From where does visual literacy first spring? Picture books. A child splayed comfortably on a parent’s lap, is exquisitely attuned to “reading” every element of design: typography, line, shape, colour. Heard aloud, the spare text of a picture book hangs over the scene, casting it in amber.
The Ganges has been drawing men and women to its banks at Varanasi for at least 3000 years. Today, they come to offer prayers and take holy dips at a site considered one of India’s most sacred. They come to cremate their loved ones at the ghats, literally “steps” leading to the waters. I call this inspirational palette Varanasi.
I am feeling nostalgic for the humble pencil. There is a comfort and warm familiarity whenever I pick one up (rarely these days). Pencils are inexpensive, portable, simple to operate and the marks that they make are easy to erase. Unlike other writing tools, they do not run out of ink or skip.
Style tiles are a design tool to display fonts, colours and web elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for a website to a client. A style tile allows one to deconstruct a website into its main visual elements similar to the paint chips and fabric swatches of an interior designer.