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Design And The Rest Of Us: Hierarchy

Things can exist inside of things, inside of other things, inside of yet more things. As I write this, I’m sitting in a chair, in an apartment, in an apartment complex, in Spokane, in Washington—and on and on I could go. We live in a world that is fundamentally hierarchical and it is often the task of a designer to communicate that hierarchy through visual elements.

We’ve spoken in the past of how important spacing can be for communicating that groups of things are separate, but how do you communicate the names of those groups? How do you make sure that the name of a list doesn’t itself get confused as being something in the list?

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Design and the Rest of Us: The Tools

Thus far, we’ve been talking about theory and you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t suggested what tools you should be using to design things. Many design resources require you to use a certain tool or start out by suggesting specific tools, then proceed assuming that you have them. However, I’ve tried to keep these posts as generic as I can so that you can use them with any tool, because you don’t need any special tools to do design. Actually, you can use anything.

You can even use Word.

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Design and the Rest of Us: Saying No

Recently, Apple popularized the concept of how important it is to say “no” in the world of design, “a thousand no’s for every yes.” Good designers have always known this, but Apple brought it to the attention of everyone when they aired a commercial about their design process. It’s important to know, however, that this isn’t just some trite saying. It’s a very important part of the design process.

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Design and the Rest of Us: How It Works

I’m of the opinion that if you need to drive a nail, the best tool is a hammer. You could certainly find any durable, heavy object and get the job done, but you’ll have a much better time using a hammer. Similarly, if you want something designed well, you should hire a designer. A plumber, software developer, painter, or your nephew who owns pirated Photoshop might get the job done, but it will often feel like driving a nail with an old frying pan. • • • Read More • • •

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