typography and 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 learnedRead More →

To be a sound designer, it is not just technical skill.  Sucess as a designer often means getting out of your own way.  I have found designing with mindfulness has helped me to stay focused, stay relaxed and have consistent access to my creativity.    Recently I was listening toRead More →

As a visual designer, I am fascinated how people process visual perceptual information. The design process is about bringing order and form to our visual world. Gestalt Psychologists in the 1930’s suggested some basic perceptual rules that the brain automatically and unconsciously follows as it organises sensory information into meaningfulRead More →

Haunch of venision poster

Asymmetry can help give some life and power to a typographic arrangement.

The designer has used the idea of a long piece of tape or receipt.  The typography is contrasted against large and small to make it stand out.Read More →

Breathing Zone Meditation

Breathing Zone – sit back and relax as the animated breathing guide gently slows the pace of your breathing. Research indicates that it has been shown to lower blood pressure.I have been using the Breathing Zone application for several years.  What I particularly like about this application is that is simple, simple to use, simple to set up.Read More →

A photograph of Toby Judge. Head of security for Bailey Street Design.

Originally posted in 2014 I first thought of the benefits of a studio dog when I visited The Distillery in Surry Hills, and I met Noftus, their golden retriever studio dog. He was so friendly, well behaved and played well with others, I thought ‘We can do that’. Toby wasRead More →

Canadian author and illustrator Ashley Spires remind children and (big kids) about the importance of resilience.  Her illustrated Children’s book the Most Magnificent Thing is about a little girl who has in her mind a magnificent projectRead More →

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 elegantRead More →

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 straightRead More →

Design thinking line drawings of silhouette heads with coloured blocks

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 isRead More →

Amsterdam, 22082018, Atelier Marianne Hendriks. Photo:Joke Schut Photography

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 WithinRead More →

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.

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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 theRead More →

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 ThinkingRead More →

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.

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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. Read More →

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 RadialRead More →

  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: AppleRead More →

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 CookwareRead More →

Escher sketch birds to fish

…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 thatRead More →