What Comic Books Teach You About Design

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I can rant on forever about why comics are great. The combination of visual elements and text call to me. Plus, I am a sucker for a great hero. Better yet, a great villain.

In Scott Mcloud’s Understanding Comics, he defines comics as “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response from the viewer.”  As I read, a light bulb flashed on top of my head: comic book artists have similar goals as designers. We both use images and other pictorial elements to convey information. We both work to get specific responses from our viewer. I took some insight from this book and applied it to what I do as a Designer.

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Design for User Experience

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Information is the lifeblood of design. Without information, design is useless. Web users do not spend as much time focusing on fonts and colors as designers would like to believe. They want information.

Fellow designers, I am with you; I die a little when good companies use inefficient typography. If design is not about about aesthetics, what is keeping designers from living a life on the run and becoming design vigilantes? Kerning for justice in the face of ugliness?

I’ll admit this approach is drastic. So before you go out and buy a cape, try this approach – focus on user experience.  Before focusing on aesthetic elements, do your research. Utilize problem solving skills to accomplish goals, give users what they need, and organize information effectively.

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8 Ways To Creatively Inspire Yourself At Work

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At any sort of agency, whether its advertising, digital media, or design and development, originality is the ultimate goal. The pressure to produce authentic, creative work can weigh heavy on the shoulders of creators. Everyone experiences a creative mental block at least once in their career, and it is important to work through them and not allow it destroy your creative process. Check out these ways to get yourself out of the darkness to find your creative light.
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