business and government. An increasing number of graphic designers also develop material for Internet Web pages, interactive media, and multimedia projects. Graphic designers also may produce the credits that appear before and after television programs and movies.

Graphic designers determine the needs of the client, the message the design should portray, and its appeal to customers or users. Designers consider cognitive, cultural, physical, and social factors in planning and executing designs for the target audience. Designers gather relevant information by meeting with clients, creative or art directors, and by performing their own research. Identifying the needs of consumers is becoming increasingly important for graphic designers as they continue to develop corporate communication strategies in addition to creating designs and layouts.

Graphic designers prepare sketches or layouts—by hand or with the aid of a computer—to illustrate their vision for the design. They select colors, sound, artwork, photography, animation, style of type, and other visual elements for the design. Designers also select the size and arrangement of the different elements on the page or screen. They may create graphs and charts from data for use in publications, and they often consult with copywriters on any text that accompanies the design. Designers then present the completed design to their clients or art or creative director for approval. In printing and publishing firms, graphic designers also may assist the printers by selecting the type of paper and ink for the publication and reviewing the mock-up design for errors before final publication.

Designers who run their own businesses also devote considerable time to developing new business contacts, choosing equipment, and performing administrative tasks.  The need for up-to-date computer and communications equipment is an ongoing consideration for graphic designers.

In addition to postsecondary training in graphic design, creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills are crucial. Graphic designers must be creative and able to communicate their ideas visually, verbally, and in writing. They also must have an eye for details. Designers show employers these traits by putting together a portfolio—a collection of examples of a person’s best work. A good portfolio often is the deciding factor in getting a job.

Because consumer tastes can change fairly quickly, designers also need to be well read, open to new ideas and influences, and quick to react to changing trends. The abilities to work independently and under pressure are equally important traits. People in this field need self-discipline to start projects on their own, to budget their time, and to meet deadlines and production schedules. Good business sense and sales ability also are important, especially for those who freelance or run their own firms.

Hello world!

Hi, my name is Sandra, welcome to my blog.  This is my first attempt at blogging and to be honest I have started this as a requirement for a class.  Although I have read and enjoyed a variety of blogs, blogging just wasn’t something I wanted to do.  This particular blog will be based around my portfolio and the work that will go into it.  I will also include some of the steps leading up to my work.  I will be blogging at least once a week for the next 8 weeks and after that… well who knows.  I hope to learn some things along the way about my work and myself.  If you  happened to find my blog, well I hope you will follow along.  I think it will be fun.