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What is Graphic Design?

Visitor, now that you have a basic understanding of Illustrator, we need to learn about Design Theory -- How and why do certain designs actually look good?

But first ... do you even know what Graphic Design is? Let's make sure!

What's that? You think you already know what Graphic Design is? Do you really? Do you know everything that is considered Graphic Design? It is more than you probably think.

Though often overlooked, Graphic Design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Graphic designers find beauty within limitations, working towards the ultimate goal of visually communicating a message, be it the packaging of a product, the spirit of a book, or the narrative of a building. Utilizing a language of type and imagery, graphic designers try to make every aspect of our lives defined and beautiful.

Guest instructor Gareth David of TastyTuts is going to lead you through a series of tutorials to help you better understand Design Theory.

First up he is going to explain What is Graphic Design?.

The combination of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design is the foundation for being an effective Graphic Designer (or just designer in general).

Check out this video from PBS Digital Studios on The Universal Arts of Graphic DesignStart to pay attention to all of the good designs out in the world. Good design doesn't come from a vacuum, it requires inspiration.

As you can see design is everywhere. Will your work be seen by the world some day? The skills you will learn in the CIA are going to valuable no matter what career you choose.

Hopefully you now have a better idea of what the CIA is training you to accomplish. In the upcoming training module on Design Theory you are going to explore each element of art and principle of design and ultimately how they work together to create amazing art.

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