Graphic Design Resources

16 04 2009

I love it when I find a great resource after I taught the topic and no longer need it.

If you want a basic introduction to what makes good design, go here for blurbs about colour, line, shape, scale and size, space, texture and value. Remember, the purpose of graphic design is communication. There’s also 50 Totally Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory as described below.

While many of us can create something that looks good in Photoshop…do we actually understand the design theory behind what we create? Theory is the missing link for many un-trained but otherwise talented designers. Here are 50 excellent graphic design theory lessons to help you understand the ‘Whys’, not just the ‘Hows’.

The topics include:

  1. Typography
  2. Grid Based Design
  3. Colour Theory
  4. Design Theory
  5. UI & Usability

Since I’m at it, there are more resources here that may be of use. The last plug will be for an Australian show that was passed onto me from a coworker (thanks Luke) called The Gruen Transfer. ABC television describes it as…

a show about advertising, how it works, and how it works on us. Hosted by the inimitable Wil Anderson, TGT decodes and defuses the commercial messages that swirl through our lives, with the help of a panel of ad industry experts.

It has a comedic touch with that Australian sauciness that we all love but occasionally deals with adult themes so be warned!


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