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Image based network, as a designer I will say is much more than that. Pinterest is a social network, a image bookmarking tool, and a genius marketing tool.
Simple and easy to use interface, see a photo you like? You can quickly ‘pin’ it to a virtual board in your Pinterest account easily. This great tool give you the option to create up to 350 boards that can be viewed by anyone and everyone that follows you. Pinterest users search sometimes hours a day for inspiration, crafts, blog articles, and much more. When they find something they like, they repin it. This means that all of their friends can see this new pin and repin it too.
A little bit of each one
Twitter – There’s a little bit of Twitter in it since you can follow other users and see what they have been pining. Facebook – You can Like or comment on any image, helping to the popularity of their boards.
When working with a client
Consider creating a board of examples that your client can see. It is a great way to collect and display concept material for a client that they can see in one place. It will be your best bet to create a private board. Pinterest also has the ability to invite other people to contribute to a board, this allows you to crowd source your projects.
Sales or lead generation
You could promote and sell your designs or artwork using Pinterest as a lead generator. You’ll still need a shopping cart and a website to do the actual selling, however.
Connect, mingle and share
This medium should be part of every designer, artist and illustrator’s social media strategy alongside the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. With the ability to follow other pinners, you can get to know designers, agencies and freelancers that you might like. By following and sharing their content, you will probably encourage them to check your content and pinn it.
Your own work
Create a board for your own work and pin your best designs. This will give you more exposure on the web, drawing more attention to your designs. Your work might even be re-pinned and shared by other Pinterest users.
Be sure to include your name – business name in the description of your image. Or, better still, watermark your own submissions with your logo and website address.
For any designer, Pinterest is an excellent way to market your business and to use as a secondary graphic design resume. For graphic designers or web developers, however, marketing on Pinterest is especially important to use since pins are so heavily based on images.
Color is a complex concept, can have a lot of properties; hue, saturation and value are some of the most important characteristics of color. We usually refer to colors by simple names such as red or blue. Are there more precise and descriptive ways to talk about colors? There are many terms which are used to describe colors, and often there is some confusion as to what each of the terms mean. Here I will try to explain some of the most common terms use in color theory.
Hue is somewhat synonymous to what we usually refer to as “colors”. Red, green, blue, yellow, and orange are a few examples of different hues. The different hues have different wave lengths in the spectrum. Hue is expressed as a number from 0 to 360 degrees representing hues of red (starts at 0), yellow (starts at 60), green (starts at 120), cyan (starts at 180), blue (starts at 240), and magenta (starts at 300).
The color is completely pure. Saturation can also be called a color’s intensity. It is a measurement of how different from pure grey the color is. Saturation is not really a matter of light and dark, but rather how pale or strong the color is. The saturation of a color is not constant, but it varies depending on the surroundings and what light the color is seen in. Saturation is the amount of gray (0% to 100%) in the color.
Value (lightness) describes overall intensity to how light or dark a color is. It is the only dimension of color that may exist by itself. The value is a measurement of the brightness of a color. The brighter a color is, the higher is its value and the more light it emits. For instance, a vivid yellow is brighter than dark blue, therefore its value is higher than that of the blue. A good way to see the difference in the values of colors is to look at the corresponding greyscale version. Value works in conjunction with saturation and describes the brightness or intensity of the color from 0% to 100%.
The HSV scale clearly stands for “Hue, Saturation, Value.” It does a better job at visually explaining the concept of light, and it is a very useful one to comprehend, as it is what most sophisticated digital color pickers are based on (including all Adobe software). Not only do graphic designers need to understand this color construct, but fine artists do as well since digital art and rendering has become such an integral part of art processes.
Color is very important especially to designers. A design would certainly look empty without the element of colors. It has a great impact on a business, on marketing and even in one’s emotions. As a designer we should pay attention to the little things, especially the one which can make the design work to be perfect. Color is one of the most important part in a design. The use and selection of the right colors can give a good impression, it can even make your design emerged as a remarkable work.
Color is a sensation that is transmitted to the brain; this creates an effect on our body and especially on our own psychological attitude.
Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite. When used in the right ways, color can even save on energy consumption.
When used well, color communicates clearly and powerfully. When not used well, it can mislead or weaken the graphic design’s message. Deliberate use of color includes determining its meaning from the beginning of the design process and carefully applying it. As a powerful form of communication, color is irreplaceable.
Red means “stop” and green means “go.” Traffic lights send this universal message. Likewise, the colors used for a product, web site, business card, or logo cause powerful reactions. Color Matters!
In graphic design, the meaning of color depends on its audience, not only based on personal preferences, but in cultural terms. For example, white signifies purity and innocence in Western culture, while in China, it represents death and mourning. Still, designers count on certain meanings of color being shared universally, like pastels equaling sweet and feminine, or primaries conveying boldness or appealing to children.
Some colors deliver different meanings to different professions. Green, for example, indicates profit in the financial industry, environmental-consciousness or safety to engineers, and infection to medical professionals.
The right color choice will give a proper impression of the designs, and make sure that the colors used are true representations of your design ( logo / brand, etc.). If you are using two or three colors together in a design, just make sure the colors look harmonious.
Be practical. Use common sense and accumulated experience. Search ways in which you see color used to communicate effectively to you. Look at material, web sites, programs that you like; look at posters, maps, signs and ads that attract you, that guide you, that inform you. Learn from these, as well as those that you almost miss, those that confuse you, those that drive you away.
Study whatever you can get your hands on. The more you know, the better you will be at making better color choices or avoiding bad color choices. You will realize when you make bad color choices, because people can’t always agree on what they like, but most of the time, they agree in what they don’t like.
My last post opened the amazing topic of whitespace or “negative space” as some may call it. This topic have a big connotation and can be source of many debates on how much is too much.
Today we are going to review some facts and opinions about whitespace, this will help us determine how much is too much?
Clients usually like to use all the space you have available for them, at the end, they are paying for it. But we all know that’s not always the best option even if they are paying; a crowded design is not always effective. Whitespace is probably one of the most overlooked and underutilized concepts in design, every design has whitespace, but the problem is that not every design has enough. The truth is, whitespace might be one of the most valuable parts of your design.
HBO marketing campaign using a big deal of whitespace
Let’s think about this, you’re in a store. It wouldn’t be a pleasant experience if you had trouble moving around due to the overcrowded aisles, alongside the sales assistant constantly prompting you with their special offers. There’s just too much to look at and you have neither the time nor the patience to find what you originally came in looking for. It’s not nice, it is not productive. This is one of the key features of why Apple stores work so well. They’re very minimalist and a large amount of the shop floor is given to the products themselves.
Now, what does that have to do with design? A lot actually. We don’t come for the task of hunting out a specific string of text underneath a wealth of pointless content you don’t care about. Negative space helps with both of these problems by leaving designs uncluttered at the same time as drawing attention to the focal point of the page.
No matter how badly you want to just fill up the entire space allotted for your design try hard not to do it. Negative space isn’t negative in the least, and it can make your designs look a lot more professional. With the endless advantages of using negative space effectively, you should stop avoiding negative space and embrace it head on. Hopefully I’ve been able to reduce your fears about negative space in your designs and you are on your way to creating some great design projects.
Starbucks designs are great on whitespace
These are the facts, but more so this is my personal opinion, can you have too much white space? No you can’t…
What do you think about it? Are the examples in this article representatives of too much whitespace or are they effective designs?