Visual design can be mystifying. This course will give you the tactical skills you need to deliberately and consciously control form through alignment, weight, scale, contrast, repetition, grouping, style, and color.
Have you ever been working through your designs knowing that things just don't feel quite right, but you're not sure where to begin to refine and polish your design? In this course, Visual Design: Best Practices for Refining Designs, you'll learn the techniques and practices that will take you from mystified and uncertain, to consciously seeing and understanding where and how to tune your designs. First, you'll cover that design is about making deliberate choices, either employing consistency, or making decisions differently—using alignment, weight, scale, contrast, repetition, grouping, style, and color . Next, you'll explore how to command those principles to build underlying grid structure, to construct and balance typographic styles, and to take advantage of white space. Finally, you'll discover practices to put it all together—the gestalt. When you're finished with this course, you'll have experience of tactical examples of each technique, explanations of how to break down your designs through the literal experience of seeing, and a codified set of practices to come back to as you continuously refine your skills. Software required: None.
Kerri is a visual interface designer who's first life in design began at a boutique branding firm in Boston's South End, Sametz Blackstone Associates. She currently leads and implements visual design for the Standford Graduate School of Business's public website.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Kerri Augenstein, and welcome to my course, Visual Design: Best Practices for Refining Designs. I am a UX/UI designer at Stanford University. Learning how to polish and refine visual design can sometimes feel baffling and frustrating. This course is intended to equip you with the tools to teach you and your eyes how to break down your visual design into principles you can learn to manipulate and command with ease, delivering that refined design you're looking for. Some of the major topics that we will cover include making deliberate design decisions, grid structure and typography, balancing white space, and visual design systems. By the end of this course, you'll understand how the principles of design, alignment, weight, scale, contrast, repetition, grouping, color, and style inform your design decisions with clarity and confidence. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with basic principles of design, including some basic knowledge of visual design language like typography, grid structure, and layout. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn visual design with the Visual Design: Best Practices for Refining Designs course, at Pluralsight.