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5 of the Most Influential Designers

5 of the Most Influential Designers

I was at The Henry Ford in May attending the opening of an exhibit titled The World of Charles and Ray Eames. It was exciting to see so much of their work up close and personal. The exhibit does a great job of leading you through their careers, showing off furniture (including their famous plywood and leather lounge chair and ottoman, 1956), drawings, models, brochures, toys, film, and photos. There are notes and correspondence that are hand written in Ray’s fun calligraphy, and tons of sketches and personal photos that give you a glimpse of what it was like to be a designer in the 40s and 50s. You can learn more about the Eameses work here as they continued to work through the 1970s.

Best Practices When Designing a Logo (The Black-and-White of It)

Best Practices When Designing a Logo (The Black-and-White of It)

I’m sure designers that began their career using computers approach logo design differently than designers that jot their ideas down with pad and pencil (shout out to all of us who have received the famous “napkins ideas” from the client). But one thing stays true: In order to design a good logo, you must design it in black and white first. All design is a process, and designing a logo is no different. I strongly believe if you start in black and white, you won’t get distracted by color or color placement. And by following this one simple rule, you will get to the end result faster.

4 Tips for New Graphic Designers

4 Tips for New Graphic Designers

Being a good designer is not just about make things look pretty, it’s about solving problems. Whether you design for the web, have your hands in printed marketing materials, or design large scale projects, it’s all the same: You need to know your audience, solve the problem, make it look amazing, and stay within budget. Sounds easy enough, but any one of these can trip you up through the design process.

5 Tips to Make Adobe InDesign Easier for You

5 Tips to Make Adobe InDesign Easier for You

Everyone has their own way of doing things. But no matter how long you’ve been using InDesign, it’s fun to learn a few new (or old) tricks. Here’s a few of my favorites.

Top 5 Designer Tools in Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)

Top 5 Designer Tools in Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)

It’s a great time to be a creative type. With Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) the possibilities are endless, and with so many tools at our fingertips, we can get the work done quickly and with precision. I work with Adobe CC daily to produce art for our web sites and as printed marketing materials. I love that all the CC titles work together seamlessly making my work life a bit less hectic.

9 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Word

9 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Word

Key commands have always been a part of my work day. I love knowing how to shave off a mere 1 or 2 steps in any process. With everyone wanting everything yesterday, you have to move quickly – get to the finished product without sacrificing design. Keeping up isn’t that difficult when you add some basic key commands to your routine.

Develop a Nondestructive Workflow in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator

Develop a Nondestructive Workflow in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to Save Time

At New Horizons, we utilize graphic images everyday to help show our customers the best training they can receive. There are a number of different images associated with each individual course. One thing that never changes at New Horizons is… our client’s need to save time when working on projects. Enter Adobe’s workflow method of Nondestructive Editing. What is nondestructive editing you ask?

7 Must-Know Photoshop Tips for Beginners

7 Must-Know Photoshop Tips for Beginners

Guest Author: Debra Novara
Corporate Branding Manager, NH Learning Solutions

When I first started using Photoshop some 20 years ago, I was in awe of what I could accomplish with just a few key strokes and a mouse. Gone were the days waiting on airbrush artists to alter a photo in some way or another. We were able to make it happen instantly (well, after a handful of undos) and the results were remarkable. Changes that took days, even weeks were accomplished in hours (this also resulted in shrinking deadlines much to our dismay). But even so, this powerful tool was giving us designers more control over our art than ever before and we loved it.

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