Good Design

It’s my first week at Humber Collage and I’m exploring what good design means to me. Good design means a variety of different things, like creativity, clarity, originality and functionality. As important as the vision and concept for the design are, it is equally as important to know when to stop and allow your designs to breath so that you can convey your message as clearly as possible.

Designing with Type follows the same design conventions as well but there are additional things to take into account so that your type is clearly visible but not too distracting. Thinking with Type is a good resource for understanding type.

The main design inspirations in my life come primarily from the world of film and animation. Legendary directors like Quentin Tarantino and Hideaki Anno have shown me amazing visuals that are burned into my mind. Their films possess a unequal flavor and always oozes with style. They also contain a lot of grit, which gave both their films a sense of realism even when dealing with more animated subject matter.

Film Posters.jpg

“I want to top expectations. I want to blow you away.”
–Quentin Tarantino

The bold and contemporary look of their work combined with them constantly redefining different genre of film. They always reminds me that it’s never too to create something new and never before seen.

Here are a few useful resources:


Pulp Fiction Poster

Jango Unchained Poster


2 Comments Add yours

  1. sarahbristow says:

    cool read! I totally agree with you that design sometimes needs space to breath. Just like in classical music or a great Hayao Miyazaki film, the magic happens in the silence and space as it draws contrast to the art itself.


  2. iteachai says:

    Creativity, clarity and functionality. I’d say those are great characteristics of good design. I look forward to seeing how these influences impact your designs throughout the year… and if they’d change or transform into something else. 😉


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