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Creative Graphic & Web Designer from Bali; Ari Krzyzek

Oct 8, 2012     2 Comments    Posted under: Design Firms, Designer Interviews, Graphic Design, Website Design

Ari KrzyzekAri Krzyzek, better known as “Chykalophia” is a popular graphic and web designer from Indonesia. Chykalophia Design is a firm operated by Ari and being setup as a full-time art studio in Glenview, Illinois.

We recently got a chance to speak with Ari on different design aspects and she was humble enough to share her thoughts and experience for readers of DesigningTips.com. Don’t forget to check out her design tips at the end of this interview.

Excerpt from Ari Krzyzek’s website:

Once upon a time, we had a dream to make a big impact in design industry. We’ve been through a lot of dialogues with small to medium business owners to accomplish their visions through our designs. Today, we’re proud to be a goal oriented design studio focusing on how to make you look great. Literally!

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how you ended up being a designer?
Ari Krzyzek – Well I am from “island of thousand temples” Bali, Indonesia. After finishing my high school, my parents wanted me to apply for the scholarship in Tourism School of which, I think, I really didnt have any desire for. In the meanwhile TV advertisement and magazine attracted me (I refer to the Ads Artwork/Ads Design), just then I realized my wish to become a graphic designer. I applied to Art School where I got my Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design. I’m currently setting up my design studio in Glenview, IL along with my husband…

DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to a design school to become a good designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks”?
Ari Krzyzek – I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to attend design or art school though it gives you a lot of experience and perspective on working as an artist, improving your skill by learning and experiments. It also gives you an opportunity to build a network of designers you trust in case you need a support for a big project. But then I also know many designers who didn’t get a Bachelors or didn’t go to design school and are doing great on their own. It’s a matter of preference I think.

DesigningTips.com – What are the key elements for a good design? Is good design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?
Ari Krzyzek – If you would have asked me this question few years ago, my answer would have been creativity but design is not ONLY about that. Creativity is a big part of design but you really need to make sure you have the right solution incorporated with the right function. If you think of design as a simple thing, yeah sure….every designer can make creative business cards or flyers. But when you think of design as a solution and you (graphic designer) as a problem solver, it is more complex than just creativity. You see, a brand identity project is not just about creativity. You’ll need to find the right nuance to know how the design will approach their target market and more.

So, I guess to answer your question: the key element of good design is creative solution.

DesigningTips.com – What inspires you and your designs?
Ari Krzyzek – Ugh…. tough…. I don’t know… anything pretty I guess. It could be from the gradient color of trees during autumn, some fancy invitation sets, painted decorative tile or Bali beach view. To me, as long as it is captured by my “pretty sixth sense” I can start to work on some design.

DesigningTips.com – Is there any real difference between designing a brochure/pamphlet/logo, room in a home, or clothing for a beautiful woman?
Ari Krzyzek – In the early stage of process, it’s possible that there might be some differences. But even though it’s a different branch of design, I think the basic process: research, brainstorming-ideas, sketch, revisions and final design would be the same.

DesigningTips.com – How do you work on design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and design tools you use the most for your projects?
Ari Krzyzek – I use most of the Adobe Creative Suite but the most frequent ones are Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Dreamweaver.

DesigningTips.com – Are there ever times when design changes are radical?
Ari Krzyzek – Design is a learning process for both me and my clients. We attempt to minimize these types of changes by trying to understand each other’s mission for the project, understanding the branding and company. Although when it happens, both parties should understand why such changes are needed before proceeding to the next stage.

DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?
Ari Krzyzek – I’ve worked with clients around the globe. Most of my clients are from Bali, Singapore, Poland, UK, Australia, and of course the US. I’ve worked with Department of Defense contractors, exotic fashion lines, TV celebrities and a lot of other really fun people. I’m also working with high end restaurants, multi-million dollar start-ups and some very cool non-profits.

Chykalophia Portfolio - Babyhaven

Chykalophia Portfolio - Logos

DesigningTips.com – Any design tips you would like to share with freshers who are just starting out in the design industry?
Ari Krzyzek – One thing: Never Give Up! Yeah, it’s true that there are thousands of graphic and web designers out in the market. But there’s only one “you”. So make yourself ready, shape up your artistic mind with creativity and roll! Good Luck!

Design Portfolio:

Chykalophia Portfolio - CBL

Chykalophia Portfolio - Vivi

Chykalophia Portfolio - Wedding Greetings

Chykalophia Portfolio - Wojoimage

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Mel Oates is a Creative Logo Designer from Yorkshire

Sep 5, 2012     1 Comment     Posted under: Designer Interviews, Graphic Design

Mel Oates

Mel Oates is a freelance creative graphic designer based in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom and specializes in corporate brand supplies and logo designs.

