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Coming from LinkedIn? Let’s get connected! In the graphic and web design industry, we like to think of ourselves as “creatives” who constantly keep the creative juices flowing and come up with original, well-thought out ideas. So why is it […]

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Beginning a new design project is always exhilarating. You’re energized and excited about working on the project and creating something effective and beautiful. But have you ever had a project that, by the end of it, you just “want to […]

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I am currently reading “The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding” a phenomenal book about marketing and branding written by Al Ries. One of the laws of effective branding is the law of contraction. Ries explains that companies (and might I […]

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Unless you on a deserted island somewhere, you heard yesterday about Apple’s newest technological advancement: the iPad. Now, there has been all sorts of buzz all over the internet about whether the device is extraordinary or significantly less impressive than […]

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Some of the best logos in existence are captivating because they convey two meanings at once, accomplish the task from a unique angle, or are somehow otherwise “creative”. The best way to tell a creative logo from a less successful […]

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Due to the increasing popularity of usability design and user experience design articles that focus on the internet and web design, you might not be aware that user experience design has been around a lot longer than the internet has. […]

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I’m not going to beat around the bush, the following is what I believe to be the biggest myth in the graphic and web design industry: “Our job is to design what the client wants.”I know the old adage says […]

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If you’ve ever visited the site before, you know that Graphic Design Blender just went through a massive site redesign. I am now happy to present to you the new and very much improved Graphic Design Blender. Millo is a […]

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I love the end of the year. I feel rejuvenated after the holiday break and excited to move forward in whatever next year’s endeavor’s bring. Before closing out the year, I would like say thank you to all of you […]

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Whether you work in a corporate office, small production house, or as a freelance designer, chances are you have a lot to do. As designers, we many times have multiple projects to work on, clients to find, bills to manage, […]

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The traditional New Year Resolution: some dread it and some embrace it. Of course, it’s not always easy to sit down and decide what we hope to accomplish over the next year. Below you will find a few ideas that […]

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Web site design time lapse by Tim Potter Web Design Time Lapse by Xif.com Web Site Redesign Time Lapse by SKDC.com T-Shirt Design Time Lapse by David Lozeau Logo Design Time Lapse by MMagic.net Page Layout Time Lapse Video Title […]

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Most creative people are right brained and frankly, sometimes we work the right half of our brains way too hard. Being “right-brained” means we like to think outside the box, frequently disregard logic, and typically hate subjects like math and […]

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There is a long-standing debate (which I will not be addressing today) on whether or not software like the Adobe Creative Suite  enables designers to be creative and design impressive pieces of work. This post showcases an impressive collection of […]

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In the last ten or more years, web design has become one of the most prevalent design professions and skills in the world. It’s nearly impossible to be hired as a new graphic designer these days without having some sort […]

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I love to do design work. I always have. But let’s be honest–I also have bills to pay. Chances are, so do you. But many times as freelance designers we fail to take advantage of the small opportunities to make […]

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I was recently reading an issue of Critique Magazine from 1998 and I found an interesting article titled: “6 Predictions for the Millenium”. The article refers to six predictions that Marty Neumeier (the author of the article and current president […]

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In today’s world it’s all about sharing. People tweet, digg, stumble, share, sphinn, bump, blend, and more. The key to success of any blog is how well you make sure others are talking about your content. This article contains 20 […]

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Logo presentation can be one of the most important pieces of the logo design process. The research is over. The sketching is finished. Bad ideas now fill your waste basket and the best ideas have made it to the computer screen. After […]

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The question I have met with my fair share of inexperienced graphic designers who are searching for their place in this enormous industry. Many have asked me what they can do to design at a more professional level. The answers […]

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For a long time now, I have been following thedieline.com: one of the best resources for package design found on the web. If you haven’t checked out their blog or you don’t follow them on twitter, you definitely should. Below […]

