The Graphic Design Thread UPDATE: 1st post filled with info. 2nd with NTer's portfolios.

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In this thread we'll post any work we want to show to gain constructive criticism, interesting information regarding design and the history of design and questions and insight from design professionals and students.


Interesting Links/Resources:

http://dribbble.com/
http://www.behance.net/
Great for portfolio building and posting work. Behance is probably the easier of the two to gain access to and post on.

http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/
Branding identity analysis and discussion

http://www.typographicposters.com/
Beautiful examples of typographic posters

http://bookcoverarchive.com/
Almost every single book cover ever. You search by typefaces used :smokin

http://thestandardsmanual.com/
Excellent example of typography and page layout.

http://www.davidairey.com/advice-for-design-students/
Essential reading.

http://www.uxisnotui.com/
UX is not UI poster. Explains the differences between the two!
More on that here too... http://www.helloerik.com/ux-is-not-ui

http://www.thedieline.com/
Showcases the best packaging design from around the world. Great stuff!


Tutorials:

http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp
http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_mysql_intro.asp
Excellent resources/tutorials for PHP coding

http://www.computerarts.co.uk/features/move-2d-3d
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/blog/eight-ways-increase-traffic-your-portfolio-site-133794
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/design-and-lay-out-book-indesign
Computer Arts is too dope for tutorials


Competitions:

http://semipermanentevents.com/take_me_home/index.html
SEMI-PERMANENT & WHIRLWIND PRINT ARE EXCITED TO BRING YOU TAKE ME HOME POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION & EXHIBITION. Deadline: 8th May 2013

http://www.thetypefight.com/
Weekly typography competitions where two contestants redesign a letter and one is voted the winner


Videos:


John Jay on creativity


Muji's Art Director Kenya Hara speaking

John Jay's 10 Lessons For Young Designers:
1: Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do.
2: Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.
3: Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral.
4: Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough.
5: Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know.
6: Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world.
7: Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them.
8: Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.
9: The Golden Rule actually works. Do good.
10: If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.
 
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NTer's portfolios:
NOTE: Individual pics of work are too hard to post up in this post. If you have a portfolio site (or Behance or Tumblr) I'll be more than happy to add it to the mix as I don't want anyone to feel left out :frown:

Mitchellicious
http://www.behance.net/mitchell_t
http://hiphoppostersbymitcht.tumblr.com/

onlyXVbutHAVEallXIX
http://www.behance.net/davidrsoriano

bearclawd
http://bearclawd.tumblr.com/

ImReallyDirkNowitzki
http://www.behance.net/mflu

Calypso Chanta
http://www.garronmartin.com/
http://www.behance.net/GarronMartin

OneTrueSoul
http://dribbble.com/THEYCALLMEVINCE
http://theycallmevince.com/
http://iamvince.tumblr.com/
http://wk12.tumblr.com/

presequel
http://briannguyen.me/

nike4KJA05
behance.net/KAgustin19

TroyD
http://www.behance.net/troy13x

Kidding
http://www.behance.net/AustinJermacans
 
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I'm not a graphic designer (didn't get into the program, I'm an industrial designer) but here's some stuff from my portfolio:

November Tales cover for the contest "A Calender of Tales" By Neil Gaiman

A Save the Date card I made for my Grandparents surprise 50th anniversary party

The invitation (had to take out the address and the contact number)

Comic title page for a self written story

A picture of me that I made a while ago (one of the first photo manipulations I've done)

And a project for class called "Reimaging a book cover" I got A Christmas Carol, the cover isn't finished though. I reupload the finished project later. 
 
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Cool thread.

Can you guys post up basic/extensive Photoshop/Illustrator tutorials? I've been messing with PS for years, but I'm no where near as good as you and others out there.
 
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I've actually never used photoshop in my life and just started using illustrator and indesign recently in school. I use GIMP which is similar to photoshop expect it's free. 
 

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Some nice work in here

I'm pretty new to this and still learning some basics to illustrating,

I'll def keep my eye open to this thread for tutorials and tips.

