Recently, I binged read a couple of books on design. They are Logo Design Love by David Airey and 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design by Steven Heller. I’ve also read a few other books about blogs and type in the past, but I’m not an expert by any means.
My interest in design came from photography. But photography is not really design in its most fundamental sense. Over the past few years, I’ve been designing my own websites, with the occasional help of a friend. And as a photographer, I think I can distinguish what is a good design and what is not.
I want to provide three design tips I’ve found online that are very helpful:
- Learn the Basics of Color Theory to Know What Looks Good
- Learn the Basic Elements of Good Design in Under a Minute
- Typ.io Recommends Matching Fonts for Better Design
I always think that design is about feelings. Like almost everything, if I feel good about something then that thing must be well designed. Feeling good is the most important thing art can give to a person. So in a sense, I feel that all the design books I’ve read are somewhat useless. But in each book there is some truth.
Most importantly, design is personal. What I like may not be what you like. With that said, great designs are universal.