I was wondering if I could gather, with your help, a list of usefull graphic design resources. I don't mean just a few places with a ton of useless rules...I mean real world exemples of what would make an ordinary designer, to become really good.
I know that hard work is a must but besides this you need to match the colours (and before that to choose appropriate colours that wouldn't rander the text unreadable or tire the visitors), to apply elegant, slick effects (not bloated ones), a focal point, a certain layout that would lead the visitor in a natural pleasant way AND "many other important things".
I was hoping I could define the "many other things" above, with your help and to gather a list of how you can achieve these goals.
Great resources...thank you all very much. More resources are most welcome.
I was wondering if any professional designer would take the time to make something like a "checklist" of what makes a good (great) designer (of what steps one should take to achieve such a status). And now I don't mean the technical area, rather the one that relates to design (tasteful, elegant design). Or maybe some web resources on the subject...
It really isnt that simple but I can give you a little checklist of things that I always use and consider in my websites.
- Target Audience
- Navigation style
- Navigation hierarchy
- Color palate
- Brand of website (It's gotta fit)
- User interface
- Layout (grid)
I must say that the most important part of all is designing to your target audience. If you can define the needs and habits of your target audience, and design for them, you will do very well.