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Graphic Design Inspirations - Web Design

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The key to a career in graphic design is a good foundation in art and design. This education can be obtained at a qualified graphic design school. Graphic designers often take web design courses in order to expand their skill sets and make themselves more marketable.

Receiving education for your graphic design career at a graphic design college may be of great benefit to you if you want to open up opportunities for employment or strengthen your skills through continued education.

Web Design Eye Candy
In Graphic Design Inspirations I we covered examples gleaned from different fields in graphic design. In Graphic Design Inspirations II we viewed some interesting examples in poster designs. In part III of this series we'll show you some unique and attention-grabbing web design layouts to demonstrate how simple ideas can be transformed into intriguing concepts.

To visit these websites click on the bold blue text in each heading. To see a larger image of the website graphic click on the images.

One-Page Website Design
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What do you do if you need to create a website that requires only one page, needs to provide a good deal of information, and is eye-catching? You do what web designer Basil Gloo did.

He created his website by using visual perspective, a balanced symmetrical layout, and a bit of whimsy featuring him as the main graphic element.

The website isn't "fancy" but it achieves its desired goal of being informative and visually appealing.
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Effective Use of Text and Graphics
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Australian graphic designer Rob Morris has gone through several design variations of his website. The one shown here was created in 2008 with the theme "Hero for Hire."

The text in the website layout immediately piques your interest and the graphic of a man running and pulling a long line of graphic designs is humorous, while also demonstrating the creativity of the designer.
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Pop Icons
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WeLoveIcons.com uses one of the most recognizable pop icons in modern culture...the iPhone.

The clever transformation of the high-tech gadget into a wooden object is brilliant. Using the iconic image of the iPhone is also very effective as a unique user interface for viewing different graphic images.
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Good Utilization of Flash and Graphic Elements
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Dave Warner, designer and jack of all trades, created his website with a scrapbook motif.

The elements on the webpage are interactive and by clicking on various images you are taken to other pages that highlight the selected topic.

Warner has designed a website that is fun to navigate, a bit quirky and captures the viewer's attention by his effective use of flash, design elements, and multimedia. Visit the "about and contact" portion of his website to find out more about him.

Great job Dave!


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Web Design Associate Program
Laurus College , Santa Maria
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  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2009.
  • Offers career assistance and resource services to both students and graduates.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACCSC).
  • 4 campus locations in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Oxnard, California, with online options as well.
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Website Developer
ABCO Technology , Inglewood
Good for Working Adults
  • An accredited computer training academy preparing students to enter the IT industry as Network Engineers, Software Engineers, Web Apps Developer, Website Designers, Programmers, Database Administrators since 2000.
  • Holds A+ certification from CompTIA.
  • Located in Los Angeles, approximately 10 minutes away from LAX.
  • Flexible class schedules offered during day times, evenings and weekends.
  • Helping students start a career in technology within 3 - 9 months.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Military friendly school.
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Web Design and Development, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail University offers online degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Full Sail's approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving.
  • Full Sail uses the experience and knowledge gained from more than three decades of educational innovation to create an unparalleled online education experience that challenges and inspires our students.
  • Learning at Full Sail has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas, and our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.
  • Through Full Sail’s multitude of online program offerings, students get: One-click access to instructors, Powerful collaborative tools, Interactive learning environments and Innovative curriculum.
  • Full Sail's newest program is the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. Developed in collaboration with sportscasting veteran Dan Patrick, the goal is to provide students with real world experience both behind and in fornt of the camera.
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Web Design & Interactive Media (AS)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
  • No standardized testing if student meets admission requirements
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • 95% of Liberty University students receive some form of financial aid
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