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Technology for writers: Visual design � the basics

Visual design for writers THE BASICS

Widen your portfolio or improve your self-publishing with design basics from Chris Glithero

As a writer, you’re used to tapping into your creativity to express ideas on the page for all to see, and as you do so, you are following a variety of accepted rules and principles to create something that your audience will find attractive. Those same skills can be applied in order to create compelling visual designs, and there are a number of reasons why adding design skills to your quiver might be highly beneficial.

In this article, we’re going to be looking at the basic principles of visual design, and some of the tools that you can use to create your designs, but first we should examine some of the situations in which design skills may benefit writers.

Why design?

You can of course get by fine as a writer without ever lifting a finger to design anything – you will just need to pay others to do it for you. But the benefits of doing your own design go beyond that – you will retain full creative control of your output and present things exactly as you see fit, without the need for a middle man. It can also be highly satisfying, and quite a lot of fun. Here are a few examples where you might like to flex your design skills.

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