Blog Pick :: Digital Arts (online)
By: Phil Reville, M.Arch Candidate
If you’ve ever picked up a copy of Digital Arts magazine in a store, you’re aware that it’s full of articles, product reviews, tutorials, and sometimes featured portfolios. Their online companion has all of that and more. Digital Arts covers the art of graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design. This means coverage of everything from design books to step-by-step walkthroughs of new Photoshop features. The website tabs are as follows: News, Tutorials, Reviews, Features, Portfolios, and Guides. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with each of them, there’s a lot to be found.
In the Portfolio section of the site, you’ll find many portfolios for graphic designers, illustrators, and artists. While this section is less formatted like the portfolio we have all grown to know, work is displayed with context through accompanying interviews. One portfolio from a London-based illustrator, Serge Seidlitz, caught my eye for the unique, cartoony artwork. Seidlitz discusses working mainly with pencil and Photoshop, but has begun working more recently with the pen tablet, Wacom Cintiq. There’s a chance you have seen some of his work before as he has done stuff for MTV, VH1, Virgin, Sony, and the New York Times. The thing that most caught my eye about his work is the use of bold colors and simple lines in creating a unique, consistent style and graphic. This illustration was done for Coca Cola. Have fun exploring all of the featured portfolios, you’ll certainly find something that speaks to you.
Digital Arts just published an article entitled, ‘How to Get a Job in Design’, perhaps a good read for those of you entering the summer unemployed. The author, Mark Davis, provides some great insight, most importantly being that you have to “brand yourself” in today's world. Digital Arts has a lot to look at if branding yourself is the goal. As BAC students, we need to have our finger to the pulse of all things design. With Digital Arts, that’s made a bit easier.