Readers have been leaving interesting ideas on the ETP Printable Template Kit post, which is the indirect inspiration for today’s product of the day: a Visual Hierarchy Basics primer, of sorts. It started out as an attempt to make a simpler “Form Making 101” template. However, I found I couldn’t even start to make a template without explaining some basics—or rather, I wanted to be sure that potential users knew just what goes into a form. This got writing more about the foundation of 2D design as I understand it.
This diagram isn’t complete, but it’s a good start. I could see this becoming the basis of a second book that goes into the details of making nice forms in Illustrator, while also explaining the underlying principles. This is a long-term product development play. Perhaps it will be what I do in April.
- Download Visual Hierarchy Basics – US Letter PDF
Total time of production: around 2-3 hours. I’m not satisfied with the layout, but it’s good enough to convey one way of presenting the foundation of good information design as I see it.
Groundhog Day Resolution Posts for 2014
I am challenging myself to create a new product every day for the month of February 2013. The Challenge Page lists all the products in one place. Check it out!