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16 Design Rules To Break In 2016 -

Traditional rules go out the proverbial window for designers on the search of something unique. If you want to innovate, you might have to break some rules especially when it comes to graphics design. Because when it comes to creativity in the digital world, you can’t always color within the lines.

• Thinking Out Of The Box

No, better yet, throw the box out as well. A design shouldn’t have any limits. In other words, it should only be limited to a designer’s own imagination; so let your imagination run wild. Everything from utilizing white spaces to fonts and using different mediums other than paper should come into the creative equation. And remember, being unique is contextual which means what is hot today may not be so sizzling the next day.

Remember the Rules Ditch all the Rules

• Follow Your Instincts – No Really!

Have you ever taken time to try out your ideas on designs that you had absolutely no intention to sell? Remember, the only one who is limiting your skills is your own self. If a design exemplifies your vision and skills, it is good to go. The same goes with how you choose to optimize your design especially if you want web designs done right.

Follow the Brief Instead, follow your Instinct.

Of course, breaking the rules is easy. Doing the deed in a strategic manner is another thing entirely. However, a little bit of skill is all a designer needs to make a design really stand out without stepping on the toes of conventional digital wisdom. Which rules do you break without compromising your aesthetic hutzpah? Do you want to learn how? This Power Point presentation reveals all.

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Author Bio:    

Evan is an Expert in Digital Marketing. He has been working in the social media space since 2008, with a focus on design services, user interface planning, branding and more. Currently, he is leading content marketing efforts at DesignMantic and has played an integral part in the success story of DesignMantic through strategic marketing campaigns. Evan is also a design pro, who has shown a predilection towards DIY design projects.

3 thoughts on “16 Design Rules To Break In 2016

  1. Is this article for real or is it just a trolling kind of content looking to stir things up?

    So you have to ignore grids yet go responsive…..Unless your containers are all 100% width you’ll find your advice impossible to follow. Oh yes and ignore your audience, and your client, and any UX research while you’re at it.

    Patterns? what the hell are those for! make every button on your site a different shape, different colour and with a different font. If you REALLY want to be creative label each button with a different language too, you can even make your website out of plasticine, or even better, chewing gum so it’s really sticky!

    • I don’t think they meant that you should deliberately break all rules at the same time. They said that themselves:

      “Of course, breaking the rules is easy. Doing the deed in a strategic manner is another thing entirely.”

      There are situations in which following rules too strictly may be detrimental to the general outcome of the process. I think they wanted to show that not everything is set in stone, and then presented a few arguments in which breaking the rule was actually a good thing.

      • Thank you, Leon. This is exactly what we intended to promote through this slidedeck. There’s nothing set in stone when it comes to design, experimenting and learning through experience is what makes us better designer.

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