Design Talent, Your Business and Cards

Some business owners might not recognize the importance of good design to the growth of their company. Maybe they focus more on the creation or crafting of their products. Perhaps they offer a service, and they don’t think good design has much of a role to play in it. Whatever the reason, it’s time for people to realize that good design does have an impact. As a corollary, bad design will have negative consequences. Consider business cards. Companies and employees hand these out all the time. The problem though is that your business card may not have much of a chance at standing out, if its design is lackluster or bland.

Or consider loyalty card printing. These cards are a great way to reward people for patronizing your products or services. At the same time, these cards can also provide an opportunity to capture your clients’ interest or imagination, if the card is designed well. This takes time, however, as well as a willingness to have someone talented work on the look of the card. So do what you can to take advantage of this opportunity.

International Talent

When it comes to looking for graphic design professionals, you really have the entire world as an option. There are artists in every corner of every country, and thanks to the internet and the availability of open source software, the competition is getting fiercer. So the problem now is more of trying to find the people who can do good work, who communicate well, and who are dependable, no matter where they are and no matter what time zone they’re in. This can be a pretty difficult task, especially if you’re looking for special skills.

Since there are a lot more artists and designers out there, there’re a lot more names, profiles and resumes to wade through. How can you find someone with all that noise, and without having to spend so much time on the search? Well, one of the most tried and true ways to go about this is to ask around. Talk to your colleagues and friends, and to the other people in your social circles. Find out if they’ve hired an artist or designer recently. Ask them where they found the person. Was their experience a pleasant one? Was the work completed well? Keep on asking questions until you hopefully find someone that they can recommend, who also fits your needs.

Then, when you’ve found some potential candidates, you can go ahead and contact them. It will help if you do a bit of research on them first, if possible. Check if they have any online portfolios. Or if they have publicly accessible social media accounts, take a look if they’ve posted any samples of their work there. As far as the logistics side goes, also do some research on how to perform transactions with them. Does the person accept payment only through a limited set of channels? Will you have to figure out how to send money to Australia or the Philippines? It may seem like a cumbersome process at first, but once you have things set up with someone you trust, you’ll be in good shape.

A Changing Industry

When it comes to creating designs and graphics using computers, the industry is changing rapidly. It remains to be seen where these developments will lead us, but one thing is for sure. It’s even more important for artists to keep their skills up to date and relevant. It’s expected that competition will only continue to grow, so it’s imperative for you to have something to allow you to stand out from the rest.

One of the major developments creating change is, of course, the expansion of the internet and the bandwidth that is available to individuals and companies. In the past, much of the work in this field was concentrated in certain countries and certain cities. It made sense at the time because there was a benefit to having artists and companies geographically close to one another. This made it easier to collaborate and coordinate, especially on large creative projects.

Now though, geographic proximity is less of an issue.  In fact, there is an advantage to having parts of your  team located in other countries. After all, while some team members are going to bed, others are getting up and preparing for work. So in this way, your team can be working on a project seemingly 24 hours a day. A similar situation exists when you outsource parts of the design work. Transactions are not even a problem really, since the financial industry and related companies have also adapted to this new reality. So for example, you have services from OrbitRemit Philippines, which allow you to send money to that country with less hassle and less cost. That’s a big deal if you have a lot of contractors operating out of that country. Similar services exist for many other countries which also have large numbers of graphic design artists and similar professionals. Again, there’s a huge amount of competition now. You need to be aware of this new reality and adjust accordingly.

How to Become a Pixel Artist in 4 Easy Steps!

learnThere are many ways in which you can produce an image using a computer. Pixel Art is one of the most common ways of using software to make electronic art. Computers create an image by using multiple pixels that are filled and joined together. Instead of using graphics, the computer pixels are filled until a fine image is produced. One example of a program in Microsoft Windows that can create pixel art is MS paint found in the MS Office package. Without wasting time, lets have a look at some simple ways of becoming a professional pixel artist.

Know and Differentiate Colors

If you happen to click on ‘color picker’ in any pixel art creation app, you will realize that some colours appear to be similar. You should understand that black cannot just be black – it has variations. What most people presume to be black is in fact a shade of grey. Who would have thought? The good thing is that the luminosity of your chosen color can always be changed to suit your preference. With time, you will able to use and differentiate these colors originating from RGB (Red Green Blue).

Dithering, seen in Pulp Fiction

Dithering, seen in Pulp Fiction

Dithering Principles

The second step is to learn how to dither. This is the technique of creative use of varying colors to create a smooth texture, you can mix various blends of colors until you find an appropriate one. You should also train yourself by studying the help menu how to make curves look smoother – a process called anti-aliasing – or you can go for a more ‘dotted’ look.

Referring Professionals

When you’re given a go ahead, you’ll be in a better position to proceed successfully. If you can’t find a professional in your neighborhood, you can consult those overseas at a fee. For the case of this scenario, you will have to send money overseas to a professional so that he/she can help you in return. If you have a professional in Australia for example and you are in Asia or Europe, you will need to seek the help of banking services that make it possible to send money to Australia with minimal obstacles. When you pay professionals to train you in pixel art, they will pour their heart and soul into making sure you prosper in this field like them. After all, they are happy to engage in international business!

If you haven’t tried to transfer money internationally before, you might see the process as unwieldy or somewhat off-putting. But this doesn’t have to be the case though. You can check online for information regarding how these transactions work. You can also check out this video about sending money overseas. You can take heart from the fact that many people do this on a regular basis. As long as you enter the process with a sufficient amount of knowledge and research, you should be good to go.

Practice Shading

Just like in any real picture, the shade distribution and lighting should be evenly distributed. Don’t imbalance the appearance of the art that you have created. The trick is simple; create as much pixel art as possible and compare them. Within a couple of weeks,  you will have a feel for what it should look like and you will be an expert in this interesting art.