Creative Exercises

Developing Creativity Or Sparking It When It’s Lost

We’ve all been there – staring at the blank page with no idea of where to start, what to draw, how to get inspired. Developing creativity and sparking it when it is lost is an important ability to cultivate.  You have probably heard of creative block. The phenomenon is often discussed in the creative groups on social media and there are whole books on the topic. And it happens when we least expect it… The suggestions to overcome creative block are as varied as the people offering them. And they range from the practical ‘just do it’ to the ‘get

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How to Make Envelopes: The Finishing Touch

Envelope guide plus 3 ways to make an envelope Envelopes are the finishing touch for any greeting card and making envelopes is easier than you may think. Whether you are making your own cards or downloading and printing a digital card, chances are you will want an envelope, and must have one if the folded greeting card is to be mailed. Check USPS Postal Explorer for postal regulations before making cards and envelopes that will be mailed, to make sure they meet the postal specifications. USPS Postal Explorer provides everything you need to know about mailing standards and guidelines in

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Basic Typography

Basic Typography

Typography is the art of arranging words in a clear, legible, and appealing manner, to relay a specific message to the audience. It involves choosing a typeface and specific fonts to elicit a response from the reader. In typography, it is common to hear the terms ‘typeface’ and ‘font’ used interchangeably but there is a subtle difference. Interestingly, in the research there were differing opinions on the exact definitions, but generally each typeface is a collection of characters or glyphs that share common design features. These collections are usually comprised of an alphabet, upper and lower case letters; numbers, punctuation

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Graphic Design Principles and Elements

Graphic Design Principles and Elements Explained

Graphic Design differs from art in that it has a purpose or a message. In all graphic design combining design elements and using the right principles to create a visual representation of an idea can and will attract the right audience. The principles and elements of design together represent a set of guidelines that graphic designers use to create aesthetically pleasing visuals. The principles of design – Balance, Contrast, Repetition, Emphasis, Movement, Unity create an effective and attractive composition by using the elements of design – Line, Color, Shape, Space, Symmetry, Scale, Texture and Direction – to create a visual

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Working with a Graphic Designer

Your business is growing and you are starting to make those choices that free up your time to focus on the parts of your business that you love, you know, the things that made you start the business in the first place. Graphic Designers can help you raise awareness of your brand and your business. Whether for a single item, a number of graphic projects or a long term contract, these tips can help you to get the most from working with a professional and contribute to a successful outcome, plus make the whole process a lot smoother. Connect and

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The Power of Your Color Choices

Color has a powerful impact on our lives, from the clothes we wear, to the paint we use on our walls, to the artwork we hang on those walls, color affects how we react to what we see. As a graphic designer most of what is provided in this post is from the perspective of that background. Other creative people – like visual artists and crafters can also gain insights into how the colors they choose can effect their audience, if not how they approach the work itself. By Definition: Color: noun. the quality of an object or substance with

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