5 Design Tips for Non-Designers

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1. Find Inspiration
Visit different design sites such as Canva or Behance to see what other designers are doing. Take note of a magazine layout or portfolio website that caught your eye the other day. Inspiration can be found anywhere—keep looking!

2. Conduct Thorough Research
After you’ve gathered enough inspiration, it’s time to conduct some research; whether you’re designing a website or a flyer, find the different tools and resources you can use to simplify the process. Read informative articles, watch instructional videos, and reach out to other designers.

3. Be Aware of Your Target Audience
One of the most important aspects of design is being aware of your audience and purpose. Think about ethos, pathos, and logos. Do you want your design to evoke a certain emotion, establish credibility, or inform a viewer? Designs can be perceived in many different ways, so it’s vital to be mindful of diverse cultures and viewpoints.

4. Apply CRAP principles
Good design is CRAP. In other words, designers must take into account Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Incorporating these four principles will make your designs more visually-appealing and effective for your audience.

5. Keep it Simple, but Creative
You don’t want your designs to be too overwhelming for the viewer. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have creative freedom. Have fun with it and make it your own! But remember what Albert Einstein once said: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

 

Please feel free to share some of your favorite design tips down below!

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Book Review — The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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This article was previously published on www.myingmag.com. ing Magazine is Michigan State University’s student-run publication covering life, arts, entertainment and more.

Winter is often referred to as a time of quiet reflection; for some, the season can evoke melancholy, and for others, hope. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey perfectly captures this haunting ambiance of winter in which characters grapple with both love and loss.

“She knew the snow and it carried her gently… She knew the land by heart.”

Inspired by a Russian folktale, The Snow Child transports readers to the haunting Alaskan wilderness in 1920, where characters Jack and Mabel hope to heal and start anew. Despite loving each other unconditionally, they are burdened with memories of their stillborn baby, which causes them to drift apart. After the first snowfall, they decide to build a child out of snow together.

“Sculpted in the white snow were perfect, lovely eyes, a nose, and small, white lips. She even thought she could see cheekbones and a little chin…How could she speak her surprise?”

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Cuteness overload: Tell-A-Tail uses puppy love to encourage Flint kids to read

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While it maybe the most adorable reading program you’ll ever see, Tell-A-Tail also is effective. Photo by Mike Naddeo.

This article was previously published on flintside.com. Flintside is an online news magazine about the Flint region.

FLINT, Michigan—A young girl runs towards the Children’s Learning Place inside the Flint Public Library. She holds a book in her hand, excited and eager.

The dogs are here today.

She rushes past the fish tank, puppets, and Legos and heads right to the quiet German shepherd in the corner, resting on his dog bed. The owner is close by, and invites the young girl over.

With a huge grin, she kneels down on the floor next to the dog, gives him a loving pat on the head, opens her book, and begins to read.

Aloud.

To the dog.

This is Tell-A-Tail, an incredibly cute and unique program at Flint Public Library designed to encourage children to read.

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Buzzfeed Unsolved: Where Anyone Can Be A Detective

By Reyna Hurand

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This article was previously published on http://www.myingmag.com. ing Magazine is Michigan State University’s student-run publication covering life, arts, entertainment and more.

O.J. Simpson. Lizzie Borden. The Zodiac. Bigfoot. Aliens. Demons. Ghosts.

These are just a few cases and phenomena that have one frustrating commonality: They remain unsolved to this day.

Whether we’re dealing with the possibility of the supernatural or looking into true crime, some of the most iconic unsolved cases of our time continue to haunt us. From in-depth documentaries to conspiracy theories hidden in the dark web, we are still consumed by these mysteries. And when new details of cases emerge every so often, we can’t help but formulate more questions: Who did it? Is it real? Will it ever be solved?

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Art classes are back at Flint elementary school—thanks to one creative UM-Flint student’s nonprofit

By Reyna Hurand

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This article was previously published on www.flintside.com. Flintside is an online news magazine about the Flint region.

It was raining earlier—but now the sun is shining again at Art in the Park at Lake Callis, and people are admiring paintings under a tent near the beach, kids are laughing while playing on the splash pad, and others are making art of their very own.

Two little girls come over to show off their projects for Anna Schuller, one of the hosts of the event. They have Mason jars filled with colorful sand. Schuller has them stand together for a photo. They both proudly hold up their masterpieces and even after the photo, the large grins remain on their faces.

Schuller sits back down with a smile of her own. “That right there proves how much fun kids have with art,” she says. “It just brightens them up.”

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September is Self-Improvement Month

This article was previously published on http://www.myingmag.com. ing Magazine is Michigan State University’s student-run publication covering life, arts, entertainment and more.
For some, September marks the start of a beautiful fall season: crisp air, colorful leaves and new beginnings. For others, the month simply means a return to routine: busy schedules, daily stress and crippling anxiety. But did you know September is also National Self-Improvement Month? It’s a reminder to embrace growth, change and positivity. You’re allowed to be selfish—in fact, it’s encouraged.

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Amazing Instagram Accounts To Start Following Today

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Instagram, where even the simplest of photos can be transformed just by adding that beautiful Kelvin or Valencia filter. The photo-sharing app has become quite the phenomenon, and it’s where many people turn when they need a little inspiration or escapism. So whether you’re researching for your next trip, or you just really need to see a photo of a dog, we’ve got you covered.

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