It is very important to keep your skills sharp while continuing to learn new skills. Also for the trailing spouse, having a movable career or at least transferable skills is important. To this end, I just watched this highly educational graphic design essentials course that is FREE from lynda.com until January 24, 2014.
Some things I learned:
– Gone are the design tips from the 80s, where everything must be centered and matching. Offset, simplify, and use “analogous colors” from the color wheel to make your layout modern and interesting.
-When designing a layout and using a picture, pixelize the picture in order to identify main color themes in the picture. Then you can use these colors to coordinate the text color or background color.
-Think outside of rectangles and boxes when setup a layout. Uneven edges sometimes can give “life” to your layouts.