Sunday March 2, 2014
Why I Sketch Every Day (and why you should too) by Troy Church goes along quite nicely with the concept of doing thumbnail sketches in graphic design and desktop publishing. Do you put a real pen or pencil to real paper on a regular basis or at least when working out ideas for a personal or client design project? Discover How and Why to Do Thumbnail Sketches.
Saturday March 1, 2014
I have no idea what leprechaun writing looks like but if you want to give your St. Patrick's Day cards and projects a bit of Irish flavor, try using some of these uncial, blackletter, and Celtic St. Patrick's Day fonts.
Even if you aren't making your own St. Patrick's Day projects, get a font/writing style lesson and pick up some great free historical fonts.
Friday February 28, 2014
When driving to an unknown destination do you find it easier to find your way by knowing street names and directions or do you prefer to know about landmarks, such as "turn right at the first traffic light after the bank that looks like a red barn?" Personally, I like a little of both.
Either way, you're finding your way around using signposts or visual cues to let you know where you are and where you are going. And you're also at the mercy of the person providing those driving instructions.
It works the same way in print publications and on the Web too. The reader is the traveler and the designer is the one providing the directions through artwork, titles, paragraph and character formating, and explicit navigational elements. As a designer, are you providing the appropriate visual cues to help readers find their way around your document?
Thursday February 27, 2014
A poster announcing and commemorating a live music performance, the gig poster gets its name from a slang term (gig) for any musical performance by an artist or band. Find out how to design gig posters for a variety of acts and learn some of the tried and true techniques such as collage, typographic, silhouette, and "the giant head."