Posted: 25 Apr 2012 10:58 PM PDT
We’re giving our freebie calendar for May 2012 earlier than usual so you can prep up your PC, Mac, or iPad for the next month. Our in-house designer Geno Arguelles turned his summer-themed artwork SEA TURTLE into a wallpaper to warm-up your work area. You can download the wallpaper calendar in sizes from 640 x 480 up to 2560 x 1440. Share it with your friends and enjoy!
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Posted: 25 Apr 2012 10:41 PM PDT
After discussing the Vignelli Canon, we're going to delve more into design principles applied in the different fields of design today. One designer that I’ve always admired is the industrial designer, Dieter Rams. His works within different industries have become classic standards of simple, elegant, and lasting design. Yet though his principles of design have spread throughout the world, there are still far more thoughtlessly-designed products out in the market.
Industrial Design for Graphic Design
As Vignelli would say, design is a language. Designers may have different specializations, but all of them use design as a form of communication. Almost every principle made for a specific design discipline can be used in another, and vice versa. Or we can just say, all these principles are taken from one root – human experience and its improvement.
Combining all the design principles we have today is an impossible task, but what we can do is apply these principles into our chosen field of design. A great example of a set of design principles that can be easily transferred and used in various fields of design is Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of Good Design.
The Ten Principles of Good Design
Is Unobtrusive and Thoroughly-Designed
Is as Little Design as Possible
As an element in advertising, graphic design must be straightforward and concise. It must focus on information that is relevant to the market or audience. Graphic design streamlines information and makes it easier for people to understand, and it must do it in a functional yet aesthetic method.
Good design is not a mere standard in creating a product or an advertisement. It’s a way of life, a belief that better things can be provided to the public. It’s one way of saying that design has a lot to do with life and they way we live it.
Each designer has his own standard and principle when working on projects. As mentioned earlier, people have different mileages regarding a lot of things. I cooked this up for beginners and experienced designers who wish to find inspiration from other professionals.
Please let me know your thoughts about Dieter Rams’ principles of good design and my presentation of them in this post, as well as how you think these can be applied to graphic design or to any discipline!
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