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  • Using the Rule of Thirds as a Grid Outline

    Using the Rule of Thirds as a Grid Outline

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 31, 2012

    Designers talk about grid structures all the time. It’s not surprising. Grids are the backbone of just about any design project. But what about the rule of thirds – a...

  • Create Interest with a Novelty Typeface

    Create Interest with a Novelty Typeface

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 19, 2012

    Novelty typefaces are everywhere. They are some of the most commonly found free font available for download and can be fun and interesting. But will a novelty font work for your...

  • A (Background) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design

    A (Background) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 11, 2012

    Using a photo as the background image for a website is becoming more and more popular. Great images are hard to beat. They sell your site, draw in visitors and can be a great way...

  • Typographic Style: Identifying Type Categories

    Typographic Style: Identifying Type Categories

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 9, 2012

    Typography is about so much more than just picking a couple of fonts and working them into a design. A designer must understand some of the basic characteristics of type in order...

  • Typography Basics: Understand the Language of Letters

    Typography Basics: Understand the Language of Letters

    Carrie Cousins  •  September 25, 2012

    Sometimes the toughest part of getting started with a first design project can be understanding the language of design. Typographers, for example, have a whole language of their...

  • Purple Haze: Regal, Sophisticated and Contradictory

    Purple Haze: Regal, Sophisticated and Contradictory

    Carrie Cousins  •  September 6, 2012

    We all dream in color. Every design concept and sketch comes with some sort of color association. But what do those colors mean? What associations are we making just with that...

  • Beware of Orange: Active and Controversial

    Beware of Orange: Active and Controversial

    Carrie Cousins  •  August 30, 2012

    We all dream in color. Every design concept and sketch comes with some sort of color association. But what do those colors mean? What associations are we making just with that...

  • Going Green: Color Connects with Nature

    Going Green: Color Connects with Nature

    Carrie Cousins  •  August 20, 2012

    We all dream in color. Every design concept and sketch comes with some sort of color association. But what do those colors mean? What associations are we making just with that...

  • The Many Meanings of Yellow: From Warmth and Happiness to Caution

    The Many Meanings of Yellow: From Warmth and Happiness to Caution

    Carrie Cousins  •  August 2, 2012

    We all dream in color. Every design concept and sketch comes with some sort of color association. But what do those colors mean? What associations are we making just with that...

  • Feeling Blue? Using a Favorite Color in Design

    Feeling Blue? Using a Favorite Color in Design

    Carrie Cousins  •  July 19, 2012

    We all dream in color. Every design concept and sketch comes with some sort of color association. But what do those colors mean? What associations are we making just with that...