Author: Rikard

A Graphic Designer’s Guide to Visual Hierarchy

One of the most important tasks of a designer is to create a hierarchy—to create an order of importance to the elements of a design so as to direct attention and make information more easily assimilated. Hierarchy is defined as: A logical way to express the relative importance of different elements by providing a visual guide to their organization. A text hierarchy helps make a layout clear, unambiguous and easier to digest. A text hierarchy can be established in numerous ways by employing different weights, sizes and styles of a font. Alternatively, a simple hierarchy can be achieved by...

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The Middle Ground Between Art & Design

Is there a middle ground between design and art? I would say there is—and from a designer’s perspective, it’s the promised land; the Shangri-La of both design and art. Most designs require some art. I’d go so far as to say that design is “art with a purpose.” Whereas art by itself can be self-expression or done entirely for oneself, as soon as that art has a purpose—i.e., selling a product or an idea—it’s crossed into the realm of design. But where the line becomes blurry is the fact that Art does have an inherent purpose. When one creates a...

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The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Embossing

Everything you need to know to start using embossing in your design projects and appear to know what the hell you’re doing. Embossing is simply raising the surface of your design so that it has some depth. It’s the real world equivalent to bevel effects and likely derives from relief sculptures—resembling most closely the bas-relief where the depth is perceived as a lot more than is actually there. The word itself is old French, coming from em (into) and boce (protuberance). As for how it relates to graphic design—embossing has been used as a finish for high end printed products for hundreds of...

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Showcase of Thrilling Game of Thrones Inspired Fan Art

Artists, designers and illustrators love to produce fan art for their favourite movies and TV shows. As one of the biggest elements of modern pop culture, Game of Thrones has been the inspiration for many pieces of tribute art and personal works, with creatives making various kinds of digital paintings, illustrations and designs. In today’s […] Source: Showcase of Thrilling Game of Thrones Inspired Fan...

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Free Star Wars Model Pack!

Video Copilot just released some highly detailed 3D models of various Star Wars lightsabers, droids and ships! Check out the renders and download the files at the link below. Source: Free Star Wars Model...

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Episode 1: Movie Poster Reviews

Here’s a review of some recently released movie posters, including: Night Moves (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) Son of a Gun (Ewan McGregor) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1000 Times Good Night Who is John Galt? Automata The Box Trolls Falcon Rising This is the first review video. I will be publishing more. If you have a specific design you would like for me to review, put it in the comment below and I will try to include it in my next review. If you have a personal design you would like reviewed, leave a link to it in the comments. You can also subscribe to my youtube channel...

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