The folks over at Noupe.com
have put together yet another excellent collection of design resources.
Noupe hasn't been mentioned on DC for a little while now, so it's probably a good idea to remind ourselves just how good a site it is from time to time.
For those of you who don't already know, Noupe is operated by Smashing Media GmbH
. These are the same people that are responsible for another great design website: Smashing Magazine
Graphic Design Theory: 50 Resources and Articles
As designers, we often focus on the practical aspects of design above all else. We focus on what works, with little regard for why it works. And in our day-to-day work, that outlook serves us well. It lets us get our work done in an efficient, professional manner, and generally nets good results.
But spending some time on the theory behind the graphic design principles we use every day can expand our design horizons. It can open up new avenues of creativity and experimentation that can lead our designs from just good, to fantastic. On that note, below are 50 excellent resources and articles that discuss graphic design theory, including layout, color theory, and typography. Feel free to share additional resources and articles in the comments.
Excellent set of links. If you're at all interested in design, don't miss this one. You can read it here
Be sure to browse around when visiting Noupe. They have tons of interesting things to look at.
Right now there's an amazing exhibit of unrolled roach paper art.
If you don't know what that is, just think of it as an extremely... umm...specialized
example of 'found media' art...
. Check out the samples below:Graphic Design Theory Resources - web collection Graphic Design Theory Resources - web collection(click on thumb to expand)
Note: if you're interested in web technology and visual design; looking for inspiration for your own projects; or just admire the people who do this stuff, then some of the best of it can be found at the following websites:Smashing MagazineNoupeHongkiatSix RevisionsA List Apart
Most (if not all) have been mentioned on Donation Coder at one time or another. A once a week visit to the above will keep you abreast of some of the best thinking on design that's out there.