Learning from others

Learning takes place in numerous ways. You can read a book, an article, take a class or do some research on the Internet. Another way, however, is to speak to someone about it. It is to listen to someone else sharing her knowledge on this topic and get you inspired. There's something about human contact... Continue Reading →

Dear design student

In my search for graphic design resources and inspiration, I came across Dear Design Student - a website with articles written by professional designers for us, students. Check it out as it's full of words of wisdom, advice and practical tips on how to deal with this new life once we start it.  

How to price your design services

The big money. We all dream of having this, but how do you get there? My inspiration came from a podcast episode I listened to from DesignLife.fm. The episode was ok to listen to during a train ride, but the most valuable resource I got from there is this article on how to charge for... Continue Reading →

The gloss bias

A while ago I bought a little (shiny) book called "The Pocket Universal Principles of Design". It's quite interesting and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to learn something in snippets, on the go. Hey, it even turns out that the authors created a course on Lynda.com starting from this very book. In... Continue Reading →

Colour studies

Colour was one of my favourite modules in the graphic design course. I love how you can change a mood simply by making different colour choices. So I want to share with you the studies I made for my class. Using a template, we had to change the colour in each version to convey a... Continue Reading →

Reading minds

Does it happen to you sometimes to look at people around you and wonder what's going on in their minds? When I was a child, my father told me to try and learn from other people's mistakes to avoid making my own. I haven't always succeeded but his advice stuck with me. Maybe that's why... Continue Reading →

Type style guide

Hello designers and design students out there! Here's a wonderful internet freebie in the form of a pdf style guide that you can download and use whenever you please. It's a great reference for anyone serious about type. It includes examples of how to use or not use apostrophes, capitals, footnotes, quotations, small caps... you... Continue Reading →

London replaces tube ads with cats

Imagine a commuting experience with no ads claiming your attention from all sides. Well, now your dream can come true - at least partly and provided you love cats. C.A.T.S. - the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service, managed to crowdfund an entire campaign to replace existing ads in the Clapham Common tube station in London with... Continue Reading →

Creative briefs

New to graphic design and freelancing? Need a portfolio but no one wants to hire you yet? Then you need to create your own work first. One of the best resources out there for this is Briefbox. The website has an impressive number of creative briefs covering all disciplines of graphic design, from packaging to print... Continue Reading →

Type love

For any graphic design student learning the difference between leading, kerning and tracking, or, in other words, how to make words and paragraphs look beautiful. Check out this article on CreativeMarket which explains the difference.

Book recommendation: Make it Bigger by Paula Scher

I'm currently reading Paula Scher's book, Make it Bigger. It's a great read for any (aspiring) designer and provides fabulous insight into the life and thoughts of one of today's greatest graphic designers. Here is an example from her earlier work. "When the cover first appeared in 1975, the heart shape seemed miraculous. The mayor's... Continue Reading →

Learning type, the easy way

If you're studying to become a graphic designer, then it's guaranteed you will have to learn typography. I came across this great resource which visually explains the anatomy of type.  Called Type Terms, it shows you exactly what type is made of and helps you remember it, especially if you have a visual memory. What... Continue Reading →

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