Monthly Archives: April 2018

5 Design Tips for Non-Designers


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!

Book Review — The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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This article was previously published on 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


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 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.


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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