Whether you are a web designer, a blogger, or even handling a job in which reporting and presentations are involved, make sure not to fall for those mistakes that will make you look stupid. Although the content is far more important than how a material –whatever that is– looks like, some mistakes will definitely lower your credibility and turn your audience away.


1. Grammar Mistakes:

If you make one of these, I guarantee you; you will destroy your whole content. It’s very easy to avoid after spell-checking and proofreading but has a huge bad effect when committed.

Some of the very common mistakes in grammar are Your vs. You’re, There vs. Their, Its vs. It’s, Stuff vs. Staff, and Where vs. Were.


2. Punctuation:

Punctuation errors are very common among writers. It makes you look professional when done the right way. In fact, it’s all about a few simple rules so if you fail complying with it, well, your work is worthless.

Common errors include:

– Adding a space before punctuation marks.

Incorrect: If you do this ,you will look unprofessional .

Correct: If you do this, you will look unprofessional.

– Using possessive apostrophe (‘) for plurals especially in abbreviations and numbers.

Incorrect: I have a collection of 3 DVD’s for songs of the 1980’s.

Correct: I have a collection of 3 DVDs for songs of the 1980s.


3. Aspect Ratio:

Again, one of the most common mistakes out there when it comes to using images that will probably make your work look childish. In case you don’t know it, aspect ratio is the ratio of the width to the height of an image. This means it should be maintained\locked whenever you resize an image. So don’t resize an image’s width while keeping the same height and vice versa. This is called “Locking the Aspect Ratio.” In most common applications you will find the option of locking the aspect ratio and in others you may need to use the corner small boxes to resize or clicking “shift” key on your keyboard while resizing.

Example:

Original Increased Width
Original Increased Width


4. Blurry and pixelated Images:

Never enlarge an image unless you are using the correct tools. A blurry image indicates how indifference a designer is. Pixelated images are those on which you can recognize pixels or those small single-colored boxes in an image.

Example:

Original Enlarged
Original Enlarged


5. Alignment:

Just make sure to use the tools available in your software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop…etc.) to properly align your objects and don’t manually align them using mouse or keyboard arrows.

Example:

Alignment


A sample of align menu available in Microsoft Office that you can use:

Align Menu


After all, I’m not a professional designer nor a good writer but those mistakes really bother me and give me a quick impression about the designer/writer. Do they bother you too?