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Before & After: Things Every Designer Should Know

with John McWade

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Simple graphic design techniques from <em>Before & After</em> magazine to make your page, screen, or presentation look and perform its best.
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Before & After: Things Every Designer Should Know
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Appearance may not be everything, but how something looks has a fundamental impact on how it's perceived, what it communicates, and whether it succeeds. In this course, author John McWade of Before & After magazine shares foundational graphic design techniques that will make your page, screen, product, or presentation look and perform its best.

These design essentials can be used by nondesigners as tips, tricks, and shortcuts, and by professionals as building blocks to greater understanding. Each lesson is a short, easy-to-understand how-to that can be applied regardless of the brand of software and hardware you use. This course was created and produced by the Before & After magazine team. We are honored to host this content in our library.



My name is John McWade. I'm a graphic designer, author, and the publisher of Before & After Magazine. Design is everywhere, from the time you get up in the morning until you walk out the door, you have encountered a hundred designs and maybe a thousand. From the logo on your alarm clock to the label on your toothpaste tube, to the story on your cereal box, books, magazines, newspapers, your iPad, the Internet, design is everywhere.

Pictures and colors and typography and layouts creating the images that you see and forming the impressions that you make. Ready or not, our modern world has made designers of all of us. It's no longer enough to have a good product, it must be a good-looking product, and it's no longer enough to have good words, they must be good-looking words. Design, how things look, is an essential part of how well they communicate.

So how do you do it? In this course, I'll share with you some of the principles, techniques, and even the shortcuts that I use to get good results fast and reliably. I'll show you that knowing your story is where design begins, and it's the key to visual communication. I'll show you that turning a busy design into a simple one makes it more beautiful and more effective.

I'll show you the importance of having a focal point in your design. You'll see how super sizing an object can be an easy fun way to excellent design. You'll see how to design with white space and why you can't design without it. We'll look together at how to un-box your designs, so they are naturally beautiful. I'll show you how to set type boldly and artistically. And finally, we'll learn how to choose color and use it beautifully.

All of this is coming up in the following segments. Let's get started!

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