course notes 2017/18

interface design

Feb 7th 2018

How do you design an interface which is not only easy to use, works well across all screens and is aesthetically appealing as well? Like a key to open a lock, your UI needs to give access to the content without bothering the user with the complexities which might lie beneath :) case studies mentioned:➢ continue reading

icon design

Jan 31st 2018

sun icon / ico

Icons are the small little details with such high importance that they deserve as much TLC as the rest of your design. If you search for icon sets online, you will find an ever growing number of beautiful sets to choose from. However, it will be worth your while to at least explore icon design,➢ continue reading

vector graphics

Jan 17th 2018

Vector graphics are wonderful ~ they allow for prefect precision and scale without loss of quality. With SVGs now the web – you should definitely spend time to create vector graphics for your sites and understand their use on the web. The vector pen tool might present a challenge to get to learn with while➢ continue reading

brand design

Dec 6th 2017

make a splash.

In these days of social media – having a strong brand is only the basis of a successful presence within the market. While there’s more competition, there are also more channels, more ways to engage with people and entice them to become loyal supporters. The web and social media make it easier than ever to➢ continue reading

adaptive design planning

Nov 15th 2017

ethan marcotte

Today, we can no longer design any site without considering carefully the many different devices and screensizes affecting layout and presentation. A good responsive design will allow the content to adapt to the viewport, be that a computer or TV, or mobile. Jeremy Keith – One Web Jeremy Keith – One Web from Thinking Digital➢ continue reading

layout design

Nov 8th 2017

While you are learning how to produce effective layouts you will come across many different views and practices. One prevailing and well established method is of course the use of grids. A lot has been written and discussed about grids in design, from historic examples, architecture, graphic and web design. As an approach to design,➢ continue reading

images for the web

Nov 1st 2017

With your beautiful profile designs in hand – let’s take a look at preparing and saving your images for the web. Whether you create all of your own visuals, or work with source files, you’ll need to consider the final implementation of these visuals within your design. Without preparation and optimisation, these additions will make➢ continue reading

colour

Oct 25th 2017

colour illustration

Colour is a topic which never ceases to inspire great discussion about interpretation, meaning and effect within design. As subjective as colour can be – it is our job as designers to be mindful of implications as well as considerate in our selection for use in interface and web design. Don Norman discusses design psychology.➢ continue reading

typography for the web

Oct 18th 2017

illustrated word

Oliver Reichenstein famously wrote: Web Design is 95% Typography.  (read original article) Though this is a bold statement which you might, or might not, agree with – there is no doubt that carefully crafted typography will not only ensure good legibility of text and therefore accessibility but also greatly enhance the design and impact of➢ continue reading

Principles of graphic design

Oct 11th 2017

Design is a fluid process, something that will change with each project, each challenge. Intuition is often a good starting point. Following the well-trodden paths which are influenced by long standing principles is another. Let’s take a look at some established as well as popular graphic design principles and their possible inspiration for design for➢ continue reading