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Three More Devastating Mistakes Every Designer Will Make and How You Can Avoid Them

Mistakes happen. Some even say you should make mistakes faster so that you can learn from them! They can’t be completely avoided, but if you know what to look for, you can learn something without the pain of living through the aftermath. A while ago , I posted Three Devastating Mistakes Every Designer Will Make […]

Great Resources for Learning Illustrator

Some of you may know that I’m not a traditionally educated designer or Web developer; I learned everything from the Web and it has so far taken about a year and half to master Illustrator to such a degree that I can teach others. I’m not a particularly good designer and I can’t present 40 pages of illustrations on Flickr that is a Bible for other designers, but knowing the tools of your trade guards against sleepless nights wondering “How do I make a grungy brush with flower patterns…?”

Answers to the Top Design Student Questions

There can be so many impossible questions running through the head of a design student and even those fresh out of college and entering the field. I know I was pretty intimidated about many aspects of design, and the following questions were just a few of the things I wondered about. I can’t draw at […]

Finding Color Inspiration Around the Web

Color is sometimes a struggle for designers, especially when on the hunt for those perfect hues that will convey the meaning behind the design at first glance. We’ve looked at some popular color palettes from a variety of media and even palettes from nature before, and now let’s take a look at some from around […]

Three Devastating Mistakes Every Designer Will Make and How You Can Avoid Them

There are so many things to remember when you are a graphic designer; bleed, page dimensions, color spaces… important things can easily slip through the cracks! When you are a new designer, it can be even more overwhelming. Through my experience–both by committing these mistakes and by receiving files where others have made them–I have […]

Customizing Illustrator for Maximum Efficiency

I hope you didn’t miss Esben’s introduction to Illustrator last Monday! Go back and read it if you did! This week, Esben shows us how to set up Illustrator palettes so that you can work more efficiently and not always have to go hunting for the right palettes. by Esben Thomsen The first steps are […]

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).

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