Is Graphic Design a Good Career? Spoiler Alert: Yes, It Is!

Is Graphic Design a Good Career? Spoiler Alert: Yes, It Is!

Nowadays I am retired, I have been a graphic designer for 35 years. There hardly was a day I didn’t want to go to my studio to start my day. It goes without saying that the profession is still part of my heart.

The world has changed hugely in those 35 years, as you can imagine. After all, everything changes all the time.

The question “Is graphic design a good career choice” was frequently asked of me, both by my clients and by students and interns. Despite all the changes, I could always answer with a resounding yes.

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Why Is Colour Important in Graphic Design? What Are Practical Applications?

Why Is Colour Important in Graphic Design? What Are Practical Applications?

Colour has a big influence on us. Colour sets our mood and is a way to express ourselves. Colour has a symbolic value, which can be different per culture.

We are warned by colour. Red means beware of danger, while green stands for safety. Fire trucks are red. Sustainable companies often have green as their main colour.

Especially because of its recognizability and emotional value is colour important in graphic design and advertising. As a designer, you can deviate from generally accepted colours, just make sure you have a good reason for it.

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How Does a Colourblind Person See the World? Be Considerate of Others.

How Does a Colourblind Person See the World? Be Considerate of Others.

The biggest advantage of being a graphic designer is that you meet so many kinds of people and work for so many different types of companies.

Some clients wanted to talk as briefly as possible, while others shared more about their interests and their lives.

That’s how I found out that my printer was red-green colourblind and one of my clients was red-colourblind. How does a colourblind person see, became an interesting topic this way.

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Why Do Typeface Designers Use Optical Illusions?

Why Do Typeface Designers Use Optical Illusions?

Typeface designers and graphic designers know that if they work mathematically and exact, everybody will think they are bad designers. They have to use tricks to make sure that designs are well balanced.

In How is Negative Space Helpful for Designers and Artists? I explained the trick of negative space. In this article, I will explain how designers use optical illusions.

Sometimes the used technique requires adjustments that may not be optical illusions in the usual meaning but are necessary anyhow. I’ll give an example of that as well.

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What is the Purpose of a Ligature in Typography?

What is the Purpose of a Ligature in Typography?

Ligature has a lot of meanings. The word is used in music, medicine, and language. This article is about the meaning of ligature in typography.

If computers had been invented before the printing technique, I wonder if there would have existed ligatures the way they do now. I am so glad that my education in my youth included hand-setting loose lead letters.

This literally gave me a feeling of the typographic origin of corpses, leading and kerning, as well as ligatures.

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Icons and symbols

Design: Icons and Symbols

I never knew that this was the symbol to indicate ‘blind’. Do you ever come across examples of icons or symbols that you think are confusing? The general assumption is that people understand icons without explanation. An icon or symbol would promote communication between people who speak different languages. An icon would be borderless. It’s … Read more