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Enough is enough is enough is enough…

There aren’t many design pieces that I come across that I don’t particularly like. I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not; either I lack a critical eye because I can find something I like about anything, or I’m an optimist. Either way, there’s so much design around us that sometimes it can be hard to figure out what’s good and what’s not. Well, for me at least.

I’ve noticed a trend in design recently. A lot of stuff looks almost exactly the same. They use the same type of colors, the same varieties of shapes, similar typefaces. And even if they don’t, they all LOOK really similar. Are all styles becoming the same now?

However I’ve noticed two major “groups” of design. The simplistic versus the complicated. There are some designs that have so much going on you could stare at them for an hour or so figuring everything out and noticing all the minute details. Some designs are completely simple and clean, and still very effective. To me, both of these styles take a lot of talent and a lot of knowledge. For the detailed designers, it’s important to know where to stop. For the simplistic designers, it’s important to know how much to put before crossing a line into another realm. But the real question is how does one develop that eye for knowing when enough is enough? Does it come with experience? Does it come with training? Is it a natural talent? What do you think?

Also, here’s a few more design blog sites that have some really cool stuff!

http://www.designworklife.com/

http://design-milk.com/

Cheers!

2 Comments

  1. laurenguiffre wrote:

    The question of knowing how far to take something and when enough is enough is so important to GOOD graphic design. I think it comes with a combination of experience and natural talent, but I’m not sure if it can be “learned” from training. It seems more like an intuitive thing.

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 8:55 am | Permalink
  2. Kelly Sharon wrote:

    I definitely agree with you. I think the other hard part of it being intuitive is KNOWING you have that intuition.

    Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Permalink