A logo I did for my cousin's small business

Some art I did for a co-worker (The Eagle)

A Comp Card I did for a makeup artist in my town
 

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I see we gonna need some help here...

quick question, is there a way to use an ipad/tablet as a pen tablet? Im looking to invent into one for retouching/drawing and was wondering if this could be possible.

also crit on this cheesy cover:View media item 373524i know the flames are horrible(along with everything else). its for Prince/soulrnb type band. Gonna redue it this weekend.

side note. didnt have helvectica installed. installed helvectica. suddenly everything helvectica lol. mosted overused font ever.
 
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My first ever illustrator project I did over the summer....I gotta get back to practicing, it can be a ton of fun.

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http://www.behance.net/gallery/Brad-Pitt-Vector/3931641
 

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If you guys are still in school, start networking and interning NOW! This career field is ridiculously competitive, and your best bet is knowing the right people along with a very strong portfolio.

Get familiar with HTML, CSS, pretty much anything to do with web design helps. Lots of companies expect you to at least know the basics and it's a common requirement/desire.

I live in SoCal so the competition is fierce. Your heart has to really be in it to succeed and make a living outta this, I've seen so many people I went to school with that have given up and done nothing with their degrees, and I'm sure you know how expensive tuition is, depending on where you're going.

Anyway, I'm the creative director for a medium-sized furniture company. I've reached the top of my salary range and I'm looking to work for a bigger company and gain more experience. My uncle who works for Universal as the director of creative services broke it down to me like this: if you wanna succeed in this field, you're gonna do 4-7 years of grunt work, companies want experience and a broad portfolio to back it up. Then, it's pretty much up to you and your work to get the higher-tier jobs in supervisory roles.

Like I said, it's tough out here, but it's what I wanna do.
 
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^^No I didn't actually. I should probably remove it as a matter of fact......I remember finding it somewhere on DeviantArt like 8 years ago and thought it was awesome so I've saved it ever since
 
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Do any of you guys use drawing tablets by the way?

I just copped a Wacom Bamboo a couple months ago and it's frustrated me to the 10th degree trying to learn how to use the damn thing correctly....
 

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If you guys are still in school, start networking and interning NOW! This career field is ridiculously competitive, and your best bet is knowing the right people along with a very strong portfolio.

Get familiar with HTML, CSS, pretty much anything to do with web design helps. Lots of companies expect you to at least know the basics and it's a common requirement/desire.

I live in SoCal so the competition is fierce. Your heart has to really be in it to succeed and make a living outta this, I've seen so many people I went to school with that have given up and done nothing with their degrees, and I'm sure you know how expensive tuition is, depending on where you're going.

Anyway, I'm the creative director for a medium-sized furniture company. I've reached the top of my salary range and I'm looking to work for a bigger company and gain more experience. My uncle who works for Universal as the director of creative services broke it down to me like this: if you wanna succeed in this field, you're gonna do 4-7 years of grunt work, companies want experience and a broad portfolio to back it up. Then, it's pretty much up to you and your work to get the higher-tier jobs in supervisory roles.

Like I said, it's tough out here, but it's what I wanna do.
Good info.

I've been messing around a little regarding HTML on a different site, really basic stuff right now though. I got a ways to go
Do any of you guys use drawing tablets by the way?

I just copped a Wacom Bamboo a couple months ago and it's frustrated me to the 10th degree trying to learn how to use the damn thing correctly....
I had a bamboo and never used it and sold it. Everything I've done I've used a mouse and now I want the that tablet back
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I think Im going to get a tablet soon and try and teach myself to use one but yeah it was challenging to use and I gave up too easy with it
 
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My first year as a foundation student, we learned a small amount of HTML, etc programming. I'm actually looking to minor in computer science since I want to be a video game designer. 

I wanted a tablet but never went out to get one but apparently we'll be using them heavily once I get into industrial design in the fall semester. Everything I do is hand drawn and then scanned into the computer where I ink,color, and shade it. 
 
