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

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How important is the visual flow of an interface?

I recently had a conversation with a friend about the design of an installer application. I pointed out that its visual flow was confusing. It led my eyes from the left to the right and then up to the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How to direct users eyes on a website

There is a common principle in photography that a photo should lead the viewer's eyes. This is frequently accomplished with a line that runs across the photo. Recognizing how the observer will scan ...
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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?
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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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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. ...