Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

1. An over-size sketchbook and a set of good pencils
For drawing out designs, for mapping out a problem, for inspiring creativity

2. An ergonomic mouse or graphics tablet
All those clicks. Enough said.

3. A Pantone swatch book
For choosing colour schemes, for checking colour trueness

4. A cutting mat, various scalpel blades and a steel ruler
For mocking up printed projects

5. A paper weight swatch book
Learn to know the feel of different weight papers

6. A giant poster expressing all the A sizes
Invaluable if you are a commercial print designer

7. A shredder
Don’t let your draft designs end up in the wrong hands

8. A giant monitor
Be kind to yourself and get as big a monitor as possible. After all, you know the hours you will spend in front of it

9. A comfortable chair
As above. Good design does not come out of poor posture

10. A creative cupboard
Fill it with your work, other people’s work you admire, print samples, books, manuals, magazines, papers, crayons, art and craft materials, whatever. Keeps it all off your desk and a source of inspiration

What items make your life as a graphic designer easier?


I am absolutely loving Ten free fonts used by The Oatmeal – the first two especially, and with links to download this is a little gem! Thanks TO for sharing.

Stumbled across this and thought it was a handy one for designers who are preparing art straight to print

Quote for the day

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Design

“Design should never say, ‘Look at me.’ It should always say, ‘Look at this.’ ”

David Craib

Today I learnt a little about creating buttons in Adobe InDesign CS3:

And then about how to create a Print button as a finishing touch in Acrobat:

Useful stuff!

I’m getting married next year! And through my wedding planning I have found a beautiful Irish blog called OneFabDay. When I found it a number of months ago it really inspired me to design my own freelance wedding stationery website, for which I did some preliminary work. There are some really beautiful blogs in the online wedding scene – they have opened up a whole new world of inspiration to me and I hope they will for you too. Get started at OneFabDay, link above, and before you know it you will find yourself surrounded by inspirational design.

Ah. THAT formidable question every graphic designer asks themselves from time to time. A quirky flow chart is available at, designed by New York designer, illustrator and typographer Jessica Hische to help you discover the right answer.