The fourth in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. Colour is one of the most important elements of a design. Since vision is our most dominant sense, colour has an enormous impact on the feeling of a design. But it’s easy to overdo colour, so use it wisely! Here are some […]
We’ve probably all done these at one time or other. The consequences of these mistakes can range anywhere from annoying to profound. Here they are, in no particular order. 1. Thinking that you don’t really need to know about visual design principles Like any language, understanding how the visual design language is constructed helps you […]
The third in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. As visual creatures, humans are very sensitive to detecting the shapes of things we see. Interpreting shapes is one of the basic ways we navigate the world around us. It seems beyond self-evident that every object, real or imagined, has a shape. […]
The Design Glossary is a series of posts explaining a basic graphic design concept. What is a page layout grid? A grid is a series of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines along which the structure of a page layout is organized. These lines could be literally drawn on the page, but usually they are invisible […]
The second in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. Space is the basic element that designers work with. How we divide it up determines what we ultimately present to the user as our design. Space: The final frontier… (Okay, that was bad.) But as designers, we are all “space explorers.” In […]
The first in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. Lines connect points, divide space, create borders and shapes. Lines are important in FileMaker design because they help establish the visual structure and reinforce the conceptual design of an application.