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  1. 1. Graphic Designing Guidelines You arent advertising a product or service, youre selling an idea -Gary Austin Witt, Ph.D Graphic Design Standard Sizes: IMAGE AD(S) SIZE (width X height) ORIENTATION RESOLUTION (WEB) RESOLUTION (PRINT) File Format 900x600 pixels Landscape 72 pixels/inch 300 pixels/inch PNG 560x900 pixels Portrait 72 pixels/inch 300 pixels/inch PNG INFOGRAPHICS SIZE (width X height) ORIENTATION RESOLUTION (WEB) RESOLUTION (PRINT) File Format 900x600 pixels Landscape 72 pixels/inch 300 pixels/inch PNG 960X**** pixels Portrait 72 pixels/inch 300 pixels/inch PNG **** Vary depending on the article(s) given Things to Remember When Making Image Ads design: Image Ads Design Process: 1. Understand the website as a whole 2. Create an outline 3. Research for needed graphic elements a. Consider logo size b. Consider the subject of the ad 4. Asses the following: a. Image (elements used in the design whether it is connected/relevant to the clients products/services) b. Spelling c. Margin/spacing 5. Finalization of the design
  2. 2. 5 Elements to consider: 1. Heading (must be attention-grabbing) 2. Credibility 3. Interest 4. Desire 5. Action Things to Remember When Making Infographics design: What is an infographics? Applied to information, data or knowledge that is presented in graphic visual form and presents: Clear message quickly and clearly Be unique Keep it simple Be creative and bold Goals of infographics: Channel for marketing purposes Shareable Likeable Color themes used must be a maximum of 6 colors only Infographics Design Process: Message, audience and goals (X product) is an (X description of product) that provides (X what) for (X audience) in order to (X value proposition). Gather Data Jot down key findings, trends and outliers. You should keep in the loop. An informed designer is a good designer. Organize content Create a content outline of the main and sub-headlines of your graphic. Draw a sketch/wireframe
  3. 3. Sketch out your main and sub-headlines and graphics into sections on paper. Make the graphics accurate enough so that they show the real findings. Sections Main content Graphics Headlines for graphics Does data support the content Now you can read the sketch as your audience will and ensure that your visuals support your message. Determine format For infographics design to be uploaded in the internet it is advisable to use .jpeg/.jpg or .png file format. Design Follow the sketch/wireframe created and translate it with visual elements. Review and publish Review your work 2 to 3 times before submitting to the key editor or approver to avoid major revisions to your work. The Four Motivators Four motivators for buying: Needs Wants Fears Desires The fundamental purpose of advertising is NOT to entertain. Most often its purpose isnt even to sell the product. The purpose of advertising is to convince (or sell) potential buyers on the idea that they should seriously consider buying the product, and motivate them to make the next step in the buying process.
  4. 4. Three Keys You Need: Any advertising message requires three things to be effective: 1. People must notice it. it must attract their attention. 2. It must give the buyer reasons to consider the entire message, not just glance at the headline 3. It must present that message in a way that is clear and persuasive to its target buyer, Sketch your preliminary ideas and thought. It will help you get more out of the material that follows. 1. What is your goal for the ad campaign? (Be as specific as possible, and use concrete statements, not indeterminate ones like sell more) 2. What is the theme for your ad campaign? 3. What is the focus of your ad campaign? 4. Other thoughts about your ad campaign. Focus on the Four Key Types of Buyer Motivations Needs, Wants, Fears and Desires NEEDS motivations which MUST be met by using or owning the product. WANTS motivations which buyers would surely like to satisfy, but they arent requirements. FEARS there are two types of fears omission and commission. Omission fears of the status quo the negative results of leaving things the way they are. Commission fears of making the wrong choice. Choices usually involve a financial component *what you paid), a time component (how much time you spent choosing the product and then using it), and an emotional component (your self-esteem and the esteem of others related to making the right or wrong decision.)
  5. 5. DESIRES like hopes or daydreams some satisfaction that isnt expected, but wonderful to think about. Desires differ from wants in that consumers expect most of their wants to be met by the product they select. But if our desires are met, it is a unique and pleasant surprise. Things to know when making a slide presentation: (Source: 1. Know Your Goal Be clear about the goal of your presentation before you begin composing it. 2. Plan it Out Create an outline or storyboard of the major topics you want to address. 3. Avoid Stock Templates 4. Choose a Color Scheme (Min. of 3 Max. of 5) 5. Choose a Font Scheme (Max. of 3) 6. Choose a layout scheme 7. Use Images (Wisely) After a 30 60 minute presentation, no ones going to remember what you said; theyre going to remember meaningful imagery and quotes. If an image is too busy add a semi-transparent background behind the text for contrast. 8. 15 words or less 9. Play with Typography Content is what the text says; typography is how it appears. By manipulating attributes like color, font, size, weight and position you can enhance the impact and visual interest of your slides and create hierarchy. 10.Dont Overdo It Remember white space. The white space that surrounds the object adds emphasis and gives the page a clean, fresh feeling. IMPORTANT REMINDERS! USE ROYALTY/STOCK-FREE IMAGES ONLY!
  6. 6. When making any graphics always use 960 grid system for margin and spacing purposes. (Adobe Photoshop) Download Link:
  7. 7. When searching royalty/stock-free images, follow these important tips: Websites to help you pick color schemes (for free): Websites with free high quality stock images:
  8. 8. Useful Infographics for Graphic Design: TYPOGRAPHY: (
  9. 9. Psychology of Color: In graphic designing it is a MUST to follow the Color Psychology in order to capture viewers attention and emotions.