COVID-19 Precautions in a Creative Way from Graphic Designers
Amid this tough time that has come to worldwide, everything has become stagnant. COVID-19 or Coronavirus has taken over almost the whole planet. But we should look for something positive even in the worst conditions of our lives. Every profession is adapting some new ways in which they can help this epidemic as well as they could also work along with this.
So is the case with the graphic designers. Though they are the ones who used to sit in funky and relaxing places and think of outstanding ideas. But, now they are at their homes and still they have to be productive and innovative. This time is teaching something to everyone. In the same way, it is teaching designers about the rules that they should also always apply in their every artwork.
Here are the rules of COVID-19 and designers that are applied to both but differently, designed by Maaz Afzal
Rule 1: Increase Social Kerning and Tracking
Yes, graphic designers should use fonts with proper distance. There should be proper kerning as well as tracking.
Alike this, in COVID-19 one should follow the rule of Social Distancing. Since this is the only way we can break the chain and hence the spread of the disease.
Rule 2: Embed yourself in your homes
Embed yourself in your homes to avoid virus spread in the way designers embed their fonts and images to avoid unwanted changes in their designs.
Rule 3: Avoid Condense layout
In a graphic design like everything should be at such a distance that they look appealing to the eyes and seems meaningful.
In the same way, in this deadly virus, even if you are at home you have to be at a proper distance.
Rule 4: Keep Artboard Clean
In designing, you have to keep the artboard clean as well as organized such that everything seems pleasant. If you will work in an organized way then, I am sure you will get the desired result. But, if you will not make everything organized as well as clean on the artboard then it will become clumsy.
Similarly, in COVID-19, you need to be neat and clean. You need to sanitize not only yourself but also your home. Need to always sanitize your hands or wash them for 20 seconds after some time.
Rule 5: Use of Clipping Masks on face
In designing, clipping masks makes everything easy as well as sorted. It is of great help while creating a collage.
In COVID-19, it is advised that whenever, you go out to use mask or clip mask on your face, so that neither you get infected nor the other people get affected. You should especially use this even you have virus-like symptoms or not.
Rule 6: Regular Use of Soap Filter on Hand Tool
See, how brilliantly Maaz Afzal presented the concept of soap filters + hand tool. The image clearly shows that it is really essential to wash your hands with soaps and sanitizers to protect yourself from coronavirus.
In a designing way, filters work outstanding with the tools that consequently make the design mind-blowing.
Project by Maaz Afzal, founder/brand identity designer at Pen28 Creatives