Design FAQ #2 – The Designer
My previous Design FAQ took a look at a more design related question (dealing with the infamous typeface Comic Sans) this time I wanted to introduce myself a little more and discuss another big passion of mine…
Every time I visit a new city I’m on the look out for fresh art and design. The typography of shop fronts, the design of maps and tour guides, inspiring exhibitions, bright street art, interesting illustrations in quirky cafes. I find it hugely exciting to explore the ‘look’ of a city.
Graphic design is definitely an area where being prepared has it’s advantages. Keeping your equipment in good condition, printers and backup solutions working are all vital (or at least you realise when something goes wrong…) but as a creative you need more than this.
There’s a very distinct and important line between inspiration and copying – but it’s always good practise to keep an eye on the design world around you.
Despite recent rumblings and the unstoppable behemoth that is the web – print is very much alive and kicking.
In a world where iTunes downloads and Spotify are becoming the norm, I really appreciate the effort’s some bands go to when putting out their latest release.
As a graphic designer, discussing what you actually do can make for an interesting conversation.
A lot of my friends would be considered ‘creative types’, whether this is from meeting in university/work/networking events or just by coincidence. When you step away from this group, the ‘what do you do for a living’ conversation can be a lot more diverse, and explaining what a designer does and why they get paid for it can be a whole different adventure.
Grid systems play a fundamental role in graphic design.
Whether you’re designing for print or the web, using grids will give you a solid foundation to work from.
Grid systems can be very complex and creating your own can involve a lot of fiddling and a few sums, to keep this guide simple I’ll show you how to setup a simple but versatile grid for an A4 document.