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The light touch gets it

July 29, 2015

If you're putting together a graphic, it might be helpful to think about elegance and sophistication. Though these sound like artsy cliches, these notions will go a long way toward helping you look more professional. By Dave Underwood

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Colors by Anderson

July 23, 2015

Wes Anderson, the designer's filmmaker, does consistently stunning work with composition and detail. But he also knows his way around color. From

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The grid; your best ally in designing like a pro

July 22, 2015

Probably the most important concept to grasp in designing professionally, the grid brings order from chaos and freedom from structure. Don't leave home without it. By Dave Underwood.

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What's in a logo?

July 7, 2015

Designing a logo may well be the toughest design challenge there is. And, typically, it's the first challenge to be met in the development of any new business or organization. By Dave Underwood

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Start a conversation

July 1, 2015

A good message starts a conversation. Want to know more? Then stick around. By Dave Underwood

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Nothing teaches like teaching

June 26, 2015

When students in Danny Long's science writing class at CU Boulder were asked create children's books focused on basic scientific principles, symbiosis broke out all over. By Dave Underwood

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Designing collaboratively and dynamically

June 24, 2015

Having students learn together and on the fly can be one of the best ways to use precious class time. Here's why group design exercises may produce better results than individual efforts. By Dave Underwood

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When "sketchy" is good

June 23, 2015

While the digital tools we all routinely use are incredibly powerful, they can also be unneccessarily restrictive - especially when one is in search of freewheeling creativity. Introducing the latest, best-kept secret in technology: the sketchpad. From

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Branded; why no assignment is singular... mostly

June 17, 2015

There are a number of reasons why developing a "personal" brand is helpful. And leveraging individual assignments in support of one's own brand can be a very smart thing to do. A brief look at how we might help students do more memorable work more efficiently. By Dave Underwood

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Big failure, bigger success

May 27, 2015

You've no doubt heard the failures-make-for-the-best-teachers bromide dozens of times. This piece from Print Online takes it up a notch: what if we actively pursue failure? A learning experience? Maybe! From Print Magazine Online.