V is for Design Violations

There are some things you just shouldn’t do, well, most of the time.

Here are some design violations!
Centring Everything

Very rarely is this acceptable.

Too Many Fonts

Two is usually enough.

Missing Margins

Be consistent and be generous with margins.

Warped Photos

Crop don’t warp!

4 Corners

Visual balance is important but it doesn’t mean placing the same thing in each corner.

Trapped Negative Space

Make sure the negative space can reach the outer edges of the design.

Busy Backgrounds

Remember MySpace? When you would go to a friend’s page and the background was so busy (or even made up of repeated GIF’s) that you couldn’t read anything? Don’t do that.

Widows And Orphans

I explain those here.

Justified Rivers

And I explain those here!

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you can use these to great effect. But usually they are no-no’s!

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.


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  • these are generally good things to avoid doing. but doesn’t these also depends on what the actual design is to be? but sometimes you can’t avoid some of these because clients has strange taste, well, let’s say bad taste, shall we?

    have a lovely day.

    • It’s definitely true that sometimes these “rules” can be broken, but I think for the most part they shouldn’t be. But yes, sometimes a client does have… interesting… taste 😛

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