Making a better Lorem Ipsum

Business & Tech, Designs, Projects
We are fans of Lorem Ipsum here at Collective Network.

HUGE fans like most of the people that use it. It is a great way to add some copy to quickly visualise a design during its initial stages.

The problem with Lorem Ipsum is that its value diminishes after those initial iterations when both client and designer have refined their work. What is actually required after this point is a better Lorem Ipsum.

A lorem ipsum generator that creates content, copy and design, based on a category. Wouldn’t it be nice if the tool would then generate a filtered list of content, helping the user’s focus during those crucial first steps?

Designing Online Images part 3: The Rule of Space

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I covered The Rule of Odds in the last post of this online designing series and now it’s time to wrap things up by looking at the Rule of Space.  

The Rule

The Rule of Space is defined in Wiki as follows:

The rule of space applies to artwork (photography, advertising, illustration) picturing object(s) to which the artist wants to apply the illusion of movement, or which is supposed to create a contextual bubble in the viewer’s mind.

This can be achieved, for instance, by leaving white space in the direction the eyes of a portrayed person are looking, or, when picturing a runner, adding white space in front of him rather than behind him to indicate movement.

And once again, the technique is more commonly used in digital photography:

Photo credit: DSC_0070 by andy_c on Flickr

Designing Online Images part 2: The Rule of Odds

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Continuing on from where we left off with The Rule of Thirds, let’s now go through the Rule of Odds for designing online images.  

The Rule

The Rule of Odds is defined in Wiki as follows:

The “rule of odds” states that by framing the object of interest with an even number of surrounding objects, it becomes more comforting to the eye, thus creates a feeling of ease and pleasure. It is based on the assumption that humans tend to find visual images that reflect their own preferences/wishes in life more pleasing and attractive.

The “rule of odds” suggests that an odd number of subjects in an image is more interesting than an even number. Thus, if you have more than one subject in your picture, the suggestion is to choose an arrangement with at least three subjects. An even number of subjects produces symmetries in the image, which can appear less natural for a naturalistic, informal composition.

An image of a person surrounded/framed by two other persons, for instance, where the person in the center is the object of interest in that image/artwork, is more likely to be perceived as friendly and comforting by the viewer, than an image of a single person with no significant surroundings.

The technique is more commonly used in digital photography:

Photo Credit: Paul Hippau Photography

Designing Online Images part 1: The Rule of Thirds

Designs, Projects
I am about to start a new project which focusses on the composition of objects over images. I’ll be using my own images, taken from my iPhone, and overlaying designs using The Rule of Thirds

The Rule

The Rule of Thirds is defined in Wiki as:

The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.

The technique can be best explained using the following examples:

Creating my first Skillshare class from scratch

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A scary journey that slowly got better with a ton of experimentation, trial and error and just giving things the good ‘ol fashion GO.
Their punchline: “Skillshare is a learning community for creators.” That had me drawn in hook line and sinker from the get go. When I checked out some of the great content they had, I just knew I had to be part of it.

It wasn’t until I signed up and received emails about teaching did I even consider the teaching route. But now that I am on the cusp of publishing my first class, I could not be happier.

What will I be teaching?

The inevitable first question comes to mind when starting a project like this: What am I good at? Then after that’s listed out, the 2nd question rears its ugly head: Do I actually enjoy the items listed before me? I am amazed at the items I actually culled and those that remained.

So here I am with yet another class about websites. These screencasts are so common that they’ve become pedestrian — however, I did cover more ground than others (not primarily for differentiation but more so because I felt that skipping these topics was a disservice to students).

My course covers: