If you are a beginner graphic designer, there are a few key pieces of advice that will really help make your pieces stand out. Andrew Haag is a California based mixed media artist focused on photography and design. Collaborative in his process, Andrew Haag’s works take on a scrapbook style. He hopes to share design tips with his readers on his blog. Here are four top tips for graphic designers:
- Use the KISS method. Keep It Simple, Stupid. You don’t want to overwhelm the viewer with visual information, so use the minimum amount of elements in order to get your idea across.
- Don’t go crazy with fonts. Try using one ‘novelty’ font for the heading, then use a more subdued font for the rest of the text.
- Visual hierarchy. Arguably the most important thing about graphic design is making sure the viewer sees things in the order you want them to see. Headers, for example, will usually be in a larger font size than the rest of the text because you want someone to read the heading first.
- Utilize negative space. You don’t want all of the elements of your design to be cramped up together. That would make the piece overwhelming for a viewer, so make sure to let the design ‘breath’ a little to break up the elements.