While becoming a freelance designer has serious perks, it also comes with some struggles and added work. We connected with veteran freelancers and asked them what lessons they wished they had learned BEFORE launching their careers.
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Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll show you how to save time by using keyboard shortcuts. You’ll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
If you're pursuing a career in graphic design, the standard, old-school resume format you learned in high school just won't cut it. Check out 23 expert tips and tricks for crafting a standout graphic design resume!
Not everyone is cut out for a career in web design. So how do you know if you have what it takes? Learn about 9 common characteristics many successful web designers share.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Illustrator tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to use the gradient tool. You’ll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
Feeling lackadaisical or uninspired? Browsing these award-winning web designs will surely get your creative juices flowing. Check out the examples and learn a bit about what makes each one so great.
There are scores of self-taught graphic designers who have launched careers without a formal education. But there are several overlooked advantages of acquiring a degree. Hear from experts who insist their formal education has played an instrumental role in their careers.
A successful UX designer needs to possess a healthy balance of technical and creative skills. If you consider yourself adequate in one but still have some work to do in the other, it's ok. One of the best ways to sharpen these skills is by following UX design blogs. Here are some of our favorites!
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll show you how to crop an image. You’ll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
We connected with Jennifer Ayotte, Rasmussen College School of Design dean, to help us identify five key courses included in the graphic design program. Her insight will give you a little taste of what you’ll experience after enrolling.
Once you decide you want to become a graphic designer, the hard part is over, right? Wrong! The next step is deciding which graphic design work environment you'd prefer: in-house, agency or freelance. Take this quiz to find out which is right for you!
The year has come and gone and it's time to reflect on everything that happened in 2014. There's no better way to kick off a new year than to celebrate the last one! We identified five of our most-read and most-engaging design posts from this past year.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Illustrator tutorial, we'll walk you through how to use keyboard shortcuts. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
We understand it's tricky to pinpoint the perfect present, so we enlisted some industry pros to help us compile a list of great gifts for graphic designers. Take a look at what they came up with-there's something for every budget!
Web designers understand the importance of staying on top of the latest trends in technology and design techniques. But some fads fade quickly, which is why it's equally important to know which trends are not worth your time. Here are four that seem to be on their way out.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this After Effects tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of developing 3D text and creating animation. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to launch an interactive design career.
There are many qualities you've mastered as a mom that lend themselves well to a career in graphic design. We spoke with a few graphic designer moms to identify eight reasons you're perfectly suited for being a graphic designer.
The Rasmussen College School of Design encouraged students to get in the spooky spirit by hosting a Halloween-themed event. The "Dark Art" event took place on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Appleton campus and was broadcast live online to allow students from across the country to participate virtually.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of working with layers. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
If you're interested in the art of logo design, we identified eight excellent resources to help you get your start. These articles come from the top graphic design blogs and most renowned professionals in the industry.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Dreamweaver tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of creating your own website. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in web design.
In the design world, learning the lingo will not only benefit your work but it could also enhance your reputation in the industry. We gathered definitions of 25 of the most common graphic design terms you should add to your repertoire.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll show you how to work with gradients. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
There are three main settings in which graphic designers can choose to work: in-house, agency or freelance. We surveyed more than 150 graphic design pros to get a sneak peek at each of these work environments.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this InDesign tutorial, we'll walk you through how to create a template. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
You're considering acquiring a degree in graphic design but you want to know what your job prospects will look like after graduation. Take a look at the top 10 positions that hire individuals with a graphic design degree.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Illustrator tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of cropping images. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
You've got the graphic design degree under your belt. Or maybe you're still taking classes but well on your way to graduation. What's the next step? Find yourself a killer design job! Here's 6 Tech-Savvy Tricks to help you in your job search.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this InDesign tutorial, we'll walk you through how to use keyboard shortcuts. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
Nothing gets a person's priorities in line like becoming a parent. Knowing that you're going to be responsible for the life of another human being puts a good deal of pressure on you to not only get by, but thrive. After all, someone else will be counting on you soon. Twin Cities design student Adam Leonhardt has used that pressure as a motivation to push himself toward earning his degree and setting a solid foundation for his young family. This is how Rasmussen College has helped Leonhardt lay that foundation.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of using the content aware feature. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
We enlisted a handful of design experts to help us identify and explain four in-demand web design skills that will help you become a hot commodity in the field. You'll also find some helpful resources that will help you learn more about each specialty.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Dreamweaver tutorial, we'll show you how to use the properties panel. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
But graphic designers are set to face some tough competition in the coming years, battling other creatives for those highly-valued positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rather than letting that scare you away from the field you're starting to love, let that serve as motivation to up your game a little bit!
