Lauren Krause—often seen on the Web as LaurenMarie—is a creative consultant and author of Creative Curio, a blog dedicated to learning, discussing and exploring the realm of graphic design. She designs websites, identity packages, large format graphics for trade shows and events, and a variety of print collateral for small to medium sized businesses, as well as provides guidance to them for online marketing strategies. As alternative creative outlets, Lauren enjoys scrapbooking, photography and letterpress printing. You can find her on Twitter as @creativecurio.
- Features: Written by Lauren Krause on November 23, 2009Color can strongly influence the mood of a design. You probably know that, but have you ever wondered how one color can have two or more meanings? Red, for example, can mean love but it can also represent aggression, danger, or violence. With all of those feelings associated with the color red, how do you know when it says which and what will be the connotation of red in your design?
- Features: Written by Lauren Krause on August 12, 2009Critiques are important to understanding and improving our own efforts in graphic design. Through them we see how others have used the elements and principles of design and composition to create a piece. Sometimes we study good design, but it can be equally as helpful to discuss less-than-stellar designs or aspects in need of improvement. It all helps us learn to think critically about design.