Here is the snapshot of interview we had with the creative girl. Read on..

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you end up being a designer?

Mel Oates – My name is Melanie, I’m 31 and been a graphic designer for almost 10 years now. I was always a very keen artist at a young age. I went to college to study HND in graphic design then onto York University to do a degree. After many years of hard work I got myself a job as a junior designer for a few years before working my way up to senior designer. In January 2012 I became a freelance graphic designer and it was the best decision I have ever made.

DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to design school to learn how to be a good designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks?”

Mel Oates – I went to college and uni but I suppose if you are a self-taught designer, you can do it on your own. However I did learn so much whilst studying and my portfolio helped me get into the industry too.

DesigningTips.com – What are the key elements of a good design? Is good design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?

Mel Oates – I suppose both really – It does help having a creative mind though 🙂 I like to think I am very creative

DesigningTips.com – What inspires you, and your designs?

Mel Oates – My designs are inspired by the enormous amount of bling appearing on shoes, bags, jewelry and clothes…. My idea was to create logos up for companies who deal with fashion however I also cover a diverse range of other logos that don’t have bling.

DesigningTips.com – Stuff that you don’t like about being a logo designer?

Mel Oates – Sometimes a logo is finalized, and then the client will change their mind and want something else. This can be a little frustrating but you have to keep a client happy

DesigningTips.com – How do you work on your design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and design tools do you use the most for your projects?

Mel Oates – I mainly use Adobe products like Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Each package has a different way of designing and tend to use them all.

DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?

Mel Oates – My portfolio has a massive range of clients including solicitors, Fitness centers, Restaurants, Beauty Salons, Hair Dressers, Clothes shops. I have also done work for various for Katie Piper, Coleen Rooney, TOWIE, Waterloo Road actor Ben Ryan Davis, The Crystal Boutiqe, Jinnksy and some fantastic charities including Once Upon a Smile, Calendar Team and Neuroblastoma.

Logo Brand Designs

DesigningTips.com – Any design tips you would like to share with fresher’s just starting out in the design industry?

Mel Oates – The key for graphic designers starting out in the industry is to be creative and original, if you really want to achieve something in life, it can be done. Having my own business was my dream. Making dreams a reality doesn’t have to be difficult. It only requires a few things 1. Believing in yourself, 2.Mapping your dreams and final taking small action steps everyday 🙂

You can find more about Mel Oates from her website or follow her on twitter here.

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Freelance Graphic Designer from Bulgaria – Hristo Butchvarov

Aug 23, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Designer Interviews, Graphic Design, Website Design

Hristo Butchvarov - Graphic DesignerHristo Butchvarov has extensive experience working as a graphic designer on freelancer.com web site. It took him at least 8 months to secure his first and foremost design gig, and Hristo hasn’t looked back ever since.

We got an exclusive opportunity to chit chat with Mr. Butchvarov and I’m sure you would want to read about it as well. Continue reading below…

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you end up being a designer?

Hristo Butchvarov – My name is Hristo Butchvarov and I was born and raised in Haskovo, Bulgaria. After graduating from high school, I decided to move to Plovdiv so that I could attend Sociology in “Paisiy Hilendarski” University. I began learning Adobe Photoshop back in 2008 when I found step-by-step design tutorial for beginners on a web site. At first, it was just for fun but I didn’t knew that I’d found my greatest passion. In 2010, I had to switch my job when I needed some extra cash. This is when I thought of sorting out my Photoshop skills and decided to search for some design projects at one of the freelance web site. This was the beginning of my career as a graphic designer.

DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to design school to learn how to be a good designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks?”

Hristo Butchvarov – I’ve never attended design school, so I don’t think that you need school or college to be a designer. If you have enough passion and willpower for whatever you want to do, you can learn anything. Today, World Wide Web is loaded with information from diverse sources. The design education can surely help with solid base, however if you are a self-taught designer, you can do it on your own as well.

DesigningTips.com – What are the key elements of a good design? Is good design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?

Hristo Butchvarov – If the design is functional, it is supposed to be good and if creative, even better! When you manage to deliver productive and functional designs, it is great. Both things always go together, hand in hand. Perfect design always has to be creative, but functional at the same time.

DesigningTips.com – What inspires you, and your designs?

