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Nuts and Bolts: Dedicate Yourself to the Details – Legibility

July 9, 2021



Nuts & Bolts – Dedicate Yourself to the Details – Legibility
It is often the little details that escape the artist’s eye. It is always a good idea to step away from a design that you have been meticulously working on or ask a brutally honest companion to give it a once over. The review team is certainly a fresh set of eyes and often catches tiny fixes or areas of improvement. GCU is grateful for artists who are open to collaborating with the reviewers on minor adjustments that make a big difference.
See this example by GCU artist, Stephanie Laird, with an improvement in the color of the cover image and cover text that really makes this design shine allowing the lengthy cover text to be appreciated with ease.
Reviewers request for edits:
We would be happy to take another look at this card if you could fade the horse image further. Currently, the text and image are visually fighting for attention.




Well done, Stephanie, and thank you for working so well with the review team.  Excellent teamwork!
It may take a little more time upfront to perfect a new design but this will save you time in the long run especially when creating a like image collection and derivative designs so the follow on designs all shine, pass review, and are highly marketable. See important Pre-approval for Card Series process and tips.
See the related Submission Guideline, TYPOGRAPHY – Legibility

The difference is in the details.


GCU Community Manager

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