Archive for the 'Visual Design' Category

Social Media: Do your part to win the war

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 26th, 2011

For those of us networking, communicating, liking, tweeting, +ing, and so on on various social media, we may feel like we are in something of a war. Which social media is winning? Which is/are winning the battle? Which are/is winning the war? Many of us have accounts on essentially dead social media (MySpace anyone?). I […]

Anti-aliasing is used on images and visuals displayed on screens. Anti-aliasing takes an image designed for a higher resolution and smooths out the jagged edges so it will look better (and less distorted) at lower resolutions. Without anti-aliasing the images will appear pixelated—with jagged edges that are actual pixels being displayed. With anti-aliasing a gradient […]

Tip of the Day: Vote today for the next Georgia License Plate!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 8th, 2011

If you have not done so yet, vote today for the next Georgia License Plate. You have until 3 pm today. This is your chance to help choose the “best” design. From/Reference:  Vote for design! Vote for the next Georgia license plate! Voting link:

Century Gothic is a light, round Sans Serif typeface designed in 1991 for Monotype Imaging. It is a geometric Sans Serif, with similar curves, repeated across character for increased consistency.  The type designers were based on Sol Hess’s Twentieth Century, but Century Gothic has a larger x-height. According to Wikipedia, Century Gothic is actually closer […]

Chunking is a design concept based on proximity.  A good designer uses proximity to show the relationships of design components. Two items that are close (like a heading and the paragraph of text under it) should be related, and two that are far away (a title and the footer) are not related (or less related). […]

Back in the good ‘ol days of typewriters, writers used a tab indent to show where a new paragraph begins. Back in the good ‘ol days of the early web (think 1993), browsers were setup to render paragraphs with a line of white space after. More recently (say 2007), Microsoft decided that both were a […]

Vote for design! Vote for the next Georgia license plate!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 1st, 2011

If you are a Georgian, or interested in influencing design, go vote for the next Georgia license plate. You have until August 8th at 3 pm. For those of us watching the contest, this is a somewhat amusing revote. The original vote ended July 8th and three finalists were selected. Each of the finalists had […]

Consider Garamond for any print document where readability and legibility are important, where you want to fit a lot of text on a page, and when you want to be eco-friendly. Garamond is a highly readable and legible typeface for print use. It is also eco-friendly—save trees and use toner by using Garamond. Garamond works […]

Typeface of the Week: Garamond—The elegant typeface that lives and saves trees!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 28th, 2011

Garamond is not a single typeface. Rather, Garamond is group of typefaces inspired and derived/revived from the work of punch-cutters Claude Garamond in ~1530 (according to and Jean Jannon a century later. While the typeface is named after Garamond, the face is closer to Jannon’s typefaces than Garamond’s (here is an image of Garamond’s […]

Use the correct, more readable, and preferred “curly” quotes in your writing. Due to first the advent of typewriters and later our good friend ASCII, the normal “curly” quotation marks of printing were turned into ambidextrous "straight" quotes. This saved two keys on typewriters (as only one is needed for the ‘single quote’ and one […]