Graphic design inspiration and tools

Here’s a list of my favorite places to go when I am in a creative rut and need inspiration. You’ll also find a list of helpful tools to explore and create color palettes and infographics. Graphic design inspiration websites Famous design agencies Color Scheme Tools Infographic templates and generators

Dot/Line Exercise for Graphic Design beginners

Download the free dot/line exercise worksheet: In the Dot/Line exercise, you will create a series of small compositions. Each composition will consist of only black dots and lines. Each of the graphic images you create will express a word. This will expand your personal expression, graphically speaking. It is important that you create several… Continue reading Dot/Line Exercise for Graphic Design beginners

7 step creative process for graphic designers

Design is solving a visual problem. This means you’ll benefit from research, design briefs and brainstorming. The creative process:  Use this process on any creative project. These steps may or may not go in order every time. Now lets talk about each step. Step 1 – Project brief A project brief is a document that… Continue reading 7 step creative process for graphic designers

Typography for beginners

Typography is a crucial aspect of graphic design. It refers to the art and technique of arranging type to make them visually appealing and easily readable. Typography plays a significant role in conveying a message, setting a mood, and creating a memorable visual identity.  In this article we will cover: Type terminology and rules for… Continue reading Typography for beginners

Tree ring printing

My thanksgiving project was to attempt to print tree rings. The book Woodcut by Bryan Nash Gill inspired me to try this project. Here’s how I did it: Step 1: Find or cut a wood stump with a flat top. Step 2: Clean and sand to wood top to be very smooth. Step 3: Burn the top… Continue reading Tree ring printing

A brief history of graphic design

The progression of visual communication from cave paintings to digital software can serve as great inspiration to designers. The roots of visual communication stretch back to caveman times around 38,000 BCE. Written languages began in the form of iconography carved into stone then later into calligraphy. The first logos were the coat of arms, used… Continue reading A brief history of graphic design