Hristo Butchvarov – While sitting in front a white canvas, I have no clue about my artistic imagination and what am I going to do… and always thrilled at the good artistic work coming out of my hands. Creating great masterpiece and polishing the actual design inspires me to keep going for the end result, that’s the greatest satisfaction. Offering freedom to an ingenious idea that has been locked up in my mind for ages gives me peace and enjoyment 🙂

DesigningTips.com – Is there any real difference between designing a brochure/pamphlet/logo, room in a home and clothing for a beautiful woman?

Hristo Butchvarov – If we exclude details from each project, the design process is generally the same.

Hristo Butchvarov - Banner Design

DesigningTips.com – How do you work on your design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and design tools do you use the most for your projects?

Hristo Butchvarov – I use Adobe Photoshop for 90% of my work. Basically, all I need is Photoshop and internet so that I can perform research to find appropriate material for the project. Being a freelance designer, I have the option and ability to work from my home, coffee shop or anywhere in the world for that matter.

DesigningTips.com – Are there ever times when design changes are radical?

Hristo Butchvarov – It happens from time to time. Mostly, if there is lack of communications and if it’s missing clear project specifications. This is the reason I required detail information before taking every project. If you have all the information available from the very beginning misunderstandings and radical changes in the project can be avoided.

DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?

Hristo Butchvarov – I’ve worked with people from all around the world. I have been dealing with clients from India, United States, Australia, Italy, Canada etc. This is definitely a grand experience for me. Many of them come back to me for their future graphic design projects. This is quite important for me because this aspect shows that I have right attitude to deliver quality designs.

Your portfolio is the key. Check out my effort at rozer-art.blogspot.com

Hristo Butchvarov - Website Design

DesigningTips.com – Any design tips you would like to share with fresher’s just starting out in the design industry?

Hristo Butchvarov – You have to be consistent!

At the beginning of my career I applied for work at one of the freelance job offering sites. I kept hoping that my inexpensive bids will get me some sort of design project to work on… The days went by with nothing, turned into weeks and time flew by. Although I didn’t secure my first design job at freelancer.com till the end of eighth month but my persistence paid off and career as a freelance graphic designer blossomed after, ever since. That was the time someone finally believed in me, and hired me.

It is sugary but not an easy job. If you like what you do, please don’t give up!

Hristo Butchvarov - Infographic Design

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Blake Suarez is an Incredible Design Illustrator

Jul 25, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Designer Interviews

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We have gathered and published some awe-inspiring design illustrations from Blake Suarez for your assess in this article. He is an incredible graphic designer with an exceptional use of typography. We believe, he also uses Adobe Illustrator as one of his design tools.

Do not miss on checking out his design portfolio here.

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shark

silver

arrivals

Panic at the Disco

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Interview with Jmags, a Graphic Designer from Las Vegas

Jul 13, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Designer Interviews, Graphic Design

Jess MagdefrauJess Magdefrau, better known as “Jmags” is one of a kind graphic designer in the community, who makes her design projects look effortless and has had the privilege of working with some well known brands and celebrities. Jess runs her graphic design business under the Jmags Graphics and plan to expand it to a fulltime business with other lead designers.

We spoke to Jess Magdefrau and she was kind enough to answer all of the questions for our readers of DesigningTips.com. Check out the insight she shares, and some of her personal thoughts in the interview that follow along with imperative design tips.

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you end up being a graphic designer?

Jess Magdefrau – Although my name is Jess, everyone calls me by my nickname “Jmags” since that also happens to be the name of my graphic design company.  I was born and raised in Las Vegas and have lived here all my life. I love to travel and have visited many interesting places, however I always return to Las Vegas.  At the age of 19 I was working full time as an AutoCad drafting technician.  One of my co-workers, who also did film producing on the side, noticed my interest in art and design and encouraged me to start taking some design classes.  I took his advice and enrolled at CSN and eventually received my Associate Art degree in Design.  One of the last classes I took was a portfolio class in which we were instructed to design branding for our future design business.  I made business cards, logo, website…the whole 9 yards!  It was at that point I knew design was my passion and my future.  Soon after, I worked for my first client at the age of 21.

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DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to design school to learn how to be a good designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks?”

Jess Magdefrau – Other than my associate degree In Design, I have not attended a design school per se, however I am “attending the school of hard knocks” since I have virtually taught myself most of the skills used in my design work.  I believe you learn by doing and you learn from your mistakes. I also believe if you have the passion and the will to learn, and the willingness to take criticism along with advice, you can do anything!

Yes, it might be the hard road to take, but for me the trip is worth it 🙂

DesigningTips.com – Quite Impressive! What are the key elements of a good design? Is good design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?