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I see we gonna need some help here...

quick question, is there a way to use an ipad/tablet as a pen tablet? Im looking to invent into one for retouching/drawing and was wondering if this could be possible.

also crit on this cheesy cover:View media item 373524i know the flames are horrible(along with everything else). its for Prince/soulrnb type band. Gonna redue it this weekend.

side note. didnt have helvectica installed. installed helvectica. suddenly everything helvectica lol. mosted overused font ever.
Yes, you can use any tablet as a "pen tablet". It all in the apps you use. For drawing, Autodesk sketchbook is the best app for it.

But if you wan a "real" tablet, get a wacom intuous (pictured below). You basically use the wacom pen on the tablet and what ever you draw shows on the the screen. Its pressure sensitive and depending on what programs you use (photoshop, sketchbook) its basically like painting/ drawing with real tools

View media item 373836By far, its the greatest purchase ive ever made


But if you got a grand or more to spend, get a cintiq :smokin
View media item 373837
 

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If you guys are still in school, start networking and interning NOW! This career field is ridiculously competitive, and your best bet is knowing the right people along with a very strong portfolio.

Get familiar with HTML, CSS, pretty much anything to do with web design helps. Lots of companies expect you to at least know the basics and it's a common requirement/desire.

I live in SoCal so the competition is fierce. Your heart has to really be in it to succeed and make a living outta this, I've seen so many people I went to school with that have given up and done nothing with their degrees, and I'm sure you know how expensive tuition is, depending on where you're going.

Anyway, I'm the creative director for a medium-sized furniture company. I've reached the top of my salary range and I'm looking to work for a bigger company and gain more experience. My uncle who works for Universal as the director of creative services broke it down to me like this: if you wanna succeed in this field, you're gonna do 4-7 years of grunt work, companies want experience and a broad portfolio to back it up. Then, it's pretty much up to you and your work to get the higher-tier jobs in supervisory roles.

Like I said, it's tough out here, but it's what I wanna do.

looking to intern this summer. applied for 2. and currently im cool with my professor and hes workin with me to make my portfolio stronger

Do any of you guys use drawing tablets by the way?

I just copped a Wacom Bamboo a couple months ago and it's frustrated me to the 10th degree trying to learn how to use the damn thing correctly....

i bought one about a year ago. i used it for my 2 self portraits but it randomly disconnects sometimes. i have to keep it on a flat surface
 

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Yes, you can use any tablet as a "pen tablet". It all in the apps you use. For drawing, Autodesk sketchbook is the best app for it.

But if you wan a "real" tablet, get a wacom intuous (pictured below). You basically use the wacom pen on the tablet and what ever you draw shows on the the screen. Its pressure sensitive and depending on what programs you use (photoshop, sketchbook) its basically like painting/ drawing with real tools

View media item 373836By far, its the greatest purchase ive ever made


But if you got a grand or more to spend, get a cintiq :smokin
View media item 373837

price?
 
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I see we gonna need some help here...

quick question, is there a way to use an ipad/tablet as a pen tablet? Im looking to invent into one for retouching/drawing and was wondering if this could be possible.

also crit on this cheesy cover:View media item 373524i know the flames are horrible(along with everything else). its for Prince/soulrnb type band. Gonna redue it this weekend.

side note. didnt have helvectica installed. installed helvectica. suddenly everything helvectica lol. mosted overused font ever.

There are son many other nice sans-serif fonts out there besides Helvetica. I love Helvetica too, but take a look at Futura, Gill Sans, Frutiger, even Akidenz Grotesk which was basically Helvetica before Helvetica :lol:

Do any of you guys use drawing tablets by the way?

I just copped a Wacom Bamboo a couple months ago and it's frustrated me to the 10th degree trying to learn how to use the damn thing correctly....

I have a Bamboo and I use it sparingly. I hate tablets with a passion, but they are a necessary evil. Once you get the hang of them, it'll be just as natural as using the mouse though.

onlyXVbutHAVEallXIX is right. Learning HTML and CSS is key to gaining employment and staying employed. If you can do that stuff and do it well, everyone will love you. Also right about the competitiveness factor. Learn to take criticism and expect to take it. Never take your work too preciously, because people will hate it and clients will make you change it.
 
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