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Graphic design mistakes and blunders - Part I

banana-peelLearn from the mistakes
Graphic design schools can teach you the proper design principles needed to become a proficient graphic designer, but sometimes mistakes are the defining things that help you to learn what works and what doesn't.

In the next few articles we will show you the mistakes of others. The comforting part is they are not your mistakes.

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The "funny" side is these errors were made by the professionals, which gives us all comfort that even the best of us can make mistakes.

In the following graphics we'll provide a short commentary on what went wrong and what we can learn from these missteps.

We want to give a big thanks to all the members of the website psdisasters.com for providing all of the leads.

Size really does matter
A good rule of thumb when assembling composite images is to be aware of the proper size perspectives of different objects as they relate to one another. In the case of this Onkyo sound system ad, something has gone awry.
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There are lots of interesting elements in the background of this ad: musicians, singers and a miniature elephant.

It is understood that the various people and animals represent the clarity of the sound system, but the tiny elephant and other disproportional elements makes the ad look cheap.
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model-with-disjointed-legs2Physiology 101
If you took biology, anatomy or physiology classes in high school or college, you'll remember a great many graphics and illustrations of the human body and how it works.

When it comes to human anatomy, the structure and "rightness" of what a typical body looks like is second nature to most of us. In this ad, the model strikes an elegant pose. But something is wrong...
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The dress the model is wearing is draped a certain way so that her legs appear to be disjointed from her body. Is it a bad camera angle or a Photoshop mistake? Only the art director knows.
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One, two, three, four...
Although graphic design is primarily about images, graphics and layout, the need to be accurate in numbers is also very important. In this poster for a fighting exhibition, the contenders look ready and willing to fight.

But does one competitor have an unfair advantage in the scheduled bout?
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If you look closely at the opponent on the left, he is striking a pose with his fists. But the odd thing about the pose is the number of knuckles showing through his boxing glove. It appears this man has six fingers!

In reality, this is just an example where a little Photoshop magic could have helped. The extra "knuckle" showing is actually his palm appearing through an opening in the glove.

The other fighter also shows the opening, but it doesn't appear like a finger as in the case of the fighter, Bonnar.
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Graphic design school and principles of design
Layout, perspective, color and design are some of the important elements you'll learn at graphic design college. These graphic design principles will help you to create and produce images of professional quality.

The attention to detail, making sure all the graphics are presented properly, and ensuring that your piece is free of mistakes is up to you.

Next time...
In part two of "Photoshop mistakes and blunders" we'll show you more examples of how little details can make the difference between a great design and an unintentionally funny one.


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