10 Free High Quality Stock Photography Websites That All Creatives Should Bookmark
Aug06

10 Free High Quality Stock Photography Websites That All Creatives Should Bookmark

Stock photography has developed a negative connotation over the past decade or so because let’s face it, we have got used to seeing horribly staged photos of happy business people answering bananas as phones (yes those are real photos). Not only is the quality of standard stock photography an issue for students and aspiring creatives, the price usually is as well. Whether you are a graphic designer, web designer, filmmaker or...

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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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Film Friday: 10,000 Free Film Clips Now Available in Public Domain Database
Apr17

Film Friday: 10,000 Free Film Clips Now Available in Public Domain Database

For filmmakers, graphic designers, digital artists, photographers, and just about any other type of creative, assets in the public domain are an invaluable resource full of copyright-free materials that can be used and edited. However, the legalities of copyright and works in the public domain can be overwhelming. Typically, finding specific footage from organizations like the US National Archive is a laborious and tiresome task....

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How To: Create a Realistic Embroider Mockup Effect Using Adobe Photoshop (With Free Downloads!)
Mar11

How To: Create a Realistic Embroider Mockup Effect Using Adobe Photoshop (With Free Downloads!)

One of the most important things I have learned so far in my career is the simple fact that you do not have to reinvent the wheel every time you want to accomplish something. Last year for example I was working on a logo design for a client that wanted it embroidered onto a fitted baseball hat. As always I wanted to provide my client with a realistic mockup and after wasting two precious hours trying to create the effect from scratch,...

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FIDM Alumni Working at Leading Entertainment Agency ‘PETROL’ Discuss Career Paths & Share Advice
Feb18

FIDM Alumni Working at Leading Entertainment Agency ‘PETROL’ Discuss Career Paths & Share Advice

It seems there isn’t a facet of entertainment advertising that PETROL is not involved in. The agency has an impressive body of work that includes print marketing, video marketing, interactive web design, and online marketing for films, television shows, video games and more. From “Breaking Bad” to “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″, if you own a television or have had access to the internet in the past ten...

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Q&A with FIDM Grad Bana Bongolan: Diamond Supply Co. Designer & Entrepreneur
Feb05

Q&A with FIDM Grad Bana Bongolan: Diamond Supply Co. Designer & Entrepreneur

We recently had a chance to catch up with FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Graphic Design Alumna Bana Bongolan who has not only worked for leading urban lifestyle brands Crooks & Castles, LRG, Young & Reckless and now Diamond Supply Co, but also manages her own streetwear label IN//BEINHABITED. Since we last spoke with Bongolan in 2012, her design career in the apparel industry continues to grow and we...

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How To: Create a Long Shadow Using Blend in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud
Jan21

How To: Create a Long Shadow Using Blend in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud

In 2013, one of most predominant graphic designs trends that emerged was the use of large, long shadows specifically in conjunction with flat vector graphics. Fast forward to 2015 and this trend is still alive and well. A recent example of this trend that immediately comes to mind is a motion graphics project for Public Citizen created recently by FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Digital Media students. The use of...

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