When creating a design for print or the digital world, it’s crucial to make sure your design is appealing to the eye. Remember, you have to make your creation stand out from your competition. So, you need to pull out all the stops and make it the absolute best.
Stumped on where to start? No worries, we got you covered. Follow these top 5 graphic design trends this month for a great visually appealing design!
1. Use a lot of different fonts
When making a logo, publishing a website or advertising, you want to make sure you incorporate different styles of fonts. This shows the viewers your versatility and screams creativity. A fan favorite in our office is Comic Sans. Talk about the best-font-ever. This non-serif font should be used for main headers and big text to really make your design pop. Other fabulous fonts are Trajan Pro, Papyrus, Curlz and Wingdings. You’ll be standing out from the competition in no time.
2. Outline your text
Once you find your set of fonts, you want to make sure you outline the font so it stands out better. Outlining the font will help enhance the quality of the text itself and look absolutely great. The bolder the stroke (outline) the better. I’d recommend at least a 3pt stroke.
3. Use bright colors
This is self-explanatory, isn’t it? Who doesn’t like seeing bright colors on LCD screens or while ordering your dinner? Bright colors will make your design stand out. Think bright, neon style, colors with dark backgrounds. There is nothing like a great black screen with yellow font. You’ll have visitors on your site for hours just because of your color combinations. I mean, you don’t want to get stuck with a white background with black text, how boring!
4. No space left behind
Nobody wants to see a design or website that has a lot of white space. I mean, the extra space is there for a reason. Be sure to fill your whole artboard or screen with information, photos and animations. The more, the better. Remember, the more information you put out there, the more likely you’ll grab the attention of your viewers. If you see any white space, you’re doing it wrong.
5. Scale all images
Speaking of using photos. Make sure your images are 72dpi (this is the resolution) and are no larger than 100px wide. This will leave your image size small so your website will load super quick. When you add them to your design, just make them bigger to fill the space. Unlike other pros, we don’t recommend holding down shift when you scale. I mean, it’s like creating a whole new image! My favorite is getting it so pixilated that you can’t even tell what it is. Is that a frog? Nope, it’s a hamburger!
Okay, enough is enough. APRIL FOOLS! Please DO NOT follow ANY of these tips…you’ll be a designers worst nightmare. We hope our fellow designers got a good laugh. For those of you who are thinking about great design, these are perfect examples of what NOT to do.
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!