Author: Matt Smith

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02Oct, 2018

InDesign Tips and Tricks: Become a Power User!

Adobe InDesign is a fantastic software application that is used to create all sorts of layouts including books, magazines, posters, business cards and much much more. It’s a massive program with many features and panels and the following InDesign tips and tricks will help to power up your usage! Use InDesign to Calculate For You Did […]

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06Aug, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Typeface vs Font: When to Use Each Term.

You’ve always said font but recently you have been hearing the term typeface? To add even more confusion to the issue, it would seem both terms are used interchangeably. So, what is a font? And what is the difference between font and typeface? Typeface vs Font Yes, there is a difference. But the great thing […]

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15Sep, 2014

The Principles of Graphic Design: How to Use Proximity Effectively

In this month’s design tutorial, we continue to explore the principles of graphic design. I have introduced you to the theories of hierarchy, emphasis, contrast, balance and repetition. This month we explore proximity. Let’s get started. Featured Image: Galleri Tema by Daniel Siim licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0 What is Proximity The principle of proximity is simply the process of ensuring related design elements […]

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07Sep, 2014

5 Great Editorial Designs for Your Inspiration

In this week’s post we take a look at five great editorial design examples including several magazines, a product portfolio, a book and an annual report. These are sure to inspire you when working on your next project. Hope you enjoy. Lab Periodical Lab Periodical by Chén Fan & Maxim Cormier licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0 Gareth Edwards Gareth […]

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01Sep, 2014

Typography Tutorial: How to Choose Fonts Using Type Classifications.

The age old question: “What typeface or font should I use for this design?” Well, there’s no wrong or right answer to this question. However, there are guidelines that can help you make an informed decision. One of the first things that I teach my students in typography class is type classifications. Why? Because understanding the […]

Red Fleece Editorial Newspaper by Stephanie Toole licensed under CC By-NC-SA 3.0
18Aug, 2014

The Principles of Graphic Design: How to Use Repetition Effectively

In this month’s design tutorial, we continue to explore the principles of graphic design. I have introduced you to the theories of hierarchy, emphasis, contrast and balance. This month, we explore repetition. Let’s get started. Featured Image: Red Fleece Editorial Newspaper by Stephanie Toole licensed under CC By-NC-SA 3.0 What is Repetition? Repetition is simply the process of repeating elements throughout a design, […]

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11Aug, 2014

5 Great Wine Label Designs for your Inspiration

In this week’s post we take a look at five great wine label examples that are sure to inspire you when working on your next project. Hope you enjoy. dávid borház: DQ dávid borház: DQ by csönge balla licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0 5 Elements 5 ELEMENTE by Valerii Shumilov licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0 Hrsz. 737 Hrsz. 737 by Eszter Laki licensed under CC BY-NC-ND […]

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04Aug, 2014

Kerning with InDesign: What is it? Examples. How to. Shortcuts.

In this month’s typography tutorial we explore kerning using InDesign. Kerning is something that is often overlooked by many designers; however, with only a few minutes work, adjustments to kerning can have a dramatic effect on the overall professionalism of a design— it’s all about attention to detail! So, let’s get started. Featured Image: Kerning by Roni Weinstein licensed under CC BY-ND […]

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28Jul, 2014

The Web’s Top Five Design and Typography Posts of the Month: July 2014.

Each month I bring you my top five picks of the best design and typography posts from around the web. Here are this month’s picks. Enjoy. Featured Image: Star Wars by Vladislav Poliakov licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0 Best Google fonts for web design [infographic] Google web fonts are a fantastic way to add some typographic flair to your […]