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I almost forgot all about my annual tradition to write a birthday/anniversary post every April when my little blog gets another year older. 2015 marks 8 years of Spoon Graphics, so let’s take a look at how things have changed over the past 12 months. Last year I talked about the tweaks I’d made to my site to survive the apocalypse . I’m happy to report that those changes have made great improvements to my site’s growth, and things seem to be looking good for the future. I always start these anniversary posts with links to my previous yearly celebrations. It’s always interesting to go back and see how my blog has progressed and how I described my experiences: Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 7 – Surviving the Apocalypse Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 6 Years Old – Staying Fresh Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 5 Years Old – Thank You! Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 4 …
Here’s the harsh reality: the job market is competitive. For any enticing position you apply for, you’ll be up against dozens of other highly qualified candidates. What makes it worse is that even if you’ve got the most talent, you still might not get the job. Research shows that half of all interviewers make their minds up about a candidate in the first five minutes. The decision is based on lots of factors, from how you shake hands to how you present your portfolio. So in this tutorial, you’ll hear what creative directors and recruiters are looking for when they step into the interview room and sit down opposite you. You’ll find out how you can best prepare, what you should do, and what key mistakes you should avoid. You’ve got the skills, after all. You’ve worked hard, and you know you could do a good job if given the opportunity. So maximize your chances of negotiating that final, awkward hurdle of the job interview by following these strategies. 1. Have an Opinion As a Senior Creative Director at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Stephen Gates has interviewed hundreds of candidates, and one thing he expects is for them to “show up with something to say, some insights you want to share and some ideas of how you are going to make our work better.” Having an opinion shows that you’ve really done your research and know the company and its work, he wrote on his website . It also helps him see how you think about design and branding, and how you communicate your ideas. So the first step is to immerse yourself in the work of the firm you’re interviewing with. Don’t just browse the website, but really dig deep to look at as many of their projects as…
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How to Get Hired: Advice From Creative Directors
What You’ll Be Creating Sketching with charcoal is a lot of fun because it’s so freeing to make big, sweeping movements across your paper whilst getting messy. In this tutorial I’ll discuss the basics of sketching with charcoal, from choosing which type to use to showing you how to tone your paper. We’ll cover the tricks of making your subject pop off the page and getting a nice range of value in your sketch. What You’ll Need Drawing paper or newsprint Charcoal pencil Vine charcoal Charcoal stick Chamois Kneaded eraser 1.
What You’ll Be Creating Perfecting, preparing and producing your designs for print can be a baffling process.
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I’ve shared some staggering design bundles from Design Cuts over recent months, but nothing compares to the latest design package on offer. This all new bundle covers the very best resources across every category – from fonts, to vectors, textures, brushes, mockup templates, scene creators, effects packs and more! It contains 1000s of items that you’ll be using in your projects for years to come. What’s more, it has been reduced in price by an insane 98%. When was the last time you paid just 2% of something’s value?! The Essential, Creative Design Arsenal contains thousands of the most popular design resources in the world. These are items that are best sellers on creative marketplaces and often sell for more than the bundle itself. The combined value of all 31 packs is $1409, which is discounted to just $29 and even includes Extended Licenses so you can use all the resources in your design projects and items you intend to resell. The vast range of products this his pack contains means there’s something for everyone, but these are some of the items that convinced me: Butterscotch Typeface I can’t get enough hand lettered fonts! They all have such unique characters and the new Butterscotch font from Nicky Laatz is no exception. The great thing about Butterscotch is it comes loaded with oodles of extras, such as catchwords and ornaments so you can easily put together beautiful typography designs. 450 Hand Sketched Mega Pack Humongous and diverse are the best words to describe the Hand Sketched Mega Pack! It’s a comprehensive library of hand drawn vectors covering…
Advertise here with BSA Adobe recently rattled the design community when they dropped the bomb that Adobe’s form building product, FormsCentral, is set to shut down this July. Users who have come to rely on the service for many of their business needs were caught off guard and called upon Adobe to reconsider their decision. They took to the Adobe support forums to complain. “The last 4 months I spent building forms which I know will not be able to use anymore,” one user laments. Other users express their frustration, anger, and are up in arms about where to go next. FormsCentral users have depended on the service for lead collection, e-commerce, communication with customers and more, have begun to seek alternatives. JotForm got wind of the situation when their…
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JotForm Releases FormsCentral Import Wizard
New to this project? Check out part one of our Tuts+ Community Project celebrating Your First Creations . Your First Creations—Part Two We all come from humble beginnings. And when that dreaded creative block hits, sometimes the best thing you can do is see how far you’ve come with a little trip down memory lane. We asked you to take us along your personal journey, from the first art you ever created digitally to what you’re creating today, and the results were amazing! Let’s take a look! Past and Present Creations by Our Readers! Take a look at these incredible comparisons from our readers below. Show them some love in the comments, and feel free to tell us more about your own art journey! Jenny Le I’m Jenny Le from Vietnam, and I’ve been reading Tuts+ since 2010 when I first started learning Photoshop. I was so impressed by the artworks and tutorials here and wished I could create such awesome pieces one day. Here is my first photo manipulation made in October 2010, and one of my newest works from December 2014 named, “Flowers Lullaby”. Follow Jenny Le: DeviantArt | Facebook Usha Desai Tuts+ has been my tutor and guide for more than three years. There is nothing as helpful as Tuts+ tutorials on the web to learn vector illustrations. Today, I have included my stock vectors from GraphicRiver and look forward…
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Community Project Showcase: Your First Creations—Part Two
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial I’ll guide you through the process of designing a clean and festive themed email template. We’ll start off totally from scratch, drafting the layout with Adobe Photoshop. We’ll be using some basic and intermediate techniques to create this design with conversion in mind. Let’s get it started! Tutorial Assets In order to follow along you will need some (freely available) assets: Open Sans