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Learn the Fundamentals of Design

By Yohan Dantan

Introduction

People who don't want the bullsh$# - but want the real hard, cold and beautiful truth of design and how to properly view and perform great design.

Yohan Dantan — Multi-disciplinary designer and founder at AKARA Creative. Co-founder & Chief Product Architect at @myEdOnline. Lover ...

Added by Yohan Dantan: “The design test - an important step to understand just how much you need to learn.

1 The design test. Important first step.

Some years ago I published a little test to stimulate discussion in the community and so that readers could self-evaluate their understanding of design fundamentals. It was and remains quite popular among my readers. Here I've crafted another design test, but this time with a specific target audience and a more specific purpose.Too often I notice designers and non-designers alike

Added by Yohan Dantan: “The first lesson in design.

3 The first lesson in design.

Originally published in September of 2010, this mildly edited version warrants review and reflection. * * * In web magazines, in blogs, and even on Twitter, many skilled and talented designers offer design advice, design tips, and design insights every day...and aspiring designers should probably pay attention to this advice. However, once you've learned, understood, and internalized the fundamentals of

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Rules and Context

4 Rules & Context

Among the more counterintuitive characteristics of art and design is the fact that these endeavors are governed by rules. The rules of artistry (and therefore design) are inviolate and unchanging. If you don't obey the rules, your results will be boring, uninspiring, uncommunicative, and less than compelling. In short: poor art or poor design.Don't believe me? You're in good company.

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Contrast and meaning - the fundamentals to good design.

5 Contrast and meaning - the fundamental building block of good design.

If you're a designer, you work to communicate and convey meaning. So it's important that you understand the mechanisms by which things and ideas acquire meaning; more than any other factor, your grasp of these fundamentals determines your ability to communicate effectively. Without fundamentals, you will flounder when faced with complex design challenges or constraints.This article was first published in

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Gestalt Principles 1 - Figure Ground Relationship

6 Gestalt Principles of Perception - 1: Figure Ground Relationships

Almost everything that makes graphic design work can be found in a set of laws and principles collectively known as the Gestalt principles of perception. There is no more powerful tool at a designer's disposal than a comprehensive grasp of these principles. By the same token, those who don't have a good grasp of them are lost when faced with

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Gestalt Principles of Perception - 2: Similarity

7 Gestalt Principles of Perception - 2: Similarity

As Gestalt principles go, the principle of similarity would seem to be one of the simplest to grasp. It states things that are similar are perceived to be more related than things that are dissimilar. Simple enough, right? As a web designer, however, you'll need to be familiar with all of the ways that elements can be similar so that

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Proximity, Uniform Connectedness, and Good Continuation

8 Gestalt Principles of Perception - 3: Proximity, Uniform Connectedness, and Good Continuation

The reason that what you're reading right now makes sense to you, other than the fact that you are familiar with the written English language, is due largely to the fact that I'm employing-and you perceive-three important Gestalt Principles. The structure of this paragraph is dependent on its adherence to and consistency with the principles of proximity, uniform connectedness, and

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Gestalt Principles of Perception - 4: Common Fate

9 Gestalt Principles of Perception - 4:Common Fate

The principle of common fate is vital to our perception of how the things around us are or are not related to one another. We use this principle's mechanisms in almost every aspect of our lives, not just in our enjoyment and discrimination of design. In fact, without our perception and reliance on the principle of common fate, we could

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Design Psychology

10 Design Psychology

The left-to-right and top-to-bottom real estate that fills the browser window on a computer monitor is a delicate and treacherous space. While this idea rings true in a host of contexts, it is especially true for web designers and the individuals and companies that hire them.This article was originally published in January of 2005. While it does appear in the

Added by Yohan Dantan: “Learn about the importance of good web design structure.

11 Structure structure structure.

Like many people, I'm a big fan of CNN's recent website redesign. While I believe that a few structural and hierarchical elements could have been addressed better, the overall result of this redesign is a very neat, very clean and clear presentation of information; exactly what an online news site needs.One of the basic, overriding elements featured in CNN's new

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