Creative Resources

Below you will find our top resources to help you as an artist / designer make the most of your skills. If you have any tips or tricks email us at: customerservice@creativeshake.com and we will include your tips in our resource guide.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Green Design – How Graphic designers can lead the change.While many people think that a graphic designer does not have real power to make environmental change the fact is that everyone can lead change. If you are knowledgeable in the processes and materials that you have access to you can lead you client down the green path and not only help them but help the world as well. A client asks you to design a new promotional piece for a product launch - Give green options, reduce the packaging , make the promotion  the package, use cardboard embedded with seeds that...
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Can you think about these 8 simple questions while job hunting? 1. Have you reached to your 50 warmest colleagues to update them on what you're currently doing ?  Otherwise, send a message to your 50 closest friends, family, old clients and ex-colleagues to update them. Usually do not contact them merely to send a "with your resume" asking for job leads, simply update them so they know your circumstances.  2. If i glanced your Linked-In profile, would I know you're searching for job opportunities? Would I understand what you're trying to do?  3. Do you think you're posting some sort...
Friday, September 23, 2011
Choosing the Right Design School When looking for graphic design or art programs there are many things to consider. Do you want to be full time or part time, do you want to attend regular classes or take the course online, do you want a accelerated focused course or a all round degree from a recognized college or university?Once you have answered these questions here are 5 things you should consider:1: CostCourses are expensive, if you are not sure that this is for you consider taking some part-time or summer courses before taking the full-time plunge. Many cities or states even...
Sunday, August 21, 2011
How to Set Up an Art Exhibition Whether you're exhibiting your own artwork or someone else's, setting up an art exhibition can be a creative, fulfilling endeavor in and of itself. However, it does have its challenges and you'll need good planning to pull it off.StepsChoose a theme. The theme is what will tie all of the artwork together and determine the title of the exhibition. Select a date. Give yourself plenty of time to pull everything together or else you might end up with a sloppy job and poor sales. It is always best to hold an art exhibition so...
Thursday, July 21, 2011
25 Free Design software packages This article features a range of different free design programs that can be uses as alternative programs for some of the most popular (and EXPENSIVE) design programs such as Photoshop, flash and illustrator. A great collection of programs available for free which is perfect for someone just starting out and can't afford to spend thousands on the latest software. Illustration & Design Programs1) Inkscape - http://www.inkscape.org/Inkscape is one best of vector programs alongside illustrator plus its very easy to learn. Its an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
How to do Freelance Graphic Design While it is possible to survive and even succeed as a freelance graphic designer without formal education, it is very difficult to do so. Besides, being the very best designer you can be is the name of the game, so why not learn as much as possible?StepsGo to school. While it is possible to survive and even succeed as a freelance graphic designer without formal education, it is very difficult to do so. Besides, being the very best designer you can be is the name of the game, so why not learn as much as...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Why Artists Need to be Online There are many reason to join the electronic age and "get online" Kristy Hall an artist based in Bristol, England wrote a great article on the subject (Kristys Article).Kristy says:When I’m curating an exhibition, I still advertise for artists through print media and expect artists to send me postal applications. However, if I get a postal application and I’m interested in the work, my next step is always to Google the artist’s name to see if I can find more images of their work. I won’t discriminate against an artist if they’re not online but...
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Getting your Art Portfolio Online Having an online portfolio of art is now almost essential for artists worldwide. It was once the territory of the brave and adventurous to have your art displayed online, but now it is only the foolish that do NOT have their work online. Many savvy artists are even bypassing traditional art galleries and making a comfortable living selling their work online.Telling your traditional art gallery to go jump isn't recommended just yet, but having your work online can open many new doors and get your work seen by a whole new audience that would have never...
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Art as a Career Artists create art to communicate feelings, thoughts, or ideas. An artists works may be realistic, stylized, or abstract and may depict objects, people, nature, or events. They use a variety of methods-painting, sculpting, or illustration-and an assortment of materials, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencils, pen and ink, plaster, clay, and computers.Artists generally fall into one of four categories. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators create original artwork, using a variety of media and techniques.  Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale or exhibition. Multi-media artists and animators create special effects, animation, or other...