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Design makes a difference

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Inevitably when I tell someone what I do for a living, 9 people out of 10 will nod in approval and mention how their son/daughter/nephew/brother/fiance’s dog dabbles in graphic design on the side. Now I don’t want to shatter their acquaintance’s hopes and dreams…but…no…actually…they probably don’t design at all. Design makes a difference. There are all kinds of professional design programs available to the general public these days. This can be a good and bad thing. I encourage anyone to play around and experiment with their creativity. I love to see that. HOWEVER, the ability to open a program and start making something that looks “cool” doesn’t designate someone as a graphic designer. Design isn’t about the programs, design is about so much more than any program can give you. Design (good design) is about the correlation between typography and object, positive and negative space, scale in correlation to proportion, dynamic objects vs. static objects. Design is a philosophy, an art, a trade, a way of thinking.

Design is speaking through words, design is engaging a viewer, all while never sacrificing the message. Design is communication. Design is NOT heavy drop shadows, bevel and embossing, crazy creative decorative fonts. Good design is transparent, not gaudy. Good design is well though out and carefully executed. Good design will cost more then it costs you to have your nephew make you a  website in  your basement.

There are few things in life more important than first impressions. Your image should reflect the professionalism you strive for everyday. If you live in a small town, don’t settle for an image that will reflect your location in a small town. When it comes to your profession, your image speaks volumes to potential clientele.

Design is a battle against an ugly unorganized world, this gun is for hire.

2 Comments
  • Chris Bird | Apr 6, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Well said, Travis. And, well written. Loving your site! Good job! Now I see why you’re always working!

  • kathy ragsdale | Apr 14, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I like this website, Travis, as well as the qtown one. You are very talented and I am proud of you!
    I am glad you gave me the addresses so I could check into them and show my friends. Gooooo, Trav!!!

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