Questions about conventions of graphic design. Sometimes theoretical, sometimes tangible, sometimes metaphysical.

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A4 portfolio as a book in photoshop. page compilation?

i want to design my A4 portfolio like a book format. and want to design 2 pages at a time. Could you suggest how shall i go about it. I was thinking of taking pages (1,4-2,3) and (5,8-6,7) together. ...
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Can't find two more passing flat colours [duplicate]

I am working on the project where I should emphesize different kind of media with different colors (4 generally). Not counting interface white and hell grey colors, I have two basic colors #a07ab7 and ...
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Typo error on printed double sided flyer that client approved. Should the designer pay? [duplicate]

A client sent the text which was copied and pasted for a flyer design. The client approved the final file for print. The flyer is printed but does have a typo error. Is the designer responsible for ...
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Forcing blue to go with red

I am using a reddish pink as a background #ec4f48. The client needs a blue that goes well with this background. I am currently using #00b2de. However, it is not blending in with the red like other ...
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When designing for vehicle wraps, how do I align the baseline for type?

I was looking for a rule or study that could help define how one would design text for a vehicle wrap. I've noticed that some wrap a vehicle based on the vehicle's contours but some wraps' designs ...
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How can iconography be simple and clear without being childish or unprofessional? [closed]

What is the general rule of thumb regarding iconography style? I'm more concerned regarding the feeling that some of my icons are too childish (using stick figures)... I'm afraid that the ...
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What makes a good header/background video?

Many sites I come across use video to show off their work, what they stand for, or more about the culture of the company. These videos are sometimes behind other elements taking up much of the page ...
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What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?

This question is similar to this one and this one, but still different enough to merit it's own Q&A, imho. As a beginning designer, and up to this day, I have always struggled with a very basic ...
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What methods can I use to create balance and consistency between a group of differing logos?

A regular challenge that I face is balancing two (or more) logos. Whether they need to be equal or one needs to be given priority. Some logos however might be squares, others rectangles, circles, ...
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How do I choose a good cover photo for my website?

It's been trendy to have large background images with relatively little text over them for headers and intros to web pages including the start of blog posts. I could give countless examples of this, ...
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How to calculate a good background for a small image? (procedural background) [closed]

I want to frame favicons. A size of a favicon is usually 16x16 (could be bigger). The frame would be 160x100. Favicons have different shapes and colors (I don't know ahead of time what favicons look ...
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Graphic Design for developer [duplicate]

I'm a experienced developer on C++, Java. Currently I'm developing my site to show my apps and my work. I've seen many beautiful sites of front-end developers, agencies and companies. For example: - ...
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How to go about creating 54 individual post cards that create a map when all put together?

I need to create 54 individual post cards/ brochure cards that all have different graphic designs on them. When they are all laid out they need to create a map of the world. For instance, one of the ...
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Is there a standard resource for Material Design that I can compare a design against?

I'm starting a project and I want to create a mockup using Material Design principles. Is there a good resource out there that outlines the principles so I can compare my design against it?
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Innovative ways to make a flowchart stand out?

Following my question here, I am wondering what are some innovative ways of making different aspects of a complex flowchart standout. By aspects, I mean the different processes (as a group) e.g. for ...
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how to design visually beautifull websites? [closed]

I have a good knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript and ... and I can make an entire website in 2 or 3 days but I don't know how to make it beautiful an attractive!! can you tell what should I do coz I ...
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A design for a poem to be printed on a mug using thermosensitive ink [closed]

I envy the cup of coffee that gets to kiss your sleepy lips awake every cold and bitter morning This particular design (words) will be put as a photo in a mug which I will be gifting to my beloved. ...
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Why are circles used to draw a logo?

Recently, I started taking interest in logo designs and started replicating some famous logos. Soon, I came across this article about twitter's new logo, released somewhere in june '12 . On this ...
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How do I make heavy text readable without multiple columns or a high page count?

I went over this subject two times with my boss before, to please him with the company's proposals document, to be sent out to clients, and now I'm at square 1 again. The first layout had the ...
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Should design for a specific product across different platforms be consistent with the platform or the product?

Does anyone have graphic design advice for designing for a product across different platforms? I know from a UX perspective, it's important to take into consideration the different ways people ...
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What is “keyline design”?

I have a style guide that says I shouldn't use specific color in keyline design, What does that mean? EDIT: The style guide defines colors, which are okay to use with keyline design, and some colors ...
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How does a chibi character do her hair?

"Chibi" or "super deformed" (SD) is a "cartoonish" art style that involves making characters two to three heads tall. One example of a well-known work that consistently uses a chibi art style is the ...
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Is there a rule of thumb or some guidelines for deciding what colour to use for a border?

What's the border color paradigm in terms of color schemes and background color? Some borders look nice on some backgrounds. Is there a rule of thumb when choosing div's border colors in respect to ...
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What exactly is a design language?

