It's Not You It's Us: How design reviews can make you better at visual design

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TCUK 2012 presentation by Matt Pierce. This presentation is about how you can use design reviews to get better design. It lays out several ground rules, and then covers a few basics of design (CRAP).

It is worth noting that with this presentation we did several exercises that involved participants practicing giving feedback.

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It's Not You It's Us: How design reviews can make you better at visual design

  1. 1. It’s not you, it’s usHow design reviews can make youbetter at visual design Matt Pierce m.pierce@techsmith.com
  2. 2. Where are we going? “Hamster Wheel” symbol by Olivier Guin, from thenounproject.com collection
  3. 3. Activity
  4. 4. Point out Details
  5. 5. Ask Questions
  6. 6. Give Reasons
  7. 7. Be Clear
  8. 8. 2 Peoplereview
  9. 9. Not About them (Or You)
  10. 10. Point out Details 2 People reviewAsk Questions Not About them (Or You)Give Reasons Help them ShipBe Clear
  11. 11. Revise based on feedback
  12. 12. Contrast R epetition epetition epetition Proximity Alignment
  13. 13. Size Elimination
  14. 14. Revise based on feedback
  15. 15. Resources!• Clean Up Your Mess: A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone http://www.visualmess.com/index.html• The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the worlds visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way. http://thenounproject.com• Practical Guidelines for Visual Design http://www.educ.kent.edu/community/vlo/guidlines/index.html (It’s not the prettiest site, but concepts are good)• Learning to design PowerPoints like a badass http://www.slideshare.net/ginabainesholder/learning-to-design-powerpoints- like-a-badass• Design Criticism and the Creative Process http://www.alistapart.com/articles/design-criticism-creative-process/• Fonts http://www.dafont.com/• Blah, Blah, Blah & Back of the Napkin http://www.danroam.com/
  16. 16. From the Noun Project:• “Cursor” P.J. Onori,• “Question” Henry Ryder• “Person” Antonis Makriyannis• “Brain” Arjun Adamson• “Alert” Dima Yagnyuk• “Box” Martin Karachorov• “Bomb” 42• “Ruler” Zbigniew Flakus• “Robot” Kenneth Appiah• “Sasquatch” Mike Wirth

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