The studio of Jarrod Drysdale,
designer, writer, & consultant.

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I write about design, freelancing, product making, and more. I also post some of the articles from my weekly design newsletter, Critique, here. To get all my articles, sign up for the newsletter.

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New designers tend to focus on individual elements in a design, but great design is about the whole.

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Many writers in the design industry treat visual design like a family member they’ve disowned.

But visual design is more relevant than ever.

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Are your visual designs getting picked apart by non-designers? You need to start talking about hierarchy right now.

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Repetition is a boring-sounding design principle, but ignore it at your own peril.

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Using color in design isn’t quite as intuitive as you might expect.

For me, color took years to master. Here’s some advice about how to use color well in digital design.

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Proximity and Space are like punctuation in your design.

Learn why proximity and space are important tools and why mastering them will help you make better designs.

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Using a grid doesn’t guarantee the alignment in your design is correct.

Learn how alignment affects the quality of your design and why using a Grid system isn’t enough to ensure your designs use alignment properly.

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You are learning typography the wrong way.

Instead of memorizing type classifications and terms for obscure pieces of letterforms—things that will never actually help you create a design—you need to focus on how you use typography.

Let’s reboot your knowledge of typography and focus on what matters: using type to create great design.

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Planning design projects is essential, but we designers either tend to ignore it completely or go way overboard.

Watch this video and begin to unlearn the misconceptions you have about the design process.

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You don’t have memorize a long list of steps and follow them perfectly in order to create a design.

Let’s reboot what you know about design process, so you can finally discover your own process that helps you be more productive.

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