Design Essentials

14 Posts

The Design Essentials Session is a collection of tutorials covering subjects such as Typography, Print Design and Logos. This session is an ongoing collection of tutorials and articles covering all aspects of graphic design. Be sure to check back for updates!

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    How To Create Outstanding Modern InfographicsInfographic400
    In this tutorial you will learn that data doesn't have to be boring, it can be beautiful! Learn how to use various graph tools, illustration techniques and typography to make an accurate and inspiring infographic in Adobe Illustrator.Read More…
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    Publishing a Multiple Paged PDF Document Using IllustratorPreview
    One of Illustrator's lesser-known functions is it's ability to produce and publish multiple paged documents in PDF format. Why is it a lesser known function? Well because applications such as InDesign and Quark Xpress are dedicated to producing such documents and it's unlikely you'll ever be advised to use Illustrator. It is possible though, and in a pinch this technique may come in handy, especially when you're creating documents that are only a few pages long. This tutorial will explain how it's done, while discussing some grid layout theory to produce an Annual Report.Read More…
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    Create a Personalized Toolkit for Making MapsPreview
    There's no need to reinvent the wheel every time you draw a map. With Illustrator, you can set up your own map-making toolkit, full of the styles, symbols and other elements you use every time. Having all of these things in one place which will ensure accuracy, consistency and readability, three of the most important qualities of an informational graphic.Read More…
  • Typography
    Design a Custom Lettered Spring GraphicDesign and illustration
    Get ready for spring with this colorful custom letting tutorial. You'll learn how to manipulate text to create a more customized look and combine it with other vector graphics to create a seamless design.Read More…
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    The Logo Design Process for Ultimate PotentialPreview
    My name is Jacob Cass and I am a logo designer, web designer and graphic designer from Sydney, Australia and in this article I will guide you through the process of creating the logo for one of my recent clients, Ultimate Potential. This article offers insights into, not only the thought process behind creating the logo, but also the creation of the logo itself.Read More…
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    Design a Print-ready Ad in Adobe InDesignPreview
    Want to learn how to make an ad that could go into a magazine? Jump into Adobe InDesign with this real-world tutorial on creating a print-ready ad. This tutorial is perfect for you if you're familiar with Adobe Illustrator and want to get started with a layout program suited toward publication design.Read More…
  • Typography
    Create a Rationalized, Geometric Wordmark and AmbigramDesign and illustration
    Creating your own graphic identity is never an easy feat. In fact, it might be the hardest thing you've ever done. There is usually no deadline - just a pretentious client with irrational expectations: yourself.Read More…
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    How to Create a Wide Range of Custom Color Swatches in IllustratorPreview
    Swatches are the life line of any artwork. There are a lot of color books available in Illustrator to discover a wide range of swatches. Most popular among them are the Pantone Color Books and default CMYK and RGB swatches. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a wide range of custom swatches using the color blending methods. In the end, we will learn how to organize these swatches into Color groups. Let’s get started!Read More…
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    Designing a Typeface, With Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish - Part 1Preview
    Lets get one thing straight, there is a difference between 'lettering' and 'type design', this can be some serious stuff. There are people who strictly design letter-forms for their entire lives. They live, breath, eat, sleep, drink and pee typography - I truly admire them. In my personal work I lean towards lettering and don't want to step on any toes by saying this is 'THE' way to design type. This is a way to go about designing a typeface using Ai. Everyone loves letter, so lets have some fun!Read More…
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    Designing a Typeface, With Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish - Part 2Preview
    In this installment of Designing a Typeface we will be continuing on with the artwork from Part 1. So you've got the framework for some lovely letters worked out, and have used some of the basic principles of typography to establish a system to design within. Now its time to take these rules and flush out into a full-fledged typeface. Back to work, lets keep having fun!Read More…
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    Designing a Typeface, With Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish - Part 3Preview
    In Parts 1 and 2 of this tutorial we designed out buts off, now its time to bring it all together. FontLab is a powerful program, in the right hands, and can be pretty complicated and challenging at first. This tutorial will simply skim the surface of what is possible within FontLab. I am simply showing the basic steps in-order to take the characters designed in Ai, and export a usable typeface. It's FontLab Time!Read More…
  • Illustration
    How to Create a See-through Information GraphicPreview
    This tutorial will cover the techniques used to create see-through information graphics. You'll need a strong familiarity with Adobe Illustrator's Pen Tool to complete this tutorial.Read More…
  • Print Design
    Design a Print-Ready Accordion Fold Document in Adobe InDesignDesign and illustration
    Walk through the creation of an Accordion Fold Document InDesign document. This tutorial is targeted at the beginner to intermediate level designer. Delve into the details of numerous settings and learn a professional workflow for exporting documents for print.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Make Tables With Rounded Corners in InDesignPreview image
    This tutorial will show you how to make fully editable tables with rounded corners in InDesign, quickly and easily. It's actually a bit trickier than you would expect it to be, but if you follow this Quick Tip you will be making great looking tables in no-time! Read More…