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By Justin Seeley | Sunday, May 17, 2015

11 Ways to Nail Your Next Presentation

Nail Your Presentation

Delivering a presentation in front of a room full of people can be a daunting task for a lot of us. There are some who appear to be naturals at it—but in truth, the people who do it well are the ones who work the hardest at it.

I started giving public presentations about 10 years ago, and in that time I’ve learned several things that may help you nail your next presentation:

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Do Graphic Designers HAVE to Go to College?

Must a graphic designer go to college these days?

Do I have to go to college if I want to be a graphic designer?

This is a question I hear on almost a weekly basis. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as cut and dry as you might hope. These days the rules are much different than those that governed the workplace even five or ten years ago.

Do you have to go to college to be a graphic designer? No.

Here’s why you may—or may not—want to go:

By Justin Seeley | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unplug for Better Focus, Sleep … and Marriage?!

unplug for better focus

We live in a world where things are constantly begging for our attention. Text messages, Snapchats, Tweets, and Hangouts are always drawing our focus away from the real world and towards the digital one.

The problem is that the more we become a slave to these “social” applications, the more unsocial we become in real life.

This always-connected way of life also has a harsh effect on our sleep cycles, which can lead to a wealth of other problems related to your health.

These are all reasons why I’ve instituted “quiet hours” at my house—times when I completely unplug from my devices. And life has never been better.

By Justin Seeley | Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide: Which Tablet Should You Buy?

which tablet is right for the person on your holiday shopping list?

Tablets are a hot-ticket-item around the holidays, and with so many on the market now, it can be tricky to decide exactly which tablet is right for which kind of user. Let me show you several tablets that are sure to please anyone on your shopping list.

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide: Which Smartphone Should You Buy?

smartphone comparison

The holidays are a great time of year to pick up a new smartphone. Every manufacturer has their latest flagship product out and on display.

But when you’re buying one for someone else, it’s hard to know which one to choose.

Let’s take a look at some of the hottest phones on the market today—to help you decide which one’s right for the lucky recipient on your list.

By Justin Seeley | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide to the iPad Stylus & Wacom Tablet

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Finding the perfect gift for a graphic designer can be a daunting task. But chances are good that a Wacom tablet or iPad stylus is at the top of their wish list.

Here are three options for each category—from budget-friendly to luxury model—to help you choose the perfect holiday gift for your favorite designer.

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Adobe Creative Cloud 2014: What's New for Designers

Adobe Creative Cloud - 2014 Updates

Today Adobe has announced major updates to its Creative Cloud subscription service. This is known as the 2014 release of Adobe Creative Cloud and included changes to all three pillars of the platform including desktop apps, mobile apps, and services.

By Justin Seeley | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Explore the January updates to Adobe Creative Cloud

Illustrator - Update Screen

Adobe Creative Cloud members will have a nice surprise waiting for them when they fire up their computers today as Adobe is pushing a big round of updates to both InDesign and Illustrator CC. Below are a few of my favorite new features in these two products, and why I think they’ll be a big deal for creative professionals going forward. (If you’re also interested in recent updates to Photoshop CC, be sure to check out Deke McClelland’s Photoshop Creative Cloud Updates, Chris Orwig’s course Photoshop for Photographers Creative Cloud Updates, and Ryan Kittleson’s blog post on Photoshop’s new 3D printing features.)

Illustrator CC

Illustrator gets the biggest update today with the addition of features like Live Corners, revamped shape manipulation, and a brand-new Pencil tool. Users who previously found Illustrator’s drawing tools cumbersome or difficult to use now have a whole new way to work and create shapes within Illustrator.

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