Design Tips for Non-Designers

August 17, 2018

 

The application of graphic design is vast and versatile, it doesn’t matter whether your creating design for social media or designing an invitation. The features of the design world are difficult as you need to think of font pairing, scale and white space. We’ve got some amazing tips to help you!

 

Typefaces

If you apply a lot of fonts or typefaces, then this can make your design harder to read and even harder to figure out which fonts look good together. The eye finds it hard to scan multiple typefaces so it’s better to just stick to a simple collection of fonts for your headings, subtitles and body text. 

 

Colours

Colours create a tonal foundation for your design, no matter what colour palette you use. You should pick a colour scheme that has 1-3 primary colours and then an additional 1-3 secondary colours that will contrast and complement each other. Finer typefaces will need a stronger distinction against a colour background, you can always adjust the brightness for contrast.

 

Creativity

Create your own style! Learn new techniques and broaden your skill-set with your own creative design methods. Be inventive and experimental when choosing and combing different typefaces and filters but avoid trends and create designs that will correspond with your own unique style, always leave a personal stamp on your work.

 

White Space

Leaving some negative space will bring balance to your composition and it will define areas of positive space. To let different elements, breathe surround words with white space, it will also make text easier to read which will attract attention.

 

Trail & Error

Everyone makes mistakes and these mistakes are the most important part of the learning experience. We feel like design is all about trial and error so push your design to the limit, the creative process is never complete. 

 

Grids

Aligning your images with grids make your design look way more professional! 

 

Mood Board

Before jumping right into your design gather some images and swatches that represent what you want to do first. For a simple and easy mood board use a grid, and then collect images, colour swatches and other visual pieces. This might help you find a common colour palette or theme that can be used in your design.

 

Symmetry

Use horizontal and vertical lines to correspond with other design elements, make sure they are all similar weights for stylistic consistency. 

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