Everyone wants to be the boss. People like to be in control; of their lives, of their relationships, etc. Designers, I believe, especially the good ones, are actually control freaks. But there are those of you out there who are passive designers. Passive designers have a hard time making solid choices and lack confident direction. You are easily swayed by other’s opinions and have a hard time selling your ideas because you don’t know for sure if what you did was right. I’m talking to you today. Because having this attitude will result in less affective designs, uninteresting design choices, and a loss of hierarchy. Today I’m going to tell you why you can and should be the boss of your designs and how you can use hierarchy as a map to get you there.
You are the maker
You create the hierarchy
Passive designers let the elements control them, confident designers control the elements.
How to take control
A design does not create itself. Every design needs a designer or a creator. Something beautiful, amazing, or clever will never appear magically of its own free well no matter how long wait.
This list serves as your blueprint to refer to when you are knee deep in your design and feel like you may be losing track.
How to check your choices.
1) Show your design to someone who has never seen it and ask them to tell you what they see first, second, third, etc.
2) Step back from your design and squint until the design details are not as distinguishable and see if there is still hierarchy
3) Take your design into Photoshop and apply a strong blur filter, then look at it and see if you can still identify the hierarchy.