Ideas, Inspiration & starter templates
Okay, so when you are getting started with in design, you might also be getting started in design in general. So getting ideas for layouts can be quite tough. So inspiration is how you'll grow really quickly is look at the best people around and see what they're doing. We're not copying here, we're getting inspired by and we're appropriating their ideas and using our own content, our own forms, our own colors. Yeah, so just inspiration. So the places to go, Pinterest is an easy one. Is the one in here in front of me. I put in magazine spread spread is two pages side by side and gives you an idea of, you know, just kind of ideas that might get started. You can, once you've signed in you can start putting them to your own boards and you'll have a kind of a collection of things you like. Okay, I like another version. It's very similar Pinterest. It's called Nice. Okay. With two eyes there it is there dot co um I like this one, it's just uh I find a better layout. So I've done the same thi...
ng. I've done a search for a magazine spread, it just removes all the Pinterest kind of branding from it. I like this site just like Pinterest. You can have boards here and when you get them all together, let's have a look at one of my boards, hand drawn type. Okay, you can see here, is that kind of gathering ideas to get your job going. Another really good one is Beyonce Beyonce has some other perks other than just inspiration. I've done magazine spread in here. This is the place that we're going to look at later in the tutorial for your portfolio. Okay. This is where people get founders, designers more and more. Another perk in here is often they'll have like see this one here is not somebody's work so much as it's a photo risk catalog magazine you can download and start using it okay, like a little template. Now, one of the problems often is you'll see this and you'll say, great, here's a really cool cover. I really like it, but you have a different project. Somebody's come to you and said, hey, here's the cover and they haven't said, here's like three words to put on it. They've said, hey, I want you to fill the cover with two pages of word documents and you're like, you don't get to do lovely negative space and big blank areas because you've got to fill it jam packed. I find the best inspiration for those kind of text heavy and your reports brochures kind of really text heavy stuff is to google and your report. So I'm in google here. I've typed in your report. Just add the word pdf publicly listed companies have to go and report their annual reports online. So you will find lots of stuff and I just clicked on a few of these and found like I don't even know what C. R. H. S. I'm just kind of looking at how they're getting around because you see there's a lot of data that have to communicate. They've done some really cool infographics. Okay. They've gone for a three column layout. 123. Okay, so I'm just looking for it for inspiration. Just thinking like I never considered the big type down the side big image. Okay, so getting ideas from this, his BMW S one, you can see somebody's gonna hand you a thing like this, you know, like how am I going to show this Excel graph and actually make it eligible? You can see here they've done a really nice job of kind of clarifying the year that we're at and you just work through some of these really text heavy documents and get an idea about how you might approach it. Another thing you can do is use a starter templates. So in design especially. Okay, if you go to new will file new um you go to print and let's say we're doing some sort of brochure or a magazine, you'll see underneath these blank documents. Now we have these templates. Okay, If you're using an older version of in design, it doesn't work okay. But here we've got some templates and let's say we are doing some sort of, you can see there's a jacket, there's a food magazine layout. Let's click on this and let's click on show preview and it just gives you an idea, you're like, hmm, I like this and you might start with this and you can totally use this and just switch out the images. There's nothing stopping you. But you'll find is you'll end up adjusting it to suit your taste and your content and it will change quite a bit and you'll be able to kind of take ownership of the design and all you do is click download. Okay. You've got to be connected to the Net. It takes a little while. But eventually the only difference is that these images won't be there when you open it, you can see now it's downloaded there. It is there done click open. It's using fonts. We don't currently have. We're gonna look at missing fonts a little bit later on, but we're gonna click sync fonts and hit close. Okay. And you've got a magazine layout. The only trouble is without the images just doesn't look as pretty dessert. But hopefully you've got access to some images for your work. Okay. Otherwise you're gonna have to go to stock library sites and start filling it in. It's a nice way to get started. Now, my parting advice for somebody who's a little stressed out forgetting design ideas is that it does get easier. Nobody's born a good designer. But now you've got an interest and you've got some tools in this area. You'll start keeping an eye out for designs that you like Fonzie like colors you start liking and what will happen after a few projects you'll start knowing what clients like and what they don't like and what's worked and what hasn't. And as you get more experienced, you'll start to be able to pull designs out of thin air, but you're not pulling marathon, you're pulling out of past experiences, successes, wins, losses. So that's gonna be it for our inspiration section. We're going to go through onto the next section where we start updating somebody else's file. Very important.