Effective Graphic Design Tips

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research

research

Research

This first point is a must! And applies to every single proyect, it doesn’t matter how big or how small it is.

Before starting any design, you need to get to know its background. Gain as much information as possible, as this is where most of the ideas will come from; and the design will be delivering its message in a more effective way.

font

font

Typeface

When talking about fonts…less is more.

Limit the number of fonts you use to a maximum of 3, if possible, only stick to two. Never more than three.

size

size

Size

Be comfortable to play with the size of the elements, don’t be scare to go too big or too small.

That is how unexpected and great things happen, by trying something different and leaving your comfort zone.

You might end up with a great surprise or trying a new style.

blank space

blank space

Blank space

White space or blank space is crucial. Give each element its own space and don’t be afraid to leave a lot of empty room around it.

Having some blank space will give your design a clean and professional look, but also a modern feel.

Colors

Be careful when selecting colors. A good and effective tip is to use one color in 2-3 different tones. This will build the consistency on your design and will provide harmony between all the elements.

accessibility

accessibility

Accessibility

Be mindful of the colors you add to your design, and be aware that they are different for printing or digital material.

Make sure your text is easy to read, the colors aren’t too bright or clear. That the audience will be able to read it from different distance, that it will fit the size of the screen (if digital) or that the colours and images used will print ok on paper.

relax

relax

Relax

Have a break! Go and have fresh air for a bit, go social online for time to time or do something completely different. Besides giving your brain a break you are helping creativity to have a fresh start.

Save your ideas

Save your ideas

Save it

Save all the ideas you get throughout the process, this might be in an electronic or paper-based form.

Everything is handy, and you are building your own library of ideas which might not work for one project but can get handy to have later on when working on a new one.

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carry-on bag

Essential things to pack in your carry-on bag

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When I traveled, I like to be comfortable. I have a carry-on bag with the essential things to make the flight a pleasant one.

The carry-on bag I use, it will very much depend on the type of holiday I’m taking and the amount and type of activities I am planning to do during the trip.

If I think I will be on the go all the time, doing lots of walking, my preference is to carry a bag pack.

If I am travelling to a more city type, where I will be taking more taxis, relaxing more, then, I use a different (nicer) bag.

However, I have a list of essential things I always take in my carry-on gab. it doesn’t matte how long r short the flight is. Of course, the longer it gets, the more items I will start adding.

Here is the list of things, that will help you enjoy more any flight.

Electronics

headphones

headphones

  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers
  • Power bank
  • Headphones

Important stuff

passport

passport

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • A copy of hotel booking confirmation, hotel address, etc.
  • Purse with id and a little bit of cash (currency of the place your are visiting)

 

Comfort

packing

packing

  • Snack (energy bar)
  • Gum or mints
  • Tissues
  • An empty water bottle – you’ll be able to fill it up before getting on the plane J
  • Sunnies – to wear as soon as you exit the airport
  • Lipstick
  • Scarf
  • A pair of socks

 

shower ready to be used

VanLife: Trying a Solar Camp Shower

Did i tell you about that time we used our portable shower?

portable shower

portable shower

It has been one of the best things i have experienced with the VanLife. I have tried outdoor showers before but this thing was something else.

We were away from the city, in the middle of nowhere. We found a place made for us. flat  ground, not loose sand, big area, with few trees around, lots of bush, good view but still got a lot of privacy and an open space. Perfect place to have a campfire.

So yes, we had a good setup. Chairs, table, fire burning getting our tea ready. Then, we decided to try out the new portable shower.

great spot we got

great spot we got

The portable shower is a simple bag that you fill with water and has a shower head with a handle so you can open and clse the water tab. It holds 20 liters and it is suppose to get warm with the sun.

We bought it in Kmart just to try it out because it was cheap, and I mean like $10AUD something like that. Easy to carry around and we thought that even if it is not used as a shower, we could always use it for something else like washing dishes, etc.

new portable shower

new portable shower

Mark hanged the bag from the top of the van, it was lying on the side of the van, against a window. Then, on the ground, we placed a mat…ok,it really is a piece of synthetic grass, which not only looks great but works nicely.

It was cold outside and the sun was setting, but we had a great spot and awesome setting. The water was boiling in the fire, then we put some of it in the portable shower. So yeah, we had a hot and relaxing shower.

Fire ready

Fire ready

It was pretty cool. I was the brave one who decided to try the shower first. And it was one of those showers you don’t want it to end. Where I was, I could feel the warmth of the fire, had the sunset as view, and was standing on the (synthetic) grass so didn’t have to worry about having sand on my feet. Just a shower but it was such a great experience #BestShowerEver

shower bag

shower bag

 

VanLife: A road trip has been cancelled

Get the tissues out, I’m devastated now that we had to cancel our road trip. Ok, not really. Here is what happened.

Now that we have a mobile home, we were thinking about doing an #awesome road trip, it will be silly not to. It was all planned to happen this month. Well, things happen and life changes. It turns out that we are not longer going to have our trip 😦 I know, devastating.

The reason is because Mark just got a new job, one where he doesn’t need to carry or store many tools. Very suitable for our new lifestyle.

Good thing is, he has a new job, which he seems to be enjoying very much; not so good is that we cancelled our road trip. But even better is that while Mark cannot take some time off work, I decided to book an unexpected holiday for myself… I’m traveling overseas instead.

our home

our home

What is even better, is to know that it doesn’t matter how long we continue with the VanLife or if we decide to stop it all and move into a mansion. We will still have the van and will be able to do that awesome road trip we want another time. Hopefully next year, we get to explore the north of Western Australia and get to show you what we get up to.

Meanwhile, VanLife continues. I believe it is very different to live the VanLife in a city (like us) were we get to travel only on the weekends/long-weekends, having a full-time job than traveling around without much of a schedule, however, I believe what both ways of living have in common is the break of routine, the goal of living a much simpler life,  and being connected to nature more.

After all, we are still having fun 😊🚐

Vlogging time!

New Youtube channel has been created!

I like blogging and mostly playing with images from pre-production to the end but sometimes and somethings are better when they are shown in a video.

I have decided to start vlogging and hoping to mix it up a little bit. The fun thing about this, is that is a new project, with new tools to explore and skills to build.

Will be challenging to record videos while living in a van BUT in the other hand, I will be able to show you VanLife videos. Some videos are in Spanish and others in English.

Will definitely try to have as much fun as possible, so come say hi in the channel and please subscribe 🙂

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