Back to the basics

20130713-193755.jpgIt’s always a good idea to go back to the basics. That’s exactly what I need during my designers block frustrations. I contemplated whether I needed a graphic design book because the Internet has so much information! But, I’m a little over reading on web all day and I wanted to flip pages. I may not be able to zoom into the pictures like I do on the iPad, but the texture and smell of a textbook I kinda miss. =P I also miss the basics of graphic design. So, I browsed through the pages of “Design Basics Index” by Jim Krause at my local Books-A-Million. I actually judged this book from it’s copyright date, 2004, and I wondered if a 2004 graphic design could be outdated by 2013. Another book I looked at that was published in 2010 was very eye catchy and maybe double the size of Design Basics. I guess that’s sort of like judging book by it’s looks, so I really read into these books; a little here and there per section, per chapter, per cover. Design Basics was the perfect fit because is has exercises scattered through the book and it was just the whole package with good and bad examples. It was about making conscious decisions and not just placing that logo in the corner just because it looks good. I needed more reason in my designs because I was kind of designing to things that looked cool. Then, I couldn’t get myself out of that initial design. That means I ran out of ideas. So, the basics will definitely refresh my brain on my community college practice. The university doesn’t let you practice all that much, which I hope changes for the better. I’m looking forward to evolving.

 

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2 thoughts on “Back to the basics

  1. Will BS Brooks July 16, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    I’m just sort of getting into graphic design as a hobby and I’ve been reading this blog for any tips and tricks on how to do it well. Because there are so many helpful ideas you’ve written about. I’m nominating you for the Shine On Award. It’s a community award I heard about from one of my followers, willc88, and it’s meant to recognize strong writing and great interaction between bloggers and followers. To accept the award, you’ll need to write a post about it with seven facts about yourself your readers may not know. As well, nominate 15 other blogs you really like so we can help spread the Shine On Award. Your blog is awesome and I hope to keep reading it!

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