10 Ways to Perfect Your Graphic Design Skills With Domestika’s Online Courses
Graphic design is a complex industry, you can either specialize in a specific area and be an expert in the field, or delve into various areas to widen your scope of opportunities. However, one thing is certain: to stand out from the crowd and become the best at what you do, keeping up to date with the latest trends and techniques is essential to your success.
Whether you want to perfect your technique or learn something new, Domestika is the ideal place to start. Meet a passionate community of creatives and learn alongside renowned experts who are committed to helping you reach your full potential.
5 courses to perfect your graphic design skills
Generating creative solutions to engage the attention of users is what great designers do. However, a UX designer goes a step further in that direction: it’s how the user interacts with the creative solution that is most important. UX designers solve a problem for the user, while also aligning with a brand’s business goals. It is a complex role and one that is becoming increasingly important within design teams today.
Ethan Parry has become a thought leader in UX design, partaking in the Interaction Design Association’s Interaction Awards committee, as well as teaching in Barcelona’s most reputed design universities. With this course, Ethan teaches you everything you need to know to take on a personal or professional UX design project with confidence and skill.
If there’s a budding Art Director in you, filled with ideas, and searching for the right tools and techniques to build remarkable brand identities, then you’ve come to the right place. Linus Lohoff, is a freelance Art Director for clients like Adobe, Nike, and Comme des Garçons, who wants to show you the ropes and widen your creative scope, so that you too can enchant the world with your visual communication strategy.
In this course, Linus breaks down the art direction profession into a tried and tested step-by-step method, encourages you to find your own conclusions, and leads the way for you to create your own professional brand book, ready to present to a client.
Balancing simplicity and distinctiveness is one of the most difficult tasks in graphic design, and it can be difficult to achieve these goals while designing a new brand identity or logo.
Sagi Haviv is a New York-based graphic designer and a partner in the design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Among the over 60 identity programs he has designed are the logos for the US Open Tennis Championships, Leonard Bernstein at 100, Harvard University Press, Conservation International, and LA Reid’s Hitco Entertainment. In this course he will help you break some misconceptions about design and will help you elevate your work and your portfolio. By the end of this course, you will not only have become a better designer but also a more focused one, with all the tools to design an iconic logo and sell it to a client.
Having a graphic communication strategy is the pillar that starts any project, and your best ally to develop the entire visual and graphic world of it is Adobe Illustrator, the most popular and indispensable program for designers worldwide. In this 6-course Domestika Basics, graphic designer and art director Valeria Dubin will teach you from scratch how to use software to create graphic projects from start to finish.
With her extensive experience working for brands such as Barceló Hotels, La Xunta de Galicia, the CCCB and projects such as 25 years of Pixar at the Caixa Forum in Barcelona (Spain), you will learn to use the program to create a logo, a corporate stationery, the design of patterns and textures, and the design of a promotional poster.
1. Master the basic graphic design software
Never feel left behind again in a work meeting or presentation when you are required to prepare a certain project in a very specific way. Keep yourself on the loop for the most popular software and learn to use its interface and basic tools like a pro, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
2. Incorporate typography to your designs with Illustrator
Maybe you already know how to vectorize images and create digital illustrations on Adobe Illustrator. But you can also keep advantage of this software to create, vector and optimize your letters in a professional way.
3. Modify an existing type for your logo design projects
You can create a unique logo by modifying an existing typeface. You can start by creating the initial sketch and later convert it into vectors, to adding the final touches for a complete typography customization.
4. Become a typography expert for branding and logo design
From user reading habits to devices, browsers and operating systems … choosing a typography for digital content includes many factors that determine that the texts are legible and look good on screens, so it’s a good idea to learn how to choose the perfect typography for all your digital projects. Also, you can create beautiful logos using only letters, which can be challenging but nevertheless rewarding. You just need to learn how to custom letters for every brand and be an expert typographic logo designer.
5. Go a step further and create your own type!
You could incorporate type design into your professional life as a useful and differentiating tool by learning how to create your own typographic system. The software Glyphs is another preferred tool that will allow you to design and create your own fonts from scratch.
Head to Domestika’s website and check out their catalog of creative arts courses, and get ready to level up your career.
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