How to not suck at design, a 5 minute guide for the non-designer.

Good design principles can be learned and exercised by anyone. This guide will give you a basic knowledge of practical design tips you can apply today (and impress your design friends).

Marc Hemeon
Apr 30, 2017 · 6 min read

If you don’t believe you can learn design, just remember what our legendary friend David Eric Grohl said about learning new things:

1. Use plenty of contrast

2. Almost Black is easier to read than Black

3. Important Content First

Search is the core function of the app, folks use Pinterest to discover and browse.

Lets look at two more examples

4. Align all the things

Fixing alignment is one of the easiest improvements we can make to any app or website and instantly makes an app or website look 10x better.

Lets look at another alignment example, this time from medium.com

Wonky alignment on the left creating a visual river, consistent alignment on the right
Bad alignment on the left, Fixed alignment on the right

5. Text size with spacing

We are not designing for ants.

Good text size vs bad text size from: https://developer.apple.com/design/tips/
Good spacing vs. bad spacing size from: https://developer.apple.com/design/tips/

6. Use a list view for results, if order is important

How do Users View Search Results Presented in a Grid Layout? By C. Siu & B. Chaparro

7. Design in black and white first, add color later

8. Create comfortable design

Image Credit: Luke Wroblewski Responsive Navigation: Optimizing for Touch Across Devices

9. Borrow Color Palettes

Save yourself the hours of endless debate and second guessing.

10. Use Apple and Google OS Conventions

Remember, design takes practice

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