Design Education

Look here for online course excerpts, design education news, trends and theories that are shaping the education experience at some of the best schools educating designers – including online graphic design courses. Plus, simply see how design education has changed over the years and where it is going in the future.

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14 Reliable Data Sources for Creating Infographics

Visual messages are interpreted faster than textual ones at a mind-blowing rate of 60,000 times faster. Hence, infographics have quickly become a popular method for presenting detailed data. While infographics are beautiful and efficient, they hold a strong responsibility of providing accurate data. To assist designers in digging up reliable data, we listed some of...

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Weekend Heller: Its Never Too Late

Its never too late to stay in the holiday spirit. Holiday cards keep that spirit alive. So, Shruti Swamy, program director of the Book Club of California, a 100-year-old (and counting!) San Francisco institution celebrating fine press, California literature and history, and the art of the book, told me about an exhibition on view...

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4 Steps for Defining a Target Audience

Identifying your target audience is a key step in establishing a strong foothold in the marketplace. Branding expert Carolina Rogoll shares her vast knowledge on all-star branding in her online course, Brand Building 101: How to Build, Manage and Market a Brand.The following course excerpt dives into the process of defining a brand’s target...

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Designing Fabric: 9 Common Patterns, Deconstructed

As creatives, we love working with print and patterns—and designing patterns for use in fashion and home decor fabrics offers glorious opportunity for expanding your marketable skillset and establishing a new creative hobby. Print and digital designers can utilize the same tools, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, to produce dynamic patterns for fabric that will...

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Excerpt: Archetypes & Brand Development Strategies

Margaret Hartwell (@MPHpov on Twitter) is an expert on brand development strategies. Margaret Hartwell is a strategy consultant, coach, educator and writer. Her 20 years of experience chronicle a career of effective brand and business solutions at the intersection of creativity and business. Her work has spanned analysis and research, organizational development, marketing, social...

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Selecting Smart Color Schemes for Infographics Design

A new course from Adobe Software Trainer and Instructor Sally Cox delivers top-notch instructions on designing an infographic. In the course, How to Design Great Infographics, Cox covers font selection, setting up the layout, arranging content and selecting your color palette. This course is for those who already have their data and want to transform that data...

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Dangerous Ideas on Design Education

In this manifesto James Victore reveals his ideal vision of design education—& proves, once again, why he's been described as "part Darth Vader, part Yoda."

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And What Are Your Favorite Tools?

Khoi Vinh says there’s tremendous change happening in the market for design software right now. Vinh recently launched a survey called "The Tools Designers Are Using Today." I asked him to explain his goals.

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How to Generate Attention-Grabbing Package Design Ideas

From big-box retailers to corner stores, arresting package design has always had its place. Package design that connects with the audience can be an incredibly rewarding experience for designers. It means that superb research was executed and that the hours of hard work has paid off. From the course, Consumer Packaging Strategy, instructor Jennifer Tausch...