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5 top job opportunities for a visual designer

As the name suggests, visual designers are hired by all kinds of companies that require visual communication. It could be an ad agency or a corporate company. If there is need for visual design communication, then there is a job opportunity. We look at some job industries that typically hire a visual designer. Advertising agencies Visual designers are responsible for product design & advertisements for labels, websites, and billboards. A visual designer has to create eye-catching advertisements, and should be updated about latest software & developments. Multimedia artist A multimedia artist performs the same task as a visual designer. He/ she specialises in special effects across all mediums like television, movies, games, and video. With the use of specialised computer software, the artists design sketches of scenes, images and animation. Video game developers   Working at a video game company is considered a treat for most designers. Video game companies

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Top 5 comic book publishers to look out for & why

Published on October 28, 2016, by in Graphics.

When you think of comics, you think of Marvel and DC, at least for most of us. But did you know that there are a plethora of comic book publishers out there for you to explore. We list 5 comic book publishers you should be keeping an eye on this year. Boom! Studios The company that was founded in 2005 by Ross Richie is one that should be on your radar. Any comic book enthusiast will tell you about hours of fun reading adaptations of Adventure Time. Be sure that you will not regret picking up the new creator-owned titles including John Flood, and We(l)come Back. Kodansha Comics Attack on Titan created huge waves among readers. Creators like Scott Snyder, Gail Simone & Cameron Stewart are out there preparing an entire anthological series. Kodansha although a fairly new publication house (founded in 2008), but they are definitely headed to become

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Evolution of logo design – Part 3

Published on September 20, 2016, by in Graphics.

Evolution of logo design is a constant process. As mentioned in our previous blogs – Evolution of logo design-Part 1 & Evolution of logo design-Part 2 – social, political & economic changes have always made an impact on the evolution of logo design. In this last part of the series, we will look at where does logo design stand today & what is its future. 1945 – 1970: Late modern – Simple became the new complex As the political scenario changed, and things started to look more peaceful, arts too took a non-decorative, simple approach. This introduced a new form of simplicity in logo designs. The late modern era simplified & dramatised the integration of text & images through pictorial collages & overlapping shapes. National Broadcasting Company (NBC) As symbolic logos became the rage, NBC became one of the first to take advantage of the change. The NBC logo (designed

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Evolution of logo design – Part 2

Published on September 15, 2016, by in Graphics.

In our last blog we covered the early years of the evolution of logo design. In this second part we will take a look at the most important phase of logo design that shaped the modern rules of graphic design. 1910 – 1935: Early modern – The rebel period In the evolution of logo design the early modern was a turning point. Graphic designers started to break free from traditional rules of graphic & logo design, and went on to experiment. The logo designs of this period were more geometric in shape with a minimalist approach, clean typefaces and photographs instead of illustrations. This period gave rise to the importance of functions of a logo design rather than only its form; a concept that prevails today. A symbol for cigarettes The revolution came about not only in terms of style & design but also in terms of the products being

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Evolution of logo design – Part 1

Published on September 13, 2016, by in Graphics.

A picture is worth a thousand words. This idiom holds most true for logos. From texts to symbols, company & brand logos are the identity that surrounds us everywhere. Whether floral & artsy or minimalist & flat, evolution of logo design has influenced generations, and are a reflection of the period, and the product philosophy. Based on the simple rule of shapes & symbols, logos are important to represent a company in the desired light, and create brand recall & loyalty. Since it would be difficult, and unfair, to crunch the whole history in just one blog post, we decided to break it up into three parts – early years, middle years, and modern times. In this first part, we begin with the early years of evolution of logo design. 1837 – 1901: VICTORIAN ERA – Early symbolism Queen Victoria remains an important figure in every aspect of history. From

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The ultimate colour combination cheat sheet for graphic designers

Last week we blogged about ways to choose a colour theme for effective graphic design, and since then, we have been getting a lot of queries. So we decided to take it a step ahead, and provide you with a colour combination cheat sheet. Of course, there is nothing right or wrong, and most of this depends on your creativity & aesthetics. But there are some colours that complement each other, and it is always useful to know the rules before you break them. Keep this colour combination cheat sheet handy & hit the bull’s-eye every time with impressive graphic designs. #1 Complementary colour Complementary colours are those that are right next to each other in the Itten colour circle. But don’t be confused by the term complementary. These colours can either be supplementary or contrasting. But the combination of these colours will give a vivid and energizing effect. #2

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How to choose a colour theme for effective graphic design

Published on August 23, 2016, by in Graphics.

An effective graphic design is not just about the shapes. It is also about choosing the right colour theme. Different colours convey different moods & emotions. So how do you choose a colour theme that best suits your design? Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Psychology & symbolism Different colours symbolise different emotions, based on popular beliefs and cultures. But there are some generally accepted colour association like red stands for danger while green is for safety. Of course, your creativity & experience will guide you to choose a colour theme. But it helps to keep in mind these associations. This is the reason that green is mostly used for nature, youth & money, but red is used to highlight caution or things that need attention. Dark blue is generally used to signify dependability & safety, while pink & light purple stand for femininity. But dark purple

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Suicide Squad: Comic book v/s movie

Published on August 4, 2016, by in Filmmaking, Graphics.

The much-awaited squad of super villains reaches theatres this weekend. Suicide Squad, a Warner Bros. Pictures production, is based on the comic book series of the same name by DC Comics. They are popular for their unorthodox methods of fighting crime on behalf of the government, in exchange for flexible prison sentence. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Let’s look at the characters of this infamous team who made it to the movie. Amanda Waller The creator of the Suicide Squad, she is the mediator between the government & the team. She is responsible for recruiting members to the Suicide Squad, and carrying out missions. In the comic books Nicknamed ‘The Wall’, Amanda made her first appearance in 1986 in the Legends series. Created by John Ostrander, Len Wein & John Byrne, she is often treated as the antihero due to her alliance with the government and the superheroes in the DC

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Superheroes

Published on July 8, 2016, by in Graphics.

Superheroes are a huge part of our fantasy. They are the reason we still believe good defeats evil. Superheroes have always provided us with icons. We look at top 10 superheroes who continue to be our inspiration. Batman We have to begin with the caped crusader. Created by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger, Batman made his debut in Detective Comics (series published by DC Comics) in 1939. Within a year the character became so popular that in 1940 he got his own independent title. Over the years Batman has been adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television & films. What makes him special: A large part of his popularity is because he has no special powers, and relies on his scientific knowledge & martial art skills. Even his secret identity, Bruce Wayne, the billionaire, and owner of Wayne Enterprises, is involved with various charities &

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Top five animated characters from around the world

They’ve shaped our childhood that of billions around the world. They were a constant part of every child’s daily routine. Their popularity made them appear on every product related to children, starting from breakfast cereals & fast food to school stationery & pillow covers. They are the most popular animated faces in the world. Yes, we are talking about the top animated characters  from around the world. In this post, we bring you the top five animated characters that have managed to make a place for themselves in the hearts of generations of children. Tom and Jerry Popular for their use of slapstick comedy, this dynamic duo has been a part of every generation’s childhood and, in a lot of cases, even adulthood. They have done just about everything one can think of, and not think of, when it comes to cartoon violence. Originally created in 1940 by animators William

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