01/ Use a colour overlay on images with text
Sometimes you’ll have to work with some crappy images. Try using them more like a background texture rather than a main focal element by overlaying the brand colour at a semi-opaque setting. This will give you the necessary contrast to make overlaid text readable. In the example below, I also applied a dark blue drop shadow to the text to further boost contrast.
There’s no denying the design community has fallen hard for design systems. It’s graduated from popular trend to fully-fledged movement. We’re at a point where you can apply for specific design systems jobs and statements like, “in the future, every brand and every product will use a Design System”, appear perfectly reasonable.
I feel the same way about design systems as I did about design thinking before Natasha Jen gave a talk in 2018 entitled, Design Thinking Is Bullsh*t. Namely, why is no one talking about the downsides?
It turns out that isn’t entirely true. In searching over 200 articles…
This article starts by covering some of my process and thinking when it came to branding a startup I co-founded earlier this year. It then goes on to look at the visual results with images of the key assets and an example of the brand in action.
I’ve spent a large part of my career working on or creating brands for other people. At the beginning of this year I co-founded a startup, Akord, and had the unusual experience of being my own client, as it were. Creative freedom with no one telling you to make the logo bigger, this…
This is the final part in a series of three articles that critically examines Dieter Rams’ ten principles for good design. This article covers principles 8–10 and contains a conclusion. If you haven’t read the other articles, you can check out part one here, and check out part two here.
Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.
This principle speaks to me as a designer the most out of all ten principles. However, when considering digital, I would probably phrase this as, “Exceptional design is thorough down…