Creating from design inspiration walk-through

Creating from design inspiration walk-through
  • Your yearbook or news designs should never, ever be a direct copy of another design you’ve seen.

  • Your yearbook or news designs should never, ever be a direct copy of another design you’ve seen.
  • Your yearbook or news designs should never, ever be a direct copy of another design you’ve seen.

Okay, so now that we have that out of the way, taking some time to practice directly recreating a design you’ve seen done professionally is immensely helpful to developing designers.

Whether you want to polish up your yearbook design skills or want to try magazine design or flyer design, this exercise will build up your skills.

First, learning how to see the space on your page takes time and practice. Recreating a design forces you not to just look, but to also thoughtfully consider the use of space and how the designer created the overall layout. Trying this using different styles helps you to notice when design feels and looks right and when it does not.

Also, it challenges you to use the tools in the software to make the looks you’re recreating. This may be different than what you typically gravitate towards in design. Getting outside your comfort zone is helpful because it grows your designer toolbox.

Next time you encounter a design problem on a yearbook or news spread, you’ll have one more way to consider approaching it.

This isn’t stealing. This is stealing like an artist. The idea is that you take the concept, not the thing itself, and make it your own. Over the course of any education, we do this.

Writers are informed by what they read. Designers are informed by what design they study. It becomes a part of your toolbox, whether or not you choose to use it.

You can read more about that idea in the book Stealing Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.

The video demonstrates a recreation of an Atlantic cover style using InDesign, but I also encourage you to pick a few professional designs and do some recreation yourself. Build that toolbox!

 



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