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

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What subtle techniques can be used to make design look better overall? [closed]

I am have been spending a good amount of my time to learn how to do design. My friend is a designer and helps out when he can he often comes around and shows me tricks that make things like text and ...
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How do so many app menus get that finished textured look?

I don't know how to describe it but how do you create that nice textured look with css? Seen in the background: Also seen a bit on the left hand dark navigation of: Thanks for your help ...
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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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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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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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Standards when creating Icons

I'm in the process of creating some icons for an application, and find myself coming up with the same question over and over again. Are there any guidelines for how thick the lines should be in an ...
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How to create a PowerPoint slide template that enforces consistency across users within a group?

I have been asked to come up with a PowerPoint slide template for use by multiple speakers from a single group. The key element that was requested is a footer. The footer should have some unifying ...
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how to add one smart object in multiple files in photoshop?

I know I can do multiple iterations of the same Smart Object within the SAME document and have it change all instances, but what about Smart Objects placed across DIFFERENT documents? That would be ...
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Theorical Colors ranges - Color Theory

I'm looking for specific ranges of colors here. I want the range (in Hexa or RGB) for warm colors and cool colors, active and passive colors for exemple: Warm color from #DD6421 to #FF0000 (random ...
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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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What is a good question to ask a designer in the context of an interview for a website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of Interview Questions should one expect at their first design job interview? I am a designer, interviewing other inspiring designers, for a new website! I ...
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Possible fonts for tabs in technical site heading hierarchy [closed]

As we sort of came to accept as an axiom - the heading fonts for any document should be arranged in an hierarchy, and the hierarchy font choices should make sense and match. I have a design that ...
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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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Designing and prototyping for iPad

I have to do some prototyping for an iPad app, and just realized why I was having so much trouble: this is an iPad app. I am used to design website pages/templates, computer interfaces, etc.. I have ...
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What are the web application design standards for for mobile phones?

When designing a UI for a mobile web application (non native) that is expected to run on iPhone, Android and possibly more platforms, what should be the baseline? Would you design it based on iPhone ...
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Beginner Web Designer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for beginning designers For some time now I have been strugling with my inability to create my own web designs. I am a pretty decent coder but I always ...
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Should I place the border above or below header to separate sections?

If the content is split into several sections, and each section has a header, should I put border below or above the header? The “border below” approach seems prevalent (see Google, Wikipedia) but ...
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Designing in Black & White

I have to design flyers for someone, which will be printed in black and white (low budget thing). My problem is, I am used to design with colors, to use colors to direct the focus, to emphasize ...
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Feedback on my Company's Logo? [closed]

I just started my first high school graphic design class a couple months ago, and now I'm using Illustrator to make a logo for my software company. Info on my company: I develop applications for ...
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What are some common mistakes that a designer can make when designing for web, and how can they be avoided?

What are some common mistakes to avoid while designing? I know color, text and images play a major part in designing, but there are so many other things that we need to take care of! I don't know ...
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Meaning of logos for companies/organisations

I have been wondering , while designing a logo for an organisation/company what all should be taken into consideration and what all tools should be used. For e.g can you tell me the reason behind the ...
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What is the best resolution to work at for Android devices?

I am trying to design an app for Android devices, but they come in all sizes and stuff... with different resolutions and its a bit confusing. What is the best way to do it? Work at the biggest ...
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Moodboards: how to use them in a workflow?

I'm new to design and have started working with moodboards. It seems like a really essential part of a design workflow. How best do you use them? What is a good process for compiling one? What is in ...
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Can you convert a neon RGB color to CMYK for printing?

I have a logo that was done with RGB colors, now I have to work with this logo to do something for printing purpuses, the problem is that in the RGB version of the logo I have a shade of green I ...
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Certificate design

I have to design some certificates, something that kinda looks like this, only better I have no clue... were to start? Two script fonts on the same design seems a bit too much, but I am trying to ...
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How to get Clients to stop Micro-Managing Design?

We keep having meetings about the design, the layout hasn't changed it's just nitpicking about colors and textures etc. and nobody has any actually constructive criticism. Nothings really changing, ...
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Is graphic designing (web pages) mostly faux, unreal, unscalable and somewhat based on illusion?