Jess Magdefrau – “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  If the final outcome of a design is pleasing to the eye, then the design is good.  I think of design similar to serving a great meal.  The food needs to be good but the presentation of the food is a key element in making the experience pleasing.  Just like the final outcome of a design.  Is the kerning right?  Do the colors go together? Is everything balanced?  Clients don’t see the process that is involved to reach the final product so you have to make the final outcome outstanding.

DesigningTips.com – That reminds me, what actually inspires YOU, and YOUR designs?

Jess Magdefrau – The most random, or mundane, things really do inspire me.  I can be leaving my neighborhood in the morning and see a beautiful sunrise and I take a picture and create a typography poster from it.  Or I may get ideas from other design sites.  I get ideas from Vegas itself – the city of bright lights and pretty sights!  I can get inspiration from anything I look at – the difference is how you perceive things.

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DesigningTips.com – Is there any real difference between designing a brochure/pamphlet/logo, room in a home and clothing for a beautiful woman?

Jess Magdefrau – You may take a different approach for each project but in the end it’s all about design, design, design and using your creativity no matter what form it takes – a logo, a room, or a dress.

DesigningTips.com – Very well said Jmags! How do you work on your design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and design tools do you use the most for your projects?

Jess Magdefrau – The majority of the time I use what I know best which is Adobe Photoshop.  Sometimes when I’m making a logo I will incorporate different element types.  First I may sketch what I want, add a drawn element, add a vector element and a Photoshop filter, and my final result is a non-traditional logo that I hope my client will worship.

DesigningTips.com – Are there ever times when design changes are radical?

Jess Magdefrau – Any change is what designers learn from, even though it may mean the client wasn’t completely satisfied with the first “go around”.  The graphic designer has some control over what goes on in the “change process”, and the client may be limited to a certain amount of changes but ultimately the end product must please them.  From each change I come closer to learning what the client wants.

DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?

Jess Magdefrau – A lot of the projects on my site are my own personal projects to help build my portfolio.  Designs not listed are projects I have done for Comcast, Cox, and Mike Tyson.

I also have a full time job as a graphic designer at Tower of Jewels and work closely with that owner’s daughter’s company called The Jeweler’s Daughter.  I have done a lot of local designs for nightclubs, 944 Magazine, Street Approved Magazine, n9ne Group, JBA Consulting Engineers and others.  I am always looking to build clientele, whether for one person or a Fortune 500 Company.  I am still looking for that one company that needs me to design their packaging!

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DesigningTips.com – Any design tips you would like to share with fresher’s just starting out in the design industry?

Jess Magdefrau – The key is to learn something every day – whether it’s on the business aspect of designing or the technical aspect such as learning how to make a bezier curve with a pen tool.  Reading up on current information and networking with fellow graphic designers helps you to stay current.  Get your name out there… I use social media, design sites and other ways to get attention to my business.

I could sit here and tell you everything I know but like the quote says

“there are 2 rules to success, 1. Never tell everything you know.”

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Top 7 iPhone Apps for Graphic Designers

Jun 12, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Graphic Design

Apple produced a phone that everybody craved for few years ago, with the launch of iPhone and graphic designers could not ignore a revolutionary smartphone like this one. iPhone was quite popular among designers because they have a tendency to like Apple’s well shaped devices with awesome features, wonderful design, and never ending list of apps in the AppStore.

iPhone users can download applications for free or by paying a small fee to enhance the features and functionality of the smartphone. Here we have gathered a list of useful top 7 iPhone apps for graphic designers:

Top 7 iPhone Apps for Graphic Designers

photo source: Apple

  1. What the Font – This is a useful free app that you must have if you keep on wondering what fonts are used to create billboards, logotypes, or principally anything you can see on the web. What the Font is a cool application that will find out the fonts used graphic designers on their work. The iTunes store is a best place to get your hands on this handy app.
  2. Color Expert – This is a must have iPhone app for every designer who like working with colors and is priced at just $9.99. The Color Expert features include: an option to pick colors from a picture, a color wheel to make elegant color schemes, quite a few Pantone libraries for handy references and to top it all, the option of being able to exchange palettes through email in the Adobe Swatch Exchange format.
  3. Sketches – Graphic design process is incomplete without sketching, and is definitely one of the most important steps. We were unable to make notes or grasp ideas that often pop up at unexpected and unusual times, due to unavailability of design tools. However, this problem was solved by the Sketches app which can be downloaded for $4.99 from the iTunes app store.
  4. The Typography Manual – We are sure that graphic designers will never forget a single thing about typography with the typography manual app for your iPhone. It has enough content to make a 60 page manual, an em calculator, a font size ruler and a visual type anatomy glossary are some added useful features at a tab of $3.99.
  5. Ruler Phone – You would be able to see your clients with just an iPhone in hand with this app. Ruler phone lets you quickly measure anything, where ever, inside or outside a place without using your old rulers or tools. It is available for download from the Apple iTunes store for $3.99.
  6. Brushes – The iPhone app won an Apple design award in 2010 and is a perfect one to create art on the go! Brushes have some attractive features like multiple layers, several realistic brushes, advanced zooming, an advanced color picker, and a simple interface proved its competence. It can be downloaded for $4.99 from the app store.
  7. Layers – The application brings layers to your drawing and sketches, and is also compatible with Adobe Photoshop. Layers introduce transparency, awesome brushes, photo import, and a lot of other features in a $4.99 painting app.

