The purposeful *arrangement/organization* of graphic and typographic elements regarding aspects of *graphic properties* (e.g. shape, size, color, texture, space), *visual perception* (e.g. rhythm, flow, depth, weight, proportion, balance, gestalt, focus), or *communication* (e.g. visual analogy, ...

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Why do yellow and red look good together in this photo?

I've been looking into complementary colors and appealing color schemes, and I couldn't find any which suggested that this shade of yellow would look good with this shade of red. However, the picture ...
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How do I achieve the equivalent of using small caps in Arabic?

I have this letterhead title in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, in which I set the English to Small Caps (that is, the first letter is a big capital, the rest are small). Now, in Hebrew, the letters are ...
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What is the guideline for giving variety to design according to recent studies?

It's possible to vary in multiple channels, i.e. color, shape, angle, size, etc... AND there are multiple degrees of difference within each channel. So if you have more than a few items in a design, ...
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How or why do your eyes move away from a focal point to other elements?

In studying composition, we're told to pull the viewer's eyes into the frame using a strong focal point, and then lead his/her eyes into moving around inside the frame and hold his interest inside the ...
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How to align search icon, link and column header

Is there are general rules to align right-aligned elements on the page? Look at these screenshots: At this screenshot the search icon and the link are aligned to the right border of the "box", while ...
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Making text standout on detailed photos [duplicate]

I'm looking for quick, yet professional looking ways of making text stand out on a photos which don't really have nice bland areas to put text. Something which would take an experienced photoshopper 5 ...
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Books/Rescources for Composition and Layout for Print?

I'm starting my education in Graphic Design soon (once I finish my current degree) and I'm pretty much immersed myself information in preparation including textbooks that I will be using and websites ...
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Is there an ideal number of points of interests in web design? How many is too much?

I want to make a website, but I have too many important elements for that. I tried to simplify the structure, but it became boring to look at and tiresome to navigate. Is there a rule or tip for ...
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client logo - large dropshadow and awkward angle - looks terrible on any media, any guidance?

I am reluctant to post the actual logo for risk of repercussions, but I have taken away any identifiable features, leaving the "problem" parts. Here is the logo on a white background: It looks ...
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How to combine pictures to relate them to the person who viewed these pictures?

I have a lot of video footage in first person view, dramatic scenery, and a photo of an old man. I want to combine them to make a background picture (1920 x 1080) that should transmit the message: ...
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Working with alignment and balance

I know this is all subjective, but I'm hoping there are general principles here that will mean this is a valid question. Take a look at the layout below. In the past (before I tried to learn about ...
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How can a design be balanced and yet have a focal point?

The concept of a focal point seems to be a fundamental one in web design, yet doesn't a focal point mean a page cannot be balanced? Surely by definition a focal point means that the page's 'weight' ...
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Methods for using the Golden Ratio in fluid application UI design?

I have seen a bit about leveraging the Golden Ratio in traditional web design applications, however I've not found much in the way of thoughts on utilizing it within fluid desktop application design. ...
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Design “join page” and guide them graphically from left to rightside towards a join button

Im having this big horizontal bar see image above, and want to "guide (read force)" the users from reading the text on the left to clicking the join button on the right. Are there any thoughts on ...
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design/ display user evaluation state's

Im looking to discuss ideas on how to represent the "evaluation of a user". You the evaluator Users to be evaluated Based on score border around user profile is different color How could this be ...
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Using solid color photos on solid color background

I've been trying to figure out how to get this to look right for the past week. We just got permission from a photographer to use some of her excellent photos of vegan food. Here's one: However, ...
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Tips for creating a mosaic of one photo from a set of photos

I want to create a mosaic from a set of photos I already have that will give me another photo. So a set of architecture photos that will give me a big photo of it's creator (the architect). The result ...
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Should the F-Pattern be considered in all designs?

The F-Shaped pattern is a pattern found in an eye-tracking study as the primary areas people glance over when reading a website. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/reading_pattern.html Is this something ...
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Graphic design/color compositions for waveform presentation

I have a dashboard of data, on which one of most important elements is a waveform of medical data (a real-time stream, in most cases it would be ECG waveform). I am looking for a way to present this ...
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Logo design - image beneath text - can it work?

I am hacking together a temporary logo for my software startup company. I have a good single-word communicative name and geometrically shaped logo. To me, the two look best when text is positioned ...
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What are the traditional rules for drop shadow direction / light source?

When creating a drop shadow for objects, what is the traditional / classic "rule" for the offset direction? I see so many that are down and right, which results in the light source coming from the top ...
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What are some styles for laying out lots of images in a confined space?

I'm working on a project that's 11"x17" tall, has the bottom 1/5th reserved for the logo/calendar elements and the top 4/5ths for some sort of collage-esque image. Basically, I have six photos I need ...
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Composition web design rules

Are there any rules that are specific to web design, or that are otherwise elevated in importance in the context of web design? Edit: I'm thinking that there are probably some aspects of composition ...
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How important is the visual flow of an interface?

I recently had a conversation with a friend about the design of an installer application. I pointed out that its visual flow was confusing. It led my eyes from the left to the right and then up to the ...
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What are some good resources for web page composition?

I'm looking for resources on the composition of web pages. I'd like to learn about pros and cons of different page layouts and techniques for moving the eye around a page.
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How often is the Golden Ratio actually used in modern design?

The Golden Ratio is the stuff of legend (and I believe some derision if Pepsi's latest logo change is of any indication) and is purported to have been used in many famous projects. My question is ...
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What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
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How many colors should be used in a background gradient?

For on-screen design (web or desktop applications), in areas where there is significant background space visible, a subtle gradient adds a lot to the look of the app/page/image. How many colors (max) ...