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Welcome to the Go Media’s Zine! Are you a passionate creative, student, designer, entrepreneur?

You’re in the right place.

Inside you’ll find the tools you’ll need to successfully do what you love. We’ll share real-world practical advice, solid business techniques, step-by-step tutorials, as well as educational podcasts and webinars to take you to the next level. We give all of our secrets away and cultivate an open environment for the sharing of insights and inspiration.

Join us.

When you’re ready, we would also love for you to be a part of our community. Please comment on posts, become an active member of our social media community and/or email to find out ways you can contribute your own designs or tutorials to the GoMediaZine, brought to you by Go Media, the go to source to build a website in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Quick Guides

With hundreds of posts in our archives sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Start Here page is a great place to get started. This page holds 7 quick guides to becoming the creative you’ve always dreamed you’d be. You’ve landed on one of these lists so let’s get started, shall we? Most Popular Posts

Money Matters
A Graphic Designer’s Guide to Pricing
How to Charge For Your Graphic Design Work (& Get What You Deserve)
Answers to Your Top Questions About Pricing Your Design Work


Branding
Branding: More Than Just a Logo
Logo Design vs. Branding – what’s the difference?

Tutorials
From Sketch to Vector Illustration
Gigposter Design: The New Sex

How to Create Explosive Typographic Effects in Cinema 4D
Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography
How to Set up Your Wacom for Awesome Results
How to Create Photorealistic T-Shirt Mockup
Comic Book Style Graphic Design
Old School Type – Line Gradients
Easy to Accomplish VSCO Cam Effect in Photoshop
Distressing Techniques in Adobe Illustrator
Illustrator and Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Cool Occult LP Jacket with the Occult Symbols Vector Collection!
Tutorial – Lines & Dots: How to Make Quick and Easy Patterns in AI
6 Essentials to Setting Up Your Illustrator Documents

Step by Step: Using the Vector Packs

Apparel 
How to Get Your Apparel Line into Retail Stores
Tutorial: Pro Tips on Preparing Artwork for T-Shirt Printing
The Fundamentals of Great T-Shirt Design

Round-Ups
Top 28 Best Motion Graphics Blogs and Resources
Go Media’s 100+ Must Have Design Resources
Poster Design: 50 Excellent Inspirations
40+ Cool and Inspiring Poster Designs

Freebies
Free Exclusive Resource from Jimiyo: Skull Reference Photos
Totally Free Fonts for Designers 2014
Vector Freebie: Mouse Cursors
40+ More Fonts to Download Immediately

Typography
Become a Master Typographer: How to Choose the Perfect Typeface
100 Top Resources for Typography and Hand-Lettering

Social Media
Top Social Media Hashtags for Designers

Other
Low Budget Screenprinting – A Newbie’s Guide
The Only 2 T-Shirt Mockup Websites You Need in Your Life

Top Graphic Design Tutorials: Improve Your Skills Now

Top Graphic Design Tutorials:
a Quick Guide by Your Friends at Go Media

Welcome to the Go Media’s Zine!

Are you a passionate creative, student, designer, entrepreneur?

You’re in the right place.

Inside you’ll find the tools you’ll need to successfully do what you love. We’ll share real-world practical advice, solid business techniques, step-by-step tutorials, as well as educational podcasts and webinars to take you to the next level.

Our Cleveland based graphic designers give all of our secrets away and cultivate an open environment for the sharing of insights and inspiration.

Join us.

When you’re ready, we would also love for you to be a part of our community. Please comment on posts, become an active member of our social media community and/or email to find out ways you can contribute your own designs or tutorials to the GoMediaZine.

Quick Guides

With hundreds of posts in our archives sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Start Here page is a great place to get started. This page holds 7 quick guides to becoming the creative you’ve always dreamed you’d be. You’ve landed on one of these lists so let’s get started, shall we? Read on to learn how you can:

Improve Your Skills
1. From Sketch to Vector Illustration
2. Aged Type Effect in Photoshop (w/Ps Action)
3. Intricate Patterns in Illustrator
4. Vintage Typography Tutorial
5. Create 3D objects in Cinema 4D from vector art
6. Tutorial: How to Design and Print Custom Silk Screen Die-Cut Stickers
7. Collaboration! Two samurai (artists) are more powerful than one.
8. Easy to accomplish VSCO Cam effect in Photoshop
9. Screen-Printed Movie Poster Tutorial by Pale Horse
10. Go Media’s Rapid Fire Illustration Technique
11. Thick Line Art: Creating Iconic Vector Art
12. The Lost and Taken Poster: A case study and texturing tutorial
13. Illustration Tutorial: “The Man Who Knew It All”Technical Process & Design Philosophy
14. Typography Tutorial: The Soul in the Machine – Adding Glitch Techniques to Your Work
15. Easy to Accomplish VSCO Effect in Photoshop
16. Distressing Techniques in Adobe Illustrator
17. How to Set Up Your Wacom for Awesome Results
18. Comic Book Style Graphic Design
19. Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography
20. Gigposter Design: The New Sex
21.  Old School Type – Line Gradients
22. How to Create Explosive Typographic Effects in Cinema 4D

