9 Useful Graphic Design Articles

9 Useful Graphic Design Articles

In the past year I have written several graphic design articles for Cheeky Monkey Media in the field of graphic and user interface design. I thought I would share snippets of those here, as well as links to the full articles if any of them interest you to read further. I hope you find these helpful, and as always I am open to comments, or questions (either here or at the Cheeky Monkey Media Blog).

1. Legibility of Type

Arguments and disagreements abound on text legibility. Research in this area is often confusing and contradictory. This is not surprising given the increasing number of ways in which type is published. We have print, kiosks, desktop monitors, signs, and many mobile devices from phones to tablets. In this article I would like to address some basic guidelines about the issue of text legibility. – See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/creative-design/legibility-type

2. The Creative Block And 5 Ways to Vanquish It

All creative professionals face the dreaded ‘creative block’. It happens to the best of us, it’s one of those unavoidable forces in life. Don’t worry, there are things we can do to deal with it when it does rear its ugly head. Creative block is a bully, but our Kung-fu is strong.

Here are 5 things you can do to help get through the block:

– See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/creative-design/creative-block-and-5-ways-vanquish-it

3. 7 Helpful Tips For Good User Interface Design

There are many factors that go into a good user interface design, I have rounded up 7 that I think are really important.

  1. Use of White Space
  2. Proximity defines relationships
  3. Quality of design improves credibility and forgiveness
  4. Using colour to grab focus
  5. Users like faces (and direction of eyes is important to lead views)
  6. Handling errors properly
  7. Visual Hierarchy

– See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/creative-design/7-helpful-tips-good-user-interface-design

4. 9 Signs Your Web Site Is Out Of Date

There really are a great deal of things that would indicate that a site might be out of date (I think I could easily list 50 or more) but the 9 below are the big ones that stick out, at least for me.

Does your site actually look out of date?

I know this seems obvious, but take a moment and give your site an honest appraisal. Compare it to your competitors or other sites that you feel are modern and effective. You may have to involve a non-biased person to help you with this, as sometimes (especially if we designed it ourselves, or if family or friends did) we cannot be truly honest with ourselves. The first step in solving a potential problem is admitting you have one.

– See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/creativedesign/9signsyourwebsiteoutdate

5. Functional Web Design in 2014 (or whenever)

Today’s web design is pretty exciting, and at the same time pretty demanding on its architects. With the desire for device agnostic interfaces and web sites, designers, more than ever, need to focus on function over form. – See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/creativedesign/functionalwebdesign2014

6. Widows And Orphans The Villains Of Typography

In the world of ‘typography’ where the printed page is sometimes classified as a work of exquisite craft (or even art if you ask some typophiles), there are a duo of villains known as the widow and the orphan.

The widow and the orphan are both careless remnants that can disrupt a page’s “typographic colour”.

This really might seem like one of those pedantic issues that only stuffy designers care about, but it’s an issue that can be easily avoided once you know to look for it.

It should be noted that different sources will disagree with what a ‘widow’ and what an ‘orphan’ are, in fact some sources reverse the meanings altogether. At the end of the day, regardless of what you call them, the transgressions should be identified and rectified.

– See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/widowsorphansvillainstypography

7. 3 Really Important Things You Should Know About Editing Photos In Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the world’s most popular (and arguably) the most powerful image editing software out there. There is a good reason it’s the industry standard. When it comes to editing images it can do just about anything your imagination can come up with. With great power comes great responsibility, and having said that, I would like to impart 3 important things that you need to remember if you want to get the most out of Adobe Photoshop, and it’s image editing capabilities. – See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/tips-tricks-tools/3-really-important-things-you-should-know-about-editing-photos-adobe

8. The Color Blue

A basic study of the world’s most accepted color. The color blue, one of the 3 additive primary colors (Red, Green, Blue – or known as RGB) and one of the 3 subtractive primaries (Red, Yellow, Blue – or also known as RYB in the painting world) is the world’s most well accepted color. This really isn’t surprising, remember the last time you asked someone what their favorite color was? If it wasn’t blue – it was probably in their top 3. In contrast to this colors like yellow are typically love it or hate it.  – See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/color-blue

9. To Add The Parallax Effect Or Not

The parallax effect in simple terms is when something in the foreground appears to be moving faster than objects in the distance. One of the earliest uses of this effect for entertainment are the older 2D video games that had objects in the foreground moving at different rates than those of the background, producing the illusion of depth.

Today and ever since 2013 there has been a rising appearance of parallax in the web design and user interface (UI) industry. As with all new-fangled things (especially when the web is concerned), moderation may be the key to making it work, and ultimately keeping it alive.

So let’s look at some pros and some cons of this technique.

– See more at: http://cheekymonkeymedia.ca/blog/add-parallax-effect-or-not

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Chris Arlidge
Since 1999 I have been involved in graphic design, photography, digital art, traditional art, content creation, silly conversational innuendo, cat herding, and forging my identity as the Unknown Designer™. In my spare time, which is technically my day job, I am a Creative Director and Lead Designer for Cheeky Monkey Media.



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