Design tips, links, sites, books, guides, resources and tutorials

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by macaddict23, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2006
    MacVille, USA
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2007
    Good design handbook on typography,

    "thinking with type" - Ellen Lupton
  3. Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    5 simple guidelines to better typography

    NOTE: there are almost no "rules" in design, so these are not hard-and-fast must-follow-or-die "rules" - these are only proven guidelines to making readable type. if you are working with type in a more expressive as opposed to purely readable fashion, feel free to ignore these.

    1. when using all capitals or small capitals, do not capitalize the first letter of a word - all letters should be the exact same size.

    2. the width of a paragraph (also called the "measure") should ideally be around 66 characters (letters and spaced) in length.

    3. do not stack text vertically; typography was not made to work this way; if you need it oriented this way, you are much better off to rotate it 90 degrees instead.

    4. your line spacing (called "leading") should be larger the bigger your text size; i usually start at about 1.5 times the point size (so 10pt. type would have 15pt leading) and play with it from there. leading should be wide enough to avoid seeing rivers between text but not so wide you see text as stripes instead of as a whole block.

    5. do not add character spacing (called "tracking") on lowercase text; do add tracking on all capitalized text; the larger the point size the more tracking needed.
  4. Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    20 designers to google when bored

    have a few minutes? instead of checking facebook again, google some of these designers and get inspired.

    Melle Hammer
    Ralph Schraivogel
    Armin Hoffman
    Peter Saville
    Niklaus Troxler
    Lazlo Moholy-Nagy
    Jan Tschichold
    Phillipe Apeliog
    Ahn-Sang Soo
    Ed Fella
    Bas Jacobs
    Stenberg Brothers
    Bruno Monguzzi
    Why Not Associates
    Vaughn Oliver
    Makoto Saito
    Wim Crouwel
  5. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
  6. macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
  7. macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2007
  8. macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Logo Lounge - A very good resource for logo branding, great article and good concepts.

    Also they have 4 books out LogoLounge 1, LogoLounge 2, LogoLounge 3 and LogoLounge 4 which are a very good resource for any branding or design person. (You can buy them off the web site via an Amazon link).
  9. macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
  10. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
  11. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
  12. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
  13. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    World of Logotypes - 70’s book scans - 120 pages

    Download this.

    Which is a compiled PDF of this.
  14. macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008

    This site is filled with so many great designers, masters in my eyes. I have used it and it has come in handy when creative block strikes.
  15. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    A Brief History of Avant Garde

    One of my favourite Sans, but one that I'm somewhat reticent to use at the moment, given its current over saturation.

    A Brief History of Avant Garde.
  16. macrumors newbie


    Feb 3, 2008
    San Angelo
    HOW design books by Jim Krause!

    Color Index- an awesome with over a thousand combinations with their formulas (CMYK & RGB)

    Layout Index- offers some tips to brochure, stationery, newsletter layouts, etc.

    Idea Index- I haven't got this one yet, but if it's anywhere near as good as the other two, it should be a very helpful book as well. :D
  17. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    BBC - Visual Language - Design Guidelines

    A potentially useful resource for student designers, or perhaps those that aren't necessarily aware of the often inherent similarities between print & interaction design and the application of a grid system.

    BBC - Visual Language Guidelines v1.0.6. (Link to PDF, 4.6MB)
  18. macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
  19. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    How to— Making a quality mark of identity (logo)

    klymr posted a good thread about designing logos. Feel free to add your comments to his thread.

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    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Setting Up A Wacom Tablet Tutorial

    This link provides a basic tutorial that I created for someone that has just purchased a Wacom Tablet and could use some visual guidance as how to set it up and to help maximize it's functions and ease of use. Anyone that has experience using the different pen types such as the Airbrush or the 6D art pen please feel free to add your expertise to the tutorial so that anyone just starting out can take advantage of your knowledge and pass it along to others as well.
    I hope everyone is able to enjoy and get something from this.

    Could this link also be added to post number 2 above?
  21. macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Preferably Belgium at some point
    Digital Architect podcast - must see for architecture students
    though it should be noted that this site hasn't been updated in a while, but very useful anyway

    also, PODCASTS are a good source of video tutorials for design apps, as well as YouTube where some people have uploaded videos of their design works. Another (more useful, less time-wasting) use of popular sites.
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    Feb 24, 2009
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2006
  24. macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Few tips for recognizing quality in the website

    1.Website should be easy to download :If you website does not download within few seconds then web surfer may loose interest and skip towards other websites. So, keep downloading time as short as possible and let the visitors have amusing experiences in short possible time

    2.Website should be easy to read: Check out color combination between text and background of the webpage. Perfect color combination makes it readable. In other words producing HTML text, background images, and the text in graphic images with the highest possible contrast.

    3.Website should be easy to navigate: All of your hyperlinks should be clear to your visitors.It makes a pleasing web surfing experience.

    4.Website should be easy to find :Web sites must be promoted online via search engines, directories, award sites, banner advertising, electronic magazines (e-zines) and links from other web sites. These entire activities enhance its visibility in search engines.

    5.Web page layout and design should be consistent:Consistency and coherence have equal level of intensity in all forms of document, whether it be a report or a set of web pages, project a professional image.

  25. macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    video tutorials

    There are quite a few design based video tutorials around, but I've stumbled upon what I feel are some of the best for Adobe products:

    I like the teaching style. A good balance between theory and practical examples. Not overwhelming the viewer with tons of information like some sites... it feels relevant and videos are bit sized chunks making it easy to learn and reference.

    Excuse my enthusiasm... I have been bowled over by the quality of these training videos. I come from an academic background, so I appreciate the difference between someone who knows the software and simply talks at you, and a great educator who is able to stimulate learning and curiosity.

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