It has been an exciting month for us. Our new look has received mostly positive reviews. Frankly, we’re still working out the kinks. Yes, Daily Notes has been officially revamped. In such a short period of time we have managed to update our content and design layout with much success. We owe this burst of ingenuity to our team of dedicated writers, graphic designers and a web guru, who looks a lot like David Crosby.
Today’s post will focus on three mockup concepts that are unlike what Giftsin24 currently has in its repertoire. This is by no means an indication that we will include these concepts in our collection. So why show them to you then? Well, we feel like going for a dip in the ocean and we want to test the waters.
What is Good Design?
No matter what the top art connoisseurs or critics say good design is not just found on the walls of a museum or hoity-toity art gallery. The art world is a fickle universe. It upholds this ideal image comprised of qualities that intermingle to produce something visually appealing and functional. What is good design? Ultimately, it depends on what you like. Art evolves and we evolve with it. Good design is constantly changing.
de·sign /dəˈzīn/ Noun
An interpretation in a desired medium created to show the appearance of an object
Art is a form of self-expression that contains the same principles and concepts found anywhere like inside a museum, an art gallery or on a piece of stationery. You just have to know what to look for.
3 Design Concepts You Need to Know About
We aren’t all born with a natural ability to create a masterpiece out of chopstick and a piece of chewing gum. Some of us will always be that kid in school who liked the taste of wax crayons between our teeth. Smile! The following concepts are here to nourish your creative side and hopefully increase your knowledge of what good design really is – a matter of choice and personal preference.
- Lettering style
There are just as many lettering styles as there are lawyers and guitar players in the world. You don’t have to be a rock star legal eagle to calculate this equation. It’s a pretty big number. Do you have a favorite lettering style? No. Well, don’t panic. Your odds of finding your favorite one are much better than you think.
Consider three more elements before making this life changing decision:
- Placement – How are words used?
- Letter size – What is the content of the message?
- Clarity – Is it readable?
Daily Note: A lettering style is a visual representation to communicate visually
Why do we favor certain colors over others? We just don’t know. Take into account culture, genetics, gender and economics and you may have your answer. Granted, this response may be enough research to write a doctoral thesis, but you will still be left asking one more question. What is your favorite color? Research your ink and paper color options. You may be surprised to find out that your preferences have changed.
Daily Note: Color is produced by how an object reflects or emits light
Vision is just another fancy word for originality. We can read your mind. You want something unique, different and fresh – something that you can call your own. (Check out our current catalog for buy one/ get one free – BOGO – Items all this month.)
Is “Good” Design Simple to Define?
The answer to this final question is…no. Many of you will no doubt choose your next stationery item based on one determining factor – personality. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore the concepts described above. They are there to guide you through the process. Personality, those characteristics, qualities and quirks that make you a great individual will help you make the right decision.
mind–bog•gling /-ˌbä-g(ə-)liŋ/ adjective
A mental or emotional state of excitement or stimulation
Mind-Boggling Mockups – Say That Three Times!
We are pleased to push the envelope (no pun intended), so we thought we would give you the chance to observe and openly comment on the three personalized notes featured below. Each mockup incorporates a theme and design element that is distinctive to that concept. The first – features a Chevron Zigzag (think Charlie Brown in his characteristic yellow and black t-shirt), the second – uses texture and shapes to accentuate a minimalistic aesthetic and the third – introduces a playful and handwritten look to its text.
It’s All Up to You
There is much to be said about what makes a good design. We all hold the key to opening the creative door of self-expression. Giftsin24 will continue to introduce new design concepts each month. We want to know what you think. Should we incorporate more design elements like those featured above? It is all up to you.