3 Easy Steps to Good Design

Here are three design tips that will help you create eye-catching cards!
1. Common Margins
    Margins are the space in between different items on your card. In the following example, see how there’s the same amount of space between each of the pieces of green and blue paper? That little boundary space helps tie everything together, even though the pieces aren’t touching.

2. Repetition
    Your brain naturally likes to find patterns, so using repeating elements can help create a visual balance. What can you repeat? Anything! Use blue in one area? Use it again in another. Use one heart? Use three or four more!

3. Contrast
    Remember that game called “Opposites”? The key to creating contrast is to use opposites. Pair big things with small things. Pair dark things with light things. Use a black marker on a pastel background to make the greeting stand out as much as possible.

Any questions? Post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer!

(These very basic design tips are based on information learned in Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life class at Big Picture Classes, and Before and After’s How to Design Cool Stuff.)

Posted on October 16, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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