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Graphic design principles: Definition and basics you need for good design

What are the graphic design principles? Let’s start from the graphic design definition. Graphic design means the planning of imagery and even lettering or fonts, in order to create a visual image that draws attention. Read More →

Professional photographer and film director Platon Yurich makes surrealistic photographs. He uses models and unearths unique places to give his shots a mysterious and dreamlike genre. His work is to discover on Instagram.Read More →

Explore the Golden Thórsmörk, Iceland with Marina Weishaupt AoiroStudio Mar 02, 2018 We are exploring the Southern part of Iceland today with photographer Marina Weishaupt. She is from Germany and truly a passionate about nature, animals, and environment.Read More →

solitude, “the harvest of the quiet eye”

IN THE YEAR 1845 Henry Thoreau went to live on a small farm at Walden Pond near Concord Mass.  Having written nothing of significance, he was still unknown outside the circle of his Concord friends.  Intuitively Thoreau recognised he must find solitude to discover himself.Read More →

santorini sunset colour palette

On Santorini watching the sunset becomes a ritual for tourists every evening.  Imagine that the air is warm and the only sound is the distant soft crowing of a rooster.  The sea far below shimmers in a golden haze, as it merges into the magenta sky.  Santorini seems to float in the air.  Read More →

varanasi colour swatch

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.Read More →

poppies colour swatch

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row…”
So went the famous lines by John McCrae, who captured the symbolism of solace that red poppies offered the soldiers in the trenches.  This colour swatch I call poppies.
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An image of a pencil.

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.Read More →

A visual guide to the web design process 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 similarRead More →

One of the first edition copies of the original Christmas card was discovered by a housewife in Essex England in 1954.  The quaint old card bears the date of 1843 and the signature of the artist, shows in the centre panel, a family at their festive board, their glasses allRead More →

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.Read More →

Cutting bamboo

Saturday morning and it is time to trim the bamboo below the fence line before grows another couple of metres.  As a graphic designer manual labour to me is using Photoshop to remove unwanted parts of an image. Backyard Retreat It is not quite a meditation retreat yet but itRead More →