Yes, this is a controversial topic, however, we hope to raise awareness of some mistakes you may be making in your graphic design pieces that are making you look like an amateur. Please keep in mind that none of these are hard and fast rules, this is only a general guide of things you should be aware of. Many of these have been drawn from Robin Williams’s wonderful publication “The Non-Designers Kind Book.” 


Mistakes You Are Unknowingly Making As a Graphic Designer

Ok, yes, we know it is the most prominent font of all time but that is the downfall of Helvetica. Even if it exists, it does not mean you have to use it. Some other fonts that you could use instead are Profession Gothic, Formata, Futura, Vintage Olive, Eurostile. 

Quote marks have actually been made use of, rather than prime marks after the 7 and 3. An apostrophe has actually been left out in between it’s. Discover the keystrokes to ‘actual’ quotes in every application you make use of. Find out the MAC & PC key-board shortcuts here. Do not kind curly quotes when you require inch as well as footmarks (prime marks). Hang your quotation marks. Read your software guidebook (inspect their assistance documents) to review exactly how to do this or you can do it by hand. Using 2 rooms makes it feasible to wind up with an empty line at the top of a column plus it leaves way excessive space in between each paragraph it looks detached.

Just due to the fact that you can, doesn’t imply you need to. Another thing to keep in mind is your use of a remarkable headline, use of your white area, use of various fonts, use of pull quotes, and so on. Utilizing left or right gives toughness to your entire page and typically is a better choice unless there are factors made to make centered text look grand. 

Utilize your white area. You can allow it to be there. Seriously. This is a negative method and the old way (back in typewriter days) of making great work. The criterion is one space, which is a space as wide as the point dimension of the kind. This is a typewriter routine as well as an amateur technique. 

Attempting to use dots or dingbats? Please don’t. This is the greatest dead give away of an amateur. This goes along with forbidden; rainbow gradients, reflections, comic sans. Just don’t use them, plain easy. For a lot of typefaces, 12 factor is a tiny bit too large for body copy.

Try including an added 1 or 1.5 line spacing or leading too. Never make use of the underscore attribute, it is a regulation. Only for hyper web links on the internet is this allowed. Highlighting and italicizing the message at the very same time is the most repetitive thing you can do in life, yet rules can sometimes be broken. All caps are harder to check out as well since we identify a word not by its letters but by the shape of the whole word.

All caps are great occasionally, but only when you understand ho wot utilize it and also why. Attempting to utilize a strong, various typeface or using reverse text, not spell checker, will be beneficial. One of the hardest elements designers seems to face, but need to improve on. 


Things Can Only Get Better

With these mistakes given for designers to avoid, it is crucial now to up the level of your work and become a better graphic designer. Don’t stray too far from what you know, but in this business, there is always room for positive improvements.


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