Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’

How to Choose a Graphic Designer

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 by Shaun Hensher 12 Comments


Finding a good graphic designer is not as easy as it might sound. There are a large number of people out there offering graphic design services, and the quality ranges dramatically from “oh-god-why-did-you-bother” to “holy-crap-on-a-stick-that’s-amazing”.

So how do you separate the pros from the folks who should probably just take up a different profession? There are a number of things that point to a graphic designer’s qualifications.
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What the Heck is Kerning?

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by Shaun Hensher 8 Comments
Kerning grafitti

Image courtesy of Justin Henry / flickr

So, what is text kerning all about anyway? Well, before we answer that question, let’s talk about why typography even matters.

A thorough understanding of typography—the art and process of setting and arranging letter forms—is one of the primary things that sets the professional graphic designer apart from the less skilled practitioners of the graphic arts. To many, the fine details of quality typography may seem like minutia—unimportant details that nobody will ever notice. This could not be further from the truth. A careful consideration of typography, whether on a book cover, a storefront sign, a poster, or in the body text of a book, can make or break your image. Poor typography can lead to being seen as cheap, unprofessional, of  low-quality and disorganized. On the other hand, good typography can give you the appearance of being professional, elegant, organized, and of high quality. It may be finicky and a bit time consuming, but it’s a bit like sculpting. Anyone could rough out a basic statue of a man, but it took the careful hand and patient mind of Michelangelo to make David.
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The Best Book Cover Designs of 2010

Posted on: August 7th, 2011 by Shaun Hensher 9 Comments

Ok, I know we’re WELL into 2011, but it’s better late than never right? I mean gimme a break, this here graphic design blog was just started in July, o.k. Mr./Mrs. Fussypants?

Anyway, all in all, last year was actually a pretty average one for book cover design. I went through thousands of designs (quite literally) to find the gems. I can’t actually vouch for the quality of the writing, as the only book in this list I’ve actually read is To Kill a Mockingbird, and it wasn’t even this version (I’m not illiterate, just busy o.k.?). If you have read any of these, let us know in the comments. Good? Not so good? So bad you want to punch yourself in the face for reading it? So good you want to take it home and do disgusting things with it (you pervert)?

So without further ado, here are 20 of the best book cover designs of 2010.

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