Archive for October, 2011

Tutorials for Designers

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Nowadays with different software becoming more and more smarter it becomes harder to learn what programs can really do. You can buy books and dvds to show how to do certain things but i find it personally better if you have a step by step tutorials helping you along the way.

Web Design is not my strongest point i must admit and i have found tutorials from youtube and other videos along the way. Speaking to a few students a few weeks ago i have recommended this website which has thousands of different program tutorials which have helped me along the way the site is

These step by step videos are very short and straight to the point going through all the things you need to know about. You can download the course which contains files clearly labeled and are easy to digest. If you are a busy student or professional wanting to learn more or brush up on your knowledge these are fantastic!

Let me no what you think of these and if you find them helpful thats great!


Kind Regards

Rustic Snail

Categories: Students

Colour and Design

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Colours in Graphic design is very important, it could make or break a design, be it a website, business cards, leaflets or the company logo colours are important, they give the viewer a feeling, emotion and most importantly it gives them a feel of what the company is like, friendly helpful etc you name it, they can be all displayed by colours!

Now i have been doing some research into this topic recently and have spent ages trying to find what helps bring colours and patterns together. going through colour charts at B&Q in the paint department, looking at pantones the lot. Speaking to a few designers on this subject has helped alot, they recommended a website to me which helps makes life easier when picking out a colour scheme.

As always Rustic Snail is here to help you guys with this subject.

Adobe has created this site which allows you to see which colours goes well with other colours, this site is

A Brilliant tool and should be bookmarked straight away along with this blog! Theres subject headings which has preset colours which work together and help you get the best out of your work.

I hope this helps you in your present and future designs!

Kind Regards

Rustic Snail

Categories: Students


October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

There comes a point within design, when working with clients becomes aggravating to say the least, they give you a brief of lets say design me a fantastic leaflet for my new shop heres the information see you in a couple of days! So your working on the project giving it all the thoughts that you have learnt which has given you a title of ‘graphic designer’

It is now time to show your hard work to the client….. first thing they will say is, “I like it….but i had this thought in mind! if you change this and that and this and that how about if you….and so on!” and straight away you shout in your head “well why didnt you tell me what ideas you had in the first place!” My favourite is when they have a flyer for a different company and say “i want that! ” that would be copying somebody else’s design now wouldn’t it!  I speak from experience with a number of design briefs iam currently working on! where the clients think i like that design what if we just slap our logo and branding on and then send it too print! (slapping my head at this point!) YOU CANNOT REALLY DO THAT CAN YOU!  So you reluctantly do this for the client because you do get some jobs which aren’t your favourite types! but money is money at the end of the day

With this piece of work which is basically copied off another designers work you go back to the client, next about the client says “Well i love it, however i need you to send it to my business partner! (this is a new person that you never even heared about until now) and see what they think!” Alright then so rather than telling me the full details about the business, wanting me to copy someones design work already now you introduce a new person to me! EH?

The Payment:

Once finalised the design which should of only taken a short while ended up taking the time it would to build an entire website they now ask a question about the cost! “So how much is this going to cost,……dont…have a big budget really…can you give me friend discount?” Jaw drops at this point!


Final result:

Its all experince at the end of the day! yeah rite! this type of job shouldnt of taken along time to do at all a nice simple leaflet design taken ages to complete simply because lack of communication! My top tips (apart from slapping the client around abit) is to sit down and fully chat about what the client/clients are wanting, they ideas there thoughts and how much they have set aside for the budget!


EVERYONE will get these types of clients believe me hopefully some less that others!

at the end of the day i designer is not a designer if they dont have any clients to design for!

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