Industry Insiders: Designers at Activision and Billabong Discuss UX and UI Design
Nov04

Industry Insiders: Designers at Activision and Billabong Discuss UX and UI Design

Due to the huge influx of companies focused on creating interfaces for multiple screen sizes in addition to providing interactive digital experiences for their consumers, the demand for designers with expertise in user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) is more prevalent than ever in today’s design industry. What exactly do UI and UX designers do? What kind of path does it take to become a professional in this industry?...

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Catching Up with Grammy Award-Winning Art Director and FIDM Instructor Kevin Reagan
Sep09

Catching Up with Grammy Award-Winning Art Director and FIDM Instructor Kevin Reagan

Three-time Grammy Award-winning art director Kevin Reagan has shaped the images of prolific musical artists for the past 25 years, designing album packaging for Madonna, Dixie Chicks, Beck, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, B.B. King, Enrique Iglesias, Henry Rollins, Nelly Furtado, Sheryl Crow, The Who, Tupac Shakur (to name a few), and most recently, James Taylor. The FIDM Digital Arts team was thrilled to catch up with Reagan, who...

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From FIDM Digital Media Student to Motion Graphic and Visual Effects Artist: a Q&A with Tyler Tometich
Aug26

From FIDM Digital Media Student to Motion Graphic and Visual Effects Artist: a Q&A with Tyler Tometich

From community college student to working on visual effects and motion graphics for feature films in Hollywood, it takes a leap of faith and hard work to completely change your lifestyle, move to a brand new city and pursue your career dreams. Tyler Tometich, a recent graduate of FIDM’s Digital Media program has accomplished exactly this and now works in his dream career field. We recently caught up with Tometich to learn a...

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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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FIDM Grad Tamara Houghten Opens Stationery and Gift Card Shop in Echo Park CA
Jun25

FIDM Grad Tamara Houghten Opens Stationery and Gift Card Shop in Echo Park CA

In the Graphic Design program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Merchandising students learn the ins and outs of logo design and brand development, often using pictures found online to bring their vision to life. In just six short months after graduating from the program, Tamara Houghten is bringing her vision to the real world by opening Shout and About, a stationery and gift card shop located in Echo Park California.     This...

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FIDM Grad Jamie Long Discusses Landing a Career Prior to Graduating College
Jun24

FIDM Grad Jamie Long Discusses Landing a Career Prior to Graduating College

Students at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising may have earned their degree at different times throughout the 2014-2015 school year, but on a special day in June, grads reunite with the rest of their classmates to celebrate their hard work at FIDM’s Graduation Ceremony. For most college students, graduation represents the fact that school is finally over and inevitably, it’s time to try and break into the job...

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This Illustration Took 300 Hours and Millions of Handmade Dots and Lines to Create
May15

This Illustration Took 300 Hours and Millions of Handmade Dots and Lines to Create

Design doesn’t happen in an instant. The creative process takes time, patience and discipline to bring the best design to light– qualities that artists Xavier Casalta and Rémy Boiré know all too well in their incredible “Patience & Discipline” piece shown below. It took more than 300 hours of work, and millions of handmade dots and lines to create the 22″ x 30″ illustration using Rotring Inkpens over...

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Inside Entertainment Design: Q&A with Art Director Rafael Van Winkel
Apr15

Inside Entertainment Design: Q&A with Art Director Rafael Van Winkel

The importance of entertainment design has always been a big focus here at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Understanding the components and techniques of a successful entertainment campaign is crucial for any designer entering the industry, especially in California. At first glance it’s easy to think that entertainment design is all about designing movie posters and creating billboards, but that is simply...

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