Is design mostly faux, unreal, partly based on illusion which combines different elements and combines into one beautiful piece, which is not scalable but give a nice look to the eye. Consider these ...
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Are there some standard sizes when it comes to square page layouts?

I am designing this luxury product catalogue and I was thinking to make the pages square so it would somehow be a little more unique and stuff... The way I have it set up now is 8in x 8in(about 20cm ...
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Is there something like smashing magazine.com for the Print Industry?

I know the print industry isn't probably changing as much as the web stuff nowadays but Im just wondering were do print graphic designers get their inspiration, latest news and that kind of stuff. ...
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How do I choose width for a set of text fields?

A programmer myself, I find it hard to make certain seemingly simple design decisions. Currently I'm sketching a signup form for a website, and I want to keep the design really simple. There are ...
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What should be taken into consideration when designing a logo?

This is my first try designing a logo. Firstly, I do not like the geometry, it seems like it's out of shape a little bit. Also, whenever I try to scale, everything just collapses. Can anybody inspect ...
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Why do newspapers use multiple columns?

This might not be the right place to ask, but I was wondering why newspapers use multiple columns? Does it take up less space, or is there a visual reason?
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What makes a design professional?

Can anyone define why something might not look "professional"? What differentiates between professional/unprofessional designs? I have clients who have said my design does not look very ...
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What is corporate identity and what does it contain?

As question explains, I did a search on the web and didn't find a suitable answer, even in wikipedia. Can anyone please explain it to me?
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Should in-house clients receive native files to make their own changes?

I am the in-house designer for a company that employs 8 marketing managers. These marketing managers are the ones that supply me with the lion-share of my projects. However, more and more, the ...
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which is the most smallest character or image which can represent coding

I am designing a logo and i almost filled all space because i want to keep it very simple. Now i want to put something in there which can represent that we do coding or atleasy signifies coding or ...
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Need help with logo design and its transparency

I have given money to a company to design a logo. The designer will be using Corel Draw, and he was saying that he will give me the cdr file. Now I am confused about how many files he should give me. ...
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Need concept or pictorial representation “thinking code” [closed]

I need to insert some small logo where i have convey that code can think or thinking code. Is there way to represent that in very small logo form
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How can i write company name characters with wave form like shown below [closed]

I want to write my company name in different syyle. Is it possible that i can write company name "Amoeba" with these type of waveforms. or at least i can design letter "A" only using these wave ...
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How to improve my timeline graphic ?

so I'm making this graphic to explain a game mechanic and my problem (middle example) is that Aiming and especially Firing do not clearly appear as being main timespans (yellow and orange) but subsets ...
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Is there a short authoritative reference of basic design rules and principles?

As a web developer, I often find myself working with different non-professional self-called designers. In such situations, I often have to explain them the most basic rules and principles about the ...
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Why all the hate? --Two spaces after the period

The nuns enforced it with a ruler: two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence. I, along with many others do this instinctively. Why is this considered incorrect/improper in printed materials ...
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What are common mistakes that you see in “professional” designs? [closed]

This might be too subjective but I'm curious about other peoples' experiences. Mods, please close if this is too far into "not a real question" territory. I see many questions on this site about ...
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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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Making an Effective Menu

I am making a menu for an indie game and I'm not quite satisfied with my results. The menu itself needs two text fields (one to enter your username and the other for your password) and two buttons. ...
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What special requirements need to be considered for outdoor banners?

I am wondering where to even begin to find a place that could print something durable like a 13' x 30' banner to go on the side of a building. Is this even possible? Is a vinyl banner the best option? ...
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Making a business card. Any advice?

I went around the web, reading articles about business card mistakes, and here is a full list of them: Don't use cheap materials/techniques or attempt to print your own. Don't use metal business ...
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Infographics smoothing and shadows : background or ressources ?

i'd like to know if there are resources or background knowledge on the new tendency to smooth the lines/outlines and add gradients and shadows to information graphics. For example, on the new version ...
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Is there a trend away from left aligned web site designs?

Most web sites that I see are centered, and I'm wondering if there's some sort of unwritten (or written) trend away or against left aligned sites?