Website News | June 2008

Keeping a website up-to-date and useful is a tough thing to do. I'm always wary of adding new content just for the sake of it just to keep it growing - the Internet is already full of useless information! Why add to it? The main way I keep Graphic Design useful, practical and helpful is by listening to the readers and acting on their feedback. These newsletter updates are a great way to get your feedback, so thanks for joining in!

Submit Your Portfolio to GDE

In response to feedback, and so that the site can become a more practical tool for employers and employees alike, I have started to create an entirely new resume & portfolio submission section. It's here that aspiring (as well as established) graphic designers will get the opportunity to showcase their work and get exposure to potential employers. The submission service is free, and in order to maintain the integrity of the site, each portfolio and resume will be vetted before going online.

At the moment the list of porfolios is small but growing - the more we get, the sooner we can get them online. So if you're a designer trying to get your foot in the door, looking for more freelance work, or just want to show off you work, please consider submitting your portfolio to Graphic Design and be amongst the first to be listed. Start by clicking here.

If you have any requests, criticism or enquiries about our site, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Please contact us here.

Thanks for your feedback, and I look forward to hearing from you again.


Nick B Davies

Reader Enquiries

What to do about white hairlines that appear everywhere between pdf 'slices'?

This is not an uncommon issue - I have to constantly explain to clients that although the PDF shows fine hairlines all over the place it will be fine in print... and 99% of the time it is . I have been caught out only once when the publication's print registration was poor - and the lines showed up. Naturally I got the blame.

The only way to be 100% certain that they won't show is to create the PDFX1a file, rasterize it in Photoshop to flatten it, save it as a 300DPI CMKY tiff and place it in the background of your InDesign or Quark document (behind text etc). This is a trade-off however - any vector graphics like lines, boxes and text that are rasterized will not be as sharp in print.

Usually I check the PDF pre-press by rasterizing it in Photoshop. If no lines show when you do this, the PDF will be fine in print. Photoshop is a great testbed for this sort of thing. The only thing you can't be certain of is how good your print supplier will be...

If a company is looking for entry level graphic designer and you have only non-design experience, what do you put on your resume?

My advice would be to list past positions, focusing on the elements of your experience most relevant to the job you are applying for. Your experience in other fields could prove an asset to your potential employer - and it shows that you're not new to the job market. But don't write too much about the less relevant areas - just touch on them.

Personally, I am always more interested in the ability, motivation and potential of a candidate than I am in their graphic design qualifications. I've worked with enough graduate designers to know that it's not the degree that enables them to do the job - it's their attitiude, ability to learn and willingness to adapt themselves to the job in hand.

If the job is for an entry level designer, the employer probably won't be expecting a candidate to have a huge amount of graphic design work experience - so your varied job background could work in your favour. Many candidates going up for the job won't have any work experience at all.

How do I place an Illustrator document into InDesign and then have it display perfectly on screen?

Save the Illustrator file as either an .AI or .EPS file (eps would be preferable). Then place the file in your InDesign document by selecting FILE/PLACE... and selecting the Illustrator file you just saved.

If the Illustrator file appears to be blocky or of low resolution when placed, or has a white rectangle around it, you need to improve your display performance setting. The default is 'Typical Display' for speed. Go to VIEW/DISPLAY PERFORMANCE/HIGH QUALITY DISPLAY and your Illustrator file will appear perfectly.

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