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Good design is subjective, but there are a few things where a large majority of us would agree. Clean Up Your Mess teaches you these principles so you can, well, clean up your messy design. The information isn’t targeted at aspiring designers, but rather everyday people who sometimes need to design and organize a flyer, a resume, or virtually anything else.
The idea is to impart a few core concepts that will make your layouts and designs more appealing and easier to digest. For example, when laying out a flyer you might not give adequate attention to the prominence and/or grouping of certain images and text, but something as simple as mis-alignment can be “sand in the engine of your visual brain” (as they cleverly put it). The key is making sure you groupings are obvious, your organization and alignment is clean and easy to understand, and the size of your text and images clearly indicate their role in the design.
Clean Up Your Mess is not a guide to developing a brilliant and beautiful style, but simply bringing basic design principles into your daily work to make it more effective. Presentation does making a difference, so knowing those principles is one of those little things that can go a very long way.
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