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Common Mistakes Graphic Designers Make

As a graphic designer, you likely have an eye for detail, a passion for creativity, and the skills and knowledge it takes to bring your vision to life. But even when armed with those qualities, some common mistakes still occur frequently. From double charging clients to forgetting about copyright law or pushing through projects without proper planning, these blunders can cause headaches for designers who want more than perfection in their work. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid as a graphic designer. The first mistake that can be seen when considering the design of professional and novice design is the number of fonts used. Getting the piece’s message is challenging when too many distracting fonts are involved. As fun as it is to play with fonts to convey messages, brands should choose a maximum of two or three fonts for each piece of design. Using the same fonts can also be effective as it provides continuity and establishes the brand identity.

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Like using too many fonts, choosing the wrong colors, or choosing too many colors can make a design less effective. Often a project with good communicative potential can disappear if the right colors are not selected. Using too many bold colors in one piece can be distracting. So, when creating a new piece of art, it is essential to create a color palette. Any color palette you create should contain both secondary and primary colors. Test your fonts in combination with these colors to ensure the text is readable, whether on top of other elements or standing alone.

Stock images can be a valuable and affordable solution when carrying out a project that requires specific images. However, too many stock images can make your project or work look unprofessional and cheap. Many simple stock images are reusable, which makes them accessible if you include them in your marketing piece. Also, ensure you purchase the Images you use correctly to avoid sending watermarked or low-quality photos.