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10 Common Graphic Design Mistakes to Avoid

Entrepeneur 03 Apr 2021 10:00
10 Common Graphic Design Mistakes to Avoid
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Design plays an important role in the success of your content. Long before they read your words, readers will begin judging the value of your content by its appearance.

Here, according to desktop design guru Roger C. Parker, are 10 of the most common graphic design mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Overuse of Color

The overuse of color does a disservice to readers who print white papers on inkjet printers. Avoid solid-colored backgrounds behind the text. Such pages can cost several dollars each in ink supplies. In addition, bright colors can create distractions that make adjacent text hard to read. Finally, text set in color is often harder to read than black text against a plain white background.

2. Missing Page Numbers

Many white papers lack page numbers. But readers depend on page numbers to track their progress through a publication. They also rely on page numbers to refer back to previously read information.

5. Wrong Type Size

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