Visual Communications

Associate Graphic Designer Job

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for an Associate Graphic Designer to assist the Creative Manager by leading the design and production of Minnesota Historical Society (Society) informational and promotional publications including publication planning, designing, division/department staff consultation or coordination; printing, proofreading and quality control.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) lead design of print materials (including brochures, flyers, posters, etc.) consistent with program objectives, brand guidelines and budgetary constraints; 2) provide for the day-to-day production of print publication activities; 3) obtain photography for publications, assist in photo research, maintain familiarity with photo collection and scan appropriate photos for publication use; 4) write print specifications, prepare requests for bids, and review print proposals consistent with MNHS bid guidelines; and 5) clarify to other staff members the institutional identity guidelines for MNHS print publications.

Smashing Newsletter: Issue #133 – Smashing Magazine

Table of Contents

01. Sliders, Sliders And… Sliders!

02. Taking Storytelling To The Next Level

03. The Beauty Of Pi

04. UX Tools To Improve User Engagement

05. Spreadsheet Data Easily Visualized

06. A Little Geometry For Your Desktop

07. Add A Little Art Into Your Browser Tabs

08. Use Flexbox Today, As Progressive Enhancement

09. Keep Calm… And Attend A Smashing Workshop!

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Printed Smashing Books For Web Designers and Developers

Smashing Book #5: Real-Life Responsive Web Design


Responsive design is a default approach these days, but we all still try to figure out just the right process and just the right techniques to design and build responsive websites better, smarter, faster. That’s why we created a new book — to collect the most practical techniques and experience from people who learned how to get things done right, in actual projects with actual real-world challenges.

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Suitcase Fusion – Features & Benefits –


Fonts. We love them. Hoarding them leads to problems finding, sorting and using them in a timely manner for creative work.

Organize your entire font collection into a single, searchable location with a professional font manager.

Get the most out of your font collection with Suitcase Fusion®

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Be Creative, Inspirative and Unique!!

Get this addictive software to create original artworks, unconventional designs, beautiful backgrounds or light effects.

The Flame Painter 3 is a unique paint application that uses and intuitive interface design from which you can select hundreds of unique flame brushes.

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Discover how to create a cohesive user experience among a variety of platforms. | My Design Shop

Cohesive UX: Successful User Experiences Across Platforms – OnDemand Webcast

By Cameron Moll


With the ever-increasing ubiquity of screens and devices, cohesiveness is progressively imperative to successful user experiences across platforms.

Recent examples include the version notes in an update to the Apple Store app for iOS: “Now start shopping on one device and finish on another, or even on your Mac or PC.” Or the observation made by a tech news site following the redesign of Spotify: “Another key factor behind the design overhaul is for Spotify to feel familiar across all platforms.” There are countless other examples.

This 1-hour webcast examines what’s required to deliver a cohesive, consistent user experience regardless of where the digital experience begins, continues, and ends.

In Cohesive UX: Successful User Experiences Across Platforms, you’ll learn

Learn common DOs and DON’Ts for successful cross-screen design.

See examples from teams big and small who are successfully adapting to the rapidly changing world of digital design.

Discover how exemplary multi-platform design goes beyond Responsive Web Design, encompassing the entire user experience.

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Stay Motivated During Your Job Search by Pursuing a Hobby

The constant rejection (or radio silence) of a job search can be disheartening. It’s easy to become demotivated during that time. To power through it and keep yourself stimulated, make sure to pursue a hobby during your search.

It feels bad enough to lose a job. But when you’re constantly sending out resumes and no one is biting, you start to feel useless. You start to wonder, what’s the point? In these moments, it’s easy to put yourself on autopilot and simply go through the motions. But that can be dangerous to your job search. Plus, it’s not a very optimistic or productive mindset.

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How to Overcome Workload Paralysis and Get Back into Action

How to Overcome Workload Paralysis and Get Back into Action.

How I built a 6-figure freelancing business on Elance – Graphic Design Blender

If actively seeking out and finding clients is something you enjoy, then it’s safe for you to skip this post.

To be clear: I’m talking about the “business” stuff everyone always says we have to do, even though a small piece of our creative soul dies every time we actually do it.

Prospecting potential clients.

Selling our services (or worse, upselling).


The “dirty work” of freelancing.

Not only is it about as much fun as a blistering sunburn, it also sucks our time and energy away from the creative work (and the people) we love.

So yeah, if you’re into all that, then you might not want to keep reading.

But if, on the other hand, you’d rather stick around, that makes me happy. Because I don’t like doing those things either.

In fact, I hate it. So much that I’m willing to do just about anything to avoid it.

Including attempting something everyone said was impossible: getting all of my clients from Elance.

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Productivity Tips: Take Control of Your Day in 5 Simple Steps

Ever wondered how some people stay calm in the face of a massive amount of work and conflicting priorities?

They know how to select from that long list of priorities the very few things that really need doing right away.

Well, I’m not one of those lucky people. There are some days when I feel I just have too much on my plate—too many important-seeming things that require my attention.

When that happens, I use a very simple technique to sort through my true priorities and identify what I should focus on.

Let me show you the simple productivity tips that help me get things done:

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