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Tom Austin

v1, v2, rd3, rd4, final, final artwork, packaged, deliver, for client

Thanks to Open Peeps for the illustrations

I want to keep this guide brief, in a similar manner to my suggested folder structure, everyone has their own personal preference for how to name their files based on their workflow or specialism.

There are a two main expectations around how users view files on a computer (and specifically on MacOS), the file browser should always be set to order by NAME and should always be viewed in Columns.

I would like to offer the naming structure I currently use after 7 years of experience working with design files and projects. …


A guide to finding the right typeface for your project.

Recognising the right typeface is a skill that requires practice and experience. The more time you spend analysing and using fonts the more you recognise subtle details in type that impact the characteristics of a piece of design. It’s a process of training your intuition to recognise how details within a typeface will affect the feeling of a piece. However there are some easy rules we can follow and basic education that will help us make more informed decisions.

1. Stop using DaFont

The first step of this guide is to stop using DaFont or Creative Marketplace for your fonts if you weren’t already…


Why is every design article about digital design and what happened to the real stuff?

I’m really excited to see such a buzz around design in 2021, it’s so cool to see Spotify, Facebook, DropBox and many other companies really showcasing their internal design teams and sharing resources and ideas. However the impact of these companies has shifted the dogma of what it means to be a ‘designer’ and set us on a new course of experience centric design.

It’s led to a very confusing landscape for traditional designers working in branding or marketing such as myself to find resources outside the context of digital products. …


A guide to organising graphic design project files.

Having a project file structure or template is probably the easiest and most important process you can have as a designer. Every new project should start with a templated project folder structure and it should have clearly defined principles to be adhered to as the project grows in size and complexity. If other designers are also collaborating they should be familiar with how it works and where files and folders should and shouldn’t be saved. …


A deep dive into what design resources are, why they matter and how you should organise them.

🎨 Why should I care about design resources?

Interior designers make choices on furnishings, decoration and layout based on their concept. Graphic designers undertake a similar process of ‘picking and choosing’ that leads to much of the work we do involving taking pre-existing assets such as a fonts, images, patterns, mockups, icons and creating brands and other pieces of communication from them. If we were to make all these individual assets from scratch it would bloat a project and mean less time focusing on the aspects of the brand that mattered

When designing a brand for a museum, wayfinding and iconography might be high on the priority list…

Tom Austin

Hey 👋 I am a senior designer at Revolt London with a passion for process.

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