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“What problems do graphic designers solve?” That was a recent question that I got from a reader in response to an article here on Graphic Design Blender. He continues his question by adding, “If you’re at an airport will you […]

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As a graphic designer, one principle responsibility we have is to convey a message effectively via visual means. The following ads are inspirational in that regard. Few, if any, words are used in most of these advertisements, but the visual […]

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UPDATE: Adam has kindly informed me that he resigned from his position at 99Designs.com. Although the opinions expressed in this interview were given during Adam’s employment with 99 Designs, he no longer represents the company. Thanks, Adam, for the update. […]

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This post contains three great resources to help you understand the importance of blogging as a designer: 1. A list of reasons why all designers should blog. [jump there] 2. Opinions from top designers on why they blog. [jump there] […]

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It has been my experience, as I have connected with other designers [via twitter or other means], that there are a lot of designers out there who seem very involved in the design community but actually have little to no […]

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I recently decided to make the switch to Freelance Design after working for a local production agency. In this post I have encapsulated some of the most important lessons that I learned while I worked as a full-time designer there. […]

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The wordpress theme used here at Graphic Design Blender is the first theme I ever attempted to create from scratch (patience with glitches are therefore appreciated).  I’m no web programmer. Designer, yes, but when it comes to coding, I have […]

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I recently read a study done by MillwardBrown on the most valuable global brands of 2009.  It got me thinking about the power of branding and thought it would be interesting to see how many people can identify even the […]

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The truth of the matter is visitors who come to a cluttered web site are frequently turned away because they are confused about where to go first or how to find the content they need.  This article contains several solutions […]

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1. Don’t return their calls for at least a week Don’t be fooled by thinking that when a client calls you about something, they are actually in a hurry to get a task done. They’ll understand how important it is […]

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Graphic design jobs are frequently few and far between. It’s important that you are prepared for any design job interview you might be lucky enough to land. Below you will find a number of tips to help you be more […]

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I’ve seen my fair share of poorly designed logos. I’ll even admit that in my early days of designing I created a few horrible logos.  The following is a list of common mistakes in logo design. Do you fall in […]

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The research Dare I say this is most important phase of the logo design process.  Research may include asking the client questions about their preferences when it comes to the design of the logo.  It should also include research of […]

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I recently had the opportunity to chat with graphic designer/blogger Brian Hoff.  Brian’s blog, the design cubicle recently celebrated some great achievements and I thought it would be a great time to get advice from such a talented and successful […]

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People I associate with frequently ask me where I get my ideas and inspiration from.  While the list is endless, I thought this might provide some insight into some of the places I go for design inspiration and instruction.  While […]

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“Choose the best two out of three.” That’s the advice I frequently give my clients. On almost a daily basis I deal with clients who want high quality work done “as soon as possible” and “for cheap”. Unfortunately finding a […]

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David Airey Typefaces for graphic designers Typography tips for graphic design students Jacob Cass – Just Creative Design Top 5 Typography Resources Brian Hoff – The Design Cubicle 10 Common Typography Mistakes 15 Typography Books To Help You Learn and […]

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Ridiculous Request #1: Can you show me how you would do this project before I hire you? Unless you are a fan of doing work without getting paid, the answer to this should be a respectful “no”.  This question is […]

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Redesigning a logo can be difficult. Companies, and the public become very attached to a logo and, if done incorrectly, a logo redesign can really hurt a company’s image.  Below you will find 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts when it […]

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Recently, I was in a classroom with some rookie graphic designers and advertisers and I noticed a few habits that tend to spotlight you as an insecure graphic designer. Don’t get me wrong, if you happen to do any of […]

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Right alignment? Left alignment? Full justification? There is always be a debate on which justification (or alignment of text) is best for your design piece. This article will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each of the most popular justification […]

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There are millions of articles floating around on the internet about how to increase traffic on your blog.  There seems to be a shortage, however, on the number of high quality, informative posts on how to increase reader retention.  The […]

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