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1. Selecting a Font: The font can set the tone for your entire design. We follow these rules in font selection:
-Legibility: Choose a font that’s easy to read even at a small size. Avoid overly decorative fonts.
-Tone: Match the font to the tone of your project. Serif fonts (e.g., Times New Roman) typically provide a more serious, traditional feel while sans serif fonts (e.g., Hel
vetica) are considered modern and informal.
-Font Pairs: Using more than one font can be handy to create a hierarchy or balance, but they should complement each other. A simple way to pair fonts is to use one from t
he same family but different weights or styles.
2. Creating Layout: A sensible layout is essential for guiding your reader’s eye and conveying your message effectively.
-Balance: Ensure elements in your design are equally distributed. Balance doesn’t mean everything must be the same size, only that weight is equally distributed.
-Grids: Using a basic grid can help align elements and create consistency, in which your content is divided into columns and rows.
-White Space: Don’t be afraid to leave empty space in your design, as it can provide visual breathing room for the eye.
-Hierarchy: Make the most important elements the most prominent. This can be achieved through size, color, or by isolating the item.
3. Maintaining Cohesion: To maintain consistency throughout the pages, you can:
-Create a Style Guide: A style guide should include your color palette, fonts, logos, and a general feel of how every page should resemble.
-Repeat Certain Elements: Consistently repeat elements like fonts, color schemes, or logos on each page to create a visual continuity.
-Consistent Layout: Try to keep a consistent layout, or consistently position specific elements like page numbers, headers, etc.
To implement these designs into a binder system:
-Use Sheet Protectors: These will protect your pages from damage and allow you to easily add or remove pages.
-Use Divider Tabs: These will help to categorize and navigate through different sections of your binder.