How to Start Your Own Clothing Company

How to Start Your Own Clothing Company:
a Quick Guide by Your Friends at Go Media

Welcome to the Go Media’s Zine!

Are you a passionate creative, student, designer, entrepreneur?

You’re in the right place.

Inside you’ll find the tools you’ll need to successfully do what you love. We’ll share real-world practical advice, solid business techniques, step-by-step tutorials, as well as educational podcasts and webinars to take you to the next level.

We give all of our secrets away and cultivate an open environment for the sharing of insights and inspiration.


Join us.

When you’re ready, we would also love for you to be a part of our community. Please comment on posts, become an active member of our social media community and/or email to find out ways you can contribute your own designs or tutorials to the GoMediaZine.

Quick Guides

With hundreds of posts in our archives sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Start Here page is a great place to get started. This page holds 7 quick guides to becoming the creative you’ve always dreamed you’d be (brought to you by the best web graphics company in Cleveland, Go Media). You’ve landed on one of these lists so let’s get started, shall we? Read on to learn how you can:

Start Your Own Clothing Company
Articles:
1. How to Launch a T-Shirt Line in One Day
2. The Fundamentals of Great T-Shirt Design
3. Starting your own shirt line. PART 1
4. Starting your own shirt line. PART 2
5. Apparel Printing: the Designer’s Guide
6. How to Get Your Apparel Line into Retail Stores
7. 15 Awful Mistakes Made by Designers in the Music & Apparel Industry – 1 of 3
8. 15 Awful Mistakes Made by Designers in the Music & Apparel Industry – 2 of 3 
9. 15 Awful Mistakes Made by Designers in the Music & Apparel Industry – 3 of 3
10. Pointers for Designers Working with Apparel Companies 
11. A Designer’s Guide to Pricing
12. How to Charge For Your Graphic Design Work (& Get What You Deserve)
13. 10 Tips to avoid designer’s block
14. How to Win at Design by Humans
15. Apparel Design: 120+ Inspirations from Go Media’s Portfolio
16. 5 Keys to Branding Your Apparel Line Like a Boss (+1 Top Secret to a Successful Launch)

Tutorials:
1. Anatomy of a Band T-Shirt 
2. Design Process: “Sick” Metal Band T-Shirt 
3. Tutorial: “Lady Luck” T-Shirt Illustration
4. Go Media’s Rapid-Fire Illustration Technique
5. How to Design Your Own Custom Hoodie
6. Sexy Holiday Vector Pin-Up Girl Technique
7. How to design a t-shirt on a budget and a tight deadline
8. Ornate Lettering Process
9. Designing Ultra SceneXCore Apparel!
10. Beautiful Vector Illustration
11. How to Create Vintage T-Shirt Designs with no drawing ability
12. Pro Tips on Preparing Artwork for T-Shirt Printing
13. Keys to Launching an Online T-Shirt Business

How to Launch and Run a Thriving Design Business

How to Run A Successful Design Business:
a Quick Guide by Your Friends at Go Media

Welcome to the Go Media’s Zine!

Are you a passionate creative, student, designer, entrepreneur?

You’re in the right place.

Inside you’ll find the tools you’ll need to successfully do what you love. We’ll share real-world practical advice, solid business techniques, step-by-step tutorials, as well as educational podcasts and webinars to take you to the next level courtesy of the best web design company in Cleveland, Go Media.

We give all of our secrets away and cultivate an open environment for the sharing of insights and inspiration.

Join us.

When you’re ready, we would also love for you to be a part of our community. Please comment on posts, become an active member of our social media community and/or email to find out ways you can contribute your own designs or tutorials to the GoMediaZine.

