College Survival Guide

Psych Central - College Survival Guide

College is a great time for most people, because it's a chance to really explore who we are and not feel pressured to do anything we don't want to do. But inevitably, pressures do arise from other unexpected areas -- girlfriends, boyfriends, roommates, frat brothers or sorority sisters, heavy course loads, athletics, exam and paper stress, Internet overuse, gaming too much, parents' expectations, etc. etc.

The key to a good time at college is to be prepared psychologically for what you are about to face. In that vein, we've compiled some of our most popular and useful articles on college life for this Psychological College Survival Guide. Enjoy.


Climbing out of the Genius Trap: Eight Real Ways to Build Your Creative Skill Set

Coroflot - Coroflot's Creative Seeds Blog
How do we go about getting better at what we do, then? The last installment of Creative Seeds was all about being flexible and acknowledging that creative ability can (and should) be endlessly improved. The obvious next step is to make a list; faithful readers are well aware of how much we love making lists here at CS.

For the creative professional eager to make that toolbox brighter and shinier, then, but unsure of how to do it outside of school, here are eight ideas you may or may not have thought of...

The Clever Creative, Languishing in the Genius Trap

Coroflot - Coroflot's Creative Seeds Blog
The single most effective way to improve your prospects as a creative professional is to improve your creative skills.

Despite the millions of words of advice and discussion that have been traded on the web over the years about how to market yourself, that sentence is almost certainly the truest, most useful advice you're going to find.


Design for Social Impact

Design for Social Impact

With a new focus area on innovation, The Rockefeller Foundation is exploring new avenues for social change. One promising area is design and how the design industry can play a larger role in the social sector. This How-to Guide and the accompanying Workbook are written for design firms that are interested in joining in the conversation.

AIGA Aspen Design Challenge

AIGA Aspen Design Challenge

The 2008–2009 Challenge to Students

Open call to students around the world:
Use your creative talent and strategic design skills to address the global water crisis.


Color Palette Inspiration: Salt Evaporation Ponds

Color Design Blog / The Colors Of Salt Evaporation Ponds by COLOURlovers
While nature tends to trump humans when it comes to color inspiration, at least in my opinion, when humans put their hands into engineering nature, like in the case of salt evaporation ponds, together, unimaginable colors can be created.

The beautiful colors in these images from Google Earth are created during the process of harvesting salt. The vivid colors, which can range from green to bright red, come from different concentrations of algae.


You must explore the new IDEO website!


Let’s build a generation of design thinkers. Our world needs great minds who can build powerful solutions to the challenges we will all face in the 21st century. Historically, this role was left for a select few, but now it is up to everyone. What would the world look like if everyone saw the problems in the world as design opportunities? What if every child believed in their creative abilities, and had a means of productively addressing any challenge they might face?


Adobe Design Achievement Award Winners Announced

Adobe Design Achievement Award Winners Announced | CreativePro.com


Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the winners of the eighth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards, recognized as one of the world's premier student design and film competitions. The awards honor the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists from renowned educational institutions around the globe. This year marked another record in submissions for the prestigious awards, with more than 2,700 students from 33 countries competing in the program.


The Social Network as a Career Safety Net

Basics - The Social Network as a Career Safety Net - NYTimes.com

IF you have avoided social-networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook with the excuse that they are the domain of desperate job hunters or attention-seeking teenagers, it’s time to reconsider.

In a world of economic instability and corporate upheaval, savvy professionals like the technology consultant Josh So epitomize the benefits of brushing up your online image and keeping it polished.


Paper. Printing. Design. Knowledge.

Paper. Printing. Design. Knowledge. - Ed Lives Here
Ed's your friendly educator for all things paper, printing and design. He's here to help you communicate your ideas, on-press and on paper. He's your source for information - and inspiration - that will impress your friends and clients, make you look good, and help you achieve the results you're looking for.


Making Time to Make

Making Time to Make: The Job You Think You Have | 43 Folders
Thing is: if the amount of time you devote to lite correspondence with individual people exceeds the amount of time you spend on making things, then you may be in a different line of work than you’d originally thought you were. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But if you’re feeling off your game, it might be a good time to ask yourself whether you’re primarily a writer of novels or of email messages. Do you generate more IMs than comic panels? Have you drafted more web comments than scenes in your screenplay? Or, for that matter, do you find you’re taking more meetings than photos these days?

What is that you really do? What’s the last thing you made that really excited you? Where are you and your work in all that “communication?”

Free High-Res Photoshop Brushes

Free High-Res Photoshop Brushes: Grungy Watercolor | BittBox

How to Break into T-Shirt Design

How to Break into T-Shirt Design | CreativePro.com
T-shirt design is huge, and thanks to online stores like Threadless, you don't have to open a brick-and-mortar storefront or even build your own Web site to see success.




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