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…
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.
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.
Projects and briefs are often wildly different but at the heart of each is the need to deliver a message. As big an impact as imagery can have, it’s very rare to work on a design project that doesn’t use typography in some form.
Instead of looking at the more technical aspects, this post will consider a few points to keep in mind and consider when designing and working with typography to ensure your message is communicated as effectively as possible. Continue Reading