Written by Abderraouf GATTAL. You should follow him on Twitter.
Have you ever felt like no matter what you do, you just don’t like your Design? Have you ever felt like something is wrong in your Design, but you just don’t know what is it? Two questions any Designer would ask beginner or not, and that’s what motivated me to write this article sharing some tricks and secrets that may help you overcome such issues, get your designs to be better or even the best.
Always seek for inspiration
Great ideas are never born in a vacuum. In other words, unless you look at what people did in the past, it’s hard to do something better in the future. Since Internet is that big you can find inspiration everywhere, in Google, pinterest, behance, freepik, dribbble and many other websites that sell, present or even give Designs for free but still the main point is to get inspiration and not to steal designs, after all you are a Designer.cr
Put your creative touch
I won’t say “Always make your Design ideas unique, new and attractive!”, because this rarely happens especially with the huge amount of designs already made. So the point is to be creative mixing ideas to create new ones or just putting your touch on good ideas to make them great.
“ Good designers copy, great designers paste and modify ”
Keep it Simple yet Clear
You should strive for two things in your Designs: simplicity and clarity because Great Design is born of those two things. Keep it simple yet clear, don’t forget your basics. Make sure every element has a reason to be in the design. Use contrasting tonal color combinations to make sure text is sharp and easy to read.
Always make sure to play with words
Playing with words is a tricky sentence and what i meant with it is a lot of things:
- Fonts speak their own language:
All fonts have different characteristics, both by their facade and the way they speak to an audience. To clarify, when a word is applied in an elegant serif typeface, it will have a refined tone to it. When the same word is capitalized in a geometric sans serif font, the word will seem boisterous and strong.
- Switch styles keeps options open
Switching between the styles of the same font family keeps the contrast and highlights what’s important at the same time that’s why it is so recommended to use a typeface or font family that has a selection of variants, such as italic, bold, condensed, to keep options open.
- chose your words carefully
Playing with words adds a special taste to your design, yet remember to always make it short and meaningful.
Colors are the spices
People usually start saying “Choose a color scheme that has 1–3 primary colors and an additional 1–3 secondary colors …” well that’s a good advice but not to me, No matter how many color you chose (not too much it’s not a rainbow!), remember colors are what shows the magic so make sure they contrast and complement each other.
Contrast is the key
Contrast is one of the most imperative parts of design for mood, legibility and to make it stand out, in short if there is no contrast, there is no clarity, no beauty and surely no better Design. Use a contrasting color palette background, fonts and graphics. A good rule of thumb is if you have a light colored background then you should use a dark font (and vice versa).
Design is FUN
Enjoy every moment of Designing like you are playing a Game, if you don’t feel you are into it just Do it later.
Make sure to have feedback from anyone who have a good taste
Feedback opens your eyes on things you never imagined they exist, specially when it comes from a person who have taste. I didn’t say a designer but any one who have taste, you would never imagine what a non designer’s opinion can affect your work. Always listen to feedback but not always apply it.
Believe your eyes and taste
No matter what others says you are the artist, try to see if it looks better but always believe in your taste, keep what u like and when you think it’s not in place deal with it. In the end it’s your piece of art.
Never fall in love with your design but fall for the idea
Falling in love with your work makes it the only thing you can see between your eyes, it just stops your creativity and kills inspiration. But falling in love with the idea gives you a great push to work, to think and even to be creative more than you have never been.