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Design Rules: Change Your Perception of Design Restrictions

Hate to burst your creative bubble, but in reality, much of the design process is about following rules. From layout grids to brand guidelines, obeying standards is part of the art. While boundaries can feel obtrusive they can also push us to be more creative problem solvers. The world’s most innovative designers use constraints to their advantage, driving them to push the line.

This blog post is dedicated to helping you see project restrictions and requirements as creative obstacles. Starting with a blank canvas can be overwhelming, so lets celebrate the beauty of rules and standards.

Design Rules & 5 Tips for Pushing Boundaries

Starting with a blank canvas can be overwhelming, so lets celebrate the beauty of rules and standards.

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Polish your professional talents to shine on and offline.

As a creative professional, you know how important image can be. Whether you are a designer, illustrator, writer, developer, photographer, project manager, or a member of an account team—helping elevate the identity of your clients is a daily task. But have you taken a step back and thought about your own branding? As a busy professional, developing your own brand often gets pushed aside. But polishing your professional identity could be the difference in progressing your career or gaining a new client.

In this post let’s dive into the art of self-promotion. I’ll explore some tips about branding for creatives and pose questions to get the ball rolling in your professional development. We’ll touch on important ideas such as logos and networking sites. Let’s start with the basics.

 

How to Self-Brand and Promote

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Past phenomena that defined design. 

Looking to the past for inspiration is always a great way to jumpstart creativity. During this three-part blog series, we’re traveling down the rabbit hole of popular culture to explore the fads and events that defined the design world. Whether our society craves luxury or experimentation, typography has always reacted to what’s in fashion. Let’s pick up where we left off from our previous post.

 

Type Trends & Pop Culture: Part 2 1950s-1970s

Explore type trends in pop culture from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s

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Although it doesn’t come naturally to everyone, organization is an essential part of a professional design process. For me it’s taken a bit of conditioning and some helpful tools to get my asset system into great shape. Sure, it takes time, but once you have a practice in place, your workflow will run as smooth as aged whiskey.

Why We Love Organization: Assets

Organize your assets to see huge productivity benefits—time savings, consistency and professionalism

 

In this post I’ll share insights into my digital asset management process. As a seasoned pro, I’ve picked up on a few tricks of the trade that have been monumental to the success of my projects. My go-to tool for digital asset management is Portfolio Server—a handy and highly-visual DAM system. As an essential part of my design process, Portfolio Server offers huge productivity benefits. Here are my top three:

 

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Attention Museums & Cultural Heritage Institutions 

Ready to create efficient systems to manage your assets? We’re pleased to announce Portfolio Server support for Spectrum and VRA Core. These two industry standards help centralize and manage your asset collection, and make it easier to work with metadata.

Portfolio Server for Spectrum DAM & VRA Core Standards

More museums and cultural heritage institutions are using digital asset management to centralize and manage collection objects. With added support for the Spectrum Standard and VRA Core, Portfolio Server users have a one-click option to apply metadata fields to catalogues. ~ Maxwell Mabe, Product Manager, Digital Asset Management Solutions.

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