As a designer, you need to do your best to set yourself apart from your competition. Learning new skills and/or software is one way to do so. Not only will your resume reflect this, but your portfolio will too. The following are what I believe to be some of the benefits of going above and beyond.
Who wants to waste time rebooting their system when it starts to slow down? How about keeping a To Do list or creating folder structures for each and every project? I know I don’t and I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone.
We all want to spend more time doing what we do best — designing. Whether you are a Motion Graphics Designer, a Print Designer or a UI Designer these incredibly handy apps for OS X will give you an almost immediate boost in productivity. I’ve been using each of these apps for some time now and have made them a staple of my daily workflow. I hope you get as much use out of these apps as I do.
So you went to design school. You have a badass portfolio filled with projects that you got an "A" on. You know the software like the back of your hand. You even have recommendations from your professors.
I see this question asked on a daily basis by students who have recently, or are about to — graduate from design school. I'd like to share with you some useful advice that I have either learned by way of mentors and through my own experiences.
With more quality TV programming than ever, the title sequence has become a gigantic, possibly even integral, part of telling the story for many modern TV shows. I've often discovered a title sequence on Vimeo, Motiongrapher or Art of the Title without ever watching the show it was made for — and in some cases, I've had a friend send me a title sequence for a show just because he knew that I'd probably nerd out on the awesome UI designs and motion graphics. A few times, this ultimately led me to becoming addicted to the show, proving that the power of good design should not be ignored. While there were so many amazing title sequences put out this year, this list is strictly for TV.
While browsing various design communities, whether it be the Graphic Design subreddit, a forum or social media, I often come across Designers asking each other "What design book(s) should I read?" Being a book lover, I always jump at the chance to tell them about one of the amazing books I've read, or am often in the middle of reading. I've even gone so far as to compile an ever growing, master list of books related to Graphic Design on Reddit. So as my very first blog post, I figured what better way to tell them about these books than to write about them?