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The Lost Principles of Design

The Lost Principles of Design
In the instant age that design has evolved into recently many of us often stray away from the basics. If you had a professor in college who taught you the fundamentals of design these may be engrained into your head. For the self-taught, you may have a book on your desk with these very principles. However, the more and more people that flood the internet for design content need to learn the basics before trying to make a stellar gradient in Photoshop. While this is cool and amazing right now, there will come a point where this style is strayed away from and a new style is made. Balance Arranging parts to achieve a state of equilibrium between forces of influences. Examples: Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, Radial Contrast Interaction of contradictory elements. Examples: Large & Small, rough & smooth, thick & thin, light & dark, organic & geometric Emphasis & Subordination Establishing centers of interest which focus the viewer’s attention. Directional Forces Proportion Scale Repetition & Rhythm Balance

Anatomy of Type - Typography Deconstructed Ampersand A stylized character of the Latin et used to represent the word and. Definition: The typographic symbol used to designate the word and (& ) is the Latin symbol for et which means and. The name, ampersand , is believed to be derived from the phrase “and per se and.” On a standard English layout... Aperture The partially enclosed, somewhat rounded negative space in some characters. Apex A point at the top of a character where two strokes meet. Arc of Stem A curved stroke that is continuous with a straight stem. Arm A horizontal or upward, sloping stroke that does not connect to a stroke or stem on one or both ends. Ascender An upward vertical stroke found on the part of lowercase letters that extends above the typeface’s x-height. Ascender Line The invisible line marking the height of ascenders in a font. Ascent Line The invisible line marking the farthest distance between the baseline and the top of the glyph. Axis Ball Terminal A circular form at the end of the arm in letters. Bar Baseline

Alyssa Monks Artist Alyssa Monks always painted women. She started with the self-portraits and then took a detour to paint family members. Her bathing beauties evolve directly from photographs while she intentionally adds a lot of invention to them in her paintings. It seems like water is the overall theme to them and Alyssa says that the water thing kind of found her, and she evolved into it. She has a memory of painting when she was 14 or 15 years old and found an image of water, but it was too hard to paint. All images © Alyssa Monks

Colored Vintage Paper: Texture Pack This free set of 20 vintage/aged paper textures contains textures that are each 3600x3600px in size, high-resolution, and in JPG format. I use textures a lot in my illustrations and in my tutorials, so I made a variety of colors so that I would have a library to choose from. Now, I’m sharing them with you. Use these textures as backgrounds or for adding textured elements in your designs, illustrations, photos, and so forth. Preview Colored Vintage Paper Texture 01 (Aqua) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 02 (Blue) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 03 (Brown) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 04 (Dark Blue) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 05 (Deep Blue) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 06 (Deep Green) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 07 (Deep Orange) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 08 (Deep Red) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 09 (Grey) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 10 (Light Yellow) Download Colored Vintage Paper Texture 11 (Lime) Download Download

8 Cheat Sheet Wallpapers for Designers and Developers Web designers and developers have a lot to remember, from keyboard shortcuts to function names. That’s why it’s handy to have cheat sheets near by for a quick reference. Most people like to print out there cheat sheets on paper and have them sitting on their desk, but another convenient place for a cheat sheet is right on your computers desktop in the form of a wallpaper. Here we’ve rounded up a few very useful cheat sheets for web designers and developers that can be used as desktop wallpapers. Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Color Theory Quick Reference Poster Periodic Table of Typefaces The Anatomy of Type Web Accessibility Checklist TextMate Shortcuts jQuery 1.3 Cheat Sheet WordPress Help Sheet About the Author Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. Related Posts 1932 shares 8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers and Developers Read More 2750 shares Photoshop CS6 Cheat Sheet

Beautiful A Beginner's Guide to Google Analytics Guides Published on June 12th, 2013 | by VerticalResponse You may have an awesome website, but if you’re not sure where your customers are coming from, what parts of your site they find most useful, and how often they’re coming back you’ve got a lot of opportunity. Initial Setup Getting started is as easy as visiting google.com/analytics and signing up for a free account, or if you already have an account, simply log in. Once you’re logged in to your Google Analytics account, look for a small house icon in the top orange bar on the left side. If your site isn’t listed, or you’re brand new to analytics, you’ll need to add your website to your account. Click on the word “Admin” to the right side of the orange bar across the top of the page. If you choose to accept Google’s TOS, you’ll be taken to a page with the tracking code. When you create your account your tracking code is provided for you. Adding the Tracking Code to Your Website Getting to Know the Dashboard Most Useful Reports

Scary 40 Free Branding & Identity Mockup Templates to Download This roundup of 40 free branding and corporate visual identity mockup templates will add a whole new level of professionalism when presenting design work to clients. Note: Click on the preview image of the mockup template you’re interested in to go to its download page. Related Content Author: Ashlee Harrell Ashlee is a design fanatic and the creator of Vector Chameleon - a design resource site that aims to help designers of all levels with amazing, exclusive, handcrafted resources.

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