We did a thorough research to publish a review of some of the best iPhone apps available for graphic designers at iTunes app store which help in creating remarkable designs. We might have missed some of your favorite iPhone Apps that make your design work easier, so why not let us all know in the comment section below.

If you liked this article, you would also want to check out our take on 10 Best & Free iPhone Apps at http://www.whiteiphone4s.org/10-best-iphone-apps.html 🙂

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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Interview with a Designer of Brand Identities; Rich Scott

Oct 24, 2011     1 Comment     Posted under: Designer Interviews, Graphic Design

Rich Scott designabot.netRich Scott is a full time graphic designer for his own company designabot.net, which has worked with global clients. Rich mostly works with smaller companies and/or startup businesses.

We got a chance to interview Rich, because he was generous enough to take out time to answer some important questions for DesigningTips.com readers. Continue reading below for graphic designer interview along with some valuable design tips.

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you end up being a designer?

Rich Scott – I am a thirty one year old designer originally from Australia who moved to the UK at the age of seven. After much traveling I have resettled back to the place of my birth.

I always loved to draw as a kid, deciding early on that I had to follow my passion and be creative in some way. Graphic design seemed like an interesting avenue to follow because it encompasses all forms of art. I had a short spell working for an animation company and stints with design firms but always liked the idea of time/life freedom and thus set up my own design business four years ago.

DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to design school to learn how to be a good designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks?”

Rich Scott – Honestly I would say it is not necessary to attend design school. I studied graphic design and photography for two years at college then completed a three year degree specializing in graphic design. I think design school gave me a solid grounding and introductory insight into the design industry. Now, with the growth of the internet and design inspiration being so widely accessible, I believe anyone with passion, drive and skill can succeed no matter his or her background.

DesigningTips.com – What are the key elements of a good design? Is good design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?

Rich Scott – Concept is king when it comes to any form of design. The vision is what’s important whether you are designing a logo or a car. Being able to communicate your vision to the audience is vital I feel.

DesigningTips.com – Is there any real difference between designing a brochure/pamphlet/logo, room in a home and clothing for a beautiful woman?

Rich Scott – Not much difference really apart from the time taken to complete…from reading a brief/initial sketching to viewing the end product can vary dramatically depending on the scope of the project. Also how you go about tackling them may be different but the same design rules apply.

DesigningTips.com – How do you work on your design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and design tools do you use the most for your projects?

Rich Scott – My design process varies depending on the project. The majority will start with research, brain storming then sketching. However if an idea immediately pops into my head I will jump straight into Adobe Illustrator and begin creating with vectors. Currently I am using cs5 and would say 80-90% of my artwork is produced in Illustrator, with Adobe Photoshop being used mainly for presentation purposes.

DesigningTips.com – Are there ever times when design changes are radical?

Rich Scott – Yes, usually driven by the client. Sometimes a logo and branding system is almost complete then the client will do a complete backflip and desire something entirely different. This is rare and can be a little frustrating but at the end of the day the customer is always right… Ain’t that right? : )

DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?

Rich Scott – I have worked with a variety of great clients across the globe. I tend to design for smaller companies or business start-ups. Some of my clients include; Maria Andros (www.mariaandros.com), HydroTerra (www.hydroterra.com.au), Reputeer (www.reputeer.de), Ombros Consulting (www.ombros-consulting.com), Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (www.aacbt.org.au), Level Four (www.levelfour.com.au). I also collaborate regularly with Dan Johnson of Spin My Logo (www.spinmylogo.com) and Samuel Nilsson (www.envelope.se).

DesigningTips.com – Any design tips you would like to share with freshers just starting out in the design industry?

Rich Scott – The key for graphic designers starting out in the industry is to be creative and original. With such a vast array of talent ‘out there’, it can be quite over whelming trying to compete with established professionals. It’s up to freshers to believe in themselves, never give up and try to evolve their own design styles. I hope that helps!

