Hug your local graphic designer

I’ve been learning InDesign. If every anyone told you Photoshop had a learning curve, InDesign has been more of a sheer wall of rock in the rain.

I’m not complaining. By using InDesign I can see just how much of our world is preplanned. Fonts are a great example. How many of you ever stop to notice what font you’re reading, it’s color, placement on a surface, its spacing? Do you want to gleam the forethought that goes into our modern world — InDesign is a great tool to show you.

After two weeks of reading about fonts — Two weeks and nowhere near done — I started working on grids and — wow. All I can say is hug the next graphic designer you meet.

I thought I’d share what I made so far. It’s far from good but I’m proud of myself for working out the grids. 🙂

I thought a food pic would grab your attention.

I thought a food pic would grab your attention.

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Actually, I really hate this layout. I drew graphics for several tiny placeholders but I wasn’t satisfied and went with onion and shallots instead — oh, and these fonts c l a s h.

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Copy is hard. It might not look like it, but those little text blocks are comprised of a lot of words. Thankfully they have placeholder text. Those are my babies working hard, btw.

6 Comments on “Hug your local graphic designer

  1. I say, I say, I SAY …! You ARE spending your time well, my beautiful friend ! About the only thing you should be giving time to (as well, I mean) is COOKING. RECIPES. Sighh … How well I remember …
    XO !!


    • 🙂

      One day, M.R. One day.

      Actually, I purchased spinach and mustard greens today for a curry, hopefully tomorrow. I also want to make chocolate tofu pie. I have three weeks to get myself back into a good routine. Wish me luck!

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  2. The curly font works for one or two words as in the title but to have an entire sentence in curly font will not work. Why? People read what is quick and easy. They will skim over text and pick out a few words since they are – like most of us – pressed for time.

    There is a lot to learn about fonts, much more than serif or sans serif. I create posters weekly and most are to announce the online meetings. I try to make them attention getting by using different fonts so I created a Word Document on my Desktop to refer to and it saves me time. In that document I add new fonts by printing a full sentence in that font. By doing that I can skim the pages and almost immediately see what I am looking for. Some of that I learned in journalism studies.

    This was interesting, Steven. I hope you are doing well. 🙂

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    • I’m fantastic, Jackie! And thank you for the advice. Writing a sentence out, printing it, and keeping a copy handy is an excellent way to find a good font — I’ve got over a hundred now.

      It might be kind of geeky, but I’ve actually enjoyed reading about fonts. There’s even a movie about one called Helvetica. (It’s in my to watch queue, I’m guessing it’s a documentary.)

      I will keep your tips in mind for my next design.


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