10 awesome white space designs to inspire you

White space design is a great way to grab a user’s attention, drive home a message and give an elegant user experience. Here are 10 examples you’ll want to copy White space design is a great way to grab a user’s attention, drive home a message and give an elegant user experience. Source: 10 most … Continue reading 10 awesome white space designs to inspire you

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Design Debate: Do Illustrators Need Agents?

In our newest design debate, Alva Skog, Erin Aniker and Yuko Shimizu explore whether it pays for an illustrator to hire an agent. Ready, set, debate. 1. Having an agent means that you can concentrate on what you do best. Alva Skog, freelance illustrator I was considering going freelance straight after university, but the prospect … Continue reading Design Debate: Do Illustrators Need Agents?

Interested in design? Look around: there is enough happening to find inspiration

From schools and colleges introducing design thinking to books, documentaries and podcasts on design, the discipline is finding more takers and becoming more mainstream. Victor Papanek begins his book ‘Design for the Real World’ with the following words: All men are designers. Source: Interested in design? Look around: there is enough happening to find inspiration

Marianne Hendriks Explores Symmetry Within Nature

Marianne Hendriks shares her wonderment of nature in a painting practice highly informed by her background in architecture and design. With each distillation of a leaf into a simple abstraction, Marianne attempts to make sense of the world by categorically manipulating geometry and form. Source: Marianne Hendriks Explores Symmetry Within Nature

Visual Hierarchy: How to Organize UI Content

Henry Adams once said: “Chaos was the law of nature and order was the dream of man”. People always favor the order because it makes things more comprehensible. The same works with user interfaces of digital products. When UI elements are organized and structured, people can easily use an app or a website and feel … Continue reading Visual Hierarchy: How to Organize UI Content

Symmetry vs. Asymmetry in Design

Asymmetry is the absence of, or a violation of, symmetry  Symmetry in everyday language refers to a sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance.  These are two vital principles of design theory.

Defining Asymmetrical Balance and Determining Its Use in Art and Design

Defining Asymmetrical Balance and Determining Its Use in Art and Design Design principles are the foundation of a good design. The design principles you learned will guide you in creating visual media. An efficient design will guide the viewer to see what you intend for them to look in the way you intended for them … Continue reading Defining Asymmetrical Balance and Determining Its Use in Art and Design

A Guide to the SCAMPER Technique for Creative Thinking

Creative thinking and problem-solving are essential parts of the design process to turn ideas into innovation and break the barriers against creativity. One of the successful methods used in creative thinking is the SCAMPER technique. Source: A Guide to the SCAMPER Technique for Creative Thinking

Understanding the Importance of Balance in Graphic Design

With any design you create, you should be thinking about the many principles of graphic design, whether it's contrast, unity, emphasis, etc. In order for your design to be successful, however, you need to ensure that you have visual balance.

Why Are Architects So Obsessed With Piet Mondrian?

Mondrian’s deceptively simple construction of lines and squares in primary colours turned the Dutchman into an icon of abstract art soon after his death in New York in 1944.

Dunhill London’s British Automotive-Inspired Radial Collection: Technical nylon and grained calf leather compose a collection for the next generation

With a vibrance required of heritage brands looking to capture the attention of a new generation, dunhill 's British automotive engineering-inspired Radial Collection steers their bags and accessories to the present day. Here, one finds more than just a racing roundel detail announcing change. Source: Dunhill London's British Automotive-Inspired Radial Collection: Technical nylon and grained … Continue reading Dunhill London’s British Automotive-Inspired Radial Collection: Technical nylon and grained calf leather compose a collection for the next generation

Apple Is Pushing For More Inclusive Emojis

  With more and more emojis getting added each year, Apple is petitioning to tackle one seriously overlooked category: those with disabilities. The tech company announced this week that it's petitioning Unicode, the consortium that decides what emojis are official, to include accessibility-friendly in the next release . Source: Apple Is Pushing For More Inclusive … Continue reading Apple Is Pushing For More Inclusive Emojis

Illustrated Cookware hub of multicultural influences

Patricia Urquiola is a Basque designer who combined for the new line of cookware brand Alessi an equipment set at the hub of multicultural influences, from Japan to antiquity, and also takes a bit of her own cultural and visual origins. Source: Illustrated Cookware

9 unbreakable PowerPoint rules

This is a post from professional speaker Nick Westergaard who is an expert at using PowerPoint still one of the most powerful presentation applications available. NICK WESTERGAARD is a chief brand strategist at Brand Driven Digital, host of the popular On Brand podcast, and author of Get Scrappy. An in-demand speaker at conferences and corporate events throughout the world, … Continue reading 9 unbreakable PowerPoint rules

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Introduction to the role of typography in design

  Typographic design skills give the designer, who develops an appreciation for the subtler points, a wealth of satisfaction. There are few aspects of the profession of graphic design that provide more opportunity to apply creative skills. It calls for judgment and ingenuity constantly, and every application of the skills learned leads to better-designed websites … Continue reading Introduction to the role of typography in design

How To Use Space In Design

…there’s gotta be enough space in there (between notes) so that the sound will work in an air space. That’s what makes the music work. — Frank Zappa Without space there is no music. Try to imagine every note playing at the same time or being played so quickly that there’s no distinction between one … Continue reading How To Use Space In Design

How to Name Your Business – 3 Things You Need to Know

How to Name Your Business – 3 Things You Need to Know Nomen est omen. So, you’ve come up with a great product or service that you want to put on the market, and now you have to pick a name for your business which will reflect all the benefits it will offer to your … Continue reading How to Name Your Business – 3 Things You Need to Know

15 Unbeatable Font Combinations That Can Boost the Aesthetics of Your Design Project

There’s a saying in the field of designing that “the best designs are those which you don’t notice”. But how are you going to appreciate the aesthetics of a design if it does not stand out?

Haus rules: the enduring influence of the Bauhaus on watch design

That’s so Bauhaus, darling. Next year marks the centenary of the short-lived but oh-so-influential design school. The term is often bandied about rather carelessly, especially in the watch world – it is not only minimalism that can be traced back to the school, founded by architect and designer Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919. Source: … Continue reading Haus rules: the enduring influence of the Bauhaus on watch design

Design for Emotion - Google Design

Design for Emotion – Google Design – Medium

Humans have feelings, thoughts, and emotions — we all have them. Some of the best sites, apps, and experiences i’ve seen over the years have been designed for emotion — not simply performing a task but along the way they are coaxing a response. Source: Design for Emotion – Google Design – Medium