BTEC HND Graphic Design [Belfast Metropolitan College]

BTEC HND Graphic Design course at the Belfast Metropolitan College

Graphic design is the art of communicating messages, concepts and ideas using text and images, both on screen and in print. The results of the graphic design process can be seen in websites, magazines, dvds and cds, video games, film credits, books, posters and flyers – in fact anywhere that text and images appear together. A graphic designer’s job involves producing exciting, engaging design products that will inform/entertain the target audience and will also satisfy the requirements and agenda of the client.

Interesting Engineering

Ah, the craft.

The intricate craftsmanship produces the guitars in the old traditional Spanish style via Guitarras Francisco Bros

Urban Street Art

Such beautiful, clean lines. And so apparently effortless ... love, love, love this.

Impressive wall painting

The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum

Hanna Barbera's Wacky Races by Peugeot was a commercial done a few years ago, but never shown in the USA.

It's absolutely brilliant and we wish they'd make a film with this much integrity!

Creatively awarded campaigns less effective than ever, IPA study finds

Oops - too much focus on being clever, not enough on delivering targets? Report follows 2016 IPA publication Selling Creativity Short.

Are brands measuring the impact of creativity?

"There is a level of having experience, of living in the industry. To be able to know what’s good you have to absolutely love creative and spend your days reading, watching, seeing stuff people do, having opinions on it, talking about it down the pub." An exclusive study by Marketing Week finds that while almost two-thirds of marketers are measuring the impact of creativity, they are still reliant on more "old-fashioned" research methods.

Diageo introduces creativity training to ‘inspire and challenge’ marketers Diageo's new training programme, dubbed 'Creative Sparks', aims to bring creativity to every aspect of marketing from media to how to use insight, as well as best practice in briefing, how to nurture ideas and using measurement to unlock creative.

IKEA rips into Apple's Mac Pro in hilarious new ad

IKEA, I doff my cap to thee ... It's just saying what people were thinking.

Measuring the magic: Why brands need to refocus on the effectiveness of creativity

"My job is to take creativity and turn it into pounds and pence. Monetising the creative is what we do as marketers." Cheryl Calverley, Eve Sleep With the increased attention put on determining the impact of media, creativity has seemed to be in decline but new methods and a renewed focus could reignite the spark.


Clever stuff ...

This art collective uses ink to turn manhole covers and tiles into bespoke printing presses.

Sigh ...

"Little help?" - "Nah, you're fine!" 🤣

[05/23/19]   As a Graphic Designer / Graphic Design Studio, which OS do you use - MacOS or Windows?

Remove Background from Image –

It's not often that I get excited about tools (quiet at the back!), but this is one exception. It's not completely free - you need to pay for downloading hi-res results, and again, I'm not normally persuaded to pay for tools (steady ...), but this is 100% worth paying for. Check it out. Remove Image Background: 100% automatically – in 5 seconds – without a single click – for free.

Jack Smyth talks us through what makes a successful book jacket design

How to make a killer book jacket ... London-based book jacket designer Jack Smyth shares his industry tips as to what makes a good book cover designer.

Canvas Arts

Seems to use such primitive production techniques, but what a beautifully crafted outcome. Lessons to be learned for graphic artists here, maybe ...

A master demonstrates how a "Purple clay" Yixing teapot is made 👏

Credit: Global Tea Hut

Designing Logos with a Grid System: The What, Why and How

Noice. Get your logo freak on. Designing Logos with a Grid System: The What, Why and How of using Grids in Logo Design. Looking for Help from a Creative Branding Agency?

Beautiful illustration and editorial design - sensitively addressing an ugly topic. Love it.

We developed an evocative, sombre illustration style in-house for our recent IWF report. This gave us complete control – allowing us to adapt it for different requirements – yet increase the emotional intensity when required

What a beaut of a cover!

Troubled by the way the text of Shakespeare's Pericles treats one of its female characters, Mark Haddon used it as inspiration for his new novel. He spoke to us about creating an original work, rather than an adaptation, and why some stories never grow old.
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Learn the Secrets of How to Start Your Own Graphic Design Business

I have a sneaky suspicion I may have posted this before, but as we're nearing the end of the course here, it's about time for some sagely wisdom about setting up on your own. Learn the Secrets of How to Start Your Own Graphic Design Business -- Want to go from Freelance to Opening a Design Agency? Read this to Find out more!

3 ways to effectively explain your creative process to your colleagues

Designers can be a frustrating lot ... this article is pure, unadulterated gold. TNW uses cookies to personalize content and ads to make our site easier for you to use. We do also share that information with third parties for advertising & analytics.

The two types of creativity that peak at different ages

There's hope for us old dogs yet ... A new analysis of Nobel Prize winners in economics discovered notable differences between young and old victors and their thinking.

The CSS Handbook: a handy guide to CSS for developers

Get your head around CSS with this authoritative article. I wrote this article to help you quickly learn CSS and get familiar with the advanced CSS topics.

CHIAROSCURO — The Dynamic Range Mistake

CHIAROSCURO, beautifully explained ...

