Blog Posts - graphic design

Leveraging Illustrator's Zig Zag Effect to Make a Vintage Badge
10 Oct
by Josh Norman

Vintage badges – they’re as popular today as ever. In fact, I wonder if they should really be considered “vintage,” if they’ve never gone out of style?

Badges can add authenticity, a level of trust, and an established feel to a brand. Designers have a number of tools in Adobe Illustrator to tackle the task of creating a badge. In this video tutorial, I’ll explain why my advice is to resist your instincts and never touch the star tool when you set off to create one.

 

The Evolution of Texas Creative
13 Aug
by Jennifer Alvord, Josh Norman

A Q&A session with our Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Josh Norman.

Designing in Microsoft Office
03 Jul
Category: Graphic Design
by Michael Streubert

There comes a time in every designer’s career when a dark cloud descends over our pastoral workspace and someone commissions an original design created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

InDesign's Preflight Panel
27 Jun
Category: Graphic Design
by Kelley Olmedo

I find myself surprised when I discover that various InDesign features that I use religiously are features unused by other graphic designers. Enter the preflight panel. Combing through your InDesign documents for errors used to be a long and tedious process, but the preflight panel can automate the entire process based on presets that you can create.

Photoshop Puppet Warp Tool
21 Mar
by Josh Norman

Take a step-by-step tour of Photoshop’s Puppet Warp tool and how it can fit into a creative workflow in endless ways.

Texas Creative Creativity
14 Feb
by Kelley Olmedo

I am told on a regular basis by a client or coworker that they are “not creative” as a way to casually dismiss the ideas they have come to me with. It is true that not all ideas work when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of design (i.e. Craft), but the process of sifting through your mental history to conjure an idea is creativity whether you realize it or not.

5 Things I Would Change About Adobe Indesign
19 Dec
Category: Graphic Design
by Michael Streubert

Do you think InDesign is the perfect page layout tool? Well, I do too. But I’m digging deep to find 5 things that could use a tune-up to make it even more perfect-er!

What Is a Traffic Manager?
08 Nov
by Dora Gutierrez

The average agency can be a hectic place, with multiple teams working on everything from media plans, social media posts, creative strategies, website builds, to page layouts. A Traffic Manager ensures that all work from the account service team flows efficiently to the creative and production departments, then back to the account service team and out for an agency’s clients to review (and hopefully love).

11 Oct
by Josh Norman

Learn the difference between “place” and “paste into” and how your work in InDesign can become cleaner, simpler, and more effective.

30 Aug
Category: Graphic Design
by Michael Streubert

Here’s a short list of some of the mostly commonly confused terms designers find themselves explaining to non-designers.

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