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. 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.
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Designing to Inform and Delight: Drawing Inspiration from Milton Glaser Good visual communicators reach into the depths of culture and listen to its heartbeat. 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. For all the valuable traits that have come with expedience and mass production (speed, money, industry, progress), much has been lost in regards to paying attention to details: we’ve lost, in many cases, the ability to both inform and delight. Design, visual communication, is a detail that has for far too long been ignored.
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Sources Visual communication is a very broad topic. 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! 50 of the Best Websites for Writers There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you find a job or write a poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers. Reference Websites Merriam-Webster Online - Merriam Webster is the perfect place to look up words and find information.
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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. 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.