Wednesday, January 23, 2008

3 Inspirations For An Improved Design

I'm working on a few site enhancements for one of my clients (Ashley Tutors - looking for a tutor in the DC area? Check 'em out!) and while doing so, was reminded about a few sources of design inspiration that are worth considering.

  • Try a new font. There are lots of sites out there that offer free fonts, 1001freefonts.com is one of them. I was able to choose a font, download the the zip file, drop the .ttf files that were in it in C:\Windows\Fonts and I was all set. Took about 20 seconds. Why don't I do this more often?
  • Add some stock photos. There's istockphoto.com which has oodles of cheap choices, and there are even totally free options too.
  • Borrow Jim Krause's Design Basics Index from the library. This isn't so much a book as it is an incredibly densely packed design course. I think it would be neat to pick a single chapter from the book and focus on using the design concepts mentioned in it. It's really a remarkable text and worth checking out.

Happy designing! I better back to actually doing the work, instead of blogging about it.

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