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Clean Up Your Mess - A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone

Clean Up Your Mess - A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone
Preface If you're like most people, you feel like a baby when it comes to visual design. You sometimes have a vague sense of what you want, but can't articulate it or make it come about. All you can do is point and cry. This guide will help you communicate with conscious skill. It will show you how to create designs that are easy to understand and attractive.

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Pictogram rock posters This is my most ambitious, and maybe also the best, personal work I’ve done so far. I decided to pick a few bands and artists from the rock genre and make pictogram posters for them. Instead of just putting one single pictogram in each poster, like in my previous ‘Pictogram music posters’, I made as many as I could possibly come up with for each artist, and jammed them into one single poster. There is a total of 234 song pictograms in these posters. I started this project Jan 15th 2012, so I’ve been working on this for about five months. A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips  It's about that time again. Sleepy college towns will begin to awaken, abuzz with an excitement that only college students can inspire. Young scholars will soon arrive on college and university campuses, ready, or not so ready, to take on the world of higher education. I have been teaching college students for 13 years, and I've come to know a thing or two about what makes some students more successful than others.

Optimise your Photoshop workflow For a long time, Adobe’s Photoshop has been one of the most popular design applications for creating websites, mobile applications and just about everything in between. Whilst this is a little bit strange seeing as through it is predominately a photo editor, I think you will be pushed to find a young professional graphic designer that did not learn her craft in a cracked version of Photoshop. These days there are also many new competitors to Photoshop in the form of vector based design applications like Sketch or responsive focused applications like Webflow. However I think Photoshop is still by far the most used application for designing websites and web applications today. In this tutorial I’m not going to teach you any specific Photoshop techniques as there is already an abundance of these types of guides online.

Interface Design Principles Visual Design Principles Introduction There are four visual design principles that you can apply to the design of just about anything. Whether you are designing a resume, web page, flyer, brouchure, lesson plan, or computer software interface, the "look" of the product will determine whether your message is effectively communicated. Proximity: Group Related ItemsThe principle of proximity states that related items should be placed physically close together and unrelated items should have space separating them. The placing of interface items close together gives visual clues to logical organization of the information or functionality.

Kickstarter's Ultimate Success Story: Nano Wristbands Raise $1 Million It's the ultimate Kickstarter success story. Unable to secure a manufacturer, the Chicago-based designer Scott Wilson placed his TikTok and LunaTik wristbands -- which convert the Nano into a watch -- on the funding site. Within a month, he raised nearly $1 million from 13,500 backers -- a Kickstarter record. All of a sudden, retailers came calling, including the most prestigious of all: Apple, which is rolling out the wristbands in North American stores this week. "A lot of people just don't have the instincts to know whether it's going to sell, so they just don't want to gamble," Wilson says.

David Byrne’s Hand-Drawn Pencil Diagrams of the Human Condition by Maria Popova “Science’s job is to map our ignorance.” David Byrne may have authored both one of last year’s best albums and best music books, but he is also one of the sharpest thinkers of our time and a kind of visual philosopher. About a decade ago, Byrne began making “mental maps of imaginary territory” in a little notebook based on self-directed instructions to draw anything from a Venn diagram about relationships to an evolutionary tree of pleasure — part Wendy MacNaughton, part Julian Hibbard, yet wholly unlike anything else. In 2006, Byrne released Arboretum (UK; public library), a collection of these thoughtful, funny, cynical, poetic, and altogether brilliant pencil sketches — some very abstract, some very concrete — drawn in the style of evolutionary diagrams and mapping everything from the roots of philosophy to the tangles of romantic destiny to the ecosystem of the performing arts.

Academic Support for Students Cook Counseling Center is dedicated to aiding students in achieving a successful college career. While mental health and counseling services are Cook Counseling Center’s main focus, academic support for students is one of its main priorities. In this capacity, the counseling center provides Wellness Workshops that focus on specific, academic related issues, such as stress management and test anxiety; and information on how to improve study skills, including time management tips and concentration techniques. Cook Counseling Center also provides information on graduate school testing.

Communication, Mood and Meaning: Lines in Web Design Lines, lines, lines. Lines are everywhere in design, they are used to divide space, direct the user's eye, create flow, create emphasis and organize all design elements into form. Generally, we don't think about lines that much, but we make use of them quite often to visually communicate our objective to the user. A line is a basic element that refers to the continuous movement of a point along a surface, such as by a pencil or brush. 8 Basic Principles of Design to Help You Create Awesome Graphics 8 Basic Principles of Design to Help You Create Awesome Graphics Amy Copperman | Graphic design is a highly sought-after skill. Society cares about the way things look, and there is a constant need to produce high-quality design, whether it’s for advertisements, websites, logos, videos, banners, or web content. You don’t need to be a pro-designer to create highly shareable content—especially when adding design elements to photos you already have is as easy as a couple taps on your phone. Still slick tools are only part of the puzzle; you still need to develop an eye for what works visually and what detracts from your message.

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