Author Archives: Natalie Boyd

Planning the Layout for an Infographic Design

Since we resided in caves, we relied on symbols and imagery to communicate. We still depend on visuals to quickly transmit information, however, instead of painting on hard, dusty cave walls we are now communicating information through data visualizations and infographics. HOW Design University would like to help artists design beautiful infographics for the...

UX Design Certificate Covers The Basics & Process

At the heart of any design project is the consideration of the user experience. Out of all the other factors for completing a design assignment, delivering a favorable user experience design is by far the most crucial. In fact, it’s so important to design that it’s now commonplace for UX design skills to be...

11 Resume Designs with Slick Personal Branding

Here at HOW, our goal is to provide graphic designers of all skill levels with the resources to sharpen their talent. We also aim to assist our readers in perfecting their resume. A few years ago, we assembled 10 Eye-Catching Graphic Designer Resumes as inspiration for those who are on the job hunt. While...

Curating Interactive Design at the Symbiosis Festival

As musicians create a cacophony of sounds that emanates across the festival grounds at the Woodward Reservoir in California, nearby gather-goers will step into a sculpture shaped like a fish lantern to layer another sensory stimulation on top of their auditory one. The Symbiosis Gathering purposefully injects an immersive, artistic exploration along with the musical...

End the Feast & Famine Syndrome in Your Creative Business

“In 2014, about 1 in 5 graphic designers were self-employed,” – from the Bureau of Labor Statistics If you consider yourself one of the 20% of designers who are self-employed, then you’ve noticed that the creative business market is extremely competitive when it comes to winning over clients and staying financially afloat. While, yes, it’s...

3 Tips for Building Client Relationships

Every designer, rather in-house or entrepreneur, benefits from establishing positive client relationships – this is a no-brainer. Actually initiating that rapport is where it gets tricky. Design entrepreneur Shari Schwartz has lived through the process of building and sustaining a client base, and she shares her learning lessons in the course, How to Develop...

After Effects Tutorial: Make it Rain

I dawned on the realization that teaching myself animation in After Effects limits my grasp on the program’s scope. Tinkering with the program did give me a useful working knowledge of the interface, however, it did not make me the autodidactic expert in After-Effects I hoped to be. I turned to the After Effects...

Maya Tutorial: Smart Keyframing Techniques

Being a jack of all trades in the world of design gives designers an extra edge, especially when courting clients. Not only does developing additional expertise in design increases a designer’s marketability, but also the process of learning a new skill is invigorating, stimulating and inspiring. I recently decided to try my hand at animation. I’m already churning out characters and...

The Demise of Flash: Google’s New Ad Policy

The use of Flash has seen a decline for years, especially with the advent of HTML5 and with iPhone’s refusal to support Flash-built products. Google’s announcement that as of June 30, 2016, they will stop selling ad space for Flash-built ads might be Flash’s final death blow. While we’ve seen this coming for a while,...

Q&A: How to Communicate Brand Strategy to Clients

I’ve been consumed with gathering all the branding tips I can. My hyperfocus on everything branding might be a little obsessive at the moment, but that’s because I’m reevaluating my own personal brand. Plus, it’s always beneficial to be informed of the best branding practices. In the process of devouring all the branding information, I...