Yearly Archives: 2007

Just Because It’s a Website, Doesn’t Mean Typography Gets Thrown Out the Window

Typography on the Web is not something that a lot of designers take seriously. How can we apply good typography principles to websites when we can’t have total control over the user’s experience?

There are many sites that offer principles and tutorials on controlling type with CSS. WebTypography.net translates The Elements of Typographic Style to the Web and its author, Richard Rutter, also wrote an article at 24 Ways about Vertical Rhythm that’s worth checking out. Mark Boulton mentions this article in his entry, Incremental Leading, and Mark also gives us Five Simple Steps to Typesetting on the Web (and be sure you read the Five Simple Steps to Better Typography to get a better grasp on general typography principles). Unfortunately the Mark’s Web typography series doesn’t have all the posts linked in every section so here’s Part 1 (Glyphs), Part 2 (Dashes) and Part 3 (Printing the Web).

103 Things About Me

Inspired by Kristarella’s 100 Things, I thought I’d share my own list! Just a little fun during the holidays. Merry Christmas!

David Airey is Back (but has a new domain)

Many of you may have seen over the last week or so that the domain davidairey.com suddenly redirected to a new site. You can read the story here, straight from David, to find out what happened. Basically someone hacked his account and was able to redirect his domain while he was on vacation. Please update […]

Need Color Inspiration?

Having struggled recently on finding a color palette for a project, I decided to start keeping track of palettes I find that I like (you already know I collect design pieces I find attractive). I by no means claim these came from my own head.

What I present below is a collection I’ve started, particularly because sites Kuler and ColourLovers have become so overwhelming and I find that many of the palettes do not work once applied to real projects (too many are just pretty transitions from pink to blue or gradients from dark to light of a hue).

What Do You Consider Good Design?

Last time we talked about surrounding yourself with design (good or bad!) in order to improve your sense of design and how it’s important to notice the details that makes a design good or bad.

It seems that it would be a wise idea to have a collection of good design to study and learn from. Do you have a folder or file that you keep outstanding design in? I do! I don’t put as much into it as I would like to, but here are a few of my favorite pieces and why I like them.

How to be a Better Designer: Keep Learning

So how do you keep learning about graphic design?

Do you buy lots of books and magazines?

Do you subscribe to graphic design related blogs?

Have you joined a graphic design forum?

There’s really only so much you can learn about design by practicing. Teachers love to say “Practice makes perfect.” I always counter with “Perfect practice makes perfect.” How can you get better at something if you’re doing it incorrectly?

Quick Ways to Change Up Logo Backgrounds and Colors

Have you ever been sent a logo to use in your projects that has a background color? Isn’t it frustrating to try to get rid of?

Layer mask can be jaggy, too soft and inaccurate for fine detail.

What the client doesn’t consider is that you have to somehow make it work within your project, with your colors. You don’t always have a large black or white area to place the logo in. If they would just give you the logo on a transparent background, your problems would be solved!

So what do you do with this logo that has a background color? And what if you need to change the color?

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