Rapid Recharge // Keeping up with Graphic Design Trends & Technology

Episode 282. Aired Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

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Do you constantly feel like there is always a new program, platform, service, or tool you need to learn and utilize?
Do you fee like struggle to keep up with the updates, new services and / or programs on the market?
Do you have a education plan built into your yearly
How do you decide where to go to learn?
Do you know where to find deals?
Do you know how to find trusted, industry leaders who are teaching the subjects you need to learn?
Do you have these learning goals connected directly to new client work or being more marketable for applying for a new job?

This week I am happy to share a little tid-bit of some of the online learning I have done. And why I have chosen some of these courses. I have also found some deals and want to share those with you and when those deals come out so you can plan for them for next year.

Things we talked about and links from the show

Jane Davenport video on Derwent Inktense pencils, the Inktense pencils and blocks can be found here.

Ways to Support the Show

Support the channel and the podcast and get extra content delivered to patron’s only at: https://www.patreon.com/dianegibbs

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