If you’re a graphic designer without the talent of also being an artist, sometimes you need a little help. My go-to for elements for my design is Creative Market.
Creative Market is like an Etsy for designers. Other designers create and post their images, typography, website themes, web elements, product mockup photos and just a whole lot of things, all for sale at very affordable prices.
For example, this font:
You can buy it to use in your personal projects for just $16, or license it for a project for a client will sell (say a book), you can by an extended license for $40. I’ve purchased stuff for as little as $4 to use in my own personal projects.
AND if you subscribe to the Creative Market newsletter, every Monday you’ll get an email offering 6 items for free for the week! And it’s good stuff!
GITers, the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) is sponsoring a Student Design Competition called PACK-tastic!
The challenge is to “Design a unique and striking package to contain, transport, and market its content.” Beyond that, there’s not a lot of rule on the package design – so go crazy! Each design should be creative, but still fulfill all the marketing needs a package requires.
All entries go through an instructor (which will be me!) and are due by Friday, June 13th. As a university, we can enter as many times as we want, but each student can only enter one design. All work on the package must be original, including any images or graphics.
The 1st place winner gets to travel with their instructor (again, me!) to GRAPH EXPO 14 in Chicago, Il, in the fall, in addition to a cash prize. 2nd and 3rd place also have a cash prize.
If you’re a GIT student and interested, please contact me!
The site describes itself as “A graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events and judged competitions, and designs for clients.”
With several different design blogs under the Underconsideration umbrella, you’ll find discussions and help on topics like branding, the print industry, digital design… even menu creation! A goldmine of good ideas!
Stumbled on an article about a great book called I Used to Be a Design Student. It contains interviews with accomplished graphic designers, asking about how they have changed as designers and people since they were in college. It’s very interesting to see the extent of how they have changed (or not!).
I think I’m going to be ordering from Amazon today!