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.

Mission: This course aims to deliver foundation graphic design skills and explore issues such as how to get great ideas, how to develop layouts, how to produce professional standard designs using Apple computers and how to present design work at a professional level.

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Why creativity without insight is doomed to fail

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Great ideas are sparked by great craft, writes Bruno Maag

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Seeing suitcase and other AI gadgets

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

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'Zine culture' predicted to drive creativity in 2019

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Welcome to 2019: Stand up for creativity Creativity is everything... pretty much. It reduces complexity and builds compelling narratives. But creatives are desperate for love, which is a kind of blindness.

Unsure about that creative idea? You're probably on to something Despite all the attempts, creativity cannot and will not ever be a science.

10 skills graphic designers need to get ahead in 2019

Already one step ahead ... that's what graphic design is all about. What you need to boost your career this year.

Graphic Design Training & Advice

Here's one prediction of the top graphic design trends for 2019 - things you'll either want to master or avoid (depending on your opinion of whether trends are good or bad).

Funny how things seems to go backwards...

Talking to Ourselves

Listen to podcasts? This one should be good …

Hosted by Omid Farhang, Chief Creative Officer at Momentum, this bi-monthly show is Omid’s selfish excuse to get the marketing industry’s most admired leaders to share advice, reveal process and routines, maybe tell a few stories, hopefully uplift a few cynics, and divulge secrets to a fulfillin...

MinaLima, Harry Potter™ Graphic Design Duo - #AdobeCreativeMeetup 2018 | Adobe UK

Talking about how they created the graphic elements for the Harry Potter franchise.

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima discussed the creative process behind the graphic elements of the Harry Potter™ & Fantastic Beasts™ film series at Adobe Crea...

Affinity - Professional creative software

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[11/20/18]   Two of our graduates living the dream with their own, brand spanking new design studio. Give them some love!

Top 12 Graphic Design Fonts Used by the Professionals in 2019 Check out the Top 12 Graphic Design Fonts Used by the Professionals in 2019. Looking for more fonts to download? Follow our Designer Blog.

How graphic design is getting people excited about medical research The Pears Building is a new research centre for immunology and will open in London in two years – 70-metre-long, colourful, graphic hoardings have been installed around the building site to teach the community about the possibilities and benefits of cell research.

Does creativity need saving? Hell yes

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Second-year student, Heather Peddle - we doff our caps to thee. See her work in every single convenience store in the land!

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Sir Ken Robinson in one of his many talks about how we are killing creativity in our society by educating it out of our children. We need to nurture and value the ability - and the courage it takes- to think differently.

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."

Watch Sir Ken Robinson's classic TED Talk about how schools can nurture creativity: #TeacherAppreciationDay

UX World

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UX World

#ux #uxdesign #design #userexperience #userinterface #designthinking #interactiondesign #productdesign #ucd #designprocess #UIGuidelines #usability

[09/05/18]   We agree whole-heartedly with this philosophy.

12 of the best places to live as a designer

Nice article, really love the maps that go with each location. Designers and illustrators reveal the hidden gems in their hometowns.

Karl Taylor Photography

Another photography video today - this one is looking at a basic 2 light setup for portraiture (something our students will be trying out in the photography unit on the course).

It's not all about the kit! In this video tutorial, I experiment with a couple of cameras and show you how to get fantastic portraits on relatively low-cost equipment.

Enjoy the knowledge,

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Here’s a list of what I used, but you'll be able to create fantastic results with most lighting brands and similar lighting modifiers.

A Flash Trigger
To make the flashes fire, lots available or you could use a sync cable

broncolor 75 Octobox
This creates a gradient of light against the grey background.

broncolor 150 Octobox
The main light source on model

White Reflector
I use this to bounce light into model ( A piece of foam board but could have been anything flat and white)

Grey Paper
For my background. Simply paper roll or could be a matt grey painted wall

Karl Taylor Photography

Some nice advice on product photography here.

How to effectively shoot products using a simple studio light set-up.

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