How nationality reflects in graphic design

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Website Design |

With technology becoming the primary method of communication, graphic design has become a modern day art form and – as with all art – is directly influenced by the culture and nationality of the people. Read the following examples on how graphic design differs from nation to nation. Examples of how nationality influences graphic design South America – Many graphic design elements here are taken from the street art that is rampant throughout the nation. Stencil art and graffiti are very popular and thus responsible for the vibrant colours and soulful imagery. Japan – With Japan being a world leader in technology and contemporary culture, one will find their graphic design to be very urban and off-beat. They like to use neon colours and abstract imagery which is said to be influenced by the way Tokyo appears at night. Middle East – With a rich art culture that goes back thousands of years, their graphic design chooses to capitalise on the alluring mystery surrounding their nation through the use of strong colours, calligraphy and the repetition of patterns. China – After the wars and imperialism, China had to re-open itself to modern ideas and concepts. This has resulted in China’s graphic design elements being largely influenced by traditional Chinese art and architecture. Netherlands – With artists like van Gogh, Mondrian and Rembrandt in their history, Dutch graphic design tends to lean towards minimalism and individualism, portraying an image that states that less is more. These are just a few examples to illustrate the influence of culture and history on a modern-day art form. Understanding history is vital to understanding the future and knowing the culture of the world could open your work up to a wide range of graphic design possibilities. Need help with your web design or graphic design? Contact WSI South Africa Please follow and like...

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Great graphic design tips for business cards

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Website Design |

Business cards are a useful way to introduce your company or web page to others. When it comes to creative graphic design for your business cards, there are some basic and vital components that need to be included in order for your business cards to be unique and effective. Use these tips as a guideline. Tips for effective business card design The ‘right’ information. A business card should really speak for itself when it comes to explaining what you are offering. Consider the nature of your business as well as the audience you are appealing to when selecting text and images for your business cards. Uniqueness. It is vital that you use graphic design elements that help people to recognise your company. If you have a company logo – use it – and choose a colour scheme and text that compliment it in order to give your business cards a unique feel. (If you don’t have a company logo, you should get one asap!) Use Images. Images are a very useful way to grab attention and convey information without forcing people to read details. Select images that fit in with the services you are offering. Your images need to compliment your logo as well as the chosen colour scheme and text. Quality. Use paper that is of a good quality as this will give your company an image that is professional. Professional help. Investing in professional graphic design services for your business cards is a sure way to guarantee you receive business cards that are unique, informative and of the best quality. Business cards that are cleverly designed will guarantee great rewards for your company, so don’t sell yourself short. Invest the time, money and expertise to ensure the highest quality of graphic design work appears on your business cards and gives your company a unique edge. Please follow and like...

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Graphic design creativity – how to keep up the momentum

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Website Design |

When it comes to working in the graphic design industry, just like with any other job it is easy to get de-motivated, especially when your productivity hangs upon your creativity. It is important that you take the time and discipline yourself to keep up your energy and creativity levels. Follow these tips to keep your motivation from slipping.  5 Tips to keep up your creativity Creative environment. As a graphic designer, it is important that your work space lends itself to getting your creative juices flowing. Create a space that inspires you and makes you want to work. Deadlines. In an industry that revolves around targets and due dates, it is important that you keep your task load manageable to avoid getting swamped and stressed. Set realistic goals and give yourself rewards for achievements. Flow. Everyone is different when it comes to productivity and it is vital that you understand yourself to know when you are at your most productive, be it early morning or late at night. This is known as ‘finding the flow’. Inspiration. Get out of the office and find things that inspire you. When you experience new things and change your day-to-day routine, you broaden your mind and your creativity. This will help you stay motivated and prevent you from producing dull, boring work. Keep to yourself. In a creative industry like graphic design, it is important to get other view points and inspiration from other designers, but you must never compare your work to theirs or allow them to demoralise you. Stick to your own projects and produce work that you are personally happy with. By following these easy steps, you will find your productivity will increase and your ideas will stay fresh and up-to-date, helping you excel in all facets of your graphic design career. Need help with your graphic design or web design? Contact WSI South Africa. Please follow and like...

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The web design career landscape – different types of jobs

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Website Design |

The job of the web designer has become one of the most sought after by businesses and companies in all industries. There is an increasing need for businesses and companies to have good and functional websites. And that’s where the web designer fits in. Web designers help create the online identity of a business or company. However, web design is a general term used to describe the work that goes into creating a website. There are many aspects to web design, thus there are many different web design careers to choose from. These include: Web Developer Online Graphic Designer Graphic Designer Java/Java script Developer Widget Developer Character traits of good web designers A web designer’s job is ultimately to create an online platform for communication between a business and its clients. To be a good web designer you need to be able to do more than just design pretty websites. Here are few things to look for in a good web designer: Technical skill: A good web designer has a working knowledge of programming languages and is able to design and set up a website. Artistic flair: A background in graphic design and an eye for art will stand you in good stead to being a successful web designer. Good business skills: A good web designer needs is able to understand how the business works and be able to interpret that into an online message. Communication skills: Being able to communicate effectively with other people is essential as web designers mostly work as part of a team.   Please follow and like...

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The basics of creating CSS layouts

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Website Development | 1 comment

Most graphic designers will tell you that anybody can use Dreamweaver. Although this is true, you can’t always just download the program and expect to know how to start using it. If you’re an experienced graphic designer that hasn’t built a site in Dreamweaver before (or you have no website design experience and want to get the hang of it), your first point of departure is creating CSS layouts – also known as Div-based layouts. CSS layouts help you create a website with a creative layout without using inhibiting tables. So, after you’ve opened Dreamweaver, defined the site and saved the pages, this is what to do to start creating CSS layouts: Create CSS layouts Step 1: Turn the Insert bar on (if you don’t have the Insert bar turned on, go to the Window menu at the top of the page and look for insert – this is the first command in the drop-down menu).  Inside the insert bar, go to the Layout tab and click on the second icon in the bottom row called “Draw AP Div”. Once you’ve clicked on this button, you will be able to draw a box in your screen. Click anywhere in the screen and draw a box – this box is called a Div (if you have used Dreamweaver before, this can be confusing because these Div’s used to be called “layers” in previous versions of Dreamweaver). Step 2: To change the size of placement of the Divs, click on the box and drag. These Div’s can hold any type of content such as text, video, images, another Div and tables. If you come from a print background, Div’s may remind you of image boxes when designing in InDesign or Quark. For the first exercise, draw three Div’s (boxes) in the page – you can do this by going back to the “Draw AP Div” button on the insert bar. You will need three Div’s for this exercise because we are going to be making a header, content and footer layout. When you are done, close the Insert bar at the top of the page. Step 3: Click on the first Div so that it becomes highlighted, then go down to the property inspector at the bottom left hand side of the page and give the Div a different name than “AP div 1” (rename it to Header for this exercise). Grab second Div and rename it to Content and then the last Div and call it Footer. You can drag these Div’s around on the page to determine positioning, but it’s much more accurate to use fixed values for your CSS layouts. These are the basics of creating a CSS...

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