Geometric Vector Artwork
Visuals that are not only unique in their subject matter, but how they are executed, captivate us and make us more interested and engaged. Geometric vector art can be challenging, but if you can deliver something truly unique, the payoff is usually worth it.
A client may not request this type of artwork, but they are sure to be impressed by it if it’s done well. Check out some amazing geometric artwork from the Behance community:
Summer Photo Manipulation
Photo manipulation and composite art are among the most valued skills in graphic design and advertising, particularly for print design work. Being able to create stunning visuals in Photoshop is the bread and butter of the design industry today as far as most people are concerned.
Summer-based concepts offer a great opportunity to be playful and get some really fun and interesting visuals into your portfolio while still practical applying your skills. Take a look at some of these stunning photo manipulations and digital artwork:
Showing off some interesting data is a great way to show potential employers and clients your skills while keeping the visuals fun and informative.
Cool Motion Graphics
Very few things grab our attention as much as moving objects. It’s why nearly all photo cameras today also have video capabilities built in! Bring your graphics to life and make them move using apps like Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion or even Adobe Edge Animate for the web.
Motion graphics like this one are sure to capture someone’s interest in your online portfolio:
Interactive Print Media
Print and Web are converging more and more, and there are all kinds of interesting ways to make print an interactive experience. Consider finding interesting and fun ways to incorporate QR Codes into print design where appropriate, or find a unique way to get your audience to interact with your print work like Chris Childerhouse did with the Forest & Bird ad below. Also consider direct ties in between print and web campaigns in your portfolio using traditional methods.
Bonus: Summer Fun For Graphic Designers
Remember to enjoy the summer and get away from the computer sometimes. There is a big wide world of creative inspiration out there, and it’s important for your life and career that you be a part of it.
Go out and enjoy a weekend at the beach, take some photos or go sailing or hiking!
Use those experiences and moments and everything you see, taste, touch and here to fill you with creative inspiration and recharge you emotionally so you don’t suffer from creative blocks or burnout.See also: