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Logo spacing guidelines

I am currently working on our company's design guidelines (which is much needed). At the moment I am puzzling on how to use set-up the logo's spacing. Generally using the height of the first letter as ...
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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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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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What Graphic Design degree has more value for advancing the field?

There seems to be emerging two schools of "Graphic Design" which I use very loosely in the world today. The traditional school of Graphic Design is about "Art". Creating, exhibiting, and the history ...
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Best way to display large amounts of hierarchical information in a web application [closed]

I have a web application that shows a lot of information that is rather mundane. The information is related to data types that are hierarchical in nature, so there is some design around that in terms ...
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Looking at ideas for an “incorporated” logo for my fictitious company [closed]

For school, I have to create a logo for a fictitious company I create. The company name I have been given is "Smash" or "Smash Games". It is supposed to be a gaming company similar to Activision or ...
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Does a graphic designer run the risk of losing clients if he/she publishes instructional books and tutorials for non-designers?

I've been thinking of publishing graphic design instructional books and tutorials for non-designers. But I'm concerned that this could negatively impact my business. However, I really like paying it ...
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Common mistakes that we make while designing for web & how to avoid them

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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How much should I charge indie authors for Book Covers, Book Trailers and Web Design? [duplicate]

I've started designing book covers, producing book trailers and designing websites for indie authors. Here's a little bit about my background: I received formal training in computer arts, film, ...
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Photoshop - change colors of image

I am very new at photoshop and I am not sure if I have chosen the correct title for the question but I'll give you an example so hopefully that will do it. So basically I am trying to blend one image ...
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Build a surface using a line directed by circles in catia

Hi Everyone, I am trying to make a new design for a water canteen on catia. I'm trying to rotate the orange line in the figure around the two circles at each end to form the outer surface of the ...
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Is providing only minimal contact details bad for freelance designers?

If a freelance designer is re-branding, is it bad to use a minimalist approach to providing contact detail - email, phone etc? Example: I hardly ever do phone calls unless it's for a conference and ...
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How do I use an Adobe Illustrator Die-Cut File as a template in Adobe InDesign?

so my manufacturer was nice enough to give me die-lines in illustrator, but i want to use them as cutmarks/die-lines in InDesign, mainly to keep learning InDesign. I imagine there's a pretty simple ...
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How they do to create like these characters [duplicate]

I am asking if someone know any tutorial or tools that help me design characters like this in the following image (see the men in the header?): and thank you so much.
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Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!

A fairly sizable client whom I've done a few jobs for over the past several years has recently contacted me for a new job. We have never had a contract for any of the work I've done for them (I'm a ...
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how to think of a great design [duplicate]

I'm 16, from India and I really want to be a web/graphic designer.I'm good with coding, Illustrator, Photoshop etc. Problem is, I only KNOW how to do stuff, like, I see a design and I can confidently ...
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Tips and sources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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Where can I get logo inspiration? [closed]

I am wondering if there is any free online place that I can use to get some design ideas. I want to get those ideas and then use a service like Fiverr to get a for example logo designed for me. For ...
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Learn to design jewels

I'm a programmer and I started to create a match-three jewels game. I'd like to try designing my own jewels. I can't find any tutorials for creating a decent jewel/gem and I'm looking for advice from ...
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how to copy a layer in photoshop to export image for web

I'm trying to export some images of a photoshop design and this is how I usually do it: select the layer you want. command + left click the thumbnail to create a marquee around the layer copy it ...
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Interesting documetaries on graphic design and any kind of design [duplicate]

I'm looking to be introduced to interesting documentaries in the field of design, I saw Helvetica and it blew my mind and am looking for films similar to this one.
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How to display available dates?

I have an end user who is the admin for a website and they insist on showing the available dates to the customer. They are showing the showings literally like this: 2-Mar, 9-Mar, 16-Mar, 23-Mar, ...
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Interaction of Color (albers) - book question

Wasn't sure where else to ask this, but I have just finished The Interaction of Colors, which is an excellent book by a Bauhaus legend. I had one glaring issue which I wanted to bring up-- in one of ...
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What should I do if a potential client claims my pricing is too high?

I gave a possible client a price estimation for concept of a character, and making it 3D as well. Now I find out that my estimation is double what he is paying his current artists. He never mentioned ...
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How can I style this following form to Inline form?

SEE the link: http://samuelgeorgeo.com/cc/NEWDESIGN/ I have a site based on Twitter Bootstrap. I have two main elements on the page, the bottom one is a horizontal form. I would like the bottom div ...
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How can I prepare for a career in character design?

