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From Smashing Magazine: Layout, for both print and screen, is one of the most important aspects of graphic design. Designs that extend across multiple pages or screens, whether containing large or small amounts of type, must be carefully controlled in a way that is enticing and is easy for all to access. Careful control of visual hierarchy is a key aspect of the design decisions we have to consider.
In this article, we will look at how frequently type needs to be broken down into different levels, such as topic, importance and tone of voice. We will explore how this can be achieved visually by relying on several things: texture and tone, seeing the designer as reader, combining typefaces, using color, employing multiple types and, of course, using the grid. Seeing the complexities that can be expressed through typography is fascinating — not to say that images cannot help to order content, but simply that the most significant elements are expressed typographically.
From Karen McGrane: User-centered design is a transformative values system because it is user-centered. The idea that we — all of us, an entire gazillion dollar industry — are focused on designing and making products for other people to interact with is so mind-bogglingly huge, we don’t even notice it.
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From Bokardo: The New York Times Magazine has a great piece on Jerry Seinfeld which illustrates what an amazing craftsman he is. In the accompanying video he explains how he writes a joke.
From September Industry: These images were previously seen in OK-RM’s portfolio (they designed these pieces at North prior to setting up OK-RM), but they were taken down a few years back to make way for new work and now, their new site (a proper feature will come soon).
Nevertheless, many of you who know North well will see these images a think to yourself: “legendary work, brings back good memories,” but many of you who are either new to SI and/or North will not be familiar with this work at all, and that is one of the reasons why I decided to go ahead with this new series in the first place – design this good needs to be appreciated by all, it shouldn’t stay locked away in a computer folder and admired by a select few.
From James Dempsey at The Graphic Mac: Digital printing is a great way to produce low-quantity, fast turnaround color printing. In the past, digital meant extremely low quality, but these days some of the digital presses can reach near offset quality if you know a few tricks. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when printing digitally.
Monday, February 18, 2013 · Topics: design
From The Color Machine on Vimeo. Web and interactive designer Khoi Vinh speaks about his process and using the grid. Shot on three cameras at our studio in Brooklyn, the result is an illuminating conversation about Khoi’s plans for the future, first interest in the field of design, and even the grid’s complex relationship with […] · Watch video →