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Digital Humanities. Presentation & Visual Information. Information Architecture and Prototyping. Data & Visualisation. Elcohslibrary. Clouds. Tools for innovation. 9 Figures of Speech that Will Make You More Creative. If you haven’t ever paid attention to the scores of figures of speech out there (like metaphors, puns, and similes), you might want to take a moment to review the list.

9 Figures of Speech that Will Make You More Creative

If you find yourself in a creativity slump, a good place to turn to are the figures of speech. Creative advertisers make effective use of them to make their designs more engaging. You’ll find that the more you employ figures of speech to your visual communications, the more visually interesting and creative they will become. Here are nine examples to give you sense for how visual figures of speech are fantastic creativity tools. Visual Irony: Juxtaposing two ideas that communicate opposite ideas. Visual Synecdoche: Referring to a whole by its part or a part by its whole. Visual Simile: Comparing two things or ideas, usually by saying “like” or “as.” Visual Personification: Imposing human-like characteristics on inanimate objects. Visual Metaphor: Using a completely unrelated thing or idea to explain a concept. Designing to Inform and Delight: Drawing Inspiration from Milton Glaser. Good visual communicators reach into the depths of culture and listen to its heartbeat.

Designing to Inform and Delight: Drawing Inspiration from Milton Glaser

Those who really have the ability to affect an audience recognize not only what the people enjoy, but what they are missing and don’t know it yet. Some argue that designers are the architects of the future; they are the people that create the stuff we want, need, see, and use and thus significantly impact the way the rest of us view our world. For the last century in America, there has been sad byproduct of the need to increase wealth: the atrophy of good design. Sources. Visual communication is a very broad topic.

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The number of sources that influence my thinking in visual communication is always on the rise, so the list below certainly isn’t comprehensive by any stretch of the imagination. But I wanted to list the sources that seem to be seminal (or at least widely read) in the field, sources that you might want to pick up if you are interested in improving your own visual literacy or if you just want some pointers for better design practices. This list will continue to grow, so check back often! 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, By Susan Weinschenk. Written by a web design scholar and brain research enthusiast, this book covers many interesting research studies that show how people react to design. Envisioning Information, by Edward Tufte.

The Non-Designer’s Design Book, by Robin Williams. The Non-Designer’s Type Book, by Robin Williams. Universal Principles of Deisgn, by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler. Infographic_Color-CRAYON-TIP1.jpg (JPEG Image, 4500 × 3000 pixels) - Scaled (22%) How to Transform a Design from Amateur to Professional in Four Easy Steps. You’ve probably been asked to create a brochure or a flier or a poster before.

How to Transform a Design from Amateur to Professional in Four Easy Steps

And if you don’t have a background in graphic design, you may feel uneasy about taking on the challenge. At the very least, you probably have inadequate and maybe even tossed around the phrase, “I’m just not that creative” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” It’s true that there can be a lot involved with good graphic design–understanding color theory, typography, negative space, layout, resolution, and so forth. But it doesn’t take all that know-how to create a simple, nice-looking brochure. Follow the chart below to see how to avoid some of the most common amateur design mistakes (center-aligning, inserting too many images, including too much text, only using one font, not using contrast) in order to make a simple design look professional in just four easy steps.

Design Knowledge. TiddlyWiki — a non-linear personal web notebook. What is Visual Rhetoric? Visual Rhetoric Overview, Definition, and Examples. Visual rhetoric, in a nutshell, refers to how we are persuaded by the things we see.

What is Visual Rhetoric? Visual Rhetoric Overview, Definition, and Examples

Rhetoric (particularly in politics) often refers to language, whether written or oral, that is used strategically to persuade people to believe or act in certain way. When people talk about visual rhetoric, you might be inclined to think that they are referring to the way images are manipulated to skew the way we perceive things. But visual rhetoric is so much more than image manipulation. In fact, visual rhetoric refers to how we interpret and make meaning out of anything we see. Look at the graphic below. So what is Visual Rhetoric, Exactly? Visual rhetoric is part of a communication process where we interpret and make meaning out of the world around us. The problem is, we sometimes communicate visually without even realizing it. The fact is, visual rhetoric (or the way people interpret messages by what they see) is affected by a whole host of things.