I'm a young girl and I love to draw, especially characters. I started drawing people when I was much younger. I love character design. I would like to have a job that involves drawing people in ...
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How to give back as a designer?

What are some places or areas where one could donate graphic design services for the greater good? I don't really mean local not for profit organization, but more on a regional, national, or global ...
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Concept Design and Card Art freelancing prices

I'm a beginning freelancer and I have a client that wants character concepts (napkin sketches) then finished card art. He also wants a 3D figure of the character to create playable tokens. So he will ...
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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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Is Design School a Requirement for Graphic Design?

Is it required for people to go to design schools to become a Graphic Designer? I've heard many cases where they have started from scratch without previous education in design and are doing fine as ...
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How do you manage samples of physical design projects?

As a designer creates work, more and more "samples" start to stack up. With digital projects maintaining a library of past projects is fairly easy. All it takes is a dedicated hard drive and a ...
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Learning how to design graphics using grids

I am a web designer, using grids in web design is pretty easy. I would really like to try and design 2d illustrations, though I am not good at drawing. Recently I keep coming across drawings (like the ...
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Zoo animal art work and copyright

How much should I consider about copyright? Taking a animal photo from zoo and upload to microstock: -> will this call copyright problem? Tracing the zoo photo convert to "vector art": -> copyright ...
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Novice on adding Layers: when is a project “done”?

I have been studying graphic design, illustration, color theory, etc, for the better part of 2 years now, including going on PDSTutsPlus, and it strikes me that higher level designers use multiple ...
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How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?

If you design a piece for print. It gets reproduced several times over the course of a few years. Then the client doesn't return for any work for a few more years. And suddenly you are contacted ...
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Adobe Master Collection alternative

My question: Is there an alternative to Adobe Master Collection for designers/enthusiast? The programs that I am mainly interested in is Adobe's Photoshop, Adobe's Illustrator (create vector art), ...
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Kerning absent in .ttf and .otf files made with with Fontographer 5

I configured my font's kerning for every possible letter combination in Fontographer 5 and when I preview it from there, everything is as it should be, but when I generate the font files (TTF and OTF) ...
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What Icon Style Would Be Better [closed]

I am creating an educational app that looks similar to an iPhone app using the default web stack composed of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. I am wondering if it would be more user friendly/motivational ...
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Is there a font face in which all glyphs are identical?

As strange as it seems, I am looking for a font in which all characters look exactly the same. The goal is to obfuscate the text of passwords generated on http://enlargeyourpassword.com to the casual ...
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What is it called when you place text over an image?

For example, in this album cover: Is the text "imposed" over the image? What is the right word for placing one layer of design on top of another?
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How do I get proportions of the sock in my logo right?

I am working on a logo for a sock business. My current result is: As you may notice the proportions of the abstracted sock are quite awful. Do you have an idea what I could do to make this better? ...
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How Should One Modulate White Space?

How should one modulate white space within an image, poster, or a logo? Some people say that there should be a certain amount of white space available within an image to make it appealing, while ...
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How to draw attention to a specific area of a design?

What are the best practices for drawing attention to specific parts of a design?
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What do you call this type of design? [duplicate]

I was trying something like infographic design, typographic design...but I can't find lots of examples or tutorials, and it's weird because I've seen them everywhere!! With those headers and ...
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Name for this Symbol

Does anyone know anything about this symbol? A name or meaning? Something religious? I took the picture of the symbol in Hohensalzburg Castle in Austria. I can not find anything about it. I'm mainly ...
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Does building a site from a design concept violate creative commons no derivatives clause?

Let's say I'm building a personal blog / portfolio site and I'm looking for design inspiration. So here is an example of a website design concept that is protected by creative-commons-no-derivatives. ...
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How do design trends originate?

In my short experience with graphic design I've seen design go from bevel & emboss to all flat designs. People always hop onto these design trends with no hesitation. Anyways, I have a few ...
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How to make a deep bevel in Inkscape

Usually I use filters for this effect, but combined lighting made it look like crap. The example design below shows the top is without bevel, and the bottom is with. This is what I'm trying to do in ...
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How do I “cut out” an icon with a background in Illustrator?

I am having some difficulties trying to delete the space where I created a simple '+' icon. Here are some images for reference. I hope this explains what I am trying to accomplish. Sorry for not ...
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How can I make a flat design look that bit better! [closed]

I have a dark grey box, with a large headline and 2 paragraphs following. The background is grey(nearblack), the text is yellowly/orange. Im working with yellow/orange/white/grey. Any tips of ...