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GRAPHIC DESIGN MAY NOT MAKE THE WORLD GO 'ROUND, BUT THIS PLANET WOULD BE A DRAB PLACE WITHOUT IT. Carlos Vazquez Did you ever buy something because you liked the packaging? Did the label on a bottle of beer ever make you think it might taste really good? That’s the influence of graphic design. Graphic designers tell stories, make impressions and things easy to recognize. They do this with colors, lines and shapes, as well as illustrations, photographs and typefaces. They transform the ordinary into the striking, the boring into the fascinating and make complicated things seem simple. It’s designers...

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Illustration: Able Parris In trying to decide if a design career is right for you, it might be helpful to think about the qualities and interests that many designers share, and see if they overlap with your own. Since most high schools don’t offer design courses, it’s not easy to make the connection. Many professional designers don’t come into the field until their twenties or thirties, after they’ve received degrees and even started careers in related disciplines. Many more students attend design school and are disappointed when either the education or the practice (or both) aren’t what they expected. So...

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What is graphic design? Illustration: Able Parris Graphic design, also known as communication design, is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. The form of the communication can be physical or virtual, and may include images, words, or graphic forms. The experience can take place in an instant or over a long period of time. The work can happen at any scale, from the design of a single postage stamp to a national postal signage system, or from a company’s digital avatar to the sprawling and interlinked digital and physical content...

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