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When Designing With Text, Don’t Make This Embarrassing Mistake

View the original postImage credit: Karatara Before we begin, can you see a problem with this image? That’s right. You we’ll know show you how to how to design lead. You might be surprised by how often this kind of design mistake happens. But first, how does it happen? Visual hierarchy The problem is caused by text layouts that […]

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10 Fun, Funky & Free Display Typefaces on Google Fonts

View the original post As well as sensible serifs and sans-serifs, Google Fonts also hosts some great “display” typefaces. All display fonts are designed for use at large sizes, like on billboards, on signs, and in headlines. Many display faces also have exuberant letterforms and exaggerated details. Here are 10 of our favourites! 1. Shrikhand […]

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10 Essential Ethical Practices For Designers

View the original postImage credit: Timothy Tan Now I don’t mean to get you upsetBut every cause has an effect — Lauryn Hill, “Superstar” Every design project has the potential to raise ethical questions, and require us to make ethical decisions. Using ethical principles in our design work helps ensure that the things we put into the world […]

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How Subtracting Features Helped Us Create a Truly Accessible Design Course

View the original postImage credit: Viktor Forgacs When I decided to start my own company twelve months ago, I knew what I wanted to achieve. A completely free design course that expanded access to high-quality foundational education. A web-based platform that categorically rejected annoying popups, spammy email marketing, and data harvesting. A coaching service that was truly […]

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8 Essential Visual Principles Explained

View the original post↑ Eureka, Nevada. Photo: Andrew Wilshere This is an assignment from Part 2 of Baseline — the free design bootcamp. Whether a poster, webpage, app, book cover, or any other visual composition “looks good” to the untrained eye is usually a reflection of how well that design uses visual principles. These principles have remained largely […]

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10 Underrated Free Sans-Serif Typefaces on Google Fonts

View the original post 1. DM Sans Designers: Colophon Foundry, Jonny Pinhorn, Indian Type Foundry Description: DM Sans is a low-contrast geometric sans serif design, intended for use at smaller text sizes. 2. Lexend Designers: Bonnie Shaver-Troup, Thomas Jockin, Santiago Orozco, Héctor Gómez Description: Initially designed with dyslexia and struggling readers in mind, Lexend is intended to reduce visual […]