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Illustrator tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of using the pen tool. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
User interface (UI) design has become a buzzword in the graphic design industry. If you're looking for a way to stand out in the sea of aspiring designers, mastering this skill is a great way to do it. We enlisted a few experts to explain the concept and why you need to know about it!
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of using the array tool. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
Animators of all experience levels could use a little extra push once in a while. Whether you're considering a future as an animator, looking to hone your current skills or simply enjoy an amusing cartoon, animation blogs are a great source of education, inspiration and entertainment. We highlighted 14 that you can't ignore this year!
If you're a creative, tech-savvy individual with an artistic background, you've probably considered working in graphic design. What you may not know is there are several types of graphic design jobs out there. This article will introduce you to eight opportunities you may not know about ... yet!
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll walk you through the process editing videos. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
Becoming a freelance designer means not having to sacrifice time with your family for your career, making it a great alternative for designers with children. But before committing to this option, it's important to know what you're getting yourself into. We enlisted some seasoned freelance designers to explain some of the abilities you'll need above and beyond standard design skills.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Dreamweaver tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of creating CSS layouts. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
You spend hours on Pinterest sifting through tasty recipes and clever crafts, but did you know you could be leveraging it to advance your career? Two industry experts helped us identify four ways you can use Pinterest to become a better graphic designer.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this InDesign tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of creating liquid layouts. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
Few things held Ft. Myers, Fla., student Karen Sentner's attention like art and design while growing up. But like a lot of artistically inclined young people, a time came where she had to decide whether her passion would become a hobby or a career with which she could support her family. The choice was easy for Sentner.
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Dreamweaver tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of using fluid grid layouts. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
Do you know the difference between web design and web development? If not, this post is for you! This infographic will show you a side-by-side comparison of these commonly confused careers.
If you've acquired some valuable experience as a graphic designer and are looking to advance in your career, becoming an art director may be exactly what you need. This will allow you to continue working in a field you're passionate about while also providing you some leadership opportunities. This article will help you plan your next step!
Check out the latest video in our Adobe Creative Cloud Series. In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll walk you through the steps needed to create a GIF animation. You'll be one step closer to mastering the technical skills necessary to work in graphic design.
The Internet is filled with blogs and tutorials highlighting cutting edge web design trends. But if you're a rookie, the advanced terminology and technical jargon will likely make your head spin. So for those just getting started, this article is just for you! We enlisted a few experts to help you understand this year's hottest trends.
While some homework-based design projects may impress interviewers, a portfolio filled with a wide array of professional examples will make a much greater impression on a potential employer.
Are you interested in becoming a graphic designer but are worried that your lack of drawing ability might hinder your chances of being successful in the industry? The truth is that you CAN achieve success in the field without this talent. We enlisted a design pro to tell you why!
Whether you've dreamt of becoming a successful web designer your whole life or you simply enjoy perusing through delightful designs, web design blogs are a great source of education, conversation and inspiration. We identified 14 of the top web design blogs that you can't afford to miss in 2014!
If you're considering pursuing your dream of working in the graphic design field, it's normal to be a bit apprehensive. Afterall, you have a family to support. But who says you have to choose between personal happiness and financial stability? We identified three graphic design jobs that will provide you with both!
What if we told you there was an opportunity to get paid to exercise your creativity? The truth is there are several occupations that employ creative people such as you. Here is a breakdown of nine creative careers in the design field to help you find the perfect fit for you!
If you're considering enrolling in the Rasmussen College graphic design program you've come to the right place. Rasmussen College School of Design dean Jennifer Ayotte helped us identify some exciting features that make the program unique. Here are 10 fascinating tidbits that set the program apart from the rest!
