Inspired Design Decisions

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While articles about how to use CSS Grid and Flexbox are common, when and why to use them is hardly ever discussed. Very few people are taught design fundamentals or see inspiring examples to learn from. Through this unique “Inspired design decisions” series, Andy Clarke is changing that. Each magazine includes a high quality PDF, plus examples of HTML/CSS code for you to learn from and use in your projects.

Happiness guarantee: If you’re not 100% happy with any magazine, you get a full refund and can even keep the files.

Avaunt
Magazine

This is the first edition of Inspired Design Decisions in which Andy Clarke explains how to design and implement skinny columns using meaningful markup and efficient CSS.

Buy issue #1 — £3.99

Includes PDF magazine and example files

Issue 1
Issue 1: Avaunt Magazine
Issue 1

Pressing
Matters

In this second issue, Andy will teach you how to expand your repertoire of layouts by combining more than one grid into a compound grid. This issue will change the way you think about designing with grids.

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Issue 2
Issue 2: Pressing Matters
Issue 2

Ernest
Journal

In this third issue, Andy will teach you how to use frameworks to create layouts as engaging as in the well-known Ernest Journal. All it takes is an understanding of layout design and imagination.

Buy issue #3 — £3.99

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Issue 3
Issue 3: Ernest Journal
Issue 3

Alexey
Brodovitch

In this fourth issue, Andy will teach you how scattering images will fill your designs with movement. Learn how to mirror pictures and text, and how to carve text into shapes using CSS Shapes.

Buy issue #4 — £3.99

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Issue 4
Issue 4: Alexey Brodovitch
Issue 4

Bea
Feitler

In this fifth issue, Andy will teach you about Bea Feitler, who directed Harper’s Bazaar throughout the 1960s and has been described as “the pioneering female art director you’ve never heard of.’ In this issue, you’ll learn how to emphasize scale and maintain its contrast on even the smallest screens. Andy will teach you how to make confident color choices, and how to use pattern and texture to add depth to your designs.

Buy issue #5 — £3.99

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Issue 5
Issue 5: Bea Feitler
Issue 5

Neville
Brody

In this sixth issue, Andy explores how British art director Neville Brody, and in particular his work on The Face magazine, inspires his designs for the web. How do we use blend modes to add depth to our designs? How do we use vertical text for impact? How can we use clipping paths to bring in character and energy to a design? In this issue, we’ll explore just that.

Buy issue #6 — £3.99

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Issue 6
Issue 6: Neville Brody
Issue 6

Otto
Storch

In this seventh issue, Andy will teach you about Brooklyn-born Otto Storch. Although he was an award-winning graphic designer, unlike many of his contemporaries, Storch and his work have been largely overlooked. In this issue, you’ll learn how to do more with CSS shapes, how to make text look delicious, and how to use mirroring and symmetry to create inspiring designs.

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Issue 7
Issue 7: Otto Storch
Issue 7

Herb
Lubalin

In this eighth issue, Andy explains how Herb Lubalin—one of his favourite typographers— transformed his approach to typography on the web. In this issue, you’ll learn how to use pre-formatted text for precise formatting, and how to use SVG text, fills, and strokes for intricate typographic designs. You’ll also learn how to make SVG text accessible and how to optimise SVG for maximum performance.

Buy issue #8 — £3.99

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Issue 8
Issue 8: Herb Lubalin
Issue 8

Max
Huber

In this ninth issue of Inspired Design Decisions, Andy explains how studying the work of Max Huber—one of the less well known but most distinguished Swiss designers— will teach you how to turn mundane subjects into exciting visual communication.

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Issue 9
Issue 9: Max Huber
Issue 9

Giovanni
Pintori

In the tenth issue of Inspired Design Decisions, Andy explains how Giovanni Pintori—the Italian graphic designer best-known for his work with Olivetti—can inspire design for the web with his distinctive use of colour and shape. Andy teaches how to use colour to attract attention and then to lead someone’s eye around a design. He discusses how to a minimal colour palette can act as a guide, helping people through a design, and how lines and shapes add structure and style.

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Issue 10
Issue 10: Giovanni Pintori
Issue 10

Emmett
McBain

Pre order issue #11 — £3.99

Available early July 2020

Issue 11
Issue 11: Emmett McBain
Issue 11

Alvin
Lustig

Pre order issue #12 — £3.99

Available late July 2020

Issue 12
Issue 12: Alvin Lustig
Issue 12