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  1. A lot of practice and knowing little tricks to try. Also, they may have been able to find a better quality version than the sample you showed.
  2. A little thing called "Photoshop", and using things like Levels and/or Brightness/Contrast.
  3. My main issue with those old Browns uniforms is the inconsistent striping. Make the pants match the helmets with the double stripe being brown.
  4. As a Jags fan who wants to continue this Jax-Jacking... the Jags black jersey is ugly. The teal sleeves don't work. That said, I LOVE their away jerseys, though. The black sleeves and teal numbers work well on a white jersey. The pants stripe thingy I'm not a fan of. It needs to be full length. The helmet is the worst in the NFL (even though I still have a mini-helmet version, whoops).
  5. I don't think a full re-do is needed. Maybe just lots of tweaks? The base design I think has potential. I like the shade of orange/brown and that the pants stripe matches the helmet stripe (ie on orange and white, brown is the double stripe with the opposite color in the center, etc).
  6. But that's a marketing/business angle. It's different than the locals referring to our state as "Sota". It's nothing that makes any sense so as to put it on the jersey of one of our pro teams in my view. If my Loons did something like that I would cringe.
  7. I guess that's different, though. That's an attempt at marketing. I'm a born and raised Minnesotan who grew up in rural west central Minnesota and then moved to the cities, and I've never once heard anybody refer to it as 'Sota (the state or the pop lol).
  8. Yes sir!
  9. Ironic because in Minnesota we don't call it soda lol
  10. Nope, we don't.
  11. Thanks BrandMooreArt and McCarthy. That is exactly what I've been trying to say!
  12. Again, look at my specific advise for this specific case. This person is already HIGHLY educated and is already doing graphic design work with proven design ability. Thus, my advice to them is to not worry about getting another college degree. Also, I'm not saying don't go to college period. It is all 100% situation dependent. If you look at my initial post, I do address applying at larger corporations (ie. places that have HR people) and say specifically that for those places you do need a degree. And even in those cases, you don't need a DESIGN degree (which again is what the originally question was about). I'm not saying don't be educated or don't get a degree. Everything is case specific to the person asking, "What should I do?" IF you have the skills and portfolio and experience, then you don't need a degree. I'm not saying that nobody ever needs a degree. As I keep saying, it is a specific answer to a specific person. There is no broad sweeping answer that is true to all people in all situations here. I'm saying to look at each situation individually and answer the "Do I need a degree?" question based upon their details. If somebody asks if they need a degree and you simply say "YES!" without knowing their details, you can easily do more harm than good. You guys/gals seem to think I'm saying that nobody anywhere should ever get a degree of any kind and education isn't needed. I say specifically to obtain knowledge however you need to. If that is by getting a degree, then by all means get a degree. If you already have a masters in business, are doing freelance design, and have life experience in business and practical life skills of working with others, etc., don't waste 2-4 years getting another degree. You may only need to take a couple classes to learn some specific designing skills. TL:DR = the answer to the "do I need a design degree" is 100% situation dependent. Look at skillset/resume of the person asking the question, and then give your answer.
  13. Anyone else getting a blue/gold dress vibe from this picture, or is it just me? (sorry for the off topic lol)
  14. The point I was making about degrees is people get so focused on getting all of this formal education in a field where formal education doesn't matter for the most part. It doesn't matter how much schooling you had or whether your degree is a 2 year degree, 4 year degree, or if you even graduated college with a degree. Basically it doesn't matter how you obtained the knowledge. What matters is that you have the knowledge. That is what I mean by degrees don't matter. Other fields the degree matters and you need a masters, Ph.D, etc. to even legally work in that field. Graphic design there is no requirement other than having the ability to do the job. When you start applying for jobs as a designer they don't look at your schooling, they look at your portfolio and experience. It's why so many job listings say things like "4 year degree or equivalent experience". Obtain the knowledge however you need to, whether that is by getting a degree or being self taught. So with that, keep in mind that my answer was a specific answer to this person's specific case. They are already highly educated, and are already doing graphic design work in the field. In no way would going to school for a graphic design degree help them. They'd waste so much time and money on getting something that realistically wouldn't open any more doors. They have education. They have design experience and their Behance shows they have ability and knowledge of design programs: Thus, their solution is to pad their portfolio and network.
  15. In my experience*, degrees only matter if you're trying to get into a corporate headquarters. All other jobs it is more about networking and how good your portfolio is. The best designers I've ever worked with had less to no formal training in the field and the some of the worst had the most training (not saying this is true for everyone, but that has just been my experience). Do awesome work and network. That is the better route by far. *My experience: 2 year degree in Communication Art & Design, and have worked at smaller companies (ie. 3 man web design firm, smalltown newspaper, printing press) and larger companies (Target HQ, currently at Thomson Reuters).