5 Design Tips for Non-DesignerSign up for a free Canva account. It takes seconds. Once you are logged in, you will notice an abundance of design options on the top menu bar. These options provide for you various design style that you can select, depending on what you wish to create. If you hit the ‘more’ tab in the right corner, you will see a ton more usable options for design work available to you. Options such as Facebook or Twitter banners, blog post design choices, banner ad creation capability and so much more. For purposes of this article, let’s decide on a ‘Presentation’ option. By clicking on this option, you will then be brought to another page which will show you a white canvas on the right side and control options on the left side. The canvas is where you will create your masterpiece. On the left side, you have what Canva calls your ‘layout’ options. Choose any layout option and your canvas will accommodate your selection.
You can upload your own images as the background to what you want to see on your canvas. You can choose text options from a variety of fonts and there is also an ‘element’ section that will provide you with graphic images and lines to help spice up your creation. When creating a good design on your canvas with Canva, here are 5 things to keep in mind to help guide you:
- Go easy on fonts – you don’t need to use twelve different fonts for example. The less you use, the more your font usage will stand out to get your message across.
- Choose wise colors – keep in mind the unity of the image without splashing it with an overabundance of colors. In this case, also, less is more. Have 1-3 primary colors and 1-2 secondary colors if need be to guide you with color choice.
- Alignment – keeping your images and text placement in design is important. When things line up, it draws us in and the impact of your message is easier on the eye to notice.
- Contrast – you can lighten or darken your images. Sometimes it’s better to go darker and yet other times it proves better to go lighter. This all comes down to the actual image and what you feel it gives off.
- Take Risks – sometimes you need to break the rules and take a chance on a new way of looking at something. Be bold. It’s good to have creative guidelines but also keep in mind that it’s also beneficial to allow yourself room to play. Even accidents turn out to be the final result of trial and error.