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: 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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Q&A with FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Erin Rose Opperman, Graphic Designer at The Engine Is Red
Nov13

Q&A with FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Erin Rose Opperman, Graphic Designer at The Engine Is Red

Four years, three jobs, and one degree later. This is what it took for Erin Rose Opperman to go from “making ends meet” as a bartender to working full-time as a graphic designer at the creative agency The Engine Is Red. Opperman states, “I was 27 when I made the decision to go to FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising for my second degree. I knew I needed to approach college differently than I had my...

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Google Released 750 Well Designed Icons That Are Free To Use
Oct22

Google Released 750 Well Designed Icons That Are Free To Use

Icon lovers unite. Google just published over 750 free icons that are well designed, versatile, and completely covered under a CC-BY-SACreative Commons. This means you are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format in addition to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. Free Icons by Google Announced last week, the Google Design team are open-sourcing icons as part of...

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5 Portfolio Tips From FIDM’s Director of Graphic Design Steve Reaves
Sep11

5 Portfolio Tips From FIDM’s Director of Graphic Design Steve Reaves

A portfolio is essential for all designers. Gathering your strongest work and displaying it in a cohesive manner is no easy feat. The various techniques and philosophies behind curating a strong portfolio is constantly being debated in the design community as there is no concrete, end-all-right-way to do so. One of the best ways to build a portfolio you are confident with is to listen to opinions from other designers that you respect....

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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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10 Questions with Marvel Studios Senior Project Manager, FIDM Graphic Design Grad Sarah Truly Beers
Aug01

10 Questions with Marvel Studios Senior Project Manager, FIDM Graphic Design Grad Sarah Truly Beers

FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInreddit Since graduating from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Graphic Design program in 2002, Sarah Truly Beers has tackled a fair share of amazing creative projects for the entertainment industry. Currently Beers is a Senior Project Manager at Marvel and during her career she has worked on a variety of creative projects that includes everything from merchandise to packaging...

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Graphic Design & Digital Media Alumni Share Advice at FIDM’s Annual Career Connections Event
Jul31

Graphic Design & Digital Media Alumni Share Advice at FIDM’s Annual Career Connections Event

Every year FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising hosts Career Connections, an event inviting FIDM Alumni  back to campus to mingle with current students, share information, give career advice, network and discuss their personal careers as creative professionals. This year, FIDM welcomed alumni from many exciting companies including GUESS, Nasty Gal, BCBG,  Trailer Park, JustFab, Zara, Annex Magazine, jcpenny, Express,...

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