Questions about the creative process of translating information, communication goals, and technical requirements into principal ideas that form a design solution.

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How can I legally design something which looks like US currency notes?

I've been asked to create artwork for a mock US currency bill. Similar to those fake novelty bills you can purchase. The end goal is not to reproduce currency accurately, but to trick the reader ...
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Choosing a color on intention

There are various colour schemes that said to be in harmony, like the ones you find on Adobe Kuler and Colour Lovers. One can choose if it pleases her mind. But what if I have some words, or, better, ...
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What are some good resources for branding exercises or workshops?

I have the chance to set up the branding for a friend's start up business. We're not looking at actual logos just yet, just trying to work out a voice, look and feel for the business - map out what ...
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What kind of character/personality is expressed by fonts that mix capitals and lowercase letters?

I'm trying to guage the purpose of using fonts that have random capitals where there should be lowercase letters. The question came about simply because I was looking at a design like the one I'm ...
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How can I represent “fast” or “Fastest” in a logo? Any successful examples?

I am doing rebranding of a company that provides internet through fiber-optic cables. I want to portray "FAST", "fiber optics" and "connectivity" in that logo. In all my initial sketches, I have ...
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Feelings icons that are not emoticons?

For a particular project, I've got to come up with a set of a ten small one-color icons meant to represent certain feelings. However, these icons must not be emoticons, or faces, of people for that ...
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How to promote three different products to three different audiences in one banner?

My client requests something like the title described. I do not agree the initial idea though. As they insist on doing in this way, I had to come here to ask for some help. Let's put the question ...
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How to bind the endpoint of a line to a rectangle/circle in Illustrator?

I am a beginner user of Illustrator and I like it a lot. I also like to make concept maps like this one: I was wondering if there is a possibility to easily create and modify concept maps ? The ...
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How to create a blueprint for a website on paper?

I have been doing web design for a couple of years now. I am trying to design it on paper but am not the best at it. Could you please give me some advise on how to blueprint it? How can I create ...
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Testing visual lay-out and concept of interfaces on users before really starting development?

This is essentially about lay-out and visual structure, and using a couple of more or less random people to help thinking ("Random" people can mean someone passing your office, your neighbour, cousin, ...
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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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Where can I get logo inspiration? [closed]

I am wondering if there is any free online place that I can use to get some design ideas. I want to get those ideas and then use a service like Fiverr to get a for example logo designed for me. For ...
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Developing abstract/deeper concepts rather than literal concepts [closed]

I've been given an Illustrator assignment where I have a number of 100mm x 100mm squares in which I have to design using just shapes, and black and white colour, something corresponding to a ...
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Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design and business goals?

I am designing a one page site, and I need to go back to basics and learn about how to translate business aims into a homepage design. Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design ...
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How do I create a look & feel?

I'd like to first say that I have attempted to look through Google to find the answer to this though surprisingly, I get more about 'what' it is than 'how' to create a look & feel. I was a writer ...
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Practices for making visual ideas into real designs

As far as I can see, creating graphic design goes through two main steps. Coming with up an idea. Turning the idea into a real design. I find that I am stuck in the first step. I am new to ...
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How do you break out of current creative mind sets?

All designers hit a roadblock at one time or another. Few designers get those "dream" projects where they are allowed to create anything and everything they want. In most cases we all have to adhere ...
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How to portray “confidence” and “reliability” in a brochure

I have to design a brochure for a client. I don't understand much of brand identity, but my client says his brochure should reflect the following: Professional It should not be the flavour of the ...
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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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How to design a brochure for a programming competiton [closed]

I am a computer science student hosting a programming contest at our college. We need to design a nice brochure for the contest. I don't have any idea hot to create such a thing. All I know is how ...
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How can you turn a clients ideas for how they want their brand to be into graphical elements?

I have all the essentials, their vision statement, their mission statement, core values, target market, values... on and on. I am just having the hardest time trying to come up with graphical elements ...
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Format (Index) to locate sketches in scrapbooks

I am looking to sit down diligently every day and sketch something in my Moleskine whether it be for work or fun to get a grasp on my own creation versus checking design blogs only. What I would like ...
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Branding a company that has no public identity

Ok, that title might seem a little strange, but I will try to explain. And I will say, I do know this is more of a discussion type question, and not a technical question. Hopefully I wont get ...
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How do get what you want to say into such a few words?

It seems fairly well agreed that people glancing at a site won't read proper paragraphs, only bullet point lists. I'm really struggling how to say all the things I want in a few bullet points... it ...
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Need help with logo concept [closed]

I'm given this slogan to work with: "Fast Forward, Rewind, Pause, & Unwind". And I need to visually represent what this slogan conveys. This logo is for a library association. Since I'm working ...
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Example of “technology trade”

I am trying to design a web template for my client. I designed a simple template too. but i got the following response from my client. We need to do a lot of modification though the color scheme ...