How to be a better designer: Nigel French leads the way

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The recent print and publishing conference (Pepcon) held in Austin, Texas this year was a wealth of inspiration and information. Austin Kleon’s keynote address Steal like an artist and Nigel French’s presentation on becoming a better designer were especially noteworthy.

Nigel refers to himself as an “improving designer”.  He believes we can enhance our creative skills by studying previous artists and deconstructing their work. We can also improve our designs, he says, through intelligent application of typography, colour, space, and by designing on a grid.

Nigel has written an excellent article summarising his Pepcon presentation. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to improve their work. It’s also well worth reading for anyone with a general interest in design.

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How to be a better designer

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.



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