15 tips to make your designs look better

15 tips to make your designs look better

Design is not a defined science. It's up to the designer to create something appealing, beautiful, and at the same time something that will deliver a message effectively. 

But it doesn't matter if you're a pro or just starting, there are some tips that can help get a better idea as for to what is that you're looking for.

Here are 15 tips from the 50 excellent graphic design tips that Poppie Pack -a senior graphic designer at Canva- created to help us all understand things that for some are logical but for some may come as a new light.

Use light and bold font variants for emphasis and impact


Crop images to let them act as background textures

Typefaces have personalities too. Make sure you represent your message with the right fonts

Choose a geometric typeface teamed with an elegant serif for a happy pairing

Apply a grid to create a clean composition, using one of the photo holders as a text box

Contrasting typefaces make a great duo

The placement of text is a crucial element. Make sure to break your lines up the way it should be read

Create clever compositions by letting the features within images guide where to place your type

Use shapes to create contrast and offset your text from your background image

Make beautiful collages with your favorite photos using grids, ensure to apply the same filter to each image for consistency

Apply a tint to your image the same as any block color in your design for consistency

Aesthetics! Composition! Adjust all the elements in your graphic so they are on corresponding angles

Use the combination of a tint and x-process to create two-tone filter effects

Use areas with clear space in your images for creative ways to include text

Use strong, geometric typefaces to amplify your message.

Published on: February 2016