Landing Your First Graphic Design Job

Young man with tabletSome of our readers have asked, “How do I go about getting my first design job?”

Here’s some advice from a seasoned pro:

  1. Find an industry sector where you would like to work. Do your research about this sector and find companies where you would like to work. Offer to do an internship.
  2. Collect a body of work.  Every time you work on a project, try to get samples of the printed piece from the client or the printer.  If you are not able to get samples, take lots of photos with your camera as well as screen grabs of the final project.
  3. Develop a log of contacts.  Keep track of everyone you contact.  Get their business cards.  Save phone numbers and call them again every few months after you have acquired more skills. Continue reading

Creating Effective Newsletters: Tip #11—Leaf it Alone

Original-photo-of-leavesLeaves can be great stand-alone graphics to add visual interest to an otherwise static layout. Try adding a leaf or two to your article. The topic does not necessarily have to focus on gardening or nature. Instead it could be an article or newsletter on spring, fall, healthy living, outdoor living, recreation, housing, recycling, real estate or clean air.

Furthermore, leaves can serve as interesting patterns behind text and great shapes for wrapping text around. Try experimenting with the different shapes by clipping out the background in Adobe Photoshop.

Leaves also add much color to a page layout. The intense green, brown and yellowish hues can really “warm up” a page. Try using the eyedropper tool in Photoshop to extract the colors for use as solid backgrounds behind text or for the borders of photos. Whatever the use, you will be pleased with the result. This type of graphical treatment is  fun, colorful and easy to create.

Next time you are in a pinch don’t be left hanging from a branch without a design approach.  Try “leafing” it.

Sample newsletter article with leaves

Sample newsletter article with leaves

Creating Effective Newsletters: Tip #7—Open Your Refrigerator

Here’s a great idea for spicing up a newsletter based on healthcare, fitness, nutrition, cooking or food:

Take advantage of ordinary food items in your refrigerator. Photograph close-up shots of fruit and vegetables. Outline and knock out the backgrounds in Photoshop, adjust the color density and then add these images to your newsletter. Wrap text around the fruit vegetables or place these elements at the corners of the page. We have included some examples below.

Including photos of fruit and vegetables adds color and interesting shapes to an otherwise static newsletter. You’ll be pleased with the results and how easy this is to do. And then you can have fun eating your visual enhancements as well. What fun!originalsforBloginddbar Blognewsletters