It’s been a long time since most of us studied grammar and vocabulary. When words are commonly misused or misspelled in society it’s easy for us to get confused too. Here’s a list of some words that are easy to mix up and thus can make our advertising and marketing materials less effective. If you aren’t 100% sure you know the correct way and time to use them, look it up or consider that your audience might not know either and choose a different word.
* Accept and except
* Adverse and averse
* Affect and effect
* Afterward (no “s”)
* Aisle and Isle
* A lot (two words)
* Alternately and alternatively
* Assure, ensure and insure
* Bisect and dissect
* Cite, site and sight
* Complement and compliment
* Desert and dessert
* Disinterested and uninterested
* Dragged and drug
* E.g. and i.e.
* Eminent, imminent and immanent
* Ensure and insure
* Farther and further
* Fewer and less
* Hangar and hanger
* Have and of
* Hoard and horde
* Inherent and inherit
* Irregardless (it isn’t actually a proper word)
* It’s and its
* Lay and lie
* Levee and levy
* Loathe and loath
* Loose and lose
* Me, myself and I
* Passed and past
* Premier and premiere
* Principle and principal
* Prodigy and progeny
* Regimen and regiment
* Reign and rein
* Sit and set
* Than and then
* They, their, they’re and there
* To and Too
* Warranty and warrantee
* Who’s and whose
* You’re and your
Don’t be mistaken. In the design world, C.R.A.P is a pretty well-known acronym for four very basic, yet highly important guidelines in graphic design: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity. These four principals can help you simplify, improve and control your design for a more pleasing aesthetic for your viewer.
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Info Graphics (or visual explanations of data) are all the rave these days. Recently I had the pleasure of getting involved with a bit of info graphic design for Kwikee. Since this was my first heavy duty attempt at designing some powerful infographics I took to the google to find some helping hands. Here is the top 5 free info graphic design packs I found.
Oh and if you’re interested here is the info graphic I created for Kwikee!
And now to the free goodies. I tried to get a mix of the ones that are useful for a number of installations as well as those that are more unique and fun.
If you’re in the need for more inspiration, here is a blog I found that is dedicated to cool infographic design.
Here’s some creative typography inspiration to end your week with!
Word as Image (by Ji Lee) from jilee on Vimeo.
Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.
New fonts are always fun and sometimes helpful in sparking creative thoughts. The other good thing about these 5 I have hand picked for you is that they are also free font downloads, and in some cases free to use commercially. Double win. Enjoy and be on the lookout for the next top 5 post!
The first font up is Ostrich Sans by Tyler Finck (awesome portfolio website by the way, check it out http://www.tylerfinck.com/). He created this font for The League of Moveable Type. The free download comes with a bunch of styles and weights for your designing pleasure.
DOWNLOAD Ostrich Sans type face for free.
Benthem is a font designed by Keith Hayden (follow Keith on twitter @KeithMHayden). Comes in bold and regular. Great design for headlines.
DOWNLOAD Benthem Type Face for free.
Simple font design from Ben Suarez named after his extraordinarily cool grandfather, Vincent. Note from the author (via dafont.com): Intended to be used as a title font. Named after my grandfather who drove a 76′ Chrysler Cordoba and smoked out of an old wooden pipe. He was rad. I made this guy in 24 hours on a super limited type program so my apologies for the kerning issues. I’d love to see how you guys use it so please keep me posted!
DOWNLOAD Vincent Type Face for free.
Next up is Manteka. A very bold and clean font designed by Eduardo Araya that has grown quite popular. The post for the download on behance boasts over 40k downloads already.
DOWNLOAD Manteka Type Face for free.
Last but not least for this round is Rex from Font Fabric. Amazing for headlines with three weights included. The inline weight is particularly cool.
DOWNLOAD Rex Type Face for free.
Here are the top downloaded images from last week!