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

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Graphic design beginner: How do you get to the point where a design is in your head?

I know this question might sound stupid but I'm a programmer and I want to learn graphic design. Well, from what I see you have to learn stuff like color theory, composition, spacing, etc. I get that ...
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Companion colormap for text highlight color

Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are ...
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Contextualized / Scoped tabs?

I'm trying to investigate existing designs that solve this problem: We have three major contexts inside our application, let's call them Build, Analyze, Configure. These contexts are bound to a ...
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How to choose a grid system for print

Grid systems are one of the most useful tools in graphic design. They can range from a simple baseline grid and margins to a complicated modular system. Some examples: I'm interested in how to ...
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Designing a handwritten logo: What are the best initial steps?

I want to design a logotype which will be basically made of the handwritten name of the brand. The thing is, that I want to stylize and vectorize the curves, and I want to do it properly (I'm not a ...
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How to avoid making icons and logos too minimal?

When making an icon or a logo it might be very tempting to push and reduce it to the limit to achieve the absolutely minimal symbol. For example: tiny photo of a floppy disk -> cartoonish picture of ...
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Overhead Bend Effect With Design

Graphic Artist Gurus Unite! I have experience in Photoshop (CS4) but mostly with simple image editing for website design (cropping, resizing, working with packaged mockups, etc). When it comes to ...
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Is there a standard design for adding(editing)/removing/reloading a file? [closed]

I am building application that stores pictures of my friends in a database. Each friend has exactly one picture of himself in the database, so there will not be multiple pictures of the same person. ...
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Would incorporating sketch looking elements into a technical piece be out of place?

When designing technical documentation or video would hand-drawn sketchy elements seem out of place? For example I have a Printed Circuit Board with switches and connections on it. The title is a ...
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Design & OCD: Are there any exercises/methods to avoid over-analysis in a design project?

Suffering from OCD can sometimes have implications in evaluating a design project: i.e. Over analysis, over-revision, etc. Forensic attention to detail is usually expected of design projects. So how ...
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How strong lighting should I have in a studio where I work with only paper and pen?

I have a studio where I never use a computer. I only work with paper and pencils. How strong lighting (how many Lux) should I aim for if only using ceiling lights (LED at 6000K)? Is 1000 Lux enough? ...
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Creating a desktop wallpaper for any resolution

Good afternoon, Recently in the company I work for we came up with the decision to have our own "standardized" wallpaper for the systems our users have (200+ computers) due to different needs/uses ...
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Are teaser advertisements for main ad campaigns effective?

So we've created a cinema ad for our energy comparison website which is pretty funny and cute an whatsoever… Now the client asked me to create a "funny and creative cinema-style announcement on our ...
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Source of graphic design ideas [closed]

I love creating designs. Personally I would love to take my time, think up and create every little thing in my design. But on some cases I'm working with some company I have not so much idea of what ...
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How do you represent ideas and concepts visually? [duplicate]

Are there any books (or articles, websites etc..) that talk about the subject of "translating" ideas and concepts into graphics? I would like to learn about this and get some new ideas to help me as a ...
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Should designs be created on paper first?

I am a newbie designer, I am often confused about moving through the design process, specifically when should I start using design software. Should I implement my ideas initially with software or ...
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Looking back at work you want to change but its gone to print?

I have recently just started at a new company as an art worker. (My first ever artworker job) I get given small jobs which require quick turn arounds. The other day I had to add some copy to a poster ...
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Letter logo similitude controversy [closed]

Since I was unable to find good enough imo C-logo, I created one myself. As you can see it is highly abstractive and full of nostalgic elements from my past. However, due to the regal middle node it ...
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Logo Sub Category Name or Logo Sub Brand Design

I'm looking for the technical term if there is one of when brands have a sub category or sub brand and they alter their logo slightly. I'm looking for some inspiration of this online of how it's done. ...
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Is it essential to type “WWW” when our design contains URL, or is it a matter of taste by now?

I love the appearance of traditional url's, because the www in front of them eases and speeds up my understanding that there's definitely a certain web adress. But is there any established guideline ...
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Avoiding overlapping text pattern

I was wondering if there is any design pattern for making overlapping text to show nicer in a scene. How my scene looks like; I have orbs with various colours and small differences in size and each ...
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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? [closed]

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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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 ...