In case you missed it, every Monday morning I share a new lesson in my Instagram Stories that is related to the graphic design industry. I want to educate the masses, whether you’re an aspiring designer, or just interested to know how it all works. We’re living in an era where ANYONE can be a designer. There are countless free apps that allow us to put graphic designs together with a tap on the phone, and this now allows everyone to be a self-proclaimed graphic designer…but are you using these apps correctly? Do you understand the science behind word spacing and font usage? Because, yes, there actually IS a method to it!
I’m not just here to teach you the technicalities of design, but I want you to learn HOW to THINK like a designer. Because deep down inside you are creative, whether you want to admit it or not!
So join me as we tap into the hidden designer within you. And if you’re an experienced designer, and have knowledge to share, I’d love to feature you! Just respond to this email for more info.
The first lessons already went live on my Instagram, so if you missed it, here’s some info to catch you up:
Computers, iPads, laptops, oh my! The world of digital equipment can be daunting. Of course it’s important research before you purchase anything (especially at this price point) to make sure it’s perfect for you. Walk into your local Best Buy to determine what screen size you’re comfortable with, or what budget you can work with. Here’s what I use and am obsessed with enough to highly recommend for you:
- Apple iPad Pro 11 + Apple pencil – Here’s why I love it…portability. I can take this anywhere for meetings, draw on the spot, create mood boards, and more! Adobe just released some nifty apps which are growing more complex and similar to the programs you use on your computer. To leverage that on-the-go convenience even more, look into purchasing a bluetooth keyboard, and your iPad is basically a laptop! With apps like Keynote and Pages, you can create documents and presentations!
- iMac – Yes, by now you realize I’m an Apple snob. I have an iPhone too. What I love about using all Apple products is how they’re all interconnected. I copy text from WhatsApp on my phone, and plop it into a graphic design program on my computer by simply hitting “paste”. I can also Airdrop photos from my phone to my computer. It’s all super fast and convenient. iMacs come at different screen sizes and price points. This is the one I recommend. And if you have the budget, the iMac Pro promises to be the best of the best!
- Wacom Cintiq 16 – This is hooked up to my iMac as a second screen…WHICH I CAN DRAW DIRECTLY ON. Mind-blowing, right? Yes, it’s similar to the iPad, except I have full access to Adobe programs on a screen that I can draw directly on. Adobe is not quite there yet with iPad compatibility.
What do you use to work? Let me know!