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Graphic Designer Interview: Janak Desai

Oct 4, 2011     No Comments    Posted under: Designer Interviews, Graphic Design

Janak DesaiJanak Desai, logo design and animation pro who runs a design studio at DesignStudioSB.com was recently published as the featured designer over at 99designs.com blog.

Interestingly, Janak has won about 44 design contests at the 99designs and is on a roll with his awesome design skills.

We got an exclusive chance to speak with humble Janak Desai who belongs to India, and were able to get insight of an off-shore graphic designer along with some useful design tips. Read on..

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you end up being a designer?

Janak Desai – As you know, my name is Janak Desai and I am from India. I completed Advanced Animation Course in MAYA and started my career as a 3D Animator. I was very much interested in post production work of video editing and composting. Besides working as an animation artist, I also jumped into video editing and VFX course. While working on projects of animations, I was also able to make full videos with composting and editing whereas only thing missing was sketches of the logo for logo animation. I used to seek help from other 2D designers, who used to create logos and other design elements of animation for me.

When I started working independently, designing logos and other designs in vector were a challenge for me. I went through some struggle in this part of designing, however learned quite a lot from the online tutorials, e-books & design tip sites. I became skilled in designing logos, graphics elements etc with the help of reading and started taking brand design projects. Now I am a complete graphic designer along with an animation artist.

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DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to design school to learn how to be a good designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks?”

Janak Desai – I don’t think so. I did not learn designing in any design school or institute. But I will definitely like to point out that I had a lot of knowledge of designing being an animation artist. So that obviously helped in sharpening my skills.

I wouldn’t say that you don’t have to attend graphic design school to become a skilled designer however, only going to a design school and learning designing won’t make you a creative designer. You will have to learn a lot, independently of course, work on different projects and also learn from others.

DesigningTips.com – What are the key elements of a good design? Is good design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?

Janak Desai – Good design is a package of skills + understanding + appropriate visualization. Experience is helpful for-sure; however you have to attain certain level to use that experience.

DesigningTips.com – What inspires you, and your designs?

Janak Desai – You have to be creative every time and everywhere, not just in designs. If you think creative and act creative, you will be creative automatically when you are working on your design projects. Being creative inspires me the most!

DesigningTips.com – Is there any real difference between designing a brochure/pamphlet/logo, room in a home and clothing for a beautiful woman?

Janak Desai – I think it’s almost similar. I haven’t felt anything different while working on design projects.

DesigningTips.com – How do you work on your design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and design tools do you use the most for your projects?

Janak Desai – It all starts from your research. If I am able to find useful inspiration and proper material, I mix all the stuff, visualize and then sketch down the ideas. After that I start with Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator.

DesigningTips.com – Are there ever times when design changes are radical?

Janak Desai – A lot of times 🙂

DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?

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Janak Desai – I have worked with a variety of clients around the world. All have different needs and diverse choices. Sometimes clients make me learn. And, I have ended up with quite a few awesome designs that I could never imagine before. Sometimes you have to make something which you don’t like but your client insists on working and you have to design it. I rarely put those designs in my portfolio.

DesigningTips.com – Any design tips you would like to share with fresher’s just starting out in the design industry?

Janak Desai – Don’t be afraid of the graphic design industry. Don’t start your career in this industry if you are forced to be a designer. If you like being creative and love designing then you will definitely grow in this industry with your passion. No specific design tips as such, just be yourself & love what you do!

You can find more about Janak Desai from his website here and his 99designs profile here.

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Meet Erik Johansson; Professional Graphic Designer from Sweden

Sep 10, 2011     1 Comment     Posted under: Designer Interviews, Graphic Design

Erik JohanssonToday we have Erik Johansson with us from Sweden, a professional print, graphic designer and re-toucher who has worked with brands like Microsoft, Google, IKEA and many more.

Continue reading below for detailed interview session and some remarkable design tips.

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you end up being a designer?

Erik Johansson – My name is Erik Johansson. I’m a professional photographer and designer (retoucher) from Sweden. I mostly work on personal and commercial projects. For me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see, I always try to make sketches of the ideas I get. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize them as realistic as possible.

It all started out as a hobby, but after publishing some of my graphic design work online I started receiving requests for commissioned work as well.

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DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to design school to learn how to be a good designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks?”

Erik Johansson – I am mostly self-taught. I think that some people just have it in them. There are both good and bad things about not going to art school. I think I have learned the design tools on my own, perhaps not the fastest and best way always. But at least no one can tell me how it should be.

DesigningTips.com – What are the key elements of a good graphic design? Is good design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?

