Design Inspiration: Creative Ideas for Designers

A graphic designer’s most valuable asset is his/her creativity — and it needs constant care and feeding. Here you’ll find creative thinking exercises, brainstorming tips, activities for creative teams and design inspiration, all geared toward helping you develop the best graphic design solutions. Don’t neglect your creativity. Feed it. Nurture it. And let it breathe. Let it be accessible for when you need it most.

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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...

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Disney and Animation: Side-By-Side Comparison

James Pannafino shares how the 12 basic principles of motion design can be used in your motion designs in this summer’s Creativity Issue of HOW magazine. Grab yours today online or on newsstands! Animating a feature-length film is a daunting task. But if anyone has perfected the process, it’s Disney. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...

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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...