Life in Wanderlust

Notes from the “Vignelli Canon”
November 18, 2011, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Books + Writing | Tags:

(acceptable typefaces) 😀

On Design
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The Intangibles
-Semantic: find meaning in what you’re designing
-Syntactic: practice consistency of details
-Pragmatic: result communicates clearly
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-Discipline: self impose rules
-Appropriateness: find specifics for relevant solution
-Ambiguity: leave room for plurality of meaning, which can create depth
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Levels of Responsibility
1: to ourselves
2: to the client
3: to the public
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Design should be: forceful, elegant, timeless
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This Canon is a good introduction to the basics of design, especially in terms of print design and publication. Check it out if you need a refresher on grids, typefaces, and a little theory.


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