Quick Guides

With hundreds of posts in our archives sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Start Here page is a great place to get started. This page holds 7 quick guides to becoming the creative you’ve always dreamed you’d be. You’ve landed on one of these lists so let’s get started, shall we? Read on:

Tips to Launch and Run a Thriving Design Business

1. How to Launch your Freelance Business: 9 Simple Tips
2. Moving beyond Freelancing: 4 Insights to Growing your Design Firm
3. A Designer’s Guide to Pricing
4. How to Charge For Your Graphic Design Work (& Get What You Deserve)
5. 12 Tips for Flawless Service & Happy Clients
6. Beating Busters: How to Identify and Avoid Bad Clients
7. Accountants, lawyers, and doctors, oh my! A designer’s guide to business.
8. Everything You Need to Know About Dealing with Difficult Clients
9. Thoughts on Design Integrity. Getting what you want from your client
10. Secret to Success: Track Your Metrics!
11. On Developing a Dedicated Sales Team
12. The Number One Myth of Hiring (& How You Can Overcome It)
13. 10 Mistakes Freelancers Should Avoid Today
14. How to Make (and Save) Money as a Graphic Designer
15. How to Build a Stand-Out Brand: Whys and Ways to Stand Out
16. How to Land and Maintain Big Clients: 11 Absolutely Essential Tips
17. 6 Questions to Consider When Rebranding Your Company
18. Networking Tips: Secrets to Networking Success
19. F#@% Your Function, Find Your Fire
20. Want to Get Comfortable Charging What You’re Worth? Start Shifting YOur Mindset about Pricing Structures. Here’s How:
21. The Biggest Surprise When Starting My Design Business
22. Invoicing Clients for Graphic Design Work: How-To
23. Answers to Your Top Questions about Pricing Your Design Work

How to Become a Master Typographer

How to Learn Typography:
a Quick Guide by Your Friends at Go Media, the source for website services in Cleveland

Welcome to the Go Media’s Zine!

Are you a passionate creative, student, designer, entrepreneur?

You’re in the right place.

Inside you’ll find the tools you’ll need to successfully do what you love. We’ll share real-world practical advice, solid business techniques, step-by-step tutorials, as well as educational podcasts and webinars to take you to the next level.

We give all of our secrets away and cultivate an open environment for the sharing of insights and inspiration.

Join us.

When you’re ready, we would also love for you to be a part of our community. Please comment on posts, become an active member of our social media community and/or email to find out ways you can contribute your own designs or tutorials to the GoMediaZine.

Quick Guides

With hundreds of posts in our archives sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Start Here page is a great place to get started. This page holds 7 quick guides to becoming the creative you’ve always dreamed you’d be. You’ve landed on one of these lists so let’s get started, shall we? Read on to learn how you can:

Become a Master Typographer:

1. Become a Master Typographer: How to Choose the Perfect Typeface
2. Become a Master Typographer: 19 Expert Secrets to Creating Custom Lettering
3. Become a Master Typographer: Pro Tips – Making and Breaking the Rules
4. Become a Master Typographer: Playing with your Food (And Other Ways to Get Creative with Type)
5. 100 Top Resources for Typography and Hand-Lettering
6. Typography Shortcuts: ‘Custom’ Type Treatments for the Lazy Designer

Rules of Graphic Design

Become a Master Graphic Designer in 7 Easy Steps

Rules of Graphic Design:
a Quick Guide by Your Friends at Go Media, Cleveland’s best website design company

Welcome to the Go Media’s Zine!

Are you a passionate creative, student, designer, entrepreneur?

You’re in the right place.

Inside you’ll find the tools you’ll need to successfully do what you love. We’ll share real-world practical advice, solid business techniques, step-by-step tutorials, as well as educational podcasts and webinars to take you to the next level.

We give all of our secrets away and cultivate an open environment for the sharing of insights and inspiration.

Join us.

When you’re ready, we would also love for you to be a part of our community. Please comment on posts, become an active member of our social media community and/or email to find out ways you can contribute your own designs or tutorials to the GoMediaZine.

Here are our Rules of Graphic Design:

With hundreds of posts in our archives sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Start Here page is a great place to get started. This page holds 7 quick guides to becoming the creative you’ve always dreamed you’d be. You’ve landed on one of these lists so let’s get started, shall we? Read on to learn how you can:
Become a Better Designer in 7 easy steps.

1. Become a Master Designer: Rule One: Limit Your Fonts
2. Become a Master Designer: Rule Two: Limit Your Colors
3. Become a Master Designer: Rule Three: Contrast, Contrast, Contrast
4. Become a Master Designer: Rule Four: Spacing Is Your Friend
5. Become a Master Designer: Rule Five: Add depth to your designs.
6. Become a Master Designer: Rule Six: Motion
7. Become a Master Designer: Rule Seven: Putting it all together.

