10 Inspiring Graphic Designers to Follow on Instagram
Aug05

10 Inspiring Graphic Designers to Follow on Instagram

Instagram feed getting stale? Follow these designers (including several FIDM Grads) and turn your procrastination into inspiration. 1. Cody Saya @radbuddha This FIDM Grad’s feed is chock full of bold design and illustration & hand lettering process shots—a great inspiration to just get started.   2. We Are Branch @wearebranch Graphic Designer Shauna Haider’s studio We Are Branch posts beautiful flat lays,...

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Inside FIDM: Get to Know Graphic Design Student & Illustrator Alex Jimenez
Jul30

Inside FIDM: Get to Know Graphic Design Student & Illustrator Alex Jimenez

Though he has a keen eye for both design and illustration, FIDM Graphic Design Student Alex Jimenez’s passion for design extends beyond the visual to the theoretical and historical as well. Citing advertising as “the most interesting part of graphic design” for him at the moment, Alex describes the reason behind this as one sure to melt any design instructor’s heart: “[advertising] gets to the heart of what designers need to do:...

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Freelancing 101 Q&A: I Don’t Actually Know What My Client Wants, What Do I Do?
Jan12

Freelancing 101 Q&A: I Don’t Actually Know What My Client Wants, What Do I Do?

FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Sara Berkes answers questions about life as a professional creative freelancer. Q: I’ve started a project with a client, given them a deadline for the first round, and as soon as I started working on it… realized I actually have no idea what my client wants! I don’t want to seem like I’m unprepared or don’t know what I’m doing. What do I do? A: There are plenty of ways to prevent (or make very rare) the...

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Freelancing 101: Dos and Dont’s of Designing Your First Website
Jan06

Freelancing 101: Dos and Dont’s of Designing Your First Website

Designing for yourself can be impossible. I can almost guarantee that within a month of designing your logo, you’ll want to change it. And your color scheme, because you’ll realize that mustard yellow is much more “you” than chartreuse. And your website? A day after going live, you’ll realize 20 things you forgot to include, decide none of the images work, and embark on the long, arduous journey of making...

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Freelancing 101 Q&A: I Messed Up– What Do I Do?
Dec22

Freelancing 101 Q&A: I Messed Up– What Do I Do?

FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Sara Berkes answers questions about life as a professional creative freelancer. Q: I messed up, but the client hasn’t noticed yet nor have they said anything. Should I just leave it? Should I tell them? What do I do? A: When you’re just starting out as a freelancer, it’s scary to admit to your clients that you messed something up. After all, you want to look like an expert. You want them to trust you. You...

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Freelancing 101: Setting Yourself Up for Success as a Student | A Post-FIDM Series by Alumna Sara Berkes
Dec08

Freelancing 101: Setting Yourself Up for Success as a Student | A Post-FIDM Series by Alumna Sara Berkes

I don’t profess to know everything about being a freelancer—I don’t even think I know a whole lot about being a freelancer. But though I only graduated from FIDM’s Graphic Design Branding program in December 2013, and started my own freelance journey in March of 2014, I managed to hit the ground running. I started finding work almost immediately after I decided to try self-employment, and have been working as a full...

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Simply Inspiring: An Interview with Amanda Jane Jones, Graphic Designer and Former Art Director for Kinfolk Magazine
Sep02

Simply Inspiring: An Interview with Amanda Jane Jones, Graphic Designer and Former Art Director for Kinfolk Magazine

  If you’re a person who’s anywhere on the Internet, or has ever even taken a glance at Pinterest, no doubt you’ve seen the work of Amanda Jane Jones. From her covers and spreads at Kinfolk magazine to her understated and elegant logo designs, Jones’ work strikes that hard-to-reach balance of simple beauty and thoughtful design. With an uncluttered simplicity and elegance to her work that many designers try (and often fail) to...

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Creative, Curious, and Captivating: an interview with Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine
Aug27

Creative, Curious, and Captivating: an interview with Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine

When I first stumbled across UPPERCASE Magazine, within seconds of opening the soft-but-sturdy pages I had an instant pang of “I wish I’d started that,” followed almost immediately by the question, “how can I work for them?” and then a deep sigh when I learned the whole shebang was pretty much a one-(extraordinary)-woman show. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, UPPERCASE Magazine is a quarterly print publication that covers what feels...

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