Get Started in Graphic Design

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We’re Going To Discuss

  • What is graphic design?
  • What do designers do? (including examples of design work)
  • What apps do graphic designers use?
  • What type of computer do you need?
  • Developing a portfolio of your work.

How to Get Started

  • Figure out what type of design you’re most interested in.
  • Learn the apps you’ll be designing with.
  • Learn design concepts: typography, color, composition, user interaction, animation, etc.
  • Practice, practice, practice.
  • Build a portfolio.

What is Graphic Design?

  • Visual communication through artwork or combined images and text.
  • Designing logos, ads, social media graphics, websites, apps, magazines, books, & more.
  • Different mediums: digital, web, print, presentations, motion, signage, & more.
  • Some people associate graphic design with older types of design (such as print) because new types of designs have specific names (web design, UI design, etc.).

Example: Logo Design

Nutriversity Logo
Logo Design by Ignacio Macri

Example: Book Design

The Manual, Vol. 4
Book Design by Frank Chimero

Example: Social Media

Example of Social Media Graphic
Awareness graphic from Dare 2 Know

Example: PowerPoint

Apps for General Graphic Design

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UI & Web Design

What is UI & Web Design?

  • UI (User Interface) Design is designing the visuals of digital products such as apps and websites.
  • You design the layout, type, color, composition, and visuals.
  • UI Design is sometimes called Visual Design.
  • Unlike static mediums like print, UI and web design can also include user interaction and animation.

Examples: Web Design

Examples: App Design

Apps for UI & Web Design

Should I Learn Code?

  • We think web coding skills are very helpful to designers.
  • Code is how the web works. Understanding code allows you to better understand the web.
  • Helps you to better communicate with developers.
  • Helps you know what’s possible, so a developer won’t make you change your design.
  • Helps you know how easy/hard a design will be to implement (some designs will take more time and cost more).

Web Animation

Various technologies are used to animate on the web:

Example: Animated GIF

West Elm Email Animation
GIFs can be basic frame by frame style animations created with Photoshop.
Launch Live Email Animation
GIFs can be complex. This was created with Adobe After Effects.

Examples: GreenSock Animation

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Computer Requirements

  • For the most part, any decent Mac or PC will work.
  • Most designers use Macs, and some apps (like Sketch and Final Cut Pro) only work on a Mac.
  • PCs can run most design apps, and are better for some apps (such as PowerPoint and AutoCAD).
  • Getting a new computer? Get an SSD, not a regular Hard Drive.
  • Getting a Mac? Apple Silicon (M1, M2) Macs are faster than Intel-based Macs (which Apple has phased out).
  • Get a hi-res display (Apple calls Retina) such as a 4K monitor.


Building A Portfolio

  • Build a portfolio with a few projects (leave room for more).
  • Better to have a few good projects, than many mediocre ones.
  • Include practice/fictional projects. Say it’s a concept.
  • Need ideas?
    • Any business: social media graphics, email promo, etc.
    • Redesign a restaurant’s website, menu, logo.
    • Do something that interests you.
      Example: Jonah Schrogin (a Noble graduate) built

Final Thoughts

Design as much as you can. Practice makes perfect.

Have fun!

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Graphic Design
Web Design
UI, UX, & Visual Design

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