Advice for design students

Advice for students - AIGA Design Conference 2007

To prepare for her role as moderator of the "Next" student symposium, UnBeige's Alissa Walker asked design luminaries to give their best advice and inspiration for students.

Visual Plagiarism

Obey Plagiarist Shepard Fairey

Most well known for his "Obey Giant" street posters, Shepard Fairey has carefully nurtured a reputation as a heroic guerilla street artist waging a one man campaign against the corporate powers-that-be. Infantile posturing aside, Fairey’s art is problematic for another, more troubling reason - that of plagiarism.


Image Resolution Info

creativepro.com - The Truth About Resolution

When I became a pixel pusher years ago, one of the toughest concepts to wrap my brain around was that of image resolution: What the heck was it, how did I change it without trashing my image, how much did I need when, and so on.


Advanced SearchTechniques

The ultimate guide to advanced searching within Yahoo, Google and MSN operators � Hybrid Search Engine Marketing | SEO Consulting to Help Rank Better

Have you ever taken the time to think about a Search Engine’s Query? Is there an easy way to monitor links to your site through these queries? How advanced can “searching” really get? Within this post I will show how Google, Yahoo and MSN have created “shortcuts” for their Search Engines.


More Typographic Inspiration

Jeff Canham

Typographic Snowflake Creator


Creative Business Cards

Hey Good Lookin'

We've collected the most beautiful, distinctive and offbeat business cards from creatives around the country. See how these designers make a great first impression.


All About Type


TeachingType is an initiative by tutors, students and people interested in typography, typographic education and related subjects. The aim of this platform is to develop and refine graphic design education. We believe that a constant discussion and evolution is happening in our profession and so it is in happening in its educational methodologies. Those procedures, aims, and purposes change not just from college to college or from student to student, but also from day to day. Rather than passively seeing where this fast moving current is taking us and our students, we passionately navigate in this stream; enjoying the journey; enthusiastically learning.


More Writing Resources (you know you need them!)

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

As a student, writer, author, journalist, poet, or screenwriter, you know that you probably spend more time on research, editing, and proofreading than you do on the actual writing. Therefore, you might not have time to find resources to help you write better, faster, or more persuasively. This is where our list comes to your rescue, as the following links focus on places where you can conduct research, software that is free and easy to use, and services that will remove that 'extra work' monkey from your back.

Interview Questions & How to Answer Them

For my soon to be graduating seniors and students interviewing for internships:

64 Interview answers you need to know

Yound Designers Competition Results

“propose a strategy to raise the turnout of voters between 18 and 24” - brilliant solution - read it to the end!

Except You

If we've learned anything from MySpace and Facebook, it's that my generation values being a part of the group and having a say. We're mavericks of social networking, communication and internal organization. We become passionate about anything the peer consensus agrees to rally around, including skateboarding dogs. So why not focus that social muscle on something that really matters? Something like going to war. Or global warming. It's obvious that we care about those things. Getting us to act is the hard part.

Design Students and Typography

Interesting tale from portfolio reviews:

Type Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

It’s not the designer’s voice that concerns me here so much as the designer’s understanding of history — a body of knowledge that once acquired, can be edited, modified, even jettisoned at will, but only after giving it a good, hard think. Designers in general (and students in particular) have an overwhelming tendency to consider anything that’s been achieved in the past as a kind of “been there, done that” straitjacket, while the opposite is not only true, it’s surprisingly actionable.

Fun Hand Drawn Type Inspired by Spam

Spam One-liners - a photoset on Flickr


Improve Your Writing

Improve Your Writing with these Editing Tips - lifehack.org

Teachers, business people, and just about everyone else it seems complain often and loudly that people today (usually “kids today”) don’t know how to write. I’m convinced, though, that a big part of the problem (perhaps the biggest part of the problem) is that people don’t know how to edit. We labor under the notion that good writing flows easily from the pen or typing fingers, and that editing too much will “kill” our work.

The best writers know differently, of course — their memoirs and biographies and writing manuals are filled with stories of books that needed to be cut in half to be readable, sentences that took weeks or months to get just right, and lifetimes spent tinkering with a single work that never strikes them as “just right”. To paraphrase a common saying among writers, there is no good writing, only good re-writing.


99 Useful Resources for Graphic Designers

99 Useful Resources for Graphic Designers at You the Designer - Graphic Design Blog

I have used every one of these resources as a graphic designer and website developer and have hand picked all of these resources based on their usefulness and overall quality. I hope you find these resources as useful as I do! Enjoy!