Thursday, August 15, 2013

Every Designer’s Toolkit

What are graphic designers? Graphic designers are artist who are in charge of creating aesthetic web designs for websites. They are in the front lines when it comes to how appealing a website is in order for users to explore the website further. A good web design means a good first impression.  Through practice and projects, a designer, as with all artistic designers, would have developed a personal style and technique of their own. Nevertheless, each one would have a “toolkit” that contains what they need in making easier the creation of a graphic design.

Basically, in every designer’s “toolkit” are a set of resources that simplify the process of graphic design. Said resources can be categorized in to three types, namely graphic resources, code resources, and template resources.

The first on the list of “tools” are graphic resources. Graphic resources are the sources where a graphic designer can quickly look up and select the graphic needed. These resources should be a direct link to the location of the set graphic in the library that the designer has made for himself. The need for this is to eliminate the time and space required used on unneeded graphics that the designer doesn’t use and just takes up space. Included should be graphic resources to fonts, brushes, and illustrations.

The second on the list of “tools” are code resources. More often than not, graphic designers may have projects of similar functions to previous projects. In order to eliminate the need of reinventing the same code from scratch, designers should keep code resources in order to reuse saved codes. All that would be left is to return to the code and refine it during the design phase.

The third on the list of “tools” are template resources. These resources include both templates and frameworks that the designer can call to. Having this tool has the advantage of creating and development of prototypes becomes much easier without them drifting far from the design parameters.