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  • What is Adobe Illustrator - August 10, 2018
    Adobe Illustrator is a software application for creating drawings, illustrations, and artwork using a Windows or MacOS computer. Illustrator was initially released in 1987 and it continues to be updated at regular intervals, and is now included as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Illustrator is...
  • Best way to learn Illustrator - January 30, 2018
    Designers working across a range of fields need to know the best way to learn Illustrator for creating artwork and product designs using Adobe Illustrator. The best way to learn Illustrator depends upon your specific requirements, and includes in-person classes, online courses, books, video...
  • How to Learn Illustrator - January 29, 2018
    There are several ways to learn Illustrator, including classes, private training, online courses, books, and video tutorials. Learning Adobe Illustrator is useful for creative, design, and marketing professionals. Adobe Illustrator primarily used to create logos, artwork, icons, and...
  • Adobe Illustrator allows architects, engineers and construction professionals to create high quality digital representations of their work that can be integrated with other computer aided design (CAD) drawings and Photoshop artwork. These can be helpful to showcase the vision for a project as part...
  • Icon design is increasing in importance as the number of applications being developed grows and the number of internet connected devices is also expanding rapidly. Although icon design was once limited to applications on desktop and laptop computers, it has spread well beyond phones and tablets....
  • Creating great logos and brand identities requires more than learning Illustrator or taking Creative Cloud classes. Many of the most iconic logos and brand identities were created long before digital design tools were available, with many created by the graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff.While the...
  • Based upon the number of companies hiring sneaker and shoe designers, the best city for shoe design jobs is Boston. The diversity of companies filling shoe designer jobs in and around Boston is second to none. While most shoe companies have moved their manufacturing from the mills of New England to...
  • Adobe has updated their professional drawing and illustration tool. As you will find in this Illustrator CC 2017 review, the new features borrow heavily from capabilities previously available in Adobe InDesign. Many InDesign users will see more convergence between the apps, which are now...
  • This week started with Emoji Day which is based upon the date visible on the calendar used in certain Emoji in the Apple iOS. Emoji are the small icons available for sharing in messaging apps, used to convey emotions and ideas with simple pictures. For this reason, Emoji are often referenced as...
  • The logo design process that Google went through this week shows how an effective design process in creating a logo helps to produce successful results. As they created the fifth variation of their logo since they started in 1998, they had a significant undertaking. The Google logo and brand...
  • If you look at the shoes of artists, designers, and creative, you’ll find a great many pairs of Converse being worn. The most common among the Converse All Star line is the Chuck Taylor. The Converse All Star shoes were originally designed as one of the first sneakers back in 1920s, and the...
  • Fashion designer Donna Karan has announced that she is leaving the company she founded, Donna Karan International (DKI). As part of this transition, she is stepping down from will no longer be the chief designer for the brand that bears her name.She founded the fashion and apparel company more than...
  • If you think of pink flamingo lawn ornaments you may imagine that they are the product of an artist in Florida. Yet they are the unlikely product of a Boston area artist, designer, and inventor Don Featherstone who died last week. Born and raised just west of Boston in the city of Worcester, in...
  • Graphic designers and those who develop branding love to evaluate logos. The recent release of logos for U.S. Presidential candidates provides a great opportunity for commentary amongst the design community. The two logos released over the past week are from the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Jeb...
  • The team at American Graphics Institute has a long and wonderful relationship with Adobe Illustrator. Our instructors have written books about how to master it, we use it for much of our own design work, and we teach Adobe Illustrator classes and workshops. With so much invested, it might seem...
  • Not many athletic events get their own shoes, but the oldest marathon in the U.S. has inspired several Boston sneaker designs that have been announced surrounding the 2015 Boston Marathon. With the deep history of shoe manufacturing in the Boston area, it’s no surprise to see these Boston...
  • Sport team logo redesigns are happening across all types of sports this year. The Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team are the latest in a series of high profile sports teams to redesign logos. They follow close behind recent redesigns unveiled by Cleveland Browns football team and the U.S...
  • While city planners once had to rely primarily on pen and paper to create blueprints for their creations, digital software has rendered these objects all but obsolete, as applications allow for artists to draw, measure and edit layouts with the use of digital programs. Whether they're relying...
  • Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator are ideal tools for creating digital art works, from movie posters to album covers. Several designers use these applications when creating covers for famous musicians' records. Two musical artists, Meek Mill and Pattern is Movement, have seen...
  • He may only be 20 years old, but Travis Mamon, a student at Louisiana State University, has launched his own T-shirt company that designs and sells graphic tees. According to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Mamon uses Adobe products to craft each design, which is then...
  • The digitally crafted works of Yoni Alter, a London-based artist, were recently on display at the Kemistry Gallery in London. His creations spanned a number of different cities from across the globe, including New York City, Tokyo and Toronto. Instead of featuring hand-drawn pictures...
  • Kelsey Sargent, a 28-year-old graduate designer from Fargo, North Dakota, has found a fun and creative way to provide families with portraits of their loved ones. According to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Sargent uses Adobe Illustrator to create cartoon pictures of people, pets and possessions most...
  • Batman may have had millions of dollars, a secret lair and an arsenal of technology to craft his famous  vehicles, but one man from Crystal Lake, Illinois, found a way to create his own Bat Boat, armed with Adobe Illustrator, $20,000 and an unbreakable spirit.Glenn Chelius, a 48-year-old...
  • The Valley Metro Transit System, the public transportation provider for Phoenix, Arizona, recently held a contest among high school seniors, asking them to design a large wrap for the company's busses. As part of the "Design a Transit Wrap" contest, students were asked to design a...
  • When you think of startups in Boston, you generally think of technology companies and bio-tech firms, but recently there's been a resurgence of shoe design and shoe manufacturing startups in the Boston area. While Boston is already home to major shoe brands including Reebok, Converse, New...
  • While professionals who work with digital imaging tools such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are often concerned with creating purely virtual pieces of art, San Francisco-based artist Craig Dorety has found a way to produce physical works as well.Division explores 3-D art In his new...
  • VH1 recently enlisted the assistance of design firm Galaxy 61 to create an entirely digital opening for its show "The Fabulous Life." The new opening animation reflects the overall feel of the show, which follows the lavish lifestyles of Hollywood's finest, including power...
  • Whether you're designing a new logo for a startup company or crafting an image to accompany a project, there are many programs available to make the process both easy and fun. With a heavy emphasis on vector-based design, Adobe Illustrator is the best tool to use when crafting your...
  • Newcomers to the world of fashion design might be initially focused on improving their artistic abilities, practicing endlessly with pens and paper, but the industry is changing. As computer technologies, such as Adobe Illustrator, become further ingrained in the industry, training across...
  • When you need to create stylish graphics that can be repurposed to suit any design project, Adobe Illustrator is unbeatable. One of Adobe's most versatile software programs, Illustrator empowers you to unleash your creativity and design vector artwork for your next project, no matter how large...
  • What are vector graphics? - December 31, 2013
    When it comes to graphics, there are two basic types of image - raster and vector. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of both types of image is essential if you want to improve your employment prospects or launch a new career in design. Even if you don't realize it, you're probably...