Communication in Graphic Design

I was in a coffee shop the recently where I picked up this little flyer for a flea market.

Flea flyer

Flea market flyer

I like the colors and the fun design. But as I read it I realized it’s missing a vital piece of information. Where is this taking place? There’s only a photo and the town name on it to give me a clue. I don’t know the building in the photo though so there’s no way for me to get there even I wanted to. That made me think about why just having pretty type, pictures and color on a page is not enough. For graphic design to serve its true purpose, it must communicate effectively. If this had that piece of information it would have been very effective because the design got my attention which is half the battle.

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The Case of the Jagged Logo

Have you ever seen something printed that looked jagged and strange? Here is an example from a flyer I got a while back:

pixelatedLogoIt was an obvious mistake since we all know that logo is not supposed to look like that. But what caused it to print like that? The problem was it was too low resolution. There are two types of images used in printing, vector and bitmap. Vector is done in programs like Adobe Illustrator and it can be resized up and down with no issues. Bitmap images have to have a certain number of dots per inch to reproduce correctly. Many people pull a logo or other graphic off their website send it to their graphic designer and say here, put this on my print materials. They don’t realize that the resolution on the web is much lower than what is required to print something with ink on paper. Of course why should they know that? It’s a piece of knowledge we graphic designers need to do our jobs right but other business owners know their own industries not ours. So I tell my clients to get me the original or something as close to the original as possible so it can look as good as possible. I’ve gone as far as recreating graphics and logos from scratch to get the quality needed if they couldn’t find or otherwise access better images. It’s part of being the best partner to my clients as I can be in my area of expertise.

If dpi, vector, bitmap, resolution etc. are like another language to you then allow us to keep your print materials looking as perfect and professional as your small business deserves!

More from the day job

Website graphic

I art directed the shoot for this. Then worked on the design for this web graphic.