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Quarterly Taxes Due Today

Tuesday April 17, 2012

Graphic designers working as freelancers or running a business pay quarterly estimated taxes to avoid penalties and large payments at the end of the year. Here are the quarterly estimated tax due dates for 2012.

Estimated quarterly taxes are taxes paid throughout the year rather than all at once in April of the following year. These estimated taxes are paid by people working for themselves who do not have tax withheld automatically from the company they are working for. There are two primary benefits to paying quarterly taxes.

Redesigning the Boarding Pass

Tuesday March 20, 2012

I'm sure many of you have experienced an annoying airport visit, and the hard-to-decipher boarding pass is never any help. A few years ago, designer Tyler Thompson launched Boarding Pass/Fail, with amazing redesigns of Delta's pass by himself and fellow designers. The submissions were incredible improvements on what we're used to seeing at the terminal. Last month, Delta responded with a redesign of their boarding pass in a new, cleaner look. Read more at NY Mag.

CSA Images Now Royalty Free

Tuesday March 20, 2012

CSA images, an amazing collection of pop culture art, illustration and design elements, are now available royalty free. The nostalgic, large collection has countless uses for those looking to add vintage imagery to current design.

Seinfeld Food Prints by Rinee Shah

Friday March 9, 2012

Art Director and Illustrator Rinee Shah, who has done beautiful work for clients such as HBO, Doritos and Lego, released a series of prints based on famous Seinfeld food moments. The prints range in size and cost between $12 and $30. They include illustrations of the Seinfeld gang's favorite hangout Monks, and representations of classic lines including "no soup for you" and "these pretzels are making me thirsty!" Check out the full collection.

Illustration Blogs and Websites

Wednesday February 29, 2012

No matter what field of graphic design you work in, you will inevitably use illustrations in many projects. Illustrations are used in advertisements, comic books, movie posters, websites, logos and book covers, and that only scratches the surface.

Illustration blogs and websites can be an excellent source of inspiration and information for illustrators and other types of graphic designers. This list of illustration sites can spark your creativity, help you keep up on illustration trends and learn techniques through tutorials.

International Design Schools

Sunday February 19, 2012

There are many design degree programs to choose from both within the United States and around the world. Degree programs are available in a wide variety of topic areas including industrial design, automotive design, innovative design and healthcare design. This list of design schools highlights programs located outside of the United States in countries such as Italy, England and Japan.

Communicate Complex Information With Infographics

Tuesday February 7, 2012

Information graphics (or infographics) and data visualizations use illustrations and other imagery to communicate concepts, data, statistics and other information. Infographics can be used to communicate instructions or directions like where your gate is at the airport or where the emergency exit is in the movie theater. They also can be used to show the history of something like beer or World War I. Infographics are everywhere you look and they can be simple or incredibly elaborate. This list of infographic blogs, books, galleries and designers will expose you to some well-done and particularly interesting uses of this type of graphic design.

Graphic Design Schools

Tuesday January 31, 2012

Earning an undergraduate or graduate degree from a graphic design school can go a long way in furthering your career in the industry.  Schools offer programs in a variety of areas. Courses of study for both Bachelors and Masters degree programs include graphic, product, interactive and industrial design, animation, illustration and visual communications. This list of schools highlights some of the more prestigious and popular graphic design programs located within the United States.

Deciding on a career path before choosing which school you want to attend can be a difficult decision. This list of graphic design career options may be helpful while you try to narrow down your choices.

Graphic Design Blogs

Sunday January 22, 2012

Graphic design blogs are one of the best ways for graphic designers to find information, inspiration and software tutorials. The individual bloggers or teams of writers who create these blogs are often industry leaders providing top notch content. This list highlights some of the most popular graphic design blogs.

If you don't already have one, creating your own graphic design blog is a great way to promote your business and establish yourself as an expert. Blogs also drive traffic to your website and help build a community around your business. Read more about the benefits of writing a graphic design blog.

MyFonts Most Popular Fonts of 2011

Tuesday January 17, 2012

MyFonts.com recently announced their most popular fonts of 2011. The results are based on the font sales from all of their typeface categories. The list includes "Reina," an award- winning font that was inspired by classic fonts from the 1960s, "Alana," a script font based on hand lettering, "Hera Big," a display font that has eight different weights and italics and "Populaire," a font with a hand-drawn feel that was inspired by posters that were made during the May 1968 student revolt in Paris.

Read the Full List of Fonts

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