If you're looking for the recipe for success in the design world, you came to the right place! Here's an inside look at the courses, skills and experience that will help you develop into a graphic design professional.
While it may seem quick and easy to jump right in and learn as you go, there are clear benefits that come with taking the time to earn a graphic design degree. From the knowledge and instruction you receive while in school to the opportunities available to you after graduation, the advantages are abundant.
When it comes to your career, your age is no excuse to avoid chasing your dream! If you've considered pursuing a career in design but you're worried that you missed your chance, you're mistaken. Meet three individuals who left their careers in unrelated industries to start design careers.
Joe Ashline never could've imagined the games he played and the friends he made while online would inspire a career. But it did.
If you've ever considered leaving your job to pursue a career in technology, there's no better time than now. The tech world is in the midst of exciting, industry-wide growth and it's about time you cashed in on it! Learn about three positions projected to grow in the next decade.
Working in a creative career allows you to exercise your imagination on a daily basis.This collection of quotes will help inspire you to push the limits in your career.
Before enrolling in any graphic design program, it's important to be sure it's the right fit for you. To help you in your search, we've come up with three simple questions that will help you uncover the critical details about a program.
Graphic designers are lucky enough to have some of the coolest jobs out there. But don't take our word for it. Take it from these two industry players who have taken nontraditional graphic design career paths.
Do you dream of working for animation tycoons like Disney or Pixar? We've compiled some need-to-know info that will help you decide if a career in animation is right for you.
Becoming a successful designer isn't easy. It takes dedication, passion and a constant drive to learn new skills, and hone the old ones. The following formula discusses each element that is commonly found in the world's greatest designers.
Whether you've dreamt of becoming a successful graphic designer your whole life or you simply enjoy perusing through delightful designs, graphic design blogs are a great source of education, conversation and inspiration. We've compiled a list of 13 graphic design blogs you can't afford to miss this year!
Are you struggling to decide between a career in graphic design or a career in web design? We created an infographic featuring a side-by-side comparison of the two industries. This information, combined with insight from experts in both fields, should give you a better idea of which industry best suits you.
Looking for a little extra something to complement your web design education? Consider learning about an area that has become increasingly important in the past year: user experience (UX) design. We've compiled some resources to get you started in your exploration of this specialization.
Although the visual effects industry and other creative design fields have gone through a period of uncertainty within the past few years, there are creative professionals making it out in the world right now.
We spoke to professional graphic designers to get some inside insight on the ins and outs of the job. Learn about some things they wish they'd known before entering the field. That way, you won't have to learn the hard way like they did!
As you approach the end of your journey towards earning a graphic design degree, you're probably experiencing a multitude of emotions. Though this mix of emotions is completely normal, it helps to have a little encouragement from someone who has been there. That's why we caught up with Sara Carter, a former Rasmussen College graphic design student who parlayed her degree into her first graphic design job.
You've thought about becoming a graphic designer, but you're not quite sure you can hack it in the industry. Before making a significant investment in a design degree, wouldn't it be nice to know if the odds are in your favor? We've highlighted a few natural qualities that are inherent in many successful designers. Do any of these describe you?
The web design industry is constantly evolving, so it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques in the industry. To help keep you organized in your professional development efforts, we've compiled some tips and tricks to help you stay on top of the latest web design trends. These are real tactics that industry experts have shared with us, so pay close attention.
The demand for graphic designers and multimedia artists and animators is expected to continue to grow through the year 2020, however, it is likely competition in the field will continue to grow as well. Because of the competition a digital designer might face during the job hunting phase, you may wonder how applicants can make themselves standout in an interview. There are three keys to landing a digital design job.
In an industry that is constantly in flux, web designers must evolve with it. If you don't have a passion for learning new technologies and applying new techniques you risk falling behind your competition. We've asked a few experts in the field to help you determine which trends are worth adopting.
Whether you just started your journey toward a graphic design degree or you're already approaching the finish line, it's never too early to start thinking about your graphic design portfolio. Find out how industry experts answer five common questions regarding graphic design portfolios.
Animation has been around for over 100 years, but thanks to the help of constantly emerging technology its applications is now endless. When most people think of animation they think of storybook characters coming to life or Saturday morning cartoons, but it has evolved into so much more.
