In the ’80s and ’90, designers who wanted to work with “text-heavy” or “textural” elements were able to find them in online stores or in bookstores.
But it wasn’t until a handful of designers from the design community came together to make a new and exciting way to produce work in digital form, that the “designer” name finally caught on.
This week, Polygon is celebrating the start of a new era in design: the digital designer.
With a new wave of designers in the industry, there’s an opportunity to create new ways of seeing the world, as well as new ways to engage with people online.
Today we’re introducing a series of articles covering the latest design trends and new digital technologies, which we’re going to be sharing with you today.
The New ‘Text-heavy’ Design trend?
The “text heavy” designer We often hear about designers trying to make their work more readable on a computer screen, but what do we mean by that?
Well, it’s not just text on a screen that makes a design easier to read; it can be text in the context of the page itself, which may also help people with disabilities understand what’s going on.
It’s a way of making something more engaging and more usable by having the text more prominently placed.
It can be something as simple as putting a text caption in front of a picture of an object or a page, which will make people who use visual aids more comfortable.
“I love that you’re taking a look at some of the new tools you’ve seen out there,” says Emily Molloy, a visual designer at Lighthouse, a digital agency based in Los Angeles.
“What are they all for?” she says, pointing to a range of tools designed to help designers make their designs easier to understand.
But what’s the best way to use a digital tool for a specific task?
For example, a designer may want to make sure the text on the page is clear and legible.
That might mean making sure it’s readable on tablets and smartphones, or adding a simple border around a picture.
“You want to be very clear on what it means,” Molloya says.
“I think that’s the thing we have to be thinking about.”
A better way to approach text is to ask yourself, how can I make my design more readable?
Molloyer says designers should look at different ways to make the text easier to find.
“There’s this idea that you’ve got to make it easier to use your computer,” she says.
But designers should also look at how their designs could be more accessible.
“A lot of designers just want to design the perfect interface for the people who need it,” she explains.
“But that’s not really the right way to do it.
The right way is to design your work so that it’s accessible to the entire userbase, not just the ones with disabilities.”
Molloys new digital tool will help her design work for the whole userbase.
“It will allow me to add text to all the images and text, and it will allow people to read the text,” she adds.
When it comes to making the text legible, designers will need to consider the width of the text and whether the text needs to be in black or white, and then the size of the font, or even whether it needs to have an asterisk next to the text.
One new technology that designers will want to consider is a text box.
It is, in many ways, the opposite of a text panel.
Instead of having a full-page display, a textbox is used to allow designers to have the space to add content within a larger block.
“When I think of a design, it usually has something in it that’s big and heavy and heavy-handed,” says Michael McKean, a design professor at Northwestern University.
“They want to say, ‘We’re going for a text heavy design here.
This is going to take up a lot of space.'”
For this new technology, McKeans team developed a prototype that can be attached to a smartphone or tablet and which has the ability to display images of a specific subject in black and white or color.
Molloy’s new tool also comes with a handy toolbox, which can be used to quickly and easily create text boxes and other shapes.
It includes a white square and an image of a bird that will automatically fill up the box when you’re creating a new one.
These tools are only available to designers with Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
The Adobe app allows designers to create a text bar or text box from any website or application, so this is a great tool for people who are not familiar with the software.
It also has an option to download an existing website to print it out.
For a new design, designers may want an app