I hear the term design language a lot, not in the sense of the vocabulary. For example the Apple Computers built in the 80's had a Frog Design Language for the characteristically 80's look for their ...
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How to align a serif font

I'm using a serif font 16px for a name in a business card. The 1st letter is 'L' and the last is 'O', its quite long as is standard South American convention double 1st name and double surname this ...
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Iphone Resolutions Design [duplicate]

I'm not sure if i should make this question in this area. However if you can help me i would appreciate a lot. I have been reading some documentation about iOS and android design. I'm a little confuse ...
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What are some alternative layout options for product tables that have a lot of repetition?

I'm working on a print product catalogue where each product has all of its variations listed in tables. I've just encountered a product that has 120 unique sku's, which ends up spreading the table ...
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techniques/methods/utilities/exercises to practise typography principles

I am a beginner interested in learning typography. What kind of tools are available that would help me layout/experiment easily with various design principles. For example, this site i found immensely ...
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Board Game - designing success/failure blobs

I'm trying to design a board game (and am not an artist) but want to ensure that I've got some practical aspects designed appropriately for the layout of a card. There are going to be a range of cards ...
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Make printed out messages look good

I really have no idea with graphic design, but I was just wondering. Comic sans is a very popular font for home-made signs to print out and tape to a door or something: Sadly, it looks terrible ...
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Explaining your design choices: how can we both argue for “being consistent” and the opposite; “I spiced it up” (I e I was inconsistent)

I've chosen to use circles as a graphic element because they relate beautifully to the geometric form of Century Gothic. That could be a justification for a design choice, and it would make ...
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How much consistency should I keep throughout writing (document) and presentating (slides)?

I have a scientific document and I'm about to presentate it. Many instructions and guildlines help me to make a perfect document or a presentation, but I want to go further: make a perfect ...
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What is the purpose of always locating/starting new chapters on odd pages?

I notice that in every book I have always start a new chapter in an odd page and it leads me to wonder why. I have some written work that's about 40 pages long and 7 chapters; should I follow that ...
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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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How to design a survey/questionnaire to evaluate user appeal of a visual design?

There has been a lot spoken about user experience design for interactive products and services, but is there some standard or guideline to capturing user feedback for non-interactive products that has ...
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Are there some principles to follow on how to create a custom cursor?

I was confused how a cursor might look to not be considered ugly or standard. I do like how cursors in games look and I am fine with them but when I create a cursor for myself there is something that ...
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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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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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How to reinforce intuitive design decisions?

I am not a professional designer, meaning: I have not studied Graphic Design at university or similar. I wanted to, but the numerous clauses didn't allow it. On the other hand, I'm actually doing ...
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Have there been any attempts to improve the design of spreadsheets?

Are there notable attempts to redesign the spreadsheet, as a number-heavy GUI which requires hours of painful concentration? As of today, the mainstream spreadsheet applications still use the same ...
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Studies about people's reactions to fonts and color schemes?

I'm a pianist, composer, and teacher, and I'm building a website to promote myself. I want the site to convey both a sense of elegance and old-world discipline, but also sleek modernity. I was going ...
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What factors make a campaign go viral?

I've been tasked with designing a viral campaign with limited budget. I've not worked on such things before, so I don't really have any idea on how to handle this task. What exactly makes a campaign ...
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Icon design etymology?

Is anyone aware of any resources for Icon design etymology, or the history of icon design? I'm talking about icons like Wi-Fi/Ethernet/Bluetooth status indicators, add, save, and similar simple images ...
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How to balance dignity with a calculated risk of offensiveness / tastelessness?

When designing an advertisement campaign how should one balance dignity and respect for offensiveness? Nobody remembers the latest ad for McDonald's or Foldger's but I can tell you all about the ...
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why do old things look old [duplicate]

As a graphic designer I have found it always very interesting that how designs made in past look very outdated, unfit, out of place, underwhelming and just wrong. Even though i know it's true ...
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How do I figure out the right size font / text for a given read distance?

To avoid printing single letters at varying sizes and measuring how far away I can see it from a distance is there a formula for determining what size font for a particular read distance? Is it better ...
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Graphic element to show on a form while user awaits response

I have the following registration form: Since response from server may not come for about 3 seconds, I need to let user know that the request is being processed. What visual element could I use ...
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Resources on web design aesthetic

I am looking for online resources (no books please) that provide general rules and guidelines for web graphic design. I am pretty good at scripting (as far as HTML, JavaScript, and PHP are concerned), ...
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What are good general typeface principles based on target audience age?

Everyone knows that as people get older their vision deteriorates. At 20 years old, few have trouble seeing and reading 8 or 9pt type in print or 10-11px type on the web. However, the older an ...
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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 ...