Erik Johansson – There are so many rules to follow, but I don’t really care to follow most of them. I do what I think looks good. I don’t know much about composition and rules, perhaps that is a good thing for me. Music has always been very important for my creativity and inspires me a lot, in every possible manner.

DesigningTips.com – What inspires you, and your designs?

Erik Johansson – I get inspired by all sorts of things. Things I see in my daily life or when I just think of something differently. I think I get more inspiration from drawings than photos, for example: Dali, Rob Gonsalves, Escher, Shaun Tan. But I also get inspiration from things in my daily life and I always make sure to take note or quick sketch each time an idea pops up.

DesigningTips.com – Is there any real difference between graphic designing (brochure/pamphlet/logo), interior designing (room in a home) and fashion designing (clothing for a beautiful woman)?

Erik Johansson – All designs are different. I think it depends more on the creative freedom given in each project. I prefer being involved as much as possible in the creative process even when it’s commissioned projects.

DesigningTips.com – How do you work on your design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and graphic design tools do you use the most for your projects?

Erik Johansson – First I have to come up with an idea, which can take a lot of time. It can take anywhere from a few days to several months or sometimes years. To find the perfect spot is another hard thing and it has to take time. When I’ve found different locations and materials, I just need to photograph it and put it together. For my personal projects, I always want to shoot everything myself. I think I get more control that way but it also limits me somehow. I only use Photoshop CS5 to put my photos together.

DesigningTips.com – Are there ever times when design changes are radical?

Erik Johansson – Well, for commissioned projects I always try to keep the client involved, even when the design is far from over. I think that way I save a lot of time and changes.

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DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?

Erik Johansson – I have only been freelancing for a few years but I have worked with some really interesting clients. Most of my clients are advertisement agencies in Sweden but I have also been working with Microsoft, Google, IKEA and I might have something coming up with a big artist or label in the near future.

Your readers can view my latest design project here: http://youtu.be/cTKU9_dqVUg

DesigningTips.com – Any graphic design tips you would like to share with fresher’s just starting out in the design industry?

Erik Johansson – Trying is the best way of learning. Try to find your own style and what you’re good at. When you’ve learned the design tools, it’s just your imagination that limits you.

You can find more about Erik Johansson from his website here.

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Make a Statement With Spotless Graphic Designs; Cristiano Siqueira

Aug 26, 2011     1 Comment     Posted under: Design Firms, Designer Interviews, Graphic Design

Cristiano SiqueiraWe know it’s been a while since we last interviewed a professional graphic designer for you, however, we do think the wait was worth this one. Today we are bringing to you Cristiano Siqueira from Brazil, a graphic design artist  and illustrator who has had the pleasure of associating with brand-names like Microsoft, Nike, Gillette etc etc.

Continue reading below for some amazing design tips and a detailed interview session.

DesigningTips.com – Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you end up being a freelance graphic designer?

Cristiano Siqueira – I’m an illustrator working from my home office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I’m 31 years old… Well, it’s really hard to talk about myself; I don’t think I have anything interesting to say about myself!

Okay let’s try this one time: I like football, I like to go out with friends to drink beer and talk useless things, however at times I also talk about some other things, like career, life, Oh and I’m married 😀 I don’t have kids, pets, plants, just a small apartment a Wacom tablet and a Mac.

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I took some time to realize that I could work as a graphic designer. My educational pattern was a technical course of communication design, based in traditional art, painting, drawing, sculpture and I had some talent in that field. So, I thought I could be a painter or another sort of artist in the future, after further studies, of course. During that time (1996) a “Designer”, for me, was more like an architect or a professional with years and years of experience. Nowadays, people learn Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and call themselves a “Graphic Designer”. I wish that it was so easy to be one 15 years ago, but it wasn’t. So, with acknowledgment I got in school, the only job I found was of an assistant of another assistant in a small graphic design studio. I got accepted there because I was good in drawing and the employees wanted me to draw few things at the studio, like hand drawn lay-outs, sketches of characters, logotypes, etc.

Once I started at the design studio, daily routines turned out to be quite different than planned. I didn’t make any drawing, as I’d thought and seated in front of a computer with the Adobe Illustrator 7 and asked to redraw scanned logotypes to be applied in books and other stuff. So that’s how I first came in contact with Illustrator. Days and days of redrawing logos made me good with pen tool I think… (Laugh out loud) and that’s how I got promoted to another section, to cut background images from a picture in Adobe Photoshop.

