LINKS FOR DESIGNERS
Learning Takes 20 Hours
TED: Learning Takes 20 Hours
People Learn by Collaboration
Changing Education Paradigms
The Basics of Design Theory
Elements and principals of composition
Basics of Color Theory
45+ Free Lessons in Web-centric Design Theory
IMPORTANT Design Business Info
AIGA Standard Form Agreement for Design Services — use this for ALL your projects
U.S. Small Business Administration search for business licenses and permits
"Two Bobs" podcast by two advertising guys. Specifically listen to “Truths and Myths About Money”, but it's all good.
Neil Gaiman Speaks on Art and Freelancing
How Magazine Presents Parse
IMPORTANT Design Student Info
What designers need to know — a short list on a long topic
RISD's intro to their graphic design program
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers, 2008, about it taking 10,000 hours to become an expert (close to 5 years at 40 hrs. a week, so it should be something you enjoy).
Crossing The Creative Divide: Three Intrinsic Attributes Of Creativity/UX Magazine
Why Persuasive Design Should Be Your Next Skill Set/UX Magazine
Graphic Design: The New Basics, Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips
Those of you looking for internships, this Internship List is from the AdClub in DC (Jan 2012). If this seems old, the most recent version may be online at dcadclub.com, but it's likely these people are always interested in interns.
- Look through what they are looking for (some want designers, some want account reps, etc.), check out their website so you know a little bit about them (they may ask you why you're interested in interning with them), and contact them.
- It's good practice to try, and even if you don't get in now it could give you a foot in the door.
The Ladders: 9 Resume Tips Hiring Managers Wished Creatives Pros Knew
60 Most Creative Resumes of All Time: Ridiculous headline, and most of these are bad; poor typographic skills, difficult to read, even harder to understand, and if they land on HR's desk instead of the Creative Director's desk they will be thrown in the trash. But look at numbers 1 (would be better without background image), 2, 7, 9, 12, 18, 22, 23, 27, 45, and 48.
47 is a little difficult to follow, but the quality of illustration and how well the entire page works as a unit sets it apart. It doesn't hurt that they want to work in film and they've completed films that have competed internationally.
10 Handy Tips for Web Design CVS and Resumes: Some better samples.
External Drives and Arrays
Online Ad Specifications (Individual sites may have size and media restrictions)
Site for rough checking monitor calibration
Go to Focus Groups and watch the video on emotional advertising. It's bull, but really interesting.
Podcasts about design from the designers at Mule Design
Designing Smarter, Faster and Easier (notes from lecture)
Photoshop Lasso Tool
Nobel Program Shortcut Key Command Guides
Design Info from designer/teacher Anne Kerns
Pen Tool Game
Adobe Pen Tool
Pen Tool Exercises
Another Adobe Pen Tool Practice, also very basic but very complete
Chalkboard effects in Illustrator
Deane Online Tutorials
Creating a Starburst in Adobe Illustrator
Other Sources for Tutorials
CSS — W3Schools (Web)
Adding texture in Illustrator
40 Days of Dating
52 projects in 52 weeks
TED Talks: How a misfit found her voice
John Cleese on Creativity
Daniel Pink on Motivation
Steve Jobs commencement address
Steve Jobs is our hero because he loved beauty and understood typography
EXCELLENT copywriting, typography and new media example
If you are a student of mine at Howard and Montgomery colleges, you can subscribe to Communication Arts for the special price of $39 at: commarts.com/students
The FWA, web design
Films about designers — Hillman-Curtis
The Die Line — the best of packaging design
Bibliodyssey — Books and book illustrations
Birka Jazz's Blue Note album covers, 1950s
Threadless talks about building their business
Amazon Kindle creative ads
Second Story Interactive Studios, exhibit design
The Beauty of Engraving, Neenah Paper
Letterform Archive, San Francisco
Chip Kidd — ! Or ?
Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, sculptor
Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington (ADCMW) — Regional, primarily in-house designers, smaller design firms and freelancers, really good programs, Annual Show design competition, excellent discussion list (for members and non-members).
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) — National graphic design organization; national convention; local chapters in Washington, DC and Baltimore, chapters in some schools.
Graphic Artists Guild — National organization for in-house and freelance graphic designers; provides health insurance, pricing guidelines and contract arbitration
Adclub of Washington DC — Local organization for advertising agencies; affiliated with the American Advertising Federation.
Illustrators Club of DC, Maryland and Virginia — Professional illustrators
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) — Studio photographers
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) — Editorial photographers
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) — Portrait and wedding photographers
Drawing & Illustration
Directory of Illustration
The iSpot illustration site
Gerald & Cullen Rapp
Character Design blog
Best Anamatics and Storyboards of 2011
40 years of illustrations for the New York Times Op-Ed section
Escape from Illustration Island
Line by Line: James McMullen on Drawing, from The New York Times
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards
Reasons to Embrace Being Sketchy, Mark Avnet, VCU Brandcenter (ad school in Richmond, VA)
The Answer Sheet Archives: Arts Education, washingtonpost.com
Science of Aesthetics (Includes interesting analysis of how to show motion in animation)
Alice Flaherty, research into creative drive
A woman illustrator explains how to draw real breasts
Tom Bancroft Animation 1 / Thumbnail, Thumbnail, Thumbnail
Tom Bancroft Animation 2 / Sincerity
Tom Bancroft Animation 3 / Don't fall in love with your drawings
Paperman, Oscar®, best short animation, 2012. (Sorry, but full original no longer available online.)
The Art of American Advertising, 1865-1910
Bruce Type Foundry (U.S., Victorian era)
Icons of Graphics (famous graphic designers)
Design — www.designhistory.org
Art Deco Masters
Library of Congress collection of WPA Posters
Biographies of Illustrators
National Gallery of Art Teaching Packets — References on a wide variety of art styles and periods
Alvin Lustig (1950's American modernism)
6 principles of visual hierarchy for designers
Pinterest Type & Typography
Typography Tutorials (you may have to search for some of them)
Podcast of Jonathan Hoefler (type designer) and Steven Heller (NYT Magazine) on Typography
Emigre Type Specimen Books
"I Love Typography" blog (history of type, etc.)
Fonts that go with Helvetica (requires typophile.com registration)
Mixing font styles
- Hoefler type foundry, creators of such wonders as Gotham and Champion.
- Emigre.com, the foundry that started the computer type revolution. Still creates beautiful fonts. THeir fonts have been bought by Adobe and are available as part of Creative Cloud. (2020)
Examples of grids in use
https://www.instagram.com/fidelunderline/ Fidel Peña, a graphic designer and co-founder of Toronto-based Underline Studio, who uses grids a lot.
Baeseline Grid Alignment
Using the Golden Ratio for design
PRINT Magazine — 10 Tools for Building the Perfect Color Palettes
CSS Gradient Generator
The Psychology of Color
Site for rough checking monitor calibration
Possible history of color vision
Men and women have different color perception
Web Development Tools
FileCamp's Guide to Creating Brand Guidelines
Graphics Master (book) — contains most of the technical knowledge a print designer needs, including standard envelope sizes, information on various printing techniques, and a glossary of terms. Published by the Printing Industries of America (PIA).
Initialize Apache & mysql on Snow Leopard
Monitor White Point
Printer to match my screen
Believe it or not, the copy of yur design piece is just as or more important than your visuals.
Hubspot's Ultimate Editing Guide
And here's how to understand edits and indicate them yourself.
List of standard proofreading marks
Stickman’s Tips for Having a Table at a Comic Book Convention by Mark Monlux
Knowing about direct marketing can make a big difference in the effectiveness of anything you design.
19 of Dick Benson's Direct Marketing Rules of Thumb
David Ogilvy, The Theory and Practice of Selling the Aga Cooker