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Students Pay Just $45 for a Year Subscription – Tuts+ 3D & Motion Graphics Article

For a limited time only, and with thanks to our friends at PayPal, if you’re a student you can grab a full year of learning on Tuts+ for just $45!

That’s a full year of access to all 500+ video courses, 19,000+ ad free written tutorials and over 190 eBooks to download. Plus you’ll also be able to claim special offers from our subscriber benefits partners.

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Will Your Site Survive the New Google Mobile-Friendly Test?

Google has announced that on April 21st it will start using a site’s mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. In a nutshell this means that sites optimized for use on a mobile device will rank higher than their mobile-unfriendly counterparts.

Here’s how to determine if your site will pass the Google Mobile-Friendly Test.

More people than ever before are accessing the web through their mobile devices—but not every site is set up to work well for mobile users. It looks like Google has decided to use its position as a way to expedite this mobile adoption.

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5 Drawing Exercises That Will Make Anyone An Artist

hurdle many of us are afraid to jump. She also offers up five drawing exercises from her book to help anyone get started.

Why do you think it’s so hard for people to get started drawing?

For non-artists, I think that the culture of drawing is not extended or continued with or for them beyond early childhood. Grade schools and high schools, for the most part, value math and science over the arts, which gets cut out when budgetary pressures arise. What is then neglected is the haptic qualities of “making,” which can contribute to retention of learning as well as foster communication. If a non-artist is only shown an example of classical or academic drawing, they will be thwarted by not having those skills. If encouraged to make native marks [draw in their own way] and be respected for that, most people would grow up with less doubt on their ability to draw and would enjoy the process, which is a very important part of drawing!

via 5 Drawing Exercises That Will Make Anyone An Artist.

In Graphic Design, Doing It By Hand Still Matters

When I first started teaching graphic design, the classroom had no computers. It was a foundations course and students were required to make everything by hand. Often this involved cutting paper to create compositions, and using rubber cement to adhere it to matte board. There was always a segment of the class that rebelled and did their homework digitally.

“It’s so much easier with Illustrator,” they would say.

But during critique, it was clear that the work made by hand was visually superior to their computer-generated counterparts. The handmade compositions had texture and depth, felt more human, more interesting. Using their hands was also a much more creatively satisfying process for students, and I assured them they would have plenty of time in the future to work on the computer once they became working designers.

via In Graphic Design, Doing It By Hand Still Matters.

Use Adobe Comp CC to design a web layout on the go | Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile Apps Tutorials

Use Adobe Comp CC to design a web layout on the go | Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile Apps Tutorials.

You Should Never Say These 7 Things If You Want To Be Successful At Work

You Should Never Say These 7 Things If You Want To Be Successful At Work.

7 Things Not to Say, and 7 Things to Start Saying

Are you aware just how much impact the words you use on a daily basis have on your mood and your life in general?

Have you noticed the type of language you use? Not just verbally, but within your inner thoughts as well?

Language is a very powerful tool when it comes to mood control—both for ourselves and for those around us. It really can make the difference between a happy day and a stressful day, and below, I’ll give you some examples at to why this is.

via 7 Things Not to Say, and 7 Things to Start Saying.

An Easy 10-point SEO checklist for your next website project – Graphic Design Blender

15 years ago, you could design a great website for your client and not have to worry too much about things like SEO best-practices or the latest Google Search algorithm update. You could simply stuff the your site with keywords and be on the first page of Ask Jeeves.

(Or at least that’s what they tell me; 15 years ago I was sneaking cigarettes in-between classes and practicing for my Driver’s Ed exam).

To put it simply, times have changed.

I’ve been a non-smoker for 4 years and Google’s search algorithm is more intelligent and influential than ever.

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The world of designing is incomplete without Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or After Effects applications. They are like the right hand of every designer.

These applications have made it possible to create eye-popping designs, graphics and video effects. However, when we talk about designing, there is always something new to learn.

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