Design: Resources for Designing Better Documents

Designing information can be as simple or as complex as you or your communication situation requires. Regardless of complexity, however, all information should be designed. Improve your knowledge of information design by learning the concepts in the ten basic principles using a handy mneumonic acronym: Color CRAYON TIP.


While there may be, literally, thousands of tips, tricks, and nuances to good and interesting design, most all documents can be designed well by paying attention to ten basic concepts. Learn the fundamentals of color, contrast, repetition, arrangement, “why,” orientation, negative space, typography, iconography, and photography and you’ll be able to design professional, crisp, and attractive designs for almost any medium.

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