009 - AN ESSENTIAL LOOK AT ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
Today’s podcast begins with a basic, but essential look into Adobe’s Illustrator, the graphic designer’s choice application for identities and beyond. Take a look at often overlooked features available in this once aging, and now firmly revived Adobe classic. I use the words “once aging” because for a short time Adobe seemed complacent in their updates and innovations with Illustrator and believe it or not, in little more than a year, Illustrator will be celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary! Developed in December 1986 for the Apple Macintosh, and commercially launched in January 1987, Adobe Illustrator was an application focused firmly in typography — typesetting actually — which lent itself perfectly to logo creation.
29 Jul 2015
008 - LOGO TRENDS FOR 2015
In today’s episode I’ll be discussing trends. Specifically, logo trends. Fellow graphic professional & author, Bill Gardner, president of Gardner Design in Wichita, Kansas, accomplished designer featured in Communication Arts, Graphis and The Museum of Modern Art to name a few, is also founder of LogoLounge.com, a website worth visiting for it’s rich knowledge and guidance articles focused on logo design and creation. As he has written in his most recent Trend Report, each year, Bill browses through thousands of logos and can’t help but consider their societal, technological and environmental influences. This year, he has focused on three specific thoughts while highlighting several visual trends important to our industry and the future of branding as a whole.
13 Jul 2015
010 - PREDICTIONS FOR 2015 DESIGN TRENDS - A LOOK BACK
Let’s review past predictions of Graphic Design Trends predicted for 2015 – how has the design world faired so far?I wonder, what types of graphic design trends we’re predicted for 2015 and how has that shaken out so far? The rise of flat design, large background images in websites, the mobile space, interactive web graphics, and today’s typography in web design.
18 Aug 2015
007 – MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE APPLE WATCH
In today’s podcast, we’re going to explore a product. In fact it’s been touted as the most "personal device" ever created by Apple; the Apple Watch. I thought I'd do something different, potentially a tad self-serving, and off-the-cuff. As I’ve mentioned in my intro podcast here and on my website, I’m a bit of an Apple guy, and I’d like to give you my 2-cents on the Apple Watch. What I like, where I see some need for improvement and how I live with this new gadget - how it fits into my every day life. If you’re an Android or other mobile device user, hang on to your earbuds, I think you’ll be interested as well. As with the iPhone 8 years ago, the Apple Watch might help to shape wearable technology which may morph into something beneficial even if you aren’t the typical “I gotta have the very first one” geek-a-zoid… like me.
8 Jul 2015
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005 - EXPLORING ADOBE'S CREATIVE CLOUD 2015 UPDATE
Explore Adobe’s Creative Cloud 2015 update. Back in 2012, Adobe launched its Creative Cloud subscription service, last week Adobe updated several of it’s key applications at the surface and behind the scenes. Become more familiar with Adobe’s new stock service, Adobe Stock, discover it’s costs and features while you decide for yourself if it’s worthy to be placed within your work flow. Dive a bit deeper into one of Adobe’s mobile apps, Adobe Comp, and discover why you might want to start exploring more of the Adobe mobile apps and what they could mean for your daily design needs.
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004 - ADOBE INDESIGN – 8 FEATURES YOU MUST KNOW TO BE A PRO
This episode identifies 8 common features every pro has come to appreciate in Adobe's InDesign, such as Auto Pagination, Object Layer Options, Character Styles and Effects to name a few. Dive into InDesign's pro features geared to help make your work flow more efficient. I began my career with QuarkXpress, but once InDesign firmly planted it’s feet in the design world, proving them a worthy opponent, I made the switch and never looked back. The tight integration with all other Adobe products, for me, makes this the superior choice and an integral part of my every day regimen.Adobe InDesign was built for designers needing an application powerful enough to create extensive print books, catalogs, posters, etc. while working seamlessly with Adobe’s powerhouse apps, Illustrator and Photoshop.
14 Jun 2015
000 - AN INTRODUCTION TO TIM BIGONIA
Welcome to From Pixels to Print podcast, focusing on graphic design techniques and application training. In this episode I introduce myself and review expectations of this podcast going forward. Discover my creative background and experience in the graphic design world of Southeastern Wisconsin, including my teaching experience at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee as well as MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design). Understanding where I come from as a designer, will help to set the stage for such subjects as 10 Details of Adobe InDesign You Must Know, PowerPoint Presentations and How to Make the Great, Identitifying Client Types. Although this podcast will be discussing graphic design subjects I choose, make no mistake, this is your podcast. Feedback and communication will be key as your voice makes a difference and will help to build From Pixels to Print podcast. Visit me onlilne at www.FromPixelsToPrint.com, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my voice mail at 262-298-2428.
21 May 2015
001 - PRESENTATIONS: THERE'S NO EXCUSE TO BE BAD
Whether using PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote, the thought process of a successful presentation remain the same. I help to identify the five main design issues plaguing today's corporate PowerPoint/Keynote presentations. From weak messaging to the absence of structure, the typical presentation lacks an understanding of how to effectively engage an audience. From Pixels to Print helps you to avioiding common pitfalls from the ever poular over use of application features such as transitions or frames to the simple, but obvous affliction of readability issues. This episode will make anyone a creator of meaningful and engaging presentations.
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002 - 10 WAYS TO RENEW YOUR CREATIVITY
Often times us creatives will hit a proverbial wall. I don't mean to say a creative block, but more of a stagnant time in our careers. It might last a few days or feel as though it’s been months since we’ve had an original creative thought. We tend to find ourselves reusing and repurposing creative concepts or solutions that have worked in the past, however, at times, it becomes a bit too far in the past without a true “upgrade” of that concept or solution. In simple terms, we dance on the edge of being complancent. Or worse, becoming irrelevant. This episode provides you with 10 items will help you and I to better manage this creative pitfall and renew our creativity going forward.
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