I know this is the feeling, after over 5 years of designing it happens more when designing simple things over complex things. And yes I do have my handy go-to visual design tricks.
For anyone new here
- Fix the design grid.
- Use logical spacing ie. related heading and copy should be plced closer while other things further away.
- Have a set of go-to typefaces (look at font combinations with Google font for starters)
- Start from a grid and functional wireframe, Dribbble and Behance should come later(agency designers might sometimes prioritize presentation more than product designers).
- Fix those damn column widths and line heights. Make the content less of a cognitive overload.
- If still struggling, buy design magazines, books and study their layouts :P
These are the foundations IMHO. Do whatever after that, go full on David Carson on it after that if you wish.
Damn, man. Dropping some wisdom here. Thanks for sharing your tips—super helpful, and not just for beginners.
Go full David Carson on it after that...
hahaha, that's awesome
TLDR; First decide on your typeface & baseline grid and from there you will start to cover most of your bases. :)
I certainly hope this is just a parody of how young designers often think and not a prescription for how they SHOULD think. If you find yourself trapped in this loop you should take it as a sign that you're lacking somewhere in the fundamentals. Taking wild stabs at changing color, spacing, typeface etc until you find something that looks good is not the way pro designers work.
Any insights on how PRO designers work? Thanks, Kyle.
Hey Pablo (love your art). And sure! I would replace the "Will people realize I don't know what I'm doing" with "Research and back up my design decisions". I just reject the idea that a part of a designers thought process should be feeling like they don't know what they're doing. It's bound to be a part of a young designer's journey though, which was why I suggested maybe this is just a parody rather than a prescription.
Thanks for sharing, Kyle. Yeah, it's just a comic. It's a play on words with the term used by IDEO and the constant self-doubt some people like I experience. Not to be taken too seriously :)
I would say....
- Wow this new project is seriously my best work!!
- Sure, I can make these client changes..
- Wait more changes? I don't recommend doing this or this.
- Oh God! this this looks terrible!!!
- I give up... sure why not....
- Why did I chose this profession? repeat
That’s some debut comment!
I’m sure that in this cartoon the designer tried a couple of different routes all of which where considered and not just wild stabs in the dark.
We’ll never know for sure though.
Pro designers understand and rely on design fundamentals. They don't immediately go to Dribble or Inspiration websites to get(bite) ideas.
After like 15 years of doing this shit exclusively to pay the bills, I still sometimes find myself in a similar loop. Although I don't think it's quite far to label it as 'wild stabs', however... After enough time you start to have upfront knowledge about what might work, as opposed to just 'throwing darts at the colour picker'...
I think most important part is Pretend confidance & trying to do different things.
Is this chart a case and point situation? ;P
I wouldn't really call this design thinking. Please call it 'Graphic Design Thinking' or 'UI Design Thinking' or 'Visual Design Thinking' - but not 'Design Thinking'
'Design Thinking' is a well known term explaining how to approach creative problem solving, see https://www.ideou.com/pages/design-thinking
EDIT: Well, I thought this must be a joke at first, but when I read other comments and the reply by OP to those comments implied that this was meant seriously.
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