How do you expect us to listen to your tips when your design is ugly?
Hello there son/daughter. I always knew I would have a rebellious child.
Let’s start for me saying sorry you don’t like the format I choose to display my advice. Sometimes information is not always obtained with pretty or cool graphic elements. I tend to use a swiss style to get my general advice across, then elaborate on it in the text below. Like I said in Advice #85 (Just Yesterday) You can never impress everyone. However, I always aim to impress myself. (Which I do.)
I’m curious to know how I can improve your experience with me, so in the future keep in mind that just saying something ugly is not helpful. Give me some critique. I’m always willing to improve for my children, since after all this advice is for you. With a little Worry and Love, DAD
hi dad i was wondering... what is the hardest part of doing what you do and what is the easiest? also which advice is your favorite and which is not?? tehee -susie (to embarrassed to post as me)
Hello Daughter! Never feel embarrassed in front of your DAD! So how should I approach this?
The hardest part about it would have to be picking the color. Since I go in a random order I feel it’s much harder to pick. What I usually end up doing is closing my eyes. Next I open them and the color of the object I’m looking at will be the color I use. (Takes a few times though) The easiest part I would have to say is nothing! I tend to micro design every advice. So it ends up with me spending some time with each section.
I don’t think I have a least favorite advice. I wouldn’t make anything that someone couldn’t learn from. For my favorite. The one yet to be done is always my favorite. That always pushes me into putting everything I have into each and every advice. However if I had to pick one. It would be Advice #25. Thou shall call Concept king. Hope I entertained you a bit! Love, DAD
Hello! I'm having a tough time on a magazine article for class. It's featuring illustrator Mark Ryden who is not someone I would have known of unless I was told. His style is rather odd and contrasting, so I'm having a tough time deciding on if I should focus on ONE aspect of his art, or combine them, or just go with my own style. I'm afraid I won't do the illustrator and his fans justice with the current rate I'm going. Tips for completely different/odd combo of styles?
Hello Daughter. This could be quite tricky when you have to do a magazine article. It would be appropriate to follow his style for your feature. (Also don’t forget to reflect it also in your cover!)
If you look at his paintings section, and look in The Gay 90’s Show. He has a font that’s pretty neat. I would say try to replicate this for the feature title. Furthermore maybe use a font like he has done in the Bunnies & Bees section for sub headlines and such. Remember to have pull quotes as well as images to break up your text.
As for color. The color of the headlines is up to you. Just don’t forget Tip # 75. I would leave the title the same color as he does in The Gay 90’s Show. Or I would heavily suggest pulling a good contrasting color from the images you are using in your article.
I hope I answered your question. -Grin- If you have any further questions you can always ask. Love, DAD
I'm having a difficult time with text and image for my composition project. Do you have any suggestions where I can find inspiration that deals with text and image? : )
Hello there Daughter/Son. (I choose to lean more towards Daughter. Sorry if I offended you.) This is a pretty good question. Text and images are pretty tricky when trying to attempt a composition. First you should ask yourself which will be the hero? Do you have a hero image? Or is your type going to be the hero? Remember to follow some basic rules. But don’t go crazy trying to stay within them. In design if you know the rules. Then you can certainty break them sometimes. It also depends what the composition is. Is this for a magazine, invitation, bill board?
It’s kind of tough to find inspiration on certain stuff. I would recommend you look at the list I gave someone who asked me a question a few days ago. There you would be able to find some pretty neat stuff, and maybe the inspiration you need. Hope I helped. With Love, DAD
hey Dad how many people do you follow and how many follow you, you dont seem to be popular at all
Hello there Son/Daughter. As of right now I follow about 450+ people. I usually follow anyone who follows me back. Since if I’m their DAD it’s only fair for me to follow them back. Don’t you agree? As for your other question. I just passed 200 followers the other day. I’m satisfied with my progress. I didn’t expect to get big overnight. I just wish to become popular to educate all current/aspiring Designers out there. Even if it’s 2 followers a day. If you or anyone else reading this know of any Design related promotional sites please send me a message. Love, DAD
Hey DAD, whats the best way to get out of a design funk?
Hmmm There is a pretty popular video that is known for this sort of thing. Although it might be a bit different than a funk. http://vimeo.com/24715531 I think that will be quite helpful. Another way to get out of a funk that has helped me and others is to work out of your medium. What I mean by this is to do something that you are not too familiar with or have lost touch with. For me it’s usually doing some stencil art, free hand drawing, and running DAD (Since it brings me back to all the basic elements of design that people usually forget about myself included). Another way is like I said in Tip # 31. Get out of your comfort zone. It really brings new views to the platform. If you need anything more you know you can always just ask. Your Welcome Son. -Grin- Love, DAD