Design should be:
Easy to read
Easy to find
2- Dominance/ Hierarchy
Dominant photo or graphic
Everything else gets smaller in order of
importance as it goes down the page. This
gives the readers’ eyes something to follow.
Dominant photo/ graphic should be at least
twice as large as anything else on the page.
3- Paper First!
Sketching or planning on grid paper
before hand IS important and CAN
help create better layouts!
4- Keep it Simple
Less is more is probably the best
design philosophy ever thought of-
thank you minimalists! Seriously
though, just like with good writing-
use fewer elements but make sure
they are strong ones.
5- Use White Space and EyeLines
It makes the designs easier to read, which helps
readers focus on what is important- the content!
Make sure white space is limited to the outside
corners of the design. White space that is placed
towards the center of the design looks unplanned, or
“trapped” and limits readability.
An eyeline is a line of white space that flows
uninterrupted from one side of the design to the
other. It creates visual movement across the design
and helps draw the reader into the content.
6- Contrast and Variety
Easy can also mean boring. Whether it
is contrasting colors, size of
elements, fonts, etc. give the reader
visual variety to keep their interest.
Everything MUST align with
something! This translates into USING
COLUMNS AND/OR GRID DESIGN!
This also MEANS PACKAGING!
8- Look at What others are doing
There are tons of amazing things
happening in the design world right
now. Check out some of the following
news design and magazine design
9- Be Content Driven!
Always be thinking about what the
BEST way to tell the story would be.
The best way is NOT always a story…
10- Have Fun
If you enjoy what you are doing it will
be evident in the quality of your