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Graphic Design Theory: 50 Resources and Articles

Graphic Design Theory: 50 Resources and Articles
As designers, we often focus on the practical aspects of design above all else. We focus on what works, with little regard for why it works. And in our day-to-day work, that outlook serves us well. It lets us get our work done in an efficient, professional manner, and generally nets good results. But spending some time on the theory behind the graphic design principles we use every day can expand our design horizons. It can open up new avenues of creativity and experimentation that can lead our designs from just good, to fantastic. General Design Theory There are a lot of general design theories and principles out there that apply to all forms of design, whether in digital or print mediums. The Principles of Design This article from Digital Web Magazine covers the basics of design theory, including balance, rhythm, proportion, dominance, and unity. Graphic Design Theory? How Good is Good? Can Graphic Design Make You Cry? Want to Know How to Design? Layout Principles Color Theory Typography

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Before and After: A Craft Resource for Graphic Design One of the best things about working with students in digital platforms is that they have an opportunity to bring visual design to their writing, leveraging talents, interests, and modes of expression that would not otherwise find a place on an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of lined paper. The opportunity to work on the text, but also express the text visually, seems to draw in many writers who otherwise might have held back from a writing task. But this also opens up the question of finding resources to enrich their understanding of the craft of design...something that might not be readily at hand in many writing classrooms. While some students might be very adept at design, many are 'enthusiastic novices' (like me). One resource I've found that succeeds in making principles of graphic design accessible to novices is Before & After Magazine. Before & After does just what its name suggests: it takes readers through a simple makeover process to illustrate an element of practical graphic design.

Canva Course: Graphic Design Theory in Social Media Intro My name is Jeremy Deighan and I am thrilled to be a part of the Udemy team of instructors, helping others achieve their own personal goals. I have had quite the range of skills and hobbies through my lifetime. I really enjoy teaching and hope to provide information to others on anything and everything I know how to do! How to seek inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci How to seek inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci Posted by Richie on Monday, June 7, 2010 · 57 Comments Who do you look for inspiration in your daily life? Who influences your work and your profession the most?

10 Wicked Freebies That Every Designer Should Download Sometimes designing your own graphics from scratch can be a timely and daunting task, and going to the professionals can be very costly. In this post I have assembled an amazing collection of well designed free graphic elements that we do think are worth mentioning…for example; Flat icons, Flat design UI Kit, PSD website template and PSD Business card template… just to name a few. These high quality graphic elements and PSD templates can be very useful and save you lots of time with your web design project without reinventing the wheel.

Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline Fortunately, it isn't required to go to design school in order to be a graphic designer. A good foundation in graphic design history, theory, and practical application will help you hit the ground running. There are plenty of resources available in which you can learn graphic design on your own. Don't set your expectations to high at first, as it will take enthusiastic study for years to become great. The Framing Effect: Influence Your Audience By Setting The Conte Is the glass half full or half empty? How does seeing it one way frame everything else you later decide about both glass and water? Would seeing it the other way change your view? Imagine you and I are walking across the desert with a single canteen. N.Design Blog ← Back to the blog Free MiniCards From Moo.com Aug 07, 2012 1 Comment

Presentation Tools Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach. Get it on the web or iPad! guest Join | Help | Sign In cooltoolsforschools Home How to become a designer without going to design school I got my job as a designer without going to design school. I had hacked together my own design education in 6 months while working a full-time job. I didn’t think I was ready but started applying for jobs anyway – and got a job at a great startup, Exec. To be clear, I’m nowhere near as good as those design prodigies that come out of a 4-year education at an elite school like RISD. Useful (Offline) Utensils and Toolkits for Designers Most web designers start new projects on their computer. There are hundreds of tools out there for creating wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and doing various other planning activities on your computer or online. But there are also tons of offline, paper-based tools that can speed up your development and design process.

Four Types of Visual Content That Cut Through the Noise From the beginning of time, people have been expressing themselves through visuals. It is very natural for us to pay immediate attention to illustrations and graphics. And in an increasingly noisy digital landscape, marketers must use them to stand out. "Blogs were one of the earliest forms of social networking where people were writing 1,000 words," says Dr. William J. Teach yo'self: A guide to online graphic design education Welcome to class! It’s a new era of graphic design. In a discipline that has always grown with, and been defined by technology, the computer is now one of the sole forces moving the medium. We are now able to teach ourselves and work for ourselves, from wherever our computers may be. Oh, and it’s free. Thanks internet!

This resource covers many of the topics asked for in our assignment this week- It has links about use of color and contrast, balance, harmony, etc, fonts, composition, etc! by dixiembeau Sep 4

This site is the smorgas-bord (spelling?) of visual design! It has resources in every aspect of graphic design organized by category! Cool! by dixiembeau Sep 3

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