Graphic design is such an engrossing topic because it requires an enormous amount of time and practice to learn. This is similar with web development, but coding is often seen as more logical and straightforward. Design has structured guidelines, but it is much more of an art than a science. You should learn these basic guidelines and understand why certain graphics or colors work together before starting to breaking those rules.
If you have passion and perseverance then nothing can truly stop you from becoming a great designer. The first step is to recognize how the process works and where your energy needs to be focused. I want to share my thoughts about graphic design for website layouts and offer a few bits of advice for anyone interested in the field.
If you’ve never heard about rapid prototyping it can be defined by the two individual terms. “Rapid” means a speedy action taking place over a short period of time, and a prototype is typically the first model of a project. This process requires fast iterations of design to implement features, test how they work, and fix what doesn’t work until you reach a comfortable solution.
This article will go over some of the basics to rapid prototyping and how you can get started. I’ll be focusing specifically on website design, but keep in mind that you can rapidly prototype any interface including mobile apps or GUIs for software. I’ve also included some related posts and popular tools for prototyping.
If you’re a web or graphics designer then you should know about that oh-so-adorable design suite Adobe Photoshop. Folks who have been using the software for years can vouch that it’s quite difficult to master. There are so many techniques for creating UI elements, website layouts, icons, and other digital graphics. It’s crucial that you learn how to organize these assets into a complete, unified design.
In this article I’d like to cover methods of organizing PSD files in Photoshop. Whether you’re a one-man team or working in a large studio setting, it always helps to stay organized. These tips may appear like common-sense ideas but so many designers overlook this systematic and detailed approach.
Company websites often have Frequently Asked Questions for people who don’t know much about the corporation or their services. Larger pages with Q&A listed together will often have a table of contents at the top. I don’t like this method because the pages end up long and sometimes confusing to navigate.
This tutorial is based around a similar idea, but using toggle effects for each question. As the user clicks on a question the answer will slide down and toggle into view. Users can also click already-opened questions which toggles them closed again. This technique is perfect for saving room on the page while cramming together an assortment of helpful information.
Working in Adobe software has become the norm for most creative professionals. Photoshop is a huge program and compliments nicely with the entire Creative Suite. But Photoshop is primarily used for bitmap graphics, while Adobe Illustrator handles vector design in a similar fashion. It seems complicated but if you have the time to learn Illustrator it is well worth the effort.
Thus I’ve put together a handful of tutorials focused around vector artwork. These online guides and tutorials will help any designer understand how to structure vectors using Illustrator. There are a number of tools and techniques that can only be learned through practice and repetition. Take a peek over the list and see if anything catches your attention.
Modern development APIs work like agents for sharing information to other 3rd party websites. I’ve written many past tutorials about API development to help anyone new to this process. There are so many web-based services that it’s tough picking something to grab people’s attention.