20 Design blogs I subscribe to (and you should too)

People I associate with frequently ask me where I get my ideas and inspiration from.  While the list is endless, I thought this might provide some insight into some of the places I go for design inspiration and instruction.  While twitter is probably still my favorite way to keep up to date with what other designers are doing (follow me @prestondlee), the following are a number of design blogs I have subscribed to and frequently read. Bittbox.com A great blog

Balancing speed, cost, and quality in graphic design

“Choose the best two out of three.” That’s the advice I frequently give my clients. On almost a daily basis I deal with clients who want high quality work done “as soon as possible” and “for cheap”. Unfortunately finding a perfect balance of speed, quality and cost in graphic design is virtually impossible. Let me explain: Speed and low costs mean the quality will suffer This is the most frequent request I get as a graphic designer. “Can we have

Typography tips from 7 top designers

David Airey Typefaces for graphic designers Typography tips for graphic design students Jacob Cass – Just Creative Design Top 5 Typography Resources Brian Hoff – The Design Cubicle 10 Common Typography Mistakes 15 Typography Books To Help You Learn and Love Typography

Ridiculous client requests (and how to reason with them)

Ridiculous Request #1: Can you show me how you would do this project before I hire you? Unless you are a fan of doing work without getting paid, the answer to this should be a respectful “no”.  This question is simply a request to do spec work disguised as a reasonable request. Solution: The Ice Cream Store Analogy I like to use the ice cream store analogy. “Design is like an ice cream store,” I tell them, “You wouldn’t be

10 Dos and Don’ts when redesigning a logo

Redesigning a logo can be difficult. Companies, and the public become very attached to a logo and, if done incorrectly, a logo redesign can really hurt a company’s image.  Below you will find 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts when it comes to redesigning someone’s logo. #1. Don’t stray from the general look and feel of the company. When you change the colors, style, or visual goals of the company, that’s called rebranding – not redesigning a logo. #2. Don’t copy

You might be an insecure graphic designer if…

Recently, I was in a classroom with some rookie graphic designers and advertisers and I noticed a few habits that tend to spotlight you as an insecure graphic designer. Don’t get me wrong, if you happen to do any of these things, you are not inherently wrong. Rules are meant to be broken – and especially in graphic design.  But the truth of the matter is if you will avoid the points mentioned in this post, you will appear more

Justifying your type justification

Right alignment? Left alignment? Full justification? There is always be a debate on which justification (or alignment of text) is best for your design piece. This article will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each of the most popular justification styles: right alignment, left alignment, center alignment, and full justification. Left alignment The most commonly used text alignment style used in design, and in the world generally, is Left alignment. Found in most books, magazines or other “literature”, our eyes

Three simple secrets to keep your readers coming back

There are millions of articles floating around on the internet about how to increase traffic on your blog.  There seems to be a shortage, however, on the number of high quality, informative posts on how to increase reader retention.  The success of a blog is usually measured by the amount of people who subscribe or freqently come back to the site.  The following are three simple steps that you can follow to increase reader retention on your blog. 1. Make

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