No designer can push boundaries without having the right graphic design tools by their side. In fact, think of graphic design tools as your right-hand man. You see, the graphic design industry comes with a lot of surprises — good surprises, of course. Aspiring graphic designer’s often enter into the industry expecting one thing, only to have their education and experience shed a new light on what a career in graphic design could actually be.

Art and technology can be combined in surprising ways to create practical, purposeful and beautiful things. The industry is constantly evolving to pave a path…


As we all know by now and despite what some people may think, the graphic design process is much more than just shoving words and pictures on a page or “just” designing a logo. Any graphic design project is intricate and has multiple steps.

Of course, this exact process depends on the person who is designing and may differ massively designer to designer. Though, if you’re going to succeed in the design industry then you should have your own creative process down to a T. Through the help of our graphic design teachers, and their experience both freelancing and working…


Graphic designers around the world are familiar with the common things clients say — it comes with the territory to answer those frequently asked questions and help navigate people through a project. But there are things that pop up occasionally that go beyond what’s acceptable and are an insult to our creative profession. The kind of remarks that push our integrity to the limits. You know, about “doing work for free” or not understanding the depths and complexities of the design process.

As we share some of those eye-rolling comments, we thought it would be good to offer some advice…


Whether you’re a student or a recent graduate, living on a tight budget means looking for savings wherever you can, including the assets for your creative projects. Of course, you don’t want to compromise on the quality of your work. That would be the very definition of a false economy. But the good news is, when it comes to fonts, you don’t have to!

Carefully curated by one the world’s biggest companies, Google Fonts is an oasis of high-quality digital typefaces. They’re all open source and available for free, forever. …


So, you want to become a graphic designer? That realisation is a great first step.

Now, we want to teach you how to become a graphic designer and make yourself way into a career in design. There are several ways of doing this and there’s lots of different things to learn along the way.

You may be starting from scratch, fresh out of school or college, or you may be a few years’ deep into another career. If you follow these steps then you’ll be well on your way to achieving your dream and becoming a graphic designer.

What Are Graphic Designers?

We’ll start…


As every successful graphic designer will tell you, building a profile and regularly showcasing your work online is a vital part of any marketing strategy, especially if you’re looking into careers for creative personalities. It’s how you get noticed, win projects and secure your next job. It’s something we teach all of our students at Shillington.

However, you can’t only share your latest designs via social networks like Instagram or Facebook and expect to get noticed; you also have to reach out via other channels — such as online magazines and blogs — to attract a much wider audience.

With…


The life of a freelance designer is a great one in many respects. But it can sometimes be tough to find a steady and reliable flow of work, like at the beginning of your career. Or in the middle of a global pandemic.

At Shillington, we know all about preparing designers for the rough and tumble of the freelance world. To help, we’ve collected together a series of tips to help you find new work and new clients when you need to.

1. Ask for testimonials for your freelance work

When you’re short of freelance work, you often feel pulled in two directions. On the one hand you…


In graphic design, quite a few decisions happen behind the scenes that clients may not grasp the importance of, yet have a huge effect on the outcome of a design. When it comes to typography, it is the attention to detail that makes a difference in how readable and legible that piece of typography is. Among the elements that require a lot of finessing is leading, one of the unsung heroes behind every typography-heavy piece of design.

What Is Leading?

Leading is the space between multiple lines of type, which can be as few as two lines of type to, well, as many…


The creative industries are ever-changing, and it can be challenging to keep up which developments demand your attention and which can be safely ignored. Creative podcasts can be a great way to filter out the noise and help you focus on what’s important.

Featuring key voices from design, illustration and other disciplines from all over the world, creative podcasts are full of inspiration and advice, and it’s just generally lovely to hear people chatting about the things that matter to them personally. …


Graphic design is a career where the skills pay the bills. Like any job, there are some essential skills that all wannabe designers have to master to achieve their dream. In this article, we will break down the skills needed to be a graphic designer — the ones that an employer would be looking to help get you hired and succeed in your design career.

We scoured the different design jobs boards and looked at loads of different postings to find out what employers, whether the roles are studio-based, in-house or freelance, are looking for. …

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