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Looking for a good, free online refresher course [on hold]

I'm a graphic designer that graduated almost 12 years ago, and have since spent most of that time working for the same firm. The course wasn't exactly cutting edge even back then and the limited ...
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How fast must you grab a reader?

In advertising, or sales design, most mediums have a general "time of acquisition" for readers or viewers. Are there any studies related to the time to grab, then sell, or close, a reader as related ...
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What tools would Monks use when DESIGNING a large illuminated letter or pattern?

The answer here: http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/35128/2611 got me thinking about how illuminated letters were designed. There's a lot of resources out there discussing illuminated texts ...
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How to challenge yourself as a designer

[History] How does one challenge oneself in design? Any ideas for creating problems in order to solve them, as described here and in other random places around this site? [Edit] This user needs both ...
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Classification schemes for icons

Is there a standard classification scheme used by graphic designers for icons to help identify the characteristics of icon designs? I am not referring to things that describe the physical ...
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What is a simple program for beginners in graphic design?

I am considering a summer job in a camp, but...part of the job description is to make signs, announcing events/trips etc. This is well within my ability to do; but I'm not sure where to start. I am ...
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Objects in Illustrator doesn't align perfectly

When working on logo design projects, there are some things in Illustrator that doesn't work perfectly. For example, when I need to make rectangle and then put in rounded rectangle and then aling to ...
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Can good design, contrary to Dieter Rams' 10 design principles, be an “end in itself”?

Good Design Is Innovative: The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But ...
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Could you please point out design inconsistencies in the picture that I have attatched?

Okay so first of all I am a developer and I donot have much idea about designing and all. Now it so happens that I have to fix design inconsistencies of the table that I have attatched below. I would ...
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Why do I need to adjust kerning? Shouldn't the foundry already have done that?

I'm new in graphic design and am learning type design now. I'm learning about kerning now and it all makes sense except I'm wondering why the kerning wouldn't be built into the font style already. ...
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How to choose color palettes for a theme?

Do you know / can you recommend good practices in choosing a color palette for a theme ? As you might have guessed, I am not a professional in the graphic field, I do coding and from time to time I ...
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Making custom sized columns in InDesign

I have an A5 2 fold template. Mathematically it should mesasure 444mm wide (3 x 148 by 210mm height or 3 x A5 paper) but I have set it to be 441mm as one of the sides (of A5) will be folded into the ...
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Advice on a logo for my site [closed]

My sites name is Playlisim, so far I only have one logo idea. The only thing I like about it is the play icon, I'm looking for a logo that's just an icon, (size of a square or small rectangle). ...
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Difference between brand/design style guide and a UI Pattern Library and how to avoid conflicts?

What is normally covered in a brand style guide that is not included in a standard design style guide in the context of traditional and digital production? Does the brand style guide only cover the ...
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My designs are dull

I'm learning web design. When I design a page I ask my friends to tell me their opinions about it and I always get the same answer: it's dull and boring. They say my designs are nice but very dull, ...
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Is there benefit to old-world, analog, customer appreciation?

I got to thinking...... Years ago, when you became Adobe Certified, Adobe mailed you a package. In that package was a nice foil embossed certificate, a small Adobe-branded notebook (great quality) ...
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What makes gradients in graphic design look attractive and what's the best way to use them?

There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to the use of gradients in graphic design. One argument seems to be that it is not a very clean or appealing design, not to mention that it is ...
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Design course/books for programmers? [duplicate]

I am programmer and I have an idea for a mobile app. I wanted to learn more about UI design and how to provide a better experience for the app user. Are there any courses (preferably free) or books ...
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What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

I would like to know the difference between Wireframes and Mockups. I'm hoping to gain a simple understanding of the difference or to definitively know that both are the same. I googled it but I ...
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“Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal” - How can this concept be supported & explained by a designer?

"Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal" This is the most famous version of the concept described by so many great artists, yet, as a designer/artist, I'm not sure how I would explain it. The ...
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How could I show hands that are race neutral?

I'm creating a graphic with a hand holding a phone, but I don't want to show any hand of race(black/white). I've seen once google use a a non-realistic hand and gray-scaling a hand looks even more ...
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Critique: Turning graphic logo into text logo

I am looking at redesigning the logo, giving it a more modern feel, easier on the eye. 'Bashkohem' means to join, meet, link up together. The website is a social network for ethnic Albanians. ...
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Which is the Best and more reliable Free Vector Graphics Site? [duplicate]

Free Vectors graphics are really popular these days... the thing is that there are a bunch of site with lot of graphics which you don't know if you can trust. I've seen a lot of stolen and pirate ...
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What should I do to resell a branded design to national partners of an organisation, that I created for a single local partner?

I tried searching for some answers before posting this but since my situation is so unique my questions were never completely cleared up. So about a year ago I was approached by a member of a ...
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How should I go about redesigning this graphic?

