Almost every time I receive a picture from a client, they ask, “Is this image big enough?” If it isn’t, the jargon begins to fly: resolution (or “res”), pixels, pixelated, screen resolution, print resolution, DPI, PPI … whew! Clients are often confused because the image looks fine on their computer and they can’t understand why…

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Today is a different era in publishing. The gatekeepers are gone. No longer are you held to a traditional publishing company’s agenda, niche, whim, or financial needs. Today you can choose to self-publish, but there are so many choices and so many ways to do that — and the differences are in the details. In…

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Developing color palettes can be a difficult skill to master, but there are plenty of free and paid resources to give you a leg up. COLOURLovers – Free “COLOURlovers is an international creative community that helps people discover their inner designer. We provide people with a wealth of user created & shared color inspiration as…

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Perhaps you’re already familiar with the newspaper terms “above the fold” and “below the fold.” If not: “Above the fold” is a graphic design concept that refers to the location of an important news story or a visually appealing photograph on the upper half of the front page of a newspaper. Most papers are delivered…

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Ideally, when a graphic designer begins working on a project (in any medium) all of the content will be ready. In reality, this is rarely the case. Typical scenario [on a Monday afternoon]: I need this PDF info sheet finished by Friday morning. The text? No, it’s not ready yet. The Marketing Department is writing…

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Making beautiful work matters to design legend, Saul Bass*, and it matters to me. “You can get much more quickly to an answer if you don’t worry about those things [making it beautiful]. It costs every designer money to make it beautiful. It means you have to spend more time, you have to futz with…

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This is a playbill I created for Erasing the Distance‘s event last Friday: The event (in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness week) was incredibly powerful, and completely sold out. I am really proud to work with such a fabulous organization. (I designed their logo and identity, among other things…)

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Photo by: http://mudstencils.com/share-street/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 I’ve always thought there is something really beautiful about graffiti and street art, but I can’t condone the defacing of public property. (Chicago’s taxes are already way too high.) This morning, I learned about mud stencils (from Kirk Roberts via the Kernspiracy mailing list) which could be a…

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