Be experimental. A lot of people tend to gravitate to videos or tutorials – but you’ll get a whole lot more out of reading a good book. Learning and fully understanding all the tools at your disposal within any program will make your decisions throughout the process more calculated.
Your portfolio items look great and it looks like you’ve been experimenting with different approaches / styles already. Try reaching into different media for awhile – painting, 3D rendering, coding, etc. – then see what you’re able to pull back into your Graphic Design. Every artform has something to learn from its siblings.
I think it’s much better to create a bigger immigration with envatostudio and the marketplaces. For example if an author here is a provider on envatostudio, his/her services should automaticly displayed on the profile page here.
The advertisement shouldn’t completely deleted, but the place where the ad is should change. There is much space on the sidebar.
This is a pretty brilliant solution.
Hi wpMix, This is a decent start, but needs some rethinking and retooling.
Here’s some helpful advice:
Don’t follow trends. Don’t worry about what others think. Take others feedback (positive and negative) lightly…. you are the artist – empower yourself. Find your strengths and weakness and exploit both when the time is right.
Don’t try to have your design match what’s currently “in”. Focus on pushing your body of work or style forward – and developing yourself along the way. Focusing on current trends will only make you good at regurgitating what others have already done.
Don’t get stuck in one style – try everything. Art is about experimentation and expression while design is about using art to manipulate others.
While a business card may look good… what message does it convey? Is it a strong enough message to manipulate the audience into taking action?
There’s a lot of psychology that goes into both art and design. Understanding how to control audience eye movement, emotional reactions, etc through your design process is fundamental to designing a successful item. Learn how to make your audience feel love or discomfort when they should.
It all comes down to what the buyer wants. IMPORTANT: Most buyers don’t have an eye for art… but are looking for that special tool that will manipulate all of their customers into spending money with their company.
Specifically regarding your design, ask yourself these questions:
- Who is your target audience? / Who are you manipulating with this design? - What is the concept? - Stare at your design. Track how your eye moves throughout it. What psychological impact does this have on your design? - What emotional reaction are the colors having on your audience? - Why did you pick that font? How does the font tie into the concept? - How is your design different? When a buyer has it open with 15 others – what will stand out on yours?
Hopefully this has helped.