In this article, we have rounded up the graphic design tools including the hardware and software that will help creatives of all levels work more effectively. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to upgrade a specific piece of equipment, these recommendations will help you pick the best option.
Reliably equipment doesn’t have to be expensive but here are few recommended tools to buy. Some might be a big investment, but all will be worthwhile in the long run.
The products here are into four sections: hardware (covering everything from workstations to extra storage); creative software; creative tools (think sketch pads); and home or office items. Below are the products;
- Laptop or Desktop
- Reliable hard drive
- Creative software
- Quality sketchbook or notebook
- Variable desk and Chair
Being a graphic designer is so much more than meets the eye. It’s hearing about an idea and turning it into a story or making it visually appealing. Something that will get the main idea across and that people will resonate with. As a designer, you get to tell this story creatively with colors, fonts, elements, textures, and all graphic elements.
Each design is a new, unique piece of art birthed into this world, and while you have the opportunity to be creative and make your own style choices, there are some key graphic design tips and basics that every designer should know.
Keep things simple: You may be scared to try out a minimalist design because you’re afraid that it’s just too plain. But you can have a minimalist design without being boring! Bring your design to life with a little pop of color, or a funky font. But sometimes, less is more and that is a virtue to live by.
Create a design a day to practice: Every day is a new day for you to improve and become a better you, a better designer. You need to create one design a day, no matter how simple or complicated. Just get your wheels turning in your noggin and let the creativity flow a little each day so you can be in better touch with your designer side.
Write down your ideas: Creativity isn’t always handy, but you know what can be? A notebook full of ideas. Start carrying around a little doodle notebook and jot down and sketch your design ideas as they come to you. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired while you’re walking around town and you won’t want to miss the chance to write down your next big idea!
Be different: It is absolutely okay to follow trends. But why be like everyone else when you literally do not have to be? Instead of becoming just like everyone else and following major trends, look at trends, study them, be inspired by them, but put your own twist on it that makes you stand out and have recognizable content!
Get your facts straight: Before you get into designing something for a client, do. your. research. Look around at your competition, see what they’re doing, then be better than them.
Create Visual Hierarchy: When it comes to hierarchy graphic design, it’s vital for you to know what the order of importance is. Hierarchy in graphic design helps viewers to see a clear layout of what you’re wanting to portray, and it makes it easier for them to understand. Therefore, you need to be sure that your work makes sense, yet is still interesting.
Use icons: By using icons, you can lead the attention of a viewer whenever you want. Icons don’t have to be limited to famous logos like Twitter or Instagram- you can use icons of all kinds to give you that extra visual pizzazz. You can create your own icons that are simple or brightly colored. Make them have a flat design, or make them 3d. But integrating them into your design to increase the aesthetic value of your design and enhance the viewer’s experience while they’re engaging with your great graphic design.
Give your text a good structure: Use the alignment tools in whatever software you use to your advantage. Whenever you add text to your graphic design, be sure to align it with other elements in your design in order to make it visually pleasing. By aligning your text and giving it a nice structure, it will increase the readability of your viewer.
Be consistent in your design: Consistency is key. Consistency is the one thing that can take all of the different elements in your design, and tie them all together and make them work. Consistency piques people’s interest. So stay consistent in your colors. Use color palettes in your designs and your typography size, spacing and position. When your design is consistent, your client will be happy.