Design is mostly about emphasis

11 ways to make the important stuff STAND OUT

A lot of design is based on a simple idea: our brains are hard-wired to notice certain things.

Designers use these things as tools to draw your eye — and by doing so control your attention. Well-designed products direct that attention to make things clearer and help you get things done; bad designs send your attention on pointless goose chase.

Here’s a version of how to design something

  1. Figure out what you need to show and put it onto a page
  2. Decide what’s important and what’s not
  3. Emphasize the important stuff and deemphasize the rest

Thats it!

The craft of design — directing your attention to the right places — is accomplished in that last step: emphasis.

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