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Design rules?

This is taken from a Computer Arts interview with David Carson (

CA:Do you think contemporary designers depend too heavily on the abilities of their software packages?

DC: Absolutely. I work in basically one program, Quark. It’s not about having and knowing all the latest gimmicks and photo tricks. Good design comes from the most basic decisions – cropping, font choice, the overall design. If you haven’t got the eye, no program will give it to you.

It’s partly why we see so many solid, well-designed magazines today, but almost none that stand out. Designers get lazy and let whoever made their software make decisions for them. Your computer shouldn’t tell you the proper distance between columns of type – you need to be making those decisions. Get that title, subtitle and byline out of the same box!

yeah although this guy is highly respectable, I’m laughing out loud just thinking about those rookies trying to align text without the latest software packages, that’s part of tech evolution making technology more accessible, more easy to use, of course we (designers, pro’s and rookies) shouldn’t be a puppet to our tools, we should help innovate the tools themselves… this is turning into like the argument of old school vs new school.

I’m not a hater, I just don’t like hypocritical arguments, nuff said!