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Tips and Techniques for Adjusting Type in InDesign

Tactfully kerning letters to the appropriate places and ensuring that the lines of text are at the perfect leading size for easy legibility are tasks that we typography nerds revel in and get lost in. We obsess over the microscopic details of alignment and placement. Fortunately for us, InDesign has useful features to make...

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Things You Need to Know Before You Go to HOW Design Live

HOW Design Live is this week. Are you ready?! Pack your bags, charge up your smartphone, grab a fat notebook and a big stack of business cards. It’s showtime! Before you leave for HOW Design Live, here are 5 things you need to know: Pick up your conference badge and materials at the Georgia World...

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Copyright Basics for Graphic Designers

Knowing your rights as a graphic designer when it comes to copyright laws is imperative. Not only does it protect you and your designs, but it also protects creativity for all artists. As a basic review of what copyright is and what it protects, we pulled this excerpt from HOW Design University’s Intellectual Property...

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Designing Coachella: Interaction and Stage Design by Vita Motus

Festivalgoers to Coachella expect weekend-long partying that stimulates all the senses. The festival caters to the ears with lively performances by top artists, and it dazzles audiences with dynamic stage designs and futuristic interactive experiences. After this past Coachella, we looked into the stage artists who deliver the interactive experiences that energize the festival’s atmosphere. We...

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Negotiating Salary with Finesse: Tips from Lawyer Katie Lane

Negotiating your salary as a graphic designer can be cause for intense anxiety. Have you ever experienced this scenario? You’ve spent hours preparing for this important conversation with your employer and you think you’re ready. Then that ball of anxiety takes over as soon as the negotiation process begins and you end up stumbling uncertainly...

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Designer of the Week: Zipeng Zhu

Meet art director, designer, wunderkind and princess Zipeng Zhu. Working to make every day a "✨RAZZLE✨DAZZLE✨ musical."

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Type & Lettering Awards 2015 Winners and Merits

"Outstanding.” “Innovative.” “Surprisingly different.” This is how Dr. Shelley Gruendler, founder of TypeCamp, describes this year’s Type & Lettering Award winners. View them here!

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Vanessa Dewey on Designing Toy Packaging for Mattel

Vanessa Dewey has accomplished one thing that every inner child dreams about. She works for a toy company. And not only does she work for the toy giant, Mattel, she also designs their packaging. You can practically hear the squeals of delight from her inner child, or at least as I imagine. Confession: my inner...