Let’s talk Vectors

I’m not talking about the villain from Despicable Me, I’m talking the image format that your printer may have mentioned to you.

A vector, unlike a rastor image, is one that can be scaled up or down without any damage to the image resolution. So you can take your logo, have it small for your business cards, and then enlarge the crap out of it for a banner to go across your shop.

Same logo, different mediums.

Vectors are my jam. If you come to me with a vague idea of what you want your design to look like, I’m not gonna be of much help. BUT you bring me a sketch or mockup and say “this is what I want, but I need it vectorized”. I. Am. Your. Designer.

There are thousands of graphic designers out in the world. But we’re all a little different and have different skill sets. Mine happens to be vectorization.

Why would you need a vector? Well, other than for the above mentioned items, any print shop will require you to either supply a vector will charge you for their in-house designer to do the work.
This is because with a vector we can guarantee print quality, where we can’t with a rastor.

Any other questions? Let me know in the comments below!

Does Font even matter?

That is a loaded question. My first instinct is to say yes, 100 times yes. Then we dig a little deeper and it’s a bit more complicated than that.

See, to a designer font is critical (like every aspect of design) but to the average consumer it isn’t.
So! Below in no particular order are some questions (and answers) to help you pick a font.

Do you like it?

This can get complicated because way too many people like Comic Sans but for the purposes of this post we’re going to ignore that font altogether.
Ask yourself, is this a font you want to see everyday on your branding, business cards etc. Because if you only kind of like it you’ll get real sick of it real fast.

Is it legible?

Just because you like how a font looks and you could look at it all day everyday, doesn’t mean it’s a good font. Can someone reading it actually read what your company name is?
For example, we’ve all seen the image of the flickering lights box that does NOT read as Flickering at first glance. Because Font. Is. Important.
Type out your company name and send a screenshot to a few people without any context beyond “what do you read this as” so you get an honest answer.

Is it easily accessible?

This is more for print shops or anywhere that you will be outsourcing things to. They will need a copy of your font or access to your font to be able to properly access your files and be able to produce them properly. So know what your font is called, have access to it (or else they WILL charge you for the cost of them buying it) and have it ready in a zip file so anytime you send a file out to be produced to a new outsourcer (because ones you continue to work with will keep it on file) you send that along just in case.

Does it make sense for your business?

This is less important and more of something that as a designer I’ve noticed where a business has a font in their branding that I don’t think matches what they do.
For example, whenever I see signs or anything that use Comic Sans and it isn’t 1) related to children or 2) an actual comic book, it turns me off of that business. There are literally thousands of fonts in the world, ones that are automatically included in word processing and design programs so that shouldn’t be a go to option.

Do you have questions? Let me know below or send me an email!

Welcome

Well hello there friends!

Initially this was going to be a “welcome back” post but since I’ve never written a post on this page it’s just a welcome.
If you’re here you might know who I am already but if not, hi! I’m Laura and I’m a graphic designer, knitwear designer (you can find those here), mother and wife.

I got started my graphic design journey in 2012 when I started the Graphic Communications Program at SAIT. I already worked at a Print Shop so I just switched departments when I graduated. My primary experience is with Sign Shops but you don’t forget the basics.

Since having my daughter I’ve been focused on my knitwear designing because it’s easier to make something for myself and then release it to the world. As opposed to looking for clients and trying to make my design style seem more appealing than the next.

I do however LOVE vectorizing. You have a drawing you want to turn into a mural on your wall? I’m your person. Vectors are also key for logos, enamel pins, and anything you want die cut. But that’s another blog post that’s coming.

So follow this blog if you want tips and tricks on how to better your own design knowledge and how to better communicate with print shops!