From the category archives:

Visual Design

writing user interface instructions

Experts say that a person’s behavior on the web is highly goal-driven. People have things they want to accomplish, whether it’s making a purchase, finding a recipe or learning how to do something new. Inherent in many web page designs, therefore, is information to help a user perform an action.

how lines communicate

Lines are a versatile element of visual language. They communicate a wide variety of meanings, which are highly dependent on the context in which they appear and the characteristics of the line.

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Ever since PowerPoint created the slide title area holding one line of text, presenters never looked back. It made sense, right?

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You already know that a typeface has its own personality. But do viewers who aren’t familiar with design pick up on typeface persona? And if they do, what characteristics do they perceive?

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“If I get an email with words highlighted in red, I can’t see them.” “I couldn’t spot an orange laying in my lawn.” These are comments made by people with partial color blindness, the most common form of color vision deficiency.

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Getting viewers to attend to your graphic is always a design goal. At initial glance, people typically pay greater attention to objects that are associated with something threatening or rewarding rather than graphics that are neutral.