Update: Scroll to the bottom for a before-and-after. I'm designing something for my school in Photoshop, and our mascot is a knight. This is the current design: Yeah, I know. It's in desperate ...
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Flat design vs skeuomorphism, which one is most preferable? [closed]

As per my knowledge nowadays there's a trend going with flat design. That's cool. These are the things people associate with flat design Simple Clean Colourful Modern Trendy Easy to use Perceived as ...
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Do we perceive images in text reading direction?

I received a graphic in a presentation with equally weighted items in it. Their order did not match my expectation, so I started to wonder why that would be. Finally I figured out that I was reading ...
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What are the key principles that effective designs share?

You have arrived on this page because you are clearly curious about underlying fundamentals that you can incorporate into your thought process when designing. According to many that came before us, ...
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Color shade technique

Hey does anyone know how you can get this increasingly popular door shade technique that helps objects look 3d. (Im talking about the way the object with arrows pointed to it is made of of 2 shades of ...
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Layer Masking in Photoshop CS 6

What would be the best way to subtract the radial (shape 1) lines from the grey ellipse (ellipse 1) so that the background image (ios7 wallpaper) would be visible as a "notch" effect and so the ...
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Logo / process critique

I included my design thinking in the picture above; I would greatly appreciate any comments or questions about my process and final result. The objective is to create an identity for a ...
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How to make this hand-colored drawing even more fancier?

I wanted my son to color some brain template. I will put this into front of my thesis (on visualization of diffusion MRI tractrography data of the human brain), as book cover. How can I put this in ...
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Critique: How can I improve my logo design?

Can anyone give me some feedback on these logos - I have been asked by a client to design a logo for a lingerie maker whose name in portuguese is "Virgem Lingerie", and means the same as virgin ...
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How should I design a left-right UI where the left is smaller?

This is the current design: Where should I position the left-top element so this UI is more balanced?
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When a client wants 2 of my logo concepts and I quoted one.

So I estimated a job for a new client. 3 concepts, 1 logo, 1 revision. I gave them 4 to get a feel for their style. They liked none and drew their own. I executed that one plus another original ...
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Design Nuances: Can they add value to any design, or are they simply a personal taste decision?

Update Since asking this question, I've come to a better understanding of how question scope should be defined (more precisely than this question's original version), so I'll better define the scope ...
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Subtle vs bright GUI design - Is there inherent value in design subtlety beyond user preference?

I've heard it said that a designer should almost always use subtle, simplistic style in the design of a typical user interface. Is that really the case? For example, Windows 8 is very bright / ...
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Do interfaces really need to “look good”?

I notice that sites and software with less superficial value (less style, inspiration, or simply "neat-ness") often succeed far above their fantastically, well-designed counterparts. Is the style, ...
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Any books on actual how-to of logo design?

I have been stacking up on books for logo design and scouting dribbble fairly intensely. I read (and loved) David Airey's book Logo Design Love, but what I am really looking for at this stage is a ...
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Why is this blurred images not working as a background?

How can I get the picture in the background and add a blur to it so it looks like the example ones? I have tested blur in one of my designs, and it's looks bad x) I wonder if it's the color of the ...
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Racially Sensitive Icons

This could a very broad question, so bear with it. I was going through an article about Cleveland Indians and realized that the Logo for the team is racially insensitive. What is the general view in ...
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How can I tie a logo into my website design?

I'm new to the graphic design section of SE, this being my first question here, but not new to graphic or web design. I am in the process of making a free website for a new local eSports bar. The ...
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Designing a paper plane for the game

I need to draw a paper plane for my game. I have pretty much PS experience but still have problems with easy tasks. It must be totally 2d , so most examples that can be found on the internet are ...
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How to use value-based pricing for design projects?

tl;dr What is the best way to use value-based fees for design projects? What would the "value" be? I see that a lot of designers use time-based pricing (hourly, daily, etc.) Time-based pricing is ...
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What are several ideal icons for a web homepage? [closed]

I am creating a portfolio website for a college class and my homepage content contains a Welcome, About and Contact paragraph. What are several icons I could use that appropriately represent the ...
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How to blueprint websites 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. Regards, Jayden
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Rounded corners adjacent to square corners

I've been sent a ui design which includes a header menu, wrapped in rounded corners, whereas the following content element is wrapped in square corners. Also every other primary content wrapper for ...
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Can this design be considered as a banner?

EDIT Thanks for your answers, they're all pertinent to the question I've asked. However, it's not really what I've been expecting, i.e. it's not the right question I've asked ! Can you tell ...
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Critique: Web color and typography

This is a task management web app. I'm looking for design critiques / feedback in terms of typography / colors and UX. You can see the site working here with comments to specific areas where I'm ...
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What role does logo color play in web design?

Do I need to use the logo colors at all? If yes how do I create a palette using it? How do I decide which colors to use how much and where?