13 Signs You're A Bad Graphic Designer Posted on 06'07 Dec Posted on December 6, 2007 along with 90 JUST™ Creative Comments Yes, this is a controversial topic, however I hope to raise awareness of some mistakes you may be making in your graphic design pieces that are making you look like an amateur, but please keep in mind that none of these are hard and fast rules, this is only a general guide of things you should be aware of. Please forgive me for the graphic and bad grammar / spelling in the picture above as I’m sure you can see it is a joke :) (rainbow gradients, comic sans, bevel emboss, 13 not 15, bad grammar, off centered type – yuk) Anyway, I have compiled 15 tell tale signs that you may still be considered a (don’t quote me) bad graphic designer. 1. Do you use Helvetica in everything? Ok, yes I know, it is the most popular font of all time – but that is the downfall of Helvetica. 2. Do you use straight quotes still? Straight quotes were for typewriters, times have changed! 3. Do you NOT hang your quotation marks? 4. 5.
ChurchMediaDesign.tv - Tips, Tricks, and How To for the Church media Designer The BIGGEST ever list of design resources! - ProofHQ Following the huge success of last year’s “World’s Biggest Ever List of Graphic Design Blogs”, we’ve decided that we should turn it into an annual event – after all, more people than ever before are blogging and the talent pool continues to grow. This year, we’ve added in some additional categories including typography and image sourcing sites to help you along your way. The list is at least 40% larger than last year and is the one stop shop for all that you could need in terms of inspiration, reference material or tools for you to use. So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen…. drum-roll please! Graphic Design 1stwebdesigner Blog by Dainis Graveris in Latvia covering all things design and freelance. 2expertsdesign A blog filled with tips – whether it’s graphic design, logo design, web design, advertising, branding or typography. 456 Berea Street Blog from Roger Johansson containing articles and tutorials on web standards, accessibility and usability. 72dpi Graphic design inspiration.
C.R.A.P.:The Four Principles of Sound Design by Daniel Scocco This is a guest blog by Jacob Cass. Be sure to check out his $5000 prize giveaway. As a graphic designer, I could tell you if your website design is C.R.A.P. Not crap as in crap crap, but I mean C.R.A.P as in the underlying principles of good design. C.R.A.P stands for contrast, repeitition, alignment and proximity and these are the four principles of design that a blog design should adhere to. The Joshua Tree To get your head around the c.ra.p. principles let me tell you a true story aptly named The Joshua Tree from Robin Williams book, the Non Designers Type Book. Once upon a time, Robin received a tree identifying book where you could match a tree up with its name by looking at its picture. Now the Joshua tree is a really weird-looking tree and she looked at that picture and said to herself "Oh, we don’t have that kind of tree in Northern California. So she took the book and went outside. The moral of the story? The four basic principles 1. 2. 3. 4.
10 Awesome Infographics for Graphic Designers As a graphic designer, you’ve probably designed at least a few infographics for your clients – or even for fun. You can create (and sell) infographics for any topic or industry, which means infographics can be a lucrative source of income. Some designers make a full-time living designing infographics alone. And while infographics always require the talents of a graphic designer, how many infographics have you seen that feature graphic designers? The following 10 awesome infographics were made by graphic designers, for graphic designers. Follow the links to view the full infographics. 1. Learn what different colors represent and what emotions they stir, and when and how to use them in your own designs. 2. This infographic serves as a quick reference for the basic elements of design, complete with tips for how and why each should be considered when creating any design. 3. 4. Want to be a better, more successful, more inspired graphic designer? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. by Glantz Design
99 Graphic Design Resources Below is a list of 99+ graphic design resources, in English and (and a few other languages), that all designers must know about. It is sorted by category (click to go to category): For more resources you can check out the 101 Places To Get Design Inspiration. Also don’t forget to subscribe for more graphic design resources. 1 Spunk United An excellent magazine with a selection of the worlds best artists providing inspiration, interviews, articles and more. 2 FreeLance Switch (No longer active) The community site of reference for all freelances. 3 Computer Arts The site of the excellent international magazine Computer Arts. 4 David Airey A graphic and logo designer who shares his knowledge on these areas. 5 Behance A site gathering the portfolios of the artists of the whole world, a true inspiration. 6 Pdf Mags References all the PDF mags out there! 7 Graphic Design Forum (no longer running). The most active of the graphic design forums out there. 8 Design Is Kinky 9 Freelance Folder 10 Bittbox
Computer Graphics DESIGN PRINCIPLES What is the purpose of graphics? 1) To support content, 2) Create visual appeal, 3) Aid organization, 4) Aid eyeflow A good article about Design Principles: Principles_of_design Another great ad: Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes Hierarchy The tools you use to prioritize your content; how you organize your design. Victorianferndale | www.scion.com Good navigation with the use of color: | www.lacountyarts.org | Learningresources Focal Point Every design needs one of these - it will attract your viewer and draw them in. How to make a Focal Point | Good example | Genesis Box | Hautmanwebdesign | Bodyandsoul A good example of a site that NEEDS a focal point: Soccer Box A focal point can be text too: Bandwmag Eyeflow Painting by Seurat What guides your eyes on these sites? FINE ART PRINCIPLES Relationships, Scale, Synergy Relationship is the connecting force between elements and synergy is all elements working together to create a cohesive whole.
Graphic Design Course Curriculum: Software, Typography, Colour, Illustration, Photography, Logotype, Design Systems, Portfolio Skills The government accredited Certificate IV in Design CUV40311 qualification is recognised by employers and industry groups Australia wide. This qualification is part of the national vocational education and training (VET) system, competency based and based on Training Packages. There are no pre-requisites of entry into this course. We teach you from the ground up. The course ethos More than just software learning We teach a mixture of what we call ‘OLD SCHOOL meets NEW SCHOOL’ techniques that get to the core of what it means to be a real designer: an understanding of the culture of design combined with the techniques of a solid design process, from design brief to idea generation, sketching, layout, comp and finishing in the Adobe suite. Online but Intensive Yes intensive. Design training designed by industry experts We have designed our Certificate IV in Design course to be a comprehensive qualification in graphic design. Portfolio plus qualification Why choose the qualification? Self Paced