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Drinks X Design for Graphic Designers

Posted on Wed, Feb 4, 2015

Attention all Graphic Designer's and students in the Detroit area!!



The Detroit Design Festival is sponsoring another Drinks X Design event on February 12, 2015. The event runs from 5:30 to 8pm at stArt Gallery in Detroit. This months event is also sponsored by AIGA Detroit. During this event, they are having a drink and draw! They will be providing markers, colored pencils, crayons and more. All skill levels are welcome. Space is limited so we recommend you pre-register here. Attendees must be 21+. 


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Topics: Graphic Design, Metrotimes, AIGA

Join Specs Howard at the Great Lakes Comic Con

Posted on Tue, Feb 3, 2015




 Join Specs Howard School of Media Arts at the Great Lakes Comic-Con February 27th-28th in Warren, MI. We will be there taking lots of photos and filming all of the excitement!  Come and meet with us to learn all about Specs Howard School and our Graphic Design, Digital Media Arts and Broadcast Media Arts programs.

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Topics: Digital Media Arts, Graphic Design, Comic Con

Media Events of the Month - February

Posted on Sun, Feb 1, 2015


Are you tired of finding out about cool events AFTER they've happened? Don't worry, we have come up with a solution for all of you busy bees out there! Specs Howard School of Media Arts is putting together a new blog series cleverly titled "Media Events of the Month". Check back here monthly to stay up to date on all events related to the Graphic Design, Digital Media, or Broadcast Industries. 

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Topics: Media, Media Events, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Industry, Broadcast

Lunch and Learn: Essesntial Lighting Techniques for Digital Photography

Posted on Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Join us for our next Graphic Design Lunch and Learn! 



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Topics: GFX, Graphic Design, Lunch and Learn, Digital Photography, Photography, Lighting

5 of the Most Impressive Logos that May Surprise You

Posted on Mon, Dec 8, 2014

There isn't a day that goes by where we are not surrounded by the logos of the companies that make America tick. Here are five popular and extremely well-thought out logos that may take you by surprise.

1) FedEx


VIA: FedEx

This is a logo that everybody recognizes, but did you know that this logo brilliantly uses negative space to drive the point of what they're all about. Take a look at the white space between the "e" and "x". That space creates a white arrow pointing forward symbolizing the company continuing to move the country forward by being our connection to each other that we can rely on.

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Topics: Branding, Logo Design, Graphic Design

How to create winter graphics with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Posted on Sat, Dec 6, 2014


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Topics: GFX, Graphic Design, Winter

Creative Design Packaging

Posted on Thu, Dec 4, 2014

We found some unusual and creative packaging ideas to inspire you with your next design! There are some extraordinary ways to display a variety of products, check them out!


What’s a great way to show that your product is waterproof? Sell it in a bag of water, of course. This watch is sold to customers in this container to show the awesome waterproof features without any text telling you so. 

VIA: Creative Bloqfestina1_watches_in_water

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Topics: GFX, Graphic Design

How Does Color and Shape Affect Your Design?

Posted on Wed, Dec 3, 2014

Choosing the right colors and shapes is an essential part to reaching the right audience with the right emotions as a graphic designer. People often feel certain emotions when seeing certain shapes and colors and as a designer you will need to be able to use them correctly. 

Here is a quick breakdown of how colors are used in different logos: 


  • Red: Creates excitement, hunger and increases heart rate. It represents 300px-KFC_logo.svglCnn.svgove, passion, and danger. Red is used by many food companies and news outlets.


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Topics: Logo Design, Graphic Design, Color, Shape

Specs Howard's Top 20 Humorous Graphic Design Memes

Posted on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Specs Howard's Top 20 Humorous Graphic Design Memes 

Here are some of our favorite graphic design memes we found on the interwebs. Who says design can’t be fun?




         via  http://tomgabor.com/

But I did not shoot the deputy.


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Topics: GFX, Graphic Design

5 Reasons You Should Come To Our Graphic Design Open House

Posted on Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Graphic Design Open House 2014

Graphic design is constantly evolving - get the skills you need to become a part of the industry! Get an inside look into the world of graphic design at the upcoming Graphic Design Open House.

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Topics: GFX, Open House, Graphic Design

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