Alfonso Alvarez: Faculty Spotlight, Career Development


Meet Alfonso Alvarez, Director of Career Development at F.I.R.S.T. Institute in Orlando, FL. Interestingly enough, he started off wanting to be a Miami rapper as a teen. So, he and his friends opened up their own independent record label, right out of high school. Very quickly, Alvarez realized that the performing side of the music […]

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP QUICK START GUIDE FOR NEW GRAPHIC DESIGNERS


This won’t be your typical Adobe Photoshop quick start guide — we’d like to focus on getting you set up to succeed right from the start, and that means exploring the less flashy and glamorous parts of Photoshop use before you move on to creating your first masterpiece. If you’re a recent graphic design school graduate […]

HOW TO CREATE LOGOS AND OTHER GRAPHICS IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR


Vector graphics are to raster graphics as apples are to oranges — They share some distant similarities (both can edit and create graphics) but they are very different in form and function! Raster graphics are typically created and edited using Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator is king in the world of vector graphic editing and creation. Seems simple enough! […]

DESIGN INDUSTRY TIPS: USING PINTEREST FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS


Pinterest is an amazing tool for designers – it can be used to store inspiration and ideas for client projects, interact with other designers, or even become a part of a pitch or project bid! Visual social media as a whole has helped creatives all over the world to collect, share, and discuss ideas and projects […]

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL GRAPHIC DESIGN SALARY LOOK LIKE?


As a graphic design school, one question we hear often is, “What’s a typical graphic design salary?” Students are concerned that they’re undervaluing themselves and their work, or that they’re limiting themselves by living or working somewhere other than where the money is. As much as we’d love to be able to give a solid answer, […]

DEVELOPING A COMPELLING GRAPHIC DESIGN PORTFOLIO


If you’re looking to become a graphic designer, you’ve probably realized that you’re going to have to show potential employers your best work if you hope to score an interview. If you have examples of designs you’ve done that have been printed, you can (and should!) bring a physical portfolio with you when pitching your ideas […]