Humpday Design No No: The Dropshadow, and why it looks like crap.

buicy Humpday Design No No: The Dropshadow, and why it looks like crap.

People, this is the year 2010 (almost 2011) why are you still using the default setting for your dropshadows.. better question why are using dropshadows? Just because you use a dropshadow does not mean it’s a better design, or  it make your image/picture “POP” more. Design is just as much about taking away as it is adding.

By using the default settings for a dropshadow you are doing 2 things:

  1. Dating your design back to 1997
  2. Making yourself look like you have no clue what you are doing.

doublerainbow Humpday Design No No: The Dropshadow, and why it looks like crap.

Myths about the dropshadow:

It’s going to give my image more depth: Have you ever seen an image floating on top of a table with a 120º dark shadow floating to the right of it.. even when you have 6 light sources?

It makes my text Crisp: Or it causes distraction.  If you know what you are doing you should be able to place your text  in a location on an image to keep it crisp.

In Other words.. Dropshadows are a great way of saying “I have Photoshop, and no clue about what I’m doing”

Please do not take offense to this post if you are one of these people, although I stated my views I still believe dropshadows do have a place in design when used correctly.

Tags: , , , , ,

10 Responses

  1. Geek for Him says:

    I agree but I am not aware of another way to “pop” things without it. I do agree 100% though on it and try not to use it whenever I can.

    Thanks man – love the rants!

  2. Kyle Reed says:

    love it.
    i have been guilty of this and am trying to get away from ever using drop shadow. or if i do using it in a way that is appealing (if that is possible)

  3. dewde says:

    I use drop shadows to give my text emphasis when placed over photographs, but I usually jog the blur / spread / distance waaaaaay up so that you can’t even notice a shadow is there. It creates a very subtle dark spot to give more contrast between the text and photo.

    Only when I have to though.

    peace | dewde

  4. Chase Layman says:

    Beautiful…would love to reblog this at some point. Great job Jared.

  5. Josh Chase says:

    So much win found int his post. I was laughing aloud and re-reading it aloud to a coworker.

    I have been guilty.. many of time.. great post, can’t wait to see what you say about the “outer glow” LAWL

Leave a Reply