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Helvetica Now (extended version)

Shove this in your wonder-struck eye holes ... for EVERYTHING (they say).

Helvetica® Now is a new chapter in the story of perhaps the best-known typeface of all time. Available in three optical sizes—Micro, Text, and Display—every ...

The 'world’s most boring typeface’ just got an update for 2019

** Breaking News ** The days of manually readjusting the font are over as Helvetica gets one hell of a reboot.

interpret CJ hendry's hand drawn inkblots in her bouncy house asylum: RORSCHACH

Absolutely stunning technical drawing skills ... and a total bargain at $14,900 per piece.

Karim Rashid says unpaid internships are better value than "exploiting" university courses

An interesting counter-argument to outrage at unpaid internships. New York designer Karim Rashid has defended the use of unpaid internships, saying interns can learn more at a firm than at a fee-paying university.

Why creativity without insight is doomed to fail

Why creativity without insight is doomed to fail Wunderman Health's William Martino on insights and needing to know the customer to get the best creative possible.

7 Simple Rules to Better Explain Web Design to Your Clients Designing a company website can be incredibly intricate and stressful. We look at seven simple ways to explain web design to clients to get better results!

What are the Real Differences Between Branding and Graphic Design? What are the Real Differences Between Branding and Graphic Design? Learn more about the Two Definitions with Examples and more from Inkbot Design.

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City of Paris brand gets a refresh ... New Logo and Identity for City of Paris by Carré Noir

10 unmissable new books to help you start a creative small business

Want to be a self employed graphic designer? Here's a little light reading to get you on your way ... 10 unmissable new books to help you start a creative small business.

10 unmissable new books to help you start a creative small business

Want to be a self employed graphic designer? Here's a little light reading to get you on your way ... 10 unmissable new books to help you start a creative small business.

How To Define Your Brand Through Visual Design -- Branding Strategy

Here's a really helpful article on branding and brand identity - Learn How To Define Your Brand Through Visual Design -- Branding Strategy Tips from a Creative Graphic Design Agency in Belfast, UK.

10 Prepress Printing Tips for Graphic Designers -- Print Design Advice

Absolutely invaluable. Check out the top 10 Prepress Printing Tips for Graphic Designers -- Print Design Advice. Need help with your Print Designs? Get a Free Quote today!

Great ideas are sparked by great craft, writes Bruno Maag

What's the value of an idea? Bruno Maag is a type designer and Chairman of Dalton Maag. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at D&AD and judges in Typography at D&AD Awards 2019. Here he writes about the codependence between great ideas and great craft skills.

'Like a Big Mac But Juicier': Burger King renames sandwiches to troll McDonald's

And in professional trolling news ... Burger King’s Swedish operation revamped its menus to feature sandwiches, categorized as ‘Not Big Mac’s’, with such names as ‘Anything but a Big Mac’ and ‘Burger Big Mac Wished It Was’

15 essential tools for graphic designers in 2019

Here's what the experts say should have to support your graphic design career. Our guide to the must-have hardware, software and equipment to have at your disposal this year.

12 Things a Student Should Know Before Becoming a Graphic Designer

This is absolutely spot on. Check out the top 12 Things Every Student Should Know Before Becoming a Graphic Designer. Follow the Graphic Design Blog for more information.

Young Jerks (@youngjerks) • Instagram photos and videos

These guys are awesome (plus very cool name) 79.2k Followers, 121 Following, 156 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Young Jerks (@youngjerks)

Seeing suitcase and other AI gadgets

Why are we obsessed with making AI robots look human? Rory Cellan-Jones reports on how firms are promoting their use of artificial intelligence at CES.

FORM builds thick concrete volumes to create the tranquil house in japan

Wow ... this is ... ?! Beautiful in its simplicity, but also stark in its minimalism. Too stark?

Red Bull cautioned by ASA for suggesting the energy drink aids concentration

The Advertising Standards Agency rule on Red Bull tube posters ... Red Bull has been cautioned by the Advertising Standards Association (ASA) for an ad that the watchdog ruled makes unauthorised health claims. The ad in question was part of Redbull's '4PM Finish' campaign that encouraged workers to leave work one hour early on Friday 14 September.

2019 Creative Trends Infographic - Shutterstock

Cracking website, plus some pretty interesting trend forecasting from ShutterStock. These are the trends you'll see everywhere in 2019. Discover the biggest image, footage, and music styles with our data-driven infographic.

"Are we any wiser about how ideas work?": How to spark worthwhile creative ideas in 2019

Something to ponder of a Monday afternoon ... _Towards the end of 2018 WeTransfer released its Ideas Report digging into where, why and how creative ideas develop and reach fruition. Below Rob Alderson, VP of content and editor-in-chief at WeTransfer, shares his five key learnings as a guide to developing ideas to inform your creative practice....

'Zine culture' predicted to drive creativity in 2019

'Zine culture' ... check out this article from Campaign magazine (you'll need to register, but it's free, and totally worth it). Shutterstock's creative trends report forecasts nostalgic return to visual aesthetics of the past.

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