The other day a conversation at work got me thinking about the mis-branding of drpgraphicdesign.

Just to avoid any confusion, drpgraphicdesign.com is my personal blog. I tend to stick family stuff on there, local events, pictures, recently I blogged about a friend who provides me with toad food and his amazing animal collection. I post what I’m doing, what I’m seeing, this is as much as just another stupid personal blog as it is a blog about graphic design, or any sort of attempt to grab freelance opportunities (which would also be nice). I found a mobile app that connects directly to it that I have no idea how to run so a post might be totally messed up, random or off the wall but, I do post graphic design stuff there also.

I purchased the site when developing last years best of the best ballot, as I needed a place to test the code, I thought of a domain for hours … I like blogs, and know that graphic design is a quite heavily searched term. So, I just kind of went in that direction. When you do visit the site though, it may as well be DallasPricesShit.com, or something similar.

Again, I really do appreciate all the support and love the followers, people visiting and sharing, it’s exciting and fun for me to post things and share.

1dollarimages.com is also going pretty well. No sales yet but, daily visits which is pretty cool. If you follow the blog much you’ll know that I started it to kind of get out of the depressing stock imagery scene and just create things because I want to, not for some best seller or something.

Anyhow, thank you for visiting and sharing everyone.

What Salary Does a Graphic Designer Make? | ezinearticles.com


So-you’ve decided on a career as a graphic design professional. What kind of money can you expect to make in this field? First of all, you need to look at what you’ll make when you enter the field versus what you can earn over the lifetime of your career. The American Institute of Graphic Arts found in 2008 that entry-level graphic designers earned on average $35,000 annually, while senior designers having experience and supervisory duties averaged $60,000. Those graphic designers who were creative heads of departments, owned their own designing firms or were partners at designing firms enjoyed salaries of around $95,000 a year.

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2008 graphic designers made an overall average of $42,400 a year– the lowest-paid 10 percent of graphic designers earned a salary of less than $26,110 annually, while those in the highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $76,660. After considering entry-level versus experienced graphic designers, there are salary differences depending on the industry employed in. Among the five industries employing the highest numbers of graphic designers, computer systems design and related services paid the best at $47,860 yearly on average, and printing and related support activities the least at $36,100 yearly on average.

College education, specifically a degree, has a marked effect on the amount of money a designer can earn. A degree of Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design enables a designer to have a median salary of $36,074; earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree gives one a slighter edge of $41,260.

Where you work as a graphic design professional makes a difference in salary, too. According to payscale.com, the average yearly salary for a graphic designer in San Francisco is about $52,000; the next best city to work in is Seattle-the average yearly salary for graphic designers in that city is about $47,000. Other cities that offer good salaries for graphic designers are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. And as far as working for a small firm or a large company, when it comes to a graphic designer’s salary, it’s better to work for the “big guy”: those in firms employing less than 10 people earn a little over $35,000 average annual salary, while those working in large companies with 50,000 or more employees see an increase to over $53,000 yearly.

So—how does all this stack up against the average American worker? According to the 2007 findings of the United States Census Bureau, the average salary in the United States is around $81,000 a year, taking into account all types of jobs and experience. If you are a designer with a college degree who has put in several years in a large company, or has successfully created your own design business, you could meet or exceed that average. The future for designers seems to have the opportunity for growth and advancement, especially for those who consistently improve their technological skills and keep their fingers on the pulse of society’s needs and wants. For graphic designers, especially, staying power equals earning power.

Find tips for picking the best graphic design schools. Read articles at http://www.graphicdesignersalarydata.com/ on how to select a school that fits your needs and what you are looking for in this career. Learn about how long the programs are and the classes you will be taking.

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WYSIWYG Web Design Software – Which One is Best?

There are a number of applications out there that allow you to design websites using WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors. We’re going to look at the best web design software that falls into this category. We’ll also look at the benefits of using such software to help you decide whether or not it’s right for you.

The principle behind WYSIWYG editors is that whatever you see on the page is what you’ll get when your website is published. Basically it gives you an interface where you can build your website exactly how you want it to look when people visit it online.

The most popular web design software packages are Dreamweaver, FrontPage and XSitePro. Adobe Dreamweaver is the professional choice due to its massive range of features and ability to create dynamic websites. The downside being it’s difficult to pick up and use ‘out of the box’ and requires a lot of hours to learn just the basics, especially if you’re new to web design. It’s also expensive to buy.

