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Simple Graphic Design Techniques   by ... Karyn Design ...

Simple Graphic Design Techniques

Graphic design rules and principles are for bending, breaking and being pushed to the limits. But before you start trying out funky and wild things, you have to know the rules first!
So here is a list of the most basic principles for experimenting with graphic design.

Normal
This is the original graphic. Arial font, size 50. Nothing has been done to it.

Slant
Skew or italicize.

Thickness
The line weight can be changed to make it look heavier or lighter.

Case
All small case. All upper case. Both. Random.

Font face
Change to a san serif font (without feet) to a serif font (with feet). Or vice versa.
Change to a decorative font. Script. Handwriting.

  

Width
Wide or naorrow. Creates casual relaxation, or uptight tension between the objects.

Size
Extra large. Large. Medium. Small. Extra small.

Spacing
Create tight or loose spaces. Play with the tension it creates. Try over lapping too.

Connection
Break up the letters or objects.

Repetition
Experiment with placing of the repeated objects.

Random
Combine various techniques.

Imagery
Replace some object with other objects. Use visuals.

Shapes
Add geometric or free-form shapes to add interest. Try reversing the colour of the text.

Lines
Use lines to break up the space surrounding or inside the object. Try vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines.

Elements
Use typographic elements to add interest.

My examples of combinations