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Posted 11.05.18

Staff picks: Our top tips for getting started in Graphic Design

By Kat Peberdy

Interested in graphic design but not sure where to start?

Graphic design informs, instructs and persuades many aspects of your everyday life from the packaging and labelling of your favourite clothes to the apps you use on your phone. Studying this discipline can take you down many paths, so we caught up with BA (Hons) Graphic Design lecturer Andy Way to find out his top picks to get you started.

Andy was recently awarded the title of Adobe Campus Leader in recognition of his success developing resources to be used for teaching both inside and out of the classroom. His work took the form of two websites, one advising on Professional Development and Practice, and another teaching for Interdisciplinary Studies.

His prize was a two year subscription to the Adobe Creative Suite software, and of course an Adobe certificate.

Andy explains, “As the role of graphic design constantly changes and the way we communicate and design information visuals, areas such as UX (user experience) and UI (User interface) have moved to the forefront of graphic design.”

Here are some of the resources he recommends for anyone interesting in researching these roles...
 

UX Design for Mobile

This book covers the planning and development of a mobile application, and developing the story and processes needed to deliver a mobile app to a target audience. Get proficient in building beautiful and appealing mobile interfaces (UI) with this complete mobile user experience (UX) design guide.
 

Interaction Design from Concept to Completion

This book covers a wide range of ‘live’ projects from studios developing web and mobile apps for a range of consumers, and the studios explain the concepts and stories of how they developed the graphics and final products. Exploring common pitfalls, effective workflows and innovative development techniques in contemporary interaction design by tracking projects from initial idea to the critical and commercial reception of the finished project.


UX Magazine

UX Magazine is an online UX publication discussing the latest topics and trends in design and UX strategy. It is the closest to a fully-fledged trade magazine that UX designers can find. This site also creates a community with location-based listings for conferences, talks, workshops, informal meetups, and classes.
 


Design Shack

Established in 2003, Design Shack showcases inspiring examples of design, alongside resources and articles that teach you how to succeed in the same way. This blog attracts a wide audience comprising agencies, designers, businesses, organizations and individuals who are passionate about cutting edge web design technologies and design news.
 

Creative Bloq

Delivering a daily mix of advice and inspiration for digital and traditional artists, Creative Bloq is one of the most popular resources for professional artists and designers. It is a high volume blog for creatives which features content on web design, illustration, graphic design, 3d, digital art, and so much more.
 

Students exhibit at D&AD New Blood exhibition

D&AD New Blood Festival

New Blood Festival brings together emerging talent and industry professionals for a free exhibition at The Old Truman Brewery in the heart of east London. The exhibition sees university courses from around the UK showing off their very best students' work from the past year. It gives industry professionals the chance to meet new talent and young creatives the opportunity to network and skill up, our students exhibit regularly exhibit here and will be part of the 2018 show from 11-14 July.

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