Industry professionals agree that real-world graphic design experience is a vital ingredient in a student's recipe for success after graduation. Graphic design gurus explain why this experience is so crucial and how it could help you stand out among other aspiring designers competing for jobs.
We've compiled a list of 91 of the best Twitter accounts for designers. These accounts make up the Who's Who in the world of design, offering everything from tips and tutorials, to creative inspiration, to a quick glimpse of a day in the life of a graphic or web designer.
We've all heard the saying, "jack of all trades, master of none." It should come as no surprise that the specialist vs. generalist debate is also alive and well in the world of graphic design. So as an aspiring designer still learning the ins and outs of the industry, sooner or later you'll have to answer the question for yourself.
I spent an hour playing Angry Birds-Star Wars on my smartphone last night. I kept failing at the game, however, that's OK because every failure teaches me about something that I should do differently the next time.
If you like the idea of pursuing a career in web design, but you're still not sure if it's a good fit, it's important to learn a much as you can before making any costly decisions. So before you fork over the cash for education or software, be sure you have the soft skills needed to be a successful web designer.
As a mother, it's safe to say your number one priority is your family. Being a stay-at-home mom has allowed you to watch your children grow, and you wouldn't trade that for the world. Now with expenses piling up, you may be considering a new career to help pay the bills. But does that mean you need to sacrifice your time at home with your kids? Not necessarily.
Crop, cut, layer, depth and render; do you know what these terms mean? If not, ask the dozen community members who attended the Holiday Card Design event at the Rasmussen College Mankato campus on Nov. 27, 2012. Not only did they learn how to use Photoshop, but the community members now have a beautiful holiday card to send out this year.
Throughout your college career you will learn and develop a number of graphic design skills, but how do you know if they will help you find a job? Once you graduate, the plan is to be armed with all of the tools you'll need to be successful in the industry. Well, I'm here to let you know what those tools should be.
The game engine is the core of the entire gaming experience that allows for all the graphics and actions to be rendered. Designers are behind the use of game engines, but several variables still exist that require manipulation by programmers. Unreal Engine IV puts design back in the hands of designers by increasing simplicity and efficiency between going back and fourth amongst developing and testing.
The Rasmussen College Fargo campus held an exciting web design workshop in August. The four hour workshop was packed with web design essentials, such as page analysis, design, concept development and site organization. The instructor then moved on to html structure, links, and imagery dived pretty deep into CSS. The workshop ended with some banner animation in flash and a discussion of ftp space, domain names and blogs
From high-definition television to social media and smartphones, technology has drastically changed the way we receive and share information. Just think - ten years ago, iPhones, Facebook and Twitter didn't even exist. Nobody knew of 'status updates' or the concept of hashtags. To get directions, many of us printed them from MapQuest, right? These days, it's hard to imagine life without social networking or mobile phones turned GPS device. We live in an information-driven world, and Americans want their information in the most accessible way possible. This is the perfect time for all you technology dreamers out there to develop the next big thing. Here's the catch: you have to know your dream is original.
There are apps, and then there are degrees that build apps. The world of smartphones and technology are continuously evolving and has piqued the interest of many tech-savvy individuals interested in pursuing a career or degree in the software application development field. However, to really delve into the field they must be ready for what a software application development degree entails.
Earning your animation degree can be an exciting process with many rewarding career options. With a degree in animation, you can choose multiple paths including advertising, design, and animation. Let's explore the many facets of earning your animation degree and what to expect during your program.
Check out our latest "What Should I Do With My Life" video to learn more about exploring graphic design jobs and salaries.
With the hundreds of Pinterest boards featuring all types of design pins ranging from graphics, advertising or web design, it may be difficult to narrow down your options of boards to follow. Whether you are already in the design world or you're looking to further your design education, these 16 polished and prolific Pinterest design boards will surely grab your attention.
There are many options in the graphic design career path, but have you considered which area of design you want to focus on? Graphic design is a great option with multiple layers to begin the drawing of your future and continue to elaborate on your talents. With a degree in graphic design, you can make a career as a freelance artist, jump into the corporate world or even go the non-profit route. The choice is simply yours.
