An Introduction to Design

Learn the fundamentals of design and apply them to your own work.
Course info
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(421)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 9, 2013
Duration
1h 53m
Table of contents
Course Introduction
Typography
Color - Models and Meanings
The Fundamental Gestalt Principles - Understanding Perception
Other Important Principles - Layout and Organization
Course Summary and Next Steps
Description
Course info
Rating
(421)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 9, 2013
Duration
1h 53m
Description

Design is all around us but most of us don't notice it. By the end of this course you'll start to notice design elements in everyday life. By understanding the fundamentals of design, you can start to apply them to your software UI & UX, marketing materials, emails, web design and pretty much anything else you produce.

About the author
About the author

With over 15 years experience, Jason Roberts is a Microsoft .NET MVP, freelance developer, and author.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Typography
Hi I'm Jason Roberts from Pluralsight. Welcome to this module on Typography and Working with Type. We take typography for granted but it's everywhere from magazine covers to novels. From billboards to computer software. By learning and applying the fundamentals of typography we can better communicate with others through the medium of text. Through typography we can create beauty, harmony, and readability. In this module we'll learn about the history of typography, the difference between fonts, typefaces, and typeface families. Some basic anatomy and nomenclature of type. We'll learn about the different categories of typeface right back to the fifteenth century. We'll learn the difference between legibility and readability and how important reading context is. And finally we'll learn some specific techniques to start to improve our own typography. So let's get started.

Color - Models and Meanings
Hi welcome back. Color is a fundamental part of the human experience. It brightens up our lives and impacts us at a very emotional level. From the calm serenity of a cloudless blue sky to life affirming green of the first shoots of spring. In this module we'll learn about the basic science of light and color and how we see. We'll look at some different ways we can model color values. We'll dig into the psychological messages that different colors can convey. We'll also see how we can use different conventional color schemes to help us choose colors. Finally we'll learn that we can take inspiration for our color palates from pretty much anywhere in the world around us. So let's get started.

The Fundamental Gestalt Principles - Understanding Perception
Hi welcome to this module on The Fundamental Gestalt Principles. The sets of principles that we'll learn about in this module are fundamental to how we perceive the world around us. By understanding how these principles work we can take advantage of the common ways in which we all try to make sense of the world around us. We can apply these principles to the design of software user interfaces, documents, emails, posters, and pretty much anything else where we want to communicate visually. In this module we'll learn about the principles of Proximity, Similarity, Figure-Ground, Symmetry, Closure, Common Fate, Uniform Connectedness, and Good Continuation. We'll also see how all of these principles exist together.

Other Important Principles - Layout and Organization
Hi welcome to this module on Other Important Design Principles. We saw in the previous module how important the Gestalt principles are to understanding how we perceive things. This module covers a number of other principles and techniques for improving our designs both through layouts and organization of information. In this module we'll learn about arranging content with The Rule of Thirds and The Golden Ratio. We'll learn about the importance of White Space. We will look at layout using Rabatment of the Rectangle. The Gutenberg Rule will show us where to put important elements. We'll see how we can order content according to grids. We'll see how Desire Paths illustrate designs that don't meet with human behavior. We'll also learn about Hick's Law and prioritizing content using the Inverted Pyramid. So let's get stuck in.

Course Summary and Next Steps
So that brings us to the end of this design introduction course. We've covered a lot of ground in this course but this can be but the start of your design journey. So let's look back at some of the things we learned before looking towards the future. In the first part we learned about fonts and typefaces. Some basic anatomy. And the categories of typefaces. We also learned the difference between legibility and readability. In part two we saw how important color is in supporting emotional contexts. We learned some different ways to create our color palates. Part three saw the Gestalt principles including Proximity, Similarity, and Uniform Connectedness. These are fundamental ways in which we perceive the world around us. Finally part four we learned about some other important principles that can help us organize and layout content. Let's now look at some ways you can continue your design journey should you wish to.