Questions about the progression of activities that result in the creation of distinctive design solutions.

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How do you break out of current creative mind sets?

Most designers hit a roadblock at one time or another. Few designers get those "dream" projects where they are allowed to create anything and everything they want. In most cases we all have to ...
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How do you convince a client that work is 100 percent original?

I have designed emoticons for a company, but they feel that the work is not original! They sent me an email saying "There are many emoticons on the market which all look nearly the same." How can I ...
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Should I ask for client's budget before the initial first meeting?

First of all, is it a good idea to ask a a potential client for a ballpark budget they are thinking to work with? I just don't want to meet with somebody who has a very low budget, and who could be ...
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When/how to stop brainstorming new ideas and move on when there is no clear frontrunner?

I'm currently working on naming a product, and I have a list of names. Some are okay, some aren't, but I know at some point I have to close the list, pick a couple that sound good, and present them to ...
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When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of “fluff” has been added?

Fluff (N.): something inconsequential Source: Merriam-Webster Online English Dictionary In design, this is often viewed as unnecessary ornamentation. In web design, where load times are ...
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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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Mockups: Coding vs Drawing?

This isn't about web design but about interface design in general. Is better to code Interface Mockups or "draw" them in a graphics program, like GIMP, Photoshop, etc.?
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Where can I find visual examples of the thought process behind different logo designs?

In this image you can see a preliminary grid and then circles are added that are aligned with the grid and then the shapes are formed by the intersecting circles, etc: http://i.imgur.com/ZErtNHC.jpg ...
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How do I create a look & feel?

I'd like to first say that I have attempted to look through Google to find the answer to this though surprisingly, I get more about 'what' it is than 'how' to create a look & feel. I was a writer ...
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How Many Directions / Concepts

This is mainly referring to branding / logo design. I typically offer (at least) 3 different ideas so that my clients have more of a choice of what they prefer. I will then revise their favourite ...
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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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How can you turn a clients ideas for how they want their brand to be into graphical elements?

I have all the essentials, their vision statement, their mission statement, core values, target market, values... on and on. I am just having the hardest time trying to come up with graphical elements ...
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How can I overcome the impulse to continuously critique (and possibly rework) my designs?

I have been designing for almost 5 years now. I have noticed something very strange in my development lifespan. My appreciation for my works decreases substantially over time. Especially in my UX ...
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Efficient workflows for handing off designs to developers

I work as a UX/UI designer for my company's web sites. After I make the designs, I send the mockups to web developers, who implement them. It's a little more collaborative than that, but that's ...
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1answer
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Best practice to track procedural image creation?

I often create a collection of images in Illustrator or Photoshop which require a specific sequence of manual steps in order to maintain a similar appearance across a series. Actions or scripts ...
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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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Bring a bad design project to a close

I am having a difficult time with a client. He's someone I have known since uni and we have worked well together since then. This time he hired me to re-do the design of his website. His main ...
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Designing 2D graphics in 3D first

Just wondering if it is a standard or common practice to design 2D graphics (e.g. logo) in 3D first and output as a 2D image? I have been working on some design projects where I feel like this is the ...
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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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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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What is the best way to design for a group where multiple people have equal input?

I am building a website for a student organization. Although I'm a novice at graphic design, I can do basic sites (bootstrap is a lifesaver) and am moreso of a pro when it comes to development. The ...
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How to sell a design to a company?

I am planning to design a couple of phone cases which contain features other phone cases don't have. My plan of action is like this: Design phone cases on computer Send emails around to companies ...
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Practices for making visual ideas into real designs

As far as I can see, creating graphic design goes through two main steps. Coming with up an idea. Turning the idea into a real design. I find that I am stuck in the first step. I am new to ...
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What is the best way to review static mobile mockups?

This question is in regards to mobile site layouts but could just as easily apply to apps. I am not concerned with pitches, just true team reviews among UX, design, dev, and business partners. I ...
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Easy Archiving/Organising your graphic elements for later use

As many designers, I sometimes find myself designing elements not for a particular project but only because inspiration was there and I might use it in a later project. It could be a button, an icon, ...
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Drafting Designs - Do you start from paper first, or straight on the computer? [closed]

When you are initially drafting the design for something, do you usually start from the paper first and draw thumbnails of the design, or straight on the computer first?
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Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design and business goals?

I am designing a one page site, and I need to go back to basics and learn about how to translate business aims into a homepage design. Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design ...
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1answer
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Which are the most prominent creative thinking techniques/methodologies?

I know SCAMPER & Ideo cards, but I'm curious if there are any other important techniques/methodologies one must not miss. I'm particularly interested in those that you would resort to use for a ...
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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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Looking for advice on a mood board [closed]

Just wondering if somebody could give me opinions/input into a problem i am having. For a college brief I was required to visually record my journey to work over a period of 2 weeks, then narrow in on ...
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How do deal with frontend developers remotely

This is more a question for the web designer guys. I'm just wondering how you guys deal with sending designs to your frontend developers? Or do you just do it yourself? What is your process for ...
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When to transfer work from Photoshop to inDesign?

I'm designing a brochure for the first time. I did everything in Photoshop because I'm much more comfortable with it. But to refine the last layout details, put everything together, and deliver final ...
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Do I charge my first client before or after the design is complete?

This is my first serious client and their first design experience. I am designing a Logo and a business card for them. We haven't discussed price yet and I haven't started on their design either, so ...
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Research Workflow as a Graphic Designer [closed]

I'm looking for some tips on how to approach research as a graphic designer. I want to create a research workflow that i can use for any kind of design job. How and where do i start? What questions ...
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How to design a brochure for a programming competiton [closed]

I am a computer science student hosting a programming contest at our college. We need to design a nice brochure for the contest. I don't have any idea hot to create such a thing. All I know is how ...
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InDesign: Create new page from template

Almost every page in a magazine I'm working on fits one of four templates. Those single-page templates are defined in four files. What's the fastest way to create a new page (or replace a blank page) ...
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How to practice a graphic design software? [closed]

This question is a follow-up of should I look into different graphic design softwares I am starting to use Inkscape now, like many have suggested in that post. How do I practice it? I mean in ...
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Creating font using constraints

I want to create my own font by using constraints. I want to define the size of angles, how long lines are, distance between points and so on. For example the sketch editor of FreeCAD offers this ...
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What kind of machine is used to print designs on plastics

What kind of machine or process is used to print designs on hard plastics? For example: Mouse, Chargers, Speakers etc.
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Illustrator: Generate Array of Objects with random Properties like Length or Position

I am just trying to generate a pillar diagram within Illustrator. Since I want it to be very tiny and detailed, I want to use multiple Instances of one pillar with modified Properties, like length or ...
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How to add auto-dimensioning to Photoshop or Illustrator [duplicate]

I have layers with different elements in each layer. Each elemnt have their own margin from edge. Is it possible to export file to png\jpg\etc with overlayed layer with dimensions of each separate ...
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How to brand my company car online

Wondering is there any sites where I can make an example embodiment of branding my company car. Just to put some colours and logo on it, yo how it will look like. Thanks.
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Recommended drawing techniques for digital graphics

What are drawing techniques you use for digital graphics? Whether it be drawing with a pencil, scanning; or using illustrator from scratch. What are some methods you incorporate? Tips and tricks are ...