Some design rules that can apply in lots of places

  1. Make important things big and unimportant things small or remove them.
  2. Keep removing unnecessary stuff until you’ve got a simpler message.
  3. Group things together that are related.
  4. If something needs to stand out from the rest, make it different somehow.
  5. Pick a typeface that’s appropriate for the task at hand. If you don’t know how to do that, then choose an undecorated sans-serif. If you don’t know what that is, use Helvetica.
  6. Group things in categories.
  7. Put space around things that need to be apart from the rest

I think I’ll keep adding to this. They seem like good principles.

November 1 2011, 10:27 PM  by David Parry