A Showcase of Beautiful App Icons

App Icon Inspiration

For a long time now, I’ve been a fan of really well designed app icons. It’s quite similar to logo design, in that it represents the brand and personality of a product, but that it only has a very small canvas size in which to do so. It’s also exceptionally difficult to get it right, and when it’s done well it looks easy.

Mobile app icons have – over the years – only gotten better, partly as more and more designers have gotten used to the format, and also because the bar has been consistently raised each year. It’s often no longer good enough to have just a standard, functional app – it needs to be beautifully designed with impeccable UI, and the icon has to look good if you want it to feature on the home screen of the device.

So, with that said, I wanted to bring together a collection of some of my favourite fresh, recent, beautifully designed app icons that all make the most of the tiny screen size they’re given. Each of these has been carefully crafted and gives a real brand to the software that they represent. I hope you find the collection useful and interesting, and if you know of any other app icons that you’d like to share (or if you’ve created any that you’re especially proud of!), I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

The Showcase

01-app icon inspiration

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1805392-Camera-Diary-Icon-Concept

02-app icon inspiration

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1755566-Pattern-to-Login

03-app icon inspiration

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1744147-CodeRange-Icon

04-app icon inspiration

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1781896-Creatives-Land-Icon

05-app icon inspiration

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1807459-Candy-Camera-Icon

06-app icon inspiration

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1803314-iOS-Philips-Hue-Bridge-Icon-Concept

07-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1798320-Gaian

08-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1797288-OP-1-Synthesizer-Freebie

09-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1804112-SwiftHue-App

10-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1794994-NDC2014-iOS-App-Icon

11-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1747215-Boleyn-Ground-Photo-App

12-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1788645-Where-Your-Money-Goes-App-Icon

13-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1766449-Canva-iPad-App-Icon

14-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1754194-Sunrise-Calendar-Icon

15-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1762169-iStat-Menu-5

16-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1770020-Map-Pin-Icon

17-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1759696-Combust-App-Icon

18-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1791616-icon-SO-app

19-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1729211-Quan-Quan-iPhone-App-Icon-Design

20-icon

Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/1806363-Taxi-Icon

Hopefully this collection of app icons has given you some inspiration, and maybe it’s even encouraged you to open Photoshop or Sketch and get some of your own designs out of your head and onto the screen. I’d love to hear what you think of these designs or if you have anything else that you’d like to share.

Student’s Guide to the ‘Zine

Student’s Guide to the ‘Zine:
a Quick Guide by Your Friends at Go Media

Welcome to the Go Media’s Zine!

Are you a passionate creative, student, designer, entrepreneur?

You’re in the right place.

Inside you’ll find the tools you’ll need to successfully do what you love. We’ll share real-world practical advice, solid business techniques, step-by-step tutorials, as well as educational podcasts and webinars to take you to the next level.

Go Media, the premier website development company in Cleveland, will give all of our secrets away and cultivate an open environment for the sharing of insights and inspiration.

Join us.

When you’re ready, we would also love for you to be a part of our community. Please comment on posts, become an active member of our social media community and/or email to find out ways you can contribute your own designs or tutorials to the GoMediaZine.

Quick Guides

With hundreds of posts in our archives sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Start Here page is a great place to get started. This page holds 7 quick guides to becoming the creative you’ve always dreamed you’d be. You’ve landed on one of these lists so let’s get started, shall we?

A Student’s Guide to the GoMediaZine:
1. An Open Letter to Student Designers
2. Surviving Design School
3. Preparing for your Design Career: 5 Important Lessons
4. How to Land the Design Job of your Dreams
5. 10 Mistakes Designers Make When Applying for Jobs
6. How to Ace Your Next Creative Job Interview – What We’re Dying to Know About You
7. 8 Detrimental Design Habits to Break Today
8. An Open Letter to Design Students: Learn to Code
9. Learn to Code: Tips for Designers
10. 8 Secrets to Battling Burnout and Tools to Help Kickstart Your Day
11. How to Charge for Your Graphic Design Work (& Get What You Deserve)
12. Bright Ideas from the Intern
13. Tips on Landing an Internship
14. Where Can I Learn Graphic Design? – A Newbie’s Guide
15. Kicking A** in Kickoff Meetings
16. Don’t Quit Your Day Job- Advice for Young Creatives on Making Ends Meet
17. Here’s What You Need to Know About Creating an Outstanding Online Portfolio
18. Please Avoid Making These Mistakes We Often See on Design Resumes
19. The Magic Element to Include in the Best Graphic Design Cover Letter Ever
20. How to Have the Best Graphic Design Portfolio on the Block: 3 Tips
21. How to Get Hired to Do the Design Work You Want to Do
22. 14 Web-Based Jobs You Might Be Interested In