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Why You Need to Support the Arts and Museums

Supporting the arts is not only for the moneyed. As a lover of art, it is your noble duty to support the arts and the places that showcase works of art mainly museums.  Your support for a struggling artist or museum could make a big difference in keeping beautiful work alive for another generation to see. There are many reasons why you should feel good supporting the arts and the local museum.

Better societies

A study done by the University of Pennsylvania found that cities with a big concentration of arts and museums have better social metrics. They have better social cohesion, lower levels of poverty and better child welfare. There is a higher engagement by residents in civic matters. An artistic culture also keeps young people away from low value entertainment like tabloids or video games.

Promote creativity

A vibrant arts scene is a catalyst for artistic creativity and innovation. Higher creativity levels in the community leads to innovation even in other areas outside of the arts. Creativity is highly sought after by employers.  Higher creativity promotes better content in creative writing, dance, drawings and music.

Healing power

Studies show that having works of art in a room promotes faster healing in hospital patients. These patients have shorter stays and manage pain better with less medication.  Museums provide places of solace in bustling cities which is a huge mental relief for the stressed.

Promote human values

The arts are as old as mankind. Works of art have been found in ancient caves dating back over 30,000 years ago and more. Arts have had a big influence on humanity all over the world.  Values of beauty, creativity and goodness are expressed though art. Arts help bridges between people of different races, cultures and religion as everyone appreciates beautiful work.

Promote tourism

A good museum will always attract visitors. Museums are some of the most visited spots in different cities drawing in millions of tourists per year. Many intentional tourists will inevitably have a museum visit on their to-do list in a foreign city.

Promote the local economy

There are many people that make a living around arts and museums. A busy museum for example will need a number of curators and other supporting staff. The museum will also attract people aiming to make money off the museum goers for example trinket sellers. A thriving museum will support a vibrant business community around it.

Supporting the arts does not only make you feel good about doing something positive, but it also makes a real impact in the community you live in.

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Top tips to Sharpen Your Design Skills

Design skills are never acquired overnight. Even individuals with high talent in design were amateurs at one point and perfected their skills by applying and practicing over and over. Design skills are perishable meaning that if you do not practice them, they rust away. If you are just starting out or you are already a designer in need of improving skills, there are some tips that can help you along.

Study design theory and works

This is the first step of your profession. If you are a beginner, you could opt to go the self-teaching route with the use of tutorials and design eBooks. You could also enroll with an online or long-distance program like Udemy. This will help you get the basics like color theory, grid theory, and topography.

As an experienced designer, you can benefit by studying the works of other masters and seeing how they have applied these theories in their works.

A good thing with learning is that it will help you identify good design. From this, you can see what makes it separate from the others and how you can emulate it.

Start a project

If you are learning a new thing, the only way to apply the new skills is by doing. If you are starting on 3D, start a video game project and work on it no matter how badly the first designs come out.

Experiment

Do not be afraid to experiment with new ideas or tools. The true designer is versatile in using many tools as different tools produce different results for the same task. If you’ve been using a pencil, try out a ball point, or switch over to Illustrator instead of Corel. The experimentation will help you identify what works best with your mode of operation.

Seek feedback

As a designer, you should always accept criticism. Some of it will be unhelpful but you will find loads of constructive criticism too. Do not be afraid to share your designs with other designers. Put them up on Dribble or Facebook and ask for opinions.  Do not let positive feedback carry you away into sticking with monotony.

Work at it

The good thing with design is that you can ditch as many sketches as possible.  Work on different projects stockpiling away whatever you don’t like for a later date. You will have positive inspiration to work on it later.

Teach what you know

Teaching and demonstrating is a good way of applying your design skills.  It will help you discover areas you need to polish on.