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Amazingly Useful Design Resources You May Have Overlooked

There are plenty of design resources a designer may need and not know they need until they  have them. These resources are easy to overlook. They don’t directly connect to graphic design so it isn’t obvious but they are quite helpful for creating design. For example, if you need to send a mock-up (of anything) to a client and there’s a possibility you may not have all the content. Though they wouldn’t be used in the final design, filler text and stock photos are great placeholders for missing content. These design resources are beneficial to the design process and can be useful to a range of graphic design fields.

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Learning How To Freelance: Resources for Designers

Whether you’ve been designing for years or just now decided to learn graphic design, always remember to never stop learning. There are tons of FREE online resources for designers that offer advice and knowledge on running a freelance business. Blogs, podcasts and ebooks are useful resources for designers who want to learn graphic design along with skills in business and entrepreneurship.

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Creative Resources for FREElance Designers

Learning graphic design might be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be expensive. The internet is full of creative resources designers that are free and available to any designer. These resources can be utilized to learn new skills, seek creative inspiration and find freelancing tips. Video tutorials are helpful for learning new tricks and techniques, especially with Adobe software. Mock-ups help present your work in a professional manner and graphics are useful for a quick turnaround time. New fonts are a great way to freshen up your work and bring new inspiration to your design. Each of these creative resources have quality content that benefit any type of freelance designer. Did I mention they’re all free?

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Reviewing the Fundamentals: The Principles of Graphic Design

No matter how experienced you are in the field, it’s always good to take the time to review design fundamentals. The principles of graphic design outline the ways designers can use elements in a composition. These principles act as guidelines for creating successful design, but that’s not to say you can only make great design by following these rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is justified, but it’s important know what they are so you know why you’re breaking them. With that being said, here are the principles of graphic design.

 

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Fun Design Games for Learning Graphic Designers

Learning graphic design is all about practice and graphic design games are a great way to do just that! Games are helpful for learning graphic design because they turn learning a new skill fun. There are games for all types of graphic design fields and this post has a collection of fun design games you can play to learn how to kern, code, or even use the pen tool.

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Learning the Skills You Need to Be A Talented Graphic Designer

Nowadays, with so many online resources available, it’s easier than ever for anyone to learn design skills without attending a design school or purchasing an online course. The only down side to learning design skills on your own, is figuring out exactly what you need to know. There are general skills that every graphic designer should know, such as the principals of design and how to use designer software, but there are also skills that are specific to a designer’s specialization.

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The Right Essentials to Start a Successful Design Business

So you’ve officially decided to take the plunge and start your own design business…Congratulations! It’s exciting, thrilling, frightening…and confusing. Where do you begin? How do you actually start a business? The biggest factor in starting your business is knowing just where to begin. The following tips and resources are a great place to start and give you a solid foundation to build a successful business.

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Great Reads for Self-Taught Designers

“Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best.”
– Massimo Vignelli

 

Spark your creativity and skills with these great reads for self-taught designers! Whether your just starting out in design or have years of experience under your belt, these books offer great tips and insight for any designer.