Graphic Design

The Design Constitution

You could argue, as some of the commenters do, that his isn't workable. Who cares? This is far and away the best demonstration of the proper interaction between designer and client that I've seen. For me, it's more important as an ideal than as a workable plan. Once the ideal is defined, then a workable subset of these rules can be made. When no ideal exists, what do you work towards? The Design Constitution

There are always corrections

I found an interesting post by the Grammar Girl's called Correcting Other People's Grammar today. One aspect of graphic design that is always underestimated by designers and clients alike is corrections. Clients always think that their supplied copy is perfect, graphic designers know better. Graphic designers know that our design is flawless, customers disagree.


The Right Approach

I saw something at writerus drivelus this morning that got me thinking.

Stop trying to be 'right' and just do something that works. The implication being, go back to tables; it's a simple page requiring a simple solution.

On Being Negative

As I've said before negative space is a very underutilized aspect of graphic design. So when I see good writing on that subject, it catches my eye. This morning I spotted an article by Mark Boulton on A List Apart. Mr. Boulton's Whitespace article covers many of the different ways that whitespace is used in modern design. From Direct Mail:

On Proofing

I've been thinking a lot about proofing lately. It's something that comes up often. As a graphic designer, and as a blogger, my work is always under the scrutiny of others. Whether it's design critics, superiors, or my own proofreaders, everyone seems to look over my work. Never the less, things get missed. Are you a designer, writer, or blogger? Here are a few ideas that have come up over the years to help keep my work free of errors. Proofreading

Setting graphic design free

If I had the opportunity to give one, and only one suggestion to a young graphic designer... it would be "simplify". It might sound too easy, and maybe it is, but that one word is a major key to design.

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo

On writing

Copyblogger has some great quotes from Mark Twain that he thinks apply to bloggers. They could also be applied to writing for advertising and promotions. Too often I see good design spoiled by mediocre writing. The Mark Twain Guide to Better Blogging | Copyblogger

"The difference between the right word and almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."


About Color

Here's five interesting methods for working with color. I personally use a method very similar to Boulton's Begin with Grey method. I start working in grayscale. Only when the layout is working do I introduce the primary color. Then I add accent colors as necessary. I'll be trying Mr. Boulton's other methods in the near future. Five Simple Steps to designing with colour : Journal : Mark Boulton

The Perfect Mailer

Planning a mailing? has 15 Questions to ask yourself before applying the postage. Some of them are graphic design basics, like

9. Does your imagery reflect the end benefit?

13. Is your type easy to read, using only one or two fonts?


Logos - Keep it simple

Cory Miller at Church Communications Pro has a very interesting take on designing logos.