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As little design as possible

The goodness of a design is inversely related to the number of elements present. In other words, the more stuff there is, the worse the design. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule; sometimes extra things add a bit of needed intrigue …

Why you should write a book

Maybe you run a small business selling widgets or a service; maybe you’re a young professional looking to earn some attention; or maybe you’ve mastered your field and want to start reaping the rewards of having so much knowledge. No …

Student Design Gallery Pt. 2

In my last post, I told you about my UVa course, Typography and Graphic design. It was a semester-long, pass/fail, 2 credit class; we covered typographic anatomy, principles of design, Gestalt, layout systems, and more It was a rough cut, …

Student Design Gallery

This semester at UVa, I’ve been teaching a course on Typography and Graphic Design—it has been an awesome experience. I mean, it’s been rough, and I definitely could have done a better job in a lot of ways. But, I’ve …

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What is good design?

Most designers think of themselves as one-trick-ponies. Rather, that’s how designers began thinking after the work of the typographer from the 15th and 16th centuries split into two: the printer who knows the technical details of bringing a design into reality, and the designer who decides what needs to be printed.