Of course I had problems performing simple tasks, since I didn’t know anything about Photoshop and Illustrator, but I think I have an obsessive (and maybe morbid?) quality for perfection and I took this task as a challenge, studied Photoshop and Illustrator every day, trying to use something more than pen tool. Someone at the design studio suggested me to start colorizing my own hand drawn works in Photoshop and I did it, getting some of the unexpected and out of the world results. With these great outcomes, the directors of the design firm realized that I could do a lot more than cutting off images and that’s how I got to work on my first design project. And this is how, following step by step, with many success and failures, I ended up being a “Graphic Designer”.

Almost 6 years later, after working as a designer for books, CD covers, packaging, etc… I finally started my career as an Illustrator artist. Initially, working for children books and packaging design (with the partners I had from the graphic design jobs), later for magazines and advertisements. The first year as freelance illustrator was really bad, very few projects and that too well underpaid. I had a good experience in graphic design industry however I didn’t know how an illustrator could work like that; the first year was much more of a learning curve.

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I found a lot of information on internet blogs, different web-forums, and while interacting with experienced design professionals. I found the SIB (Brazilian illustrators association) and while networking with graphic artists on board, I learned more on how the illustration industry worked, with the knowledge about quotations and contracts. The second year was way better, a lot more design projects and much better payments. I also started sharing my work on different design portals like DeviantArt and of course on my own website. Since then, the ball kept rolling and I kept myself working on new projects and upgrading day by day.

DesigningTips.com – Is it necessary to go to design school to learn how to be a good graphic designer or is it enough to “attend the school of hard knocks?”

Cristiano Siqueira – In my opinion, yes! It’s good to study, to become a graphic designer and even after starting out. The designer needs to keep taking lessons because a lot of new things related to design industry keeps coming around and the creative artist needs to stay up-to-date. For basic development, I think it’s essential.

To be a good designer, one needs to know the basics of his work for example; Composition, color theory, typography, illustration, photography, gestalt, semiotics.

According to me, good designer is a professional who is able to manipulate the graphical language to transmit ideas and concepts. You can only be successful at this, if you study design basics and learn from the past experiences of other design professionals and researchers. All of these things can be learned at a good design school.

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DesigningTips.com – What are the key elements of a good design?

Cristiano Siqueira – Key basics of a high-quality design are; good and clear communication, the efficient use of graphical elements to support the communication, high technical level of execution and creativity.

DesigningTips.com – Is good graphic design a function of creativity … of sound experience … or both?

Cristiano Siqueira – I think good design is a realistic portrait of a communicative intention. I mean, the design is good when it can translate an idea, concept or message from an image that can be successfully received by targeted audience. To be precise, when people can actually understand what you really want to say!

DesigningTips.com – Is there any real difference between graphic designing (brochure/pamphlet/logo), a room (office space/bedroom) and clothing for a beautiful woman?

Cristiano Siqueira – Sure, each request has its own language, common codes and references. While using the key elements of a good design I just stated above, you need to use the right basics to be efficient in your communication, and the right elements can be found by studying the language of the different uses, however they all are quite relevant or similar works.

DesigningTips.com – How do you work on your graphic design projects? I mean, what design software, applications and design tools do you use the most for your projects?

Cristiano Siqueira – Primarily, I like to draw some simple sketches on a sketchbook which is always lying next to me. This is just to clarify ideas and concepts. I get on to the computer only when I have something more understandable in mind. So I draw more sketches on computer, even by using my Wireless Wacom tablet and Photoshop or Illustrator (for vectors). From start to finish, the process is drawing, painting and getting references to actually draw what I really don’t know to depict. Sometimes these references are photos, and at times are 3D renders. So, basically my tools are: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, wireless Wacom tablet, Poser, and digital camera to take high-quality reference pictures.

DesigningTips.com – Are there ever times when design changes are radical?

Cristiano Siqueira – In my designs you mean? Well, of course… either by client request, or at times by my creative self. My objective is to get a good design work to my client, and in order to get the best results, I can change or modify everything from the start. I think it’s better to change everything while you are working and are in the process rather than at the end.

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DesigningTips.com – Can you tell us about your graphic design portfolio and clientele (people you have worked with & for)?

Cristiano Siqueira – Sure, I can tell you everything about my illustration portfolio since this is the field I’m good at… I had the pleasure to work for: Microsoft, Nike, Gillette, BBDO NY, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

I’ve been working with the major publishers here in Brazil, such as: Globo and Abril, along with companies such as MasterCard Brasil, Azaléia, etc.

You can always get to know more about my design portfolio from my website here.

DesigningTips.com – Any graphic design tips you would like to share with freshers just starting out in the design industry?

Cristiano Siqueira – Just keep studying and taking care of the excellent work. Clients come and go, but your creativity should stay. Try to make a statement with your neat and spotless graphic designs.

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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