Category: Design

One of the default features in PowerPoint is the ability for it to automatically adjust the size of text (“autofit”) in a text box so that it all fits. This may seem like a god-send, but, as with most automated features, …

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The power of repetition We (should) all know the basic geometry concept about a line being a straight path made up of at least two points. Similarly, establishing a system is simply repeating something more than once. With this repetition and consistency …

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I found this ‘commitment statement’ printed on the wall of a management office, and thought it would be a good real-world example for this centered text topic. Let’s have a look: This is a classic case of simply letting text …

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This is a pet peeve of mine. Basically it’s when people use full-resolution images in their e-mails or blog/web sites. It’s a classic case of when the common web publisher (which is almost anyone) is just unaware of best practices, and/or has no simple way to even address the issue.

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This may seem more obvious to some than others, but if you’ve only used the “Find and Replace” feature for words, you may be missing out. Any time you come across a case of needing to repeat some corrective formatting …

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Here’s a do-it-yourself technique for when you need a slick museum-like sign. Let’s say we want to make a series of cards to label a small art exhibit. It could just look like this: But, let’s class it up a …

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When you create a table, whether using a web app, Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, or even Adobe InDesign, the default is usually a black line around every cell, and little to no space around the content in that cell. That should …

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