As a designer, sometimes I just space on how to create certain projects. Most of the time I design my own layouts, but when I obviously am struggling I ask friends and advisors as what to do. More often than not I am told to go find some free templates on the inter web to look at. So today I did it. I found a website that sells templates, but does have a selection of free templates.
Stocklayouts has a pretty decent selection to stem ideas from. I would not use any of the templates in my own designs, but after downloading one of the design layouts I was able to see what kind of folds, margins, and line spacing I would most likely use in my own design. One of the biggest parts of my portfolio is the templates I have made myself. I know they are not perfect, but they do show my ability to create something out of nothing without instruction.
In a previous class, Information Graphics, I had to design a 3D graphic. So, me being me, I decided to pick something challenging. I had to design a tissue box cover for Doctor’s offices that informed kids and adults on how to properly take care of themselves during the cold and flue season. I designed this layout by myself and remembered to included the “glued” sections of the design. After finishing the design, I printed it out and then proceeded to put it together. I did have to change a few of the design aspects to make it work, but the finished product was one that I was really proud of.
So, needless to say, it is nice to use a template every once in a while, but use it as a guideline for ideas of your own. Don’t forget to give everything you do your signature. Even if it is just in the design of a tissue box cover.