Microsoft’s FrontPage has a lot of features but often adds needless code to the pages it creates. This can increase page loading times, especially for those who still access the internet using a dial-up connection. It’s not as user-friendly as Dreamweaver and pushes you in the direction of using Microsoft server technologies to build dynamic sites which won’t suit everyone’s needs. On the plus side, FrontPage costs less than Dreamweaver and is slightly easier to learn.

The third and final WYSIWYG web design software we’re going to look at is XSitePro from Intellimon Ltd. This is a relatively new application that has been developed with the novice or internet marketer in mind.

Because the majority of features within Dreamweaver and FrontPage won’t be used by most users, XSitePro has done away with them and left only the tools that novice-to-intermediate web designers need. It’s resulted in an easy-to-use application that can be picked up and used by just about anybody.

The downside to XSitePro is that it’s more difficult to create dynamic sites and has done away with the look and feel of traditional WYSIWYG website software. So if you’re used to working with Dreamweaver or FrontPage then you might find XSitePro hard to get used to.

When it comes to web design software, a WYSIWYG editor is really the only way to go. It makes production time far quicker, but you need to start with the right software.

If you’re a professional web designer and you want to create cutting-edge websites using the latest technologies then without a doubt you need to use Adobe Dreamweaver. It’s amazingly powerful and automates a lot of the common tasks associated with web design.

If you’re not after something quite as feature-packed as Dreamweaver and you’re a fan of Microsoft technologies and you’d like to use them on the web, then FrontPage might be for you. Just don’t go creating large pages as they could take an age to load!

If you’re new to web design or you’d like to get something that doesn’t have the learning time of Dreamweaver or FrontPage then XSitePro is for you. It’s quick to learn, easy to use and can produce truly beautiful sites very quickly. And like Dreamweaver, it automates a lot of the common tasks associated with web design.

Picking the right WYSIWYG web design software is essential to make sure you find web design fun and interesting and not a chore. You should choose based on your skill level and exactly what you want to achieve. That will give you the results you want and will make building websites something you can enjoy for years to come.

James Simpson is an internet marketer and web designer. He specializes in product development and is a foremost expert on the web design software XSitePro. He runs the popular third-party site XSitePro Videos which reveals tons of information about the software.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=James_Simpson

Trust me, you’re not a graphic designer | Small Biz Buzz

Jul 17, 2013

Trust me, you’re not a graphic designer

By: Mary Ann Henker

(Unless you are. In which case we retract our previous statement.)

What we are saying is that many people overlook the importance of hiring a professional graphic designer because they have the opinion that graphic design seems relatively simple, especially with so many off-the-shelf design templates available.

In reality, professional graphic designers are highly trained and educated artists who generally have a fine arts degree or other exceptional art background or skill, and they combine their gift of being an artist with an understanding of how to use the power of extremely advanced software to create visual brilliance.

As a marketing firm, we only partner with professional graphic designers and, we might add, designers that are highly exceptional and award-winning in their field.

As an analogy, we honor the graphic design industry the same way we would honor, say, the medical industry. We are not medical professionals but as individuals in our respective personal lives we are all guilty of self-diagnosing, diagnosing a friend, etc., because we play a doctor on the Internet. It is the same with graphic design: We all use off-the-shelf templates for various projects because the fact is, there is some pretty cool stuff out there.

But just because we can create a pretty decent-looking brochure using one of these templates, graphic designers we are not. Essentially, we are painting by numbers when using those programs, whereas a graphic designer has the capability to create the original art and template that we would use.

So why don’t more small businesses work with graphic designers? We believe it is twofold. First, not all business owners fully understand what a true professional graphic designer represents. Second, graphic design can be expensive. However, as with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Sure, I can go rent a reasonably priced carpet cleaner down at the local grocery store, but my carpet won’t look as fabulous and stay as clean as if I retained a professional carpet cleaning company. We all need to make choices, and oftentimes budget dictates that corners be cut. However, when it comes to establishing, maintaining and preserving your brand, connecting with a professional graphic designer will be money well spent.

For example, a professional graphic designer will be able to make your ad aesthetically pleasing, your social media sites eye-catching and your logo indicative of a strong brand, all while providing for a cohesive and professional look.

Ask yourself the following questions to determine if a prospective graphic designer is right for you:

Do I love this graphic designer’s portfolio?

Do I feel like this graphic designer will take the time to get to know my company, my brand and me?

Is this graphic designer someone I would like to form a long-term relationship with?

Does this graphic designer have time for my project(s) in his current production schedule, and can he meet my deadlines?

If the answers to these questions are yes, it’s probably a good fit!

So while hiring a professional graphic designer might require you to add a new line item in your budget, the investment is truly worth it. g


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