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FREE GRAPHIC DESIGN RESOURCES & TOOLS

Sometimes having a few extra tools or resources in our utility belt is all the difference in spending hours or minutes on a project. Below are just a few of the free graphic design resources and tools I use that help me get the job done. I have left out a few of the obvious items such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Coda, Sketchbook, etc. in favor of more less known items. Take a look and feel free to let me know if you have other suggestions that are not on my list.

– See more at: timothycd.com

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Critiques in design

Critiques are hard!

One of the hardest things in the design world is the critique. Critiques are a vital part of designing, as it is a great way to get feedback on your work before it is sent off into the world. The difficult part about critiques, is emotion gets involved. I work in a place where critiques are brought up on a daily basis, sometimes we forget and let emotions become involved and it becomes more of a “I like this better…” or “I don’t like this…” while it’s good to know what people like and what they don’t like, it isn’t very helpful and can be detrimental to the project. Critiques need to be helpful, and without emotion, we can’t take critiques personally, just as much as we can’t critique personally, it’s way to easy to get upset and let our emotions ruin what we’ve worked so hard on. Early on in my design career, I was always reminding myself “Nick, you need to have thick skin” but it was so hard when I felt like everyone hated my work! How was I supposed to become a better designer if it feels like nobody likes what I’m doing? I have since realized that for the most part, people were giving me critiques on my design and illustrations, and they weren’t meaning to hurt my feelings, but more than anything, they were just trying to help.

– See more at: http://blog.nckjrvs.com/critiques-in-design/#sthash.RtrLRvYr.dpuf

The Complete Guide to Setting and Negotiating Freelance Rates

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Setting and negotiating rates can seem like one of the most complicated and intimidating parts of freelancing but it really doesn’t have to be. Today I’m going to give you an in-depth overview of how to set and negotiate rates with prospective and existing clients. Although I’m a freelance writer, I believe that most of the following advice applies to any service-based business.

Read the full article by Tom Ewer here:

http://lifehacker.com/5994064/the-complete-guide-to-setting-and-negotiating-freelance-rates

JOB OPPORTUNITYS!

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GRAPHIC DESIGN SPECIALIST

Incumbent performs duties with a primary focus on creating graphics for inclusion in informational brochures, displays, presentations slides, manuals and similar graphic applications. Utilizes a wide variety of digital media, graphics production equipment, web tools and supplies including a personal computer and desktop publishing/graphics software. Assists multiple teams on various projects to create documents that visually convey information to the public, applicants and elected/appointed officials.  Responsible for providing graphics for various projects within the Division.  Translates information and concepts into high-impact visual pieces and computer generated illustrations, including but not limited to print and digital versions of Department master plan concepts, zoning regulations, logos, pamphlets, posters, graphic interpretations of statistical data, a variety of collateral materials, web graphics, etc.  Remains abreast of latest graphic design concepts and techniques. Collaborates with director, management staff and others, as necessary to identify graphic needs for various types of projects and identify ideas on how to prepare the necessary graphics.

Salary:  13.25 to 17.25 per H.

Please announce this opportunity to your students as soon as possible.  Interested students should visit the Student Employment and Cooperative Education Services for referral.  The Job Order Number is 32507.

SECES is located in the Administration Building, Room 195, at the Redwood Campus, in Room W134 at the South City Campus or in Room 164 B at the Jordan Campus.

FREELANCE/GRAPHICS DESIGN

have LED signage at the sports centers where I place images and ads and I need to find someone that can create these for me. Usually this is called avi LED sign messaging. If a graphic artist could do this that would be ok, but this isn’t a permanent job, it is only a freelance job for these signs to be created usually three in the summer and one for the winter.

Please announce this opportunity to your students as soon as possible.  Interested students should visit the Student Employment and Cooperative Education Services for referral.  The Job Order Number is 32527.

SECES is located in the Administration Building, Room 195, at the Redwood Campus, in Room W134 at the South City Campus or in Room 164 B at the Jordan Campus.

THANK YOU.

RESOURCES: Building a Creative Business

Hello? Is this thing on? Hey friends! I just want to spread the word about a newly available class this semester called Building a Creative Business / Art 1440 (2 credits). It’s being taught by one of the talented founders of Struck. If you have any plans to freelance or start any sort of creative business, this class will be valuable for you! In this course, you will learn to:

• Identify and discuss basic business structures.

• Identify and apply the process of business organization and branding. (i.e., create your own identity set)

• Understand the government process for setting up a business and reporting income.

• Define and evaluate appropriate use of social media for small, creative businesses.

• Properly create effective estimates, proposals, change orders and invoices.

I believe in this course and want to see it continue for future students as well, so if you have room in your busy schedule, I’d like to see you there! We only meet once a week, and next week is Martin Luther King Day so there’s no class. Hit me up with your email address if you decide to register and want a PDF of the syllabus as well as more information on the assignment due the next class. The instructor is fun, qualified and knowledgeable! I’m excited to learn more and prepare myself for my future! Are you?

http://struck.com/