A Non Graphic Designer’s Guide to Good Looking Learning #devlearn

Presented by Mark Harter

Three key tips –

  1. Ditch Photoshop. Harter recommends Fireworks, but I’m personally a fan of The GIMP, myself.
  2. Steal (legally) from others
  3. Know your basics – Alignment, Contrast, Repetition, Proximity
  • Alignment: Put related things in line with each other
  • Contrast: Make the constrast strong – Make it pop
  • Repetition: Tie things together thematically
  • Proximity: Put related things near each other

Time was spent demonstrating how to use the pen tool and bezier curves to select an object and remove the background from it. This is somewhat difficult to describe in a written format.

Sources for free stuff:

Microsoft Images (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/) – Using these, you don’t have to worry about copyright and credit. Note that each image has a style number. You can use this style number to find clip art that is similarly themed. Also note that clipart can be broken apart and recolored to give it more variety.

Fonts – Google Web Fonts provides free, open source fonts for the web (http://www.google.com/webfonts). There’s a line of code to add, and then it can be incorporated via CSS.

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