A person’s impression of what’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ design generally is picked up through education and experience. Accumulated from the multitude of designers and critics who came before them, most criteria inevitably boil down to personal preference.
Some are aesthetically based, like “asymmetry is more beautiful than symmetry,” or “a neutral typeface is all you need.” Other factors are more functional, such as “never reversing a serif typeface on a solid background if it’s less than 10 points.”
All rules are meant to be broken, but they should never be completely ignored. This set is not intended to be a definitive checklist to making good design. It should, however, provide points to be considered in every creative project you take on.
Adapted from Timothy Samara’s Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual, here are
Every, every, every design you ever make must have a meaning behind it. Plain and Simple. It doesn’t matter how beautiful your art is or how creative your graphics look. If your design doesn’t contain a story, an idea or a message you are trying to convey, it isn’t graphic design. It’s just pretty pictures on a page. Tell us something with your work.
Form carries meaning. No matter how simple or abstract that form may be, a form that doesn’t match up communicates conflicting messages to your audience. Experiment with different shapes, details, colors and effects, and explore how they all can work together to support your message. Without keeping your message in mind, your work runs the risk of simply becoming a collage of graphics no longer qualifying as communicative design. Everything the viewer sees should be there for a reason.
Let me first start by sharing with you that this is the first time I’ve ever written a blog post, so bare with me if things aren’t perfect just yet. I’d love to introduce myself, but it’s probably best we’ll do that later. I invite you to checkout www.jaimenacach.com to learn more about me and my marketing, design and small business consulting experience.
After attending a great event last night titled “Branding: How to tell a better story” which featured four panelists who are in the marketing and branding field, I felt inspired to change my original first post topic and write about what me and my company are all about. Hope this is a great way to start off this blog, where we’ll be constantly posting about marketing trends, technology, design, tips for small business, entrepreneurship and other relevant content.
The event focused on discussing the future of social media, what a brand is, what’s the difference between branding and brands, great examples of successful and unsuccessful companies who’ve created positive or very negative experiences with their customers and much more. Yet, at the end of the night I asked myself, what are the key takeaways that I can take from all these conversations and apply to Bloominari?