Design Bootcamp – Year in Review
It’s almost impossible to believe that it’s once again December and that we’re at the close of another year! Since most of us are busy with all that the hustle-n-bustle that the holidays bring and the last thing you need is one more thing added to your ‘to do’ list, I thought it would be good to use the December Bootcamp post to take a look back at the lessons we covered this year. I’ll only be able to share a few of your cards here but encourage you to go back and see all the great cards that were shared over the course of the year.
The ABCs of Color Theory kicked it off way back in January and you all rocked it! Color is such a big part of designing and lots of fun to explore so it’s no surprise to me that the color lessons were among the most popular.
Bev used an Analgous Color Scheme in this design.
In February we talked about Focal Points. Probably the single most important lesson when it comes to creating a strong design and again you had lots of terrific examples to share.
Kara combined a sentiment & image into a single, strong focal point.
March, found us doing some slicing and dicing with Composition and The Rule of Thirds. Do you recall that imaginary grid, and are you still envisioning it as you decide where to place your elements?
Lisa found that ‘sweet spot’ for the sentiment/focal point in this design.
We explored the time-tested concept of Using Odd Numbers in April. I don’t think this was a completely new idea to most of you so it wasn’t surprising that we had so many great examples shared.
Velda put the Rule of Odds to use in this design.
In May we got to thinking about Variation and how using it on our designs could add interest. If you recall, there are several ways to add variation including value, texture, color, shape and size.
Erika blended a variety of colors, papers and shapes into this card design.
By the time June rolled around we started repeating ourselves (just kidding!) but we did talk about the principle of Repetition and how using it requires a bit of a balancing act so that it keeps your design interesting without making it boring.
Bobbi’s fun card has repeating colors and shapes.
July had us discussing color once again, as we considered the idea of choosing a Major, Minor & Accent Color to help us achieve a strong design. The 60-30-10 formula is worth committing to memory.
Seongsook used the 60 (green) – 30 (dark purple) – 10 (light purple) formula in this design.
Relationship advice (the Principle of Unity) was the topic in August, when we discussed how creating a strong relationship between your design elements was the surest way to avoid ‘sneeze’ and have your card turn out looking marvelous.
Sherry tied all of the elements together in this card.
September brought us the element of White Space, to the delight no doubt, of all the lovers of the CAS (clean and simple) style of design. Although all of the lessons play a role in improving our designs, mastering the use of white space is one of the most important.
Kristie reminds us that ‘White Space’ doesn’t have to be white in this design.
Balance (Symmetry, Asymmetry and Radial) were the topic in October and again I think this was a subject that many were familiar with. Even the most experienced designer can benefit from stopping to consider what kind of balance works best to achieve a strong design.
Rose combined elements of both symmetry & asymmetry in this layout.
Last but not least in November, we wrapped up our bootcamp lessons with the subject of Texture as we stopped to consider how even a small amount of texture could add a truly polished and professional finish to a card.
Sybrina included loads of texture in this classic Christmas card design.
I hope that you all enjoyed the year of Design Bootcamps and want to thank you for your kind words and feedback throughout the year. While the InLinkz on the monthly posts are scheduled to close in just a couple of weeks I’ve included one in this post that will remain active through 2014 so that if you decide to go back and revist some of your favorite lessons or some you may have missed you can feel free to share them here.