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Graphic Design

  • Graphic Designers: The hidden tools that matter

    Graphic designers are technology and software-savvy. Their tools create digital art, unique & multi-layered designs that visually ‘blow your mind’.

    Where we speak in length about the different softwares they use, no one quite pays attention to the smaller things, the hidden tools that are more or less invisible to us but are tools of utmost importance to these artists.

    1. The right environment

    As important as hardwares and softwares are to a designer, one of the most important ‘tool’ for them is having the correct, soothe and calm environment. A sanctuary with minimum distraction is crucial for artists to come up with ideas that will translate into the best work they have to offer!

    2. Comfortable seats

    Hear me out before you get laughing! Distractions aren’t just external. So let us not underestimate the power of comfort. A designer isn’t optimizing his mind if he’s busy shifting around and adjusting himself on that hard chair. His mind is constantly moving around as much as his body is. In such cases, effort is compromised, time is waste and there’s more ‘snooze mode’ than ‘work mode’.

    Getting the right kind of chair cuts distractions by half as your body is now geared to elevate your creativity by notches.

    3. Basic hardware

    A keyboard & mouse is a graphic artists’ weapons; things he works with, lives with and creates beautifully detailed illustrations with. It is the equivalent of a magic wand in a designer’s life. So it is mandatory that he gets a ‘wand’ he is comfortable with to make the magic.

    Over a longer period of time, artists also face wear and tear on their hands and wrist joints, due to the constantly being at the desk with a mouse in their grip. The right kind of keyboard and mouse will prevent any permanent damage, assisting the longevity of the designer.

    4. Multi-screen display

    Multi-tasking is a universal necessity. People constantly are short of time and spend long hours on projects to meet deadlines. They are working on multiple things side by side and in such cases, multi-screens are a boon. They help keep your work more systematic and de-cluttered, thus making you work faster and more efficiently.

    5. Graphic tablets

    Also known as digitizer, pen tablet or digital art board, this is a dream setup for graphic designers. This combination of technology and software coming together to bring creative ideas to life as it lets artists work directly with a pen-on-screen, giving them a feeling of drawing on paper. The rigidity that comes with automation in softwares, is eased off with these tablets.

    It isn’t necessary for you to have the most expensive set-ups or the fanciest softwares. With time, effort and focus, these neglected tools work wonders on the end product i.e. the design or artwork.

  • Graphic Design Trends to watch out for 2019

    Art is a very wide concept. There is hardly any wrong and ‘a lot of right’ in it. This mantra also tends to spill in world of digital art, more specifically towards designing. The way colours and strokes vary in different eras, graphic design too has trends that change, every few months.

    In 2018, the world of designing creeped slowly towards the bold areas of experimentation. Brighter colours and elements of surprise was brought in, to pop the mundane pictures and videos we see on the internet. Where some people may say that designers are pushing the envelope too far, visionary clients and perceptive customers started to appreciate the bold steps taken by the graphic designers of our age.

    Design gurus are predicting that 2019 may see experimentation go further, especially in terms of wacky yet creative concepts.

    Listed below are 3 designs that we see ‘trending’ in the coming year.

    Wave effect

    ‘The wave’ that started this year, is looking to carry on its rage to next year as well. Wave effect in simple terms is the creative distortion or disturbance in the picture (frame & object), that will immediately capture the attention and the interest of your clients and customers alike.

    via merehead.com

    Double light

    Have you seen a popular song lately, where your favourite singer was surrounded by 2 different colour lights? That is the imagination of your (behind-the-scene) designer coming to live. The double light effect is when you see shadowing or lighting in two colours, around the object, making the screen come alive.

    via jakehicksphotography.com

    Double exposure

    A design idea that sparks not just your visual stimulations, but also your mind, double exposure is a design that excited the designer and the person viewing it, alike. With an outline in the backdrop of a bigger picture, what steals your attention and interest is the imagery created in the framework. It is your perfect design to convey, ‘a picture can tell a million stories’.

    via digitalartsonline.co.uk

    These are the trends which made an impact in the past few months but will also go on to create ripples in the designing world in 2019.