As a graphic designer, I am a great lover of words. I’m working with them all day, moving them, resizing them, changing their emphasis with colour, or italics, or bold, or capitalisation, or kerning them, punctuating around them to change their meaning.

So, my ‘word for musing on’ is the topical ‘Resolution’.

At this time of year, we all associate Resolution with making a promise to ourselves for the year ahead – but promises to ourselves are difficult to keep, because we only disappoint ourselves, and that’s OK.

So I’m thinking… break it down, try


It’s not a big promise to break.

Re-solutions refine the way we solve day-to-day problems, so we do it better, easier, smarter next time. That’s how we become experts in our chosen field.

Resolution – shake it up!

The word resolution means different things to different people, in different contexts.

  • In MUSIC, it describes the passing of a discord into a concord during the course of changing harmony. “tension is released by the resolution from the dominant to the tonic chord”
  • In MEDICINE it describes the disappearance of a symptom or condition “complete remission was defined as resolution of clinical evidence of disease”
  • In CHEMISTRY, resolution describes the process of reducing or separating something into constituent parts or components.
  • In PHYSICS resolution describes the replacing of a single force or other vector quantity by two or more jointly equivalent to it.

In my world of GRAPHIC DESIGN, resolution describes the resolving power of screens, and quality of images, or images pixel-matched for the media they are seen on, or in… ‘high resolution’.

Whatever happens, I know that by this time next year I will be more expert, I’ll be higher resolution, high def!

Happy new Year!