Lovely as a Tree – “the website that tells you everything you need to know to be a more environmentally aware graphic designer.” Any website that promotes environmental issues is good in my book. Tailor it specifically for the graphic design industry and I’m even more interested. Lovely as a Tree covers aspects such as choosing paper, choosing a printer and how to help in the office.
Are you printing large format? Read this first. Lauren at Creative Curio brings us a fantastic insight of large scale printing, and offers tips for preparing artwork. She discusses file resolution, formats, scaling and photographs. Superb.
Eric of ideasonideas presents six suggestions that can make you a better designer. Topics of note include finding the problem, not being so smart, ‘sorta’ stealing, and setting the bar higher. Definitely worth a read. Oh, and if you touch Eric, he’ll take you home! I’ll pass. ;)
A guest writer on Noisy Decent Graphics put forth a plea for help. They work in a small design studio, attached to a charity, using PCs as opposed to Apple Macs. Their request went like this:
“What I need your help with is some quality, compelling, and hopefully financially beneficial arguments as to why this small part the organisation NEEDS to switch to Macs.”
An interesting discussion followed, in particular, those comments from ‘mave’, rightly stating how the Mac versus PC debate is incredibly outdated. Macs are nice, no denying it, but design doesn’t need to be nice. It needs to work. Great design was around long before computers.
Today marks the official launch of Aaron Russell’s new design website. I’ve been friends with Aaron since first learning of his miLienzo blog. Some of his new blog articles include: 25 inspirational design and creativity blogs, choosing the right print process: lithographic or digital, and five highly recommended web design forums. Best of luck, Aaron.
Starting your own business? Mark Boulton publishes another superb article with valuable advice for those going it alone. Mark talks about why to do it in the first place, what to include in your business plan, where you can get help and how to manage your accounts.
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