Working full time and raising a family, Christy Underwood juggled her life obligations with attending college in the past, but she couldn't find the school or program to accommodate her busy lifestyle until she started taking online classes at Rasmussen College.
In design, there are many resources to tap into. From blogs to websites, to Pinterest boards and Facebook pages, everything becomes somewhat of a tangled and sometimes unmanageable social media force. To get you on the right track, we compiled a list of 7 design and animation blogs to gain insight from. These resources will help you stay organized and on track with your ever-growing to-do list.
Are you interested in a career in Graphic Design? Check out our latest "What Should I Do with My Life" video to learn more about breaking into a career in this field and the business of design.
Check out our "What Should I Do With My Life" video to learn more about the graphic design and multimedia career fields.
From our "What Should I Do With My Life" video series we answer the question; what is graphic design? Check out why the changes in technology have transformed what you may do as a graphic designer.
The latest from our "What Should I Do With My Life" video series we cover the graphic design and multimedia career fields and what classes will help get you where you want to be in this exciting career.
Check out this video covering the Tech Tactics event that our Fort Myers campus held in March.
For a preview of the student design work that will be featured at the Jan. 24 Student Design Expo at Minneapolis-based advertising firm Colle + McVoy, view this blog post.
If you love using exciting new technology and you're artistic and creative, a Digital Design and Animation degree could be exactly what you need to get started with a rewarding and fun career in multimedia art and animation.
Join Rasmussen College on January 24, 2012 for a networking open house with industry-leading professionals from the multimedia and graphic design industries, as well as some of the most innovative and creative students at Rasmussen College.
Are you thinking about a career in graphic design? Check out this essential information to help you secure your path to success.
The design degree students at Rasmussen College in Fargo, ND will exhibit their digital painting, multimedia, branding, and 3D art designs from December 1 - 31, 2011, at the Spirit Room in Fargo, North Dakota. Check out their work or attend the event!
Have you ever wondered how popular typefaces, such as Times New Roman and Arial came to be? The invention of the typefaces can be dated all the way back to the 1450s.
Ever wondered what it takes to illustrate a graphic novel or comic book? Learn it at the latest design lecture series in Brooklyn Park, MN.
Have you always been fascinated by the way websites are designed and had ideas on how to improve them? Why not embrace your interest and foster your creativity by earning a Multimedia Technologies Associate's degree with a specialization in web design?
Join us Thursday August 11, 2011 at the Brooklyn Park Technology and Design Center for an insider's look at managing creative and social media from the perspective of experts Aaron O'Keefe and KC Glaser.
Are you looking to maximize artistic skills and earn a liveable wage at the same time? By earning a Graphic Design degree, you'll be able to use your creativity to enjoy a competitive salary and thrive in the job market.
Those who are artistic may often believe it's difficult to profit from their passion. Still, just because a person works his right brain more than his left doesn't mean he can't earn as much money as his peers.
Rasmussen College presents new design lecture series, File:New, featuring brand and design industry mavericks.
Many people would agree that a keen knowledge of computers is one of the most vital tools a person can have.
Join multimedia design industry expert at the Brooklyn Park, MN college campus on June 2 for an exciting lecture on the growing and diverse field of multimedia and design.
Design degree student, Jordana Bitner, travels with Rasmussen College to MegaCon 2012.
A Digital Design instructor from Rasmussen College shares her favorite graphic design blogs on the Internet.
Bismarck's KFYR-TV interviews the Rasmussen College multimedia instructor Ed Sargeant about the School of Technology and Design- web design specialization.
If you are new to Web 2.0 applications, or simply looking for a refreshing way to add a new dimension to your courses, here is a collection of 25 of the best tools out there.
Graphic design is a field that never stands still. New graphic design software and tools constantly emerge and improve, allowing the field to progress rapidly. Here are some of the best software devices, and gaming product launches of 2010.
Tech Instructor at Rasmussen College shares her favorite apps for women of 2010.
We sat down with Thomas Long, game designer and instructor at Rasmussen College to chat about game design educational and career paths; along with the launch of his video game, Hordes of Orcs 2.
Drew Blom, Multimedia Instructor and graphic novel author unveils his thoughts on game design, animation, and more.
Learn how to create a globe-like graphic from scratch with simple shapes and typography.