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Moana: A Stunning Representation of CG Animation

MOANA: The film you watched with wide eyes, a smile and a heart full of nostalgia. “Moana’s” innovative artistry is sewn together in a way that is ushering in a new era of animated films. Directors John Musker and Ron Clements have created masterpieces like “The Little Mermaid,”  “Aladdin,” “Hercules” and “The Princess and the...

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It’s a ‘Hungry Shark World’ for Ubisoft’s Jonathan Lam

 Life has always been a game for Graphic Designer Jonathan Lam. As a Marketing Artist for Ubisoft, Lam creates icons, logos, 3D renders and much more for the video game development company. Currently, he is in charge of creating the marketing art for the mobile games, “Hungry Shark World” and “Hungry Shark Evolution.” In the past, he was a freelance artist designing...

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7 Visually Dynamic Places to Visit in Los Angeles

Los Angeles: The City of Angels  (via kcet.org) This vibrant, exciting and progressive city is home to so many stunning landmarks. From Griffith Observatory, to Walt Disney Concert Hall, to LACMA, the amount of places to see are endless. Luckily, FIDM is located in the heart of this great city. Students have a wide variety of architecture, art scenes, ocean views, mountain ranges, fashion...

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Wearable Technology: 6 Brands That Are Changing the World

In case you didn’t realize it, we live in an era completely enveloped in technology. As time goes on, the fashion industry only becomes a bigger part of this. The “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” theme at this year’s Met Gala proves that.  Although wearable technology has not completely taken over the world, there are a wide variety of brands making...

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Justin Hamilton: CG and Motion Graphics Creator Extraordinaire

FIDM Graduate and Instructor Justin Hamilton recently spoke with Digital Media students about his career.  Hamilton is a a 2D/3D designer and animator with five years of experience creating CG and motion graphics for film, television and video games. During his time working for Create Advertising, Greenhaus GFX and Motive Creative, he has worked on iconic campaigns for Disney, Marvel, Sony,...

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Get Ready For a British Invasion with FIDM Instructor Graham Moore

  We are hopping across the pond with FIDM Visual Communications Instructor Graham Moore, only this pond is in Lancaster, Calif. for his “British Invasion” exhibition. Moore will be featured in a showcase of British artists including David Hockney, Colin Gray, Eleanor Wood, Gordon Senior and many more. Previously, he was featured in a Los Angeles show at Haphazard titled...

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Graphic Design Studio Tour: Exclusive Insight Into BrandingIron Worldwide

The FIDM Social Media team recently traveled to West Hollywood to visit the HQ of BrandingIron Worldwide (BIW). BIW specializes in working with companies and brands to showcase a concept in the most authentic and cohesive manner through graphics and other outlets. With clients including Warner Brothers, Disney, DC Comics, Netflix and Sony, BIW has established their presence in this industry....

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The Life of a Blogger: Luci Petlack Tells All

Recently, FIDM Social Media Instructor and Blogger Luci Petlack AKA Luci’s Morsels took over FIDM’s Instagram account to give her best tips and tricks for excelling in the ever-evolving blogging world. From brand deals, to photo-editing, these seven informative tips are sure to help all aspiring food, fashion, beauty and travel bloggers achieve their dreams. ⠀ 1. Lighting is...

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FIDMDigitalArts.com Named One of Feedspot’s ‘Top 50 Graphic Design Blogs’

FIDMDigitalArts.com has just been named one of Feedspot’s “Top 50 Graphic Design Blogs” on the web. We took the honor as we were ranked 34 among the likes of HOW Design, David Airey, Abduzeedo, AIGA’s Eye on Design and many more reputable design blogs. Rankings were based on the following criteria: Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on...

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5 Dynamic Illustrators Who Will Inspire Your Next Creation

il·lus·tra·tion ˌiləˈstrāSH(ə)n/ noun 1. pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text Illustration: you either have the capabilities to excel at it or you do not. With that being said, whether you are an expert portrait artist or just really great at drawing stick figures, you have to admit that seeing visual dynamic illustrations can spark inspiring creativity. Keep...

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5 Awesome Typographers to Follow on Instagram

Are you looking for some fun design inspiration on your Instagram feed? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest typographers and hand lettering designers on the scene. Check these five Instagram portfolios for your daily dose of type! 1. Gemma O’Brien Gemma O’Brien fuses together type design and illustration to create intricate masterpieces. She’s got an eye for detail...

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Graphic Design Inspiration: 5 New Design Portfolios From Recent FIDM Grads

Summer quarter has officially ended and we have a treat for you – FIDM Graphic Design Grad portfolios. Featured within their portfolios is a variety of essential skills taught within FIDM’s Graphic Design program including branding, licensing, publication design and much more. With the variety of skills learned in their classes, FIDM Graphic Design Students are ready to take their...

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Color it Chic: Download Free Coloring Book Fashion Illustrations by FIDM’s Nancy Riegelman

This fall, FIDM’s seasonal color trend sticker (above) showcases a new design featuring the work of published author and FIDM Instructor Nancy Riegelman, with color by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Chloe White. Riegelman is not only a longtime instructor, but also the renowned fashion illustrator and author behind the 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion series, as well as a collection of Color...

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Ultimate Trendsetters: 8 Influencers Who Stole the NYFW Streets

With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in our midst, a plethora of incredible collections are hitting the runway. However, it always seems as if the true standouts are the bloggers and celebrities taking on NYC with their best street style looks. Below we have curated our eight favorite influencers setting trends at NYFW–some of which are FIDM Graduates. 1. Chriselle Lim Who says you...

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It’s a Bad Girl’s World: An Interview with Illustrator and Author Ann Shen

  Illustrator, Letterer and Graphic Designer Ann Shen‘s empowering new book “Bad Girls Throughout History“ is making its debut this weekend. As a graduate of University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Art Center College of Design, this Los Angeles based creative has worked with the likes of Anthropologie, Huffington Post, The New York Times,...

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A Whole New World: A Look Inside Virtual Reality with Jake Black

Recently, FIDM Digital Media students were visited by Jake Black, the Head of Virtual Reality at award-winning entertainment marketing agency, Create Advertising. Virtual reality is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment through which viewers are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds rather than viewing through a screen in front of them.  The technological...

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