Art direction and design: supporting the story visually

November 2nd, 2010 · 3:15 pm @   -  No Comments

Magazines have always twinned the visual appearance of an article with the content – evocative visuals help to reinforce the message from the text.

Websites have evolved from fairly static entities to dynamic content management systems, often driven by blogs. But there’s still a void between online and offline publishing – often the content is there, but the visuals are lacking (or don’t add to the article). An article over at ATA (A List Apart: Articles: Art Direction and Design) looks at specifically the difference between design & direction.

Perhaps the most valid point is from the New York Times–

“Excessive art direction [is] economically untenable”.

Still, there’s a growing number of web designers looking to combine direction, design & content (such as heartdirected.com) – the question is the trade-off.

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