Recommended Design Books

You can find out just about anything about Graphic Design online, but sometimes it’s nicer to read a good book on the subject. I have managed to build up quite a collection of design books, and here I recommend some of the better ones. Read more

Inspirational Quotes by Creatives

There are fewer things more inspiring than a good quote! Here I am collecting some of the best I have seen attributed to artists of all disciplines. Read more

The Colour Wheel

The Colour Wheel is a tool for exploring colour relationships and helping to build more informed and effective palettes. This post is intended to be a quick primer in the concepts involved. Read more

Ten Principles of Good Design

In the late 1970s, Dieter Rams was aware that he was contributing to a world that was ‘an impenetrable confusion of forms, colours and noises’. He asked himself: ‘is my design good design?’. The answer to that question helped to form his famous Ten Principles of Good Design. You will find that these are just as relevant today, and furthermore are applicable to any contemporary discipline. Read more

Hyphens and Dashes

When we need a dash in our content, most of us simply insert a hyphen by pressing the minus key. This is not always the correct choice – the following post will help your typography stand up to close scrutiny. Read more

White Space

Easily one of the most misunderstood aspects of layout design is White Space (also known as Negative Space). The term refers to the parts of a composition left unmarked by text and graphics — including margins, gutters and space between lines of type. Read more

Animals in Logo Design

A number of the world’s famous brands feature animals in their identity — an age–old technique of implying characteristics to a brand, such as the confident and brave lion, or a loyal pet dog. Here are some of my favourite examples of Animal Logos. Read more

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