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Exploring Careers in Graphic Design

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The field of graphic design is very broad. Designers create multimedia for news stations, commercials, movies, and TV shows. Designers also create graphics for website pages and in cartoon productions.

Determine what type of graphic design career you’d like to pursue. You also have other options related to graphic design — you can act as an editor or publisher of a print or video media production.

The field of graphic design covers a wide variety of arts. It also covers occupations that involve graphics editing and implementation.

Typically, graphic design careers are divided into two main categories, and then into several smaller categories or disciplines. The two main categories include designers and publishers.

The designers are usually the ones who implement creativity to produce a finished artistic product. This finished product can include both hand-drawn or painted items and/or computer art. It also can contain photos and text.

The publishers use some creative thinking as well. However, their main role in creating media is editing and producing. Publishers take finished graphic designs and produce them as newspapers, magazines, websites, and more.

Sometimes these two major roles interchange. In other words, the role of a graphic designer and a publisher is combined. This is more common in production studios operating off of a lower budget, or for freelance designers and small business owners.

Larger corporations typically divide the roles of graphics personnel and publishing personnel. Furthermore, a large number of different subcategories exist for graphic designers and publishers.

For example, some corporate employees may be employed as creative directors, layout artists, or Flash designers. Others may be assigned a specific task such as illustrating or photo editing.

Persons employed in graphics positions assist with creating a wide range of products. For example, employees work for companies that produce gift items (cards, calendars, e-cards, print stationary, etc.) while others produce business logos.

Other graphic artists are responsible for creating content for animation or movie productions. Yet another group of designers will create educational and demonstrative tutorials and slide shows.

Knowing the different options should help you to decide which career you want to pursue in graphic design and related fields. It will help you determine what your strengths and weaknesses are regarding design and publications.

If you can see the “big picture” in your mind but can’t translate your visualization into tangible form, then you would serve best as a publisher and to use ready-made graphics to produce your media.

On the other hand, if you are slightly disorganized but people have complimented you on your designs,, then becoming a graphic design is the best choice. The only challenge after this point is breaking into this highly-competitive field.

If you are determined and you have what it takes, then you will make it. Also, you increase your chance of success in this business as you identify your niche.

For instance, perhaps you are not thrilled about creating images for advertisements, but you have proven your skills in the cartoon world. If this is the case, then you should not try to pursue commercial advertising venues.

The opposite is true as well. If you demonstrate more talent in commercial ad logo design, then you probably have no interest in selling cartoon scripts. This does not mean you will never be able to, and it also does not mean that a cartoonist could never create commercial ads.

When you start out as a graphic designer, you are likely to find a niche. Stay in this niche if you find it comfortable. You are likely to have plenty of years to change careers or step out of you comfort zone.

Another area of graphic design not yet covered in this article is gaming. You can make a living creating sets and characters for video games.

Likewise, the world of gaming is very lucrative for editors and publishers. You can help coordinate the process of integrating graphic designs into various gaming formats. The possibilities are endless.

Green Homes

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Britain’s homes account for around 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions, a major cause of climate change. Domestic energy improvement targets of 20% between 2010 and 2020 have been suggested by the UK government.

All new homes are required to have a Code rating under the new Code for Sustainable Homes. The scheme was introduced in 2007 to encourage greener development in the home building industry. A Code rating and certificate must now be included in the Home Information Pack when selling a property. Green homes are significantly more costly to build, but home owners will reap the benefits of more efficient energy usage in years to come.

Ed Miliband announced plans earlier this year to offer “green loans” to home owners wishing to improve upon the energy efficiency of their already built home. The costs of items such as insulation and solar panels will be included in a loan which will stay attached to the house, owing to their high initial outlay. This would hopefully lessen financial barriers and encourage people to consider greener energy.

Renewable energy technologies attempt to reduce your homes CO2 emissions, control the overall impact on the environment and lessen the effects of climate change. Wind turbines, solar panels and biomass heaters offer a viable alternative to dwindling fossil fuels. You can reduce waste and avoid environmental degradation through recycling. You can save enough energy to power a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours just by recycling just a single glass bottle.

After the initial outlay, you could be rewarded financially for your investment. You are effectively buying energy at today’s lower prices to avoid the high costs that home owners will be faced with in years to come. If your resources are producing sufficient energy, you may also be able to put energy back into the national grid, and receive a wage in the process. Taxpayers will benefit from the reduced landfill costs allowed by recycling.

Various government grants can be obtained if you wish to go green.

Home Improvement DIY Projects – A Few Suggestions To Get You Started

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DIY home improvement projects, both large and small, are happening in everybody’s neighborhood each and every weekend. So rather than put off your own home improvement for another six months why don’t you just dust off the hammer and saw, get your creative juices flowing and get into your project today.

If you are a novice at home improvement DIY style then you can become initiated in the ‘do it yourself’ way by initially tackling a small project, one that does not involve a great deal of skill based knowledge. Say, for example, you have just relocated and you are not too impressed with the previous occupant’s color scheme throughout the house – you can start your home improvement career by heading down to your local paint shop, load yourself up with brushes, paint, turpentine and a few ground cover sheets – turn up the music and go crazy on the walls. A painting project is one that does not involve buying or hiring expensive equipment but the end result can be quite spectacular, particularly if you have combined colors well.

If you intend to paint the interior of your home first then it is a good idea to have a family discussion to hear everyone’s suggestion regarding the proposed color scheme. The children’s views are important particularly if you are going to paint their rooms because if you just went ahead and used the colors you like without consulting them it could cause major grief. Just imagine how impressed your sports jock 16-year-old son would react if he came home from practice to find that you had painted his sanctum a mixture of purples and pinks. Remember everyone has an opinion about colors and the object is to reach a consensus together.

The saying goes that ‘a change is as good as a holiday’ and having a freshly painted home certainly makes the rooms feel fresh and revitalised. At the completion of the project you will end up with a great sense of satisfaction and probably a dash of motivation to start you on the road to your next DIY home improvement project.

Easy Ideas For Outside The Home

Other relatively inexpensive home improvement DIY projects can de done to the external areas of the home. You may think that it is time to upgrade your backyard area but don’t actually know what to do. So the best move in this situation is to borrow a few books from your local library or look online at how some of the more elegant and expensive properties have structured their backyards. For instance, you could really add some interesting features like building a fountain or installing some benches around the perimeter of the garden. You may even decide to take on a bigger home improvement DIY project and build your own gazebo in your backyard. If the garden is in need of a general spruce-up then maybe something as simple as clearing away bushes and trees can make a marked difference to the appearance of your backyard.

Give a little thought on what you can do to improve the appearance and features of your home and grounds and then visit your local handyman store or go on line for some advice and guidance to ensure your home improvement DIY project is a roaring success.