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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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Is there any design documentation for GUI element sizes in mobile devices?

I know it depends on the device but I am having a hard time locating GUI element sizes in regards to browsers, keyboards, etc. etc. for Apple and Android devices. I have searched through Apple's ...
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Flat icons for finance industry website [closed]

Looking for a flat icons for finance industry website. I need icons for words like: Dashboard, Balances, Convert currency, Pay, Fund and Reporting.
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Which is a stronger visual indicator for depth

Which "effect" is a greater visual indicator for a line which looks to be travelling into the screen? A color gradient, or greater to narrower width (starting at full width on the bottom and narrowing ...
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News Feed? Activity?: What are some ways to represent this term as an icon?

I'm working with a team on an app that deals with events(conventions, meetups, weddings, etc) and travel. The closest competitor would be Epilogger. One section in this app is called Activity(ies). ...
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Is there a name to define a 3D scene design from a fixed angle?

Is there a name to refer to this kind of (computer) drawing style: which resemble a little bit of the Portal 2 trailer style. Is there any name to refer to this particular type of design. If ...
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Can I use images / poster from a movie in a flyer to promote a Movie Night?

A client has permission to show movies in a big screen for the public (nonprofit). I was asked to design a flyer to promote the showing. They want me to show the movie poster and make flyers with the ...
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What is a text heavy design with multiple types of typography called?

Can anyone tell me the name of the design style used for these types of designs? If there is a name for them, even. They're text heavy with different typography on just about every line and a sort of ...
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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 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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How high should my PPI be for designing a 2.5x6 feet banner in Photoshop & making ready for output? [duplicate]

I'm designing a 2.5x6 feet banner for my friend's band & I want to make sure I know exactly how to setup my document, specifically what PPI I need the file to be. This is a banner that we will be ...
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Apply an “anti-aliasing” effect to a layer in Photoshop CC

I am aware this type of thing is probably very general knowledge, but after reading some tutorials I can't seem to get things right. I am a programmer, but have been tasked with some minor UI tweaks. ...
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Illustration on either matte paper or glossy paper

I have searched for this question here but I did not see anything in regards to paper. I ask this question because some have chosen different types of paper when illustrating and I do not understand ...
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Printing with Heidelberg CMYK Explained

I need to print a brochure on a CMYK heidelberg CPC printing machine. The design house has asked me this: "We'll need to know that/if you are using a specific profile for uncoated paper. Right now ...
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What is the best way to roll out new branding?

If a company has been in business for some time they generally have a stockpile of branded materials in addition to online content. How should the company handle utilizing a new brand design or ...
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How to get motivated when drained

I know many work in where they enjoy but lately after spending all day at work I get home and all my thoughts and ideas for my freelance projects all day become annoying after I am drained and ...
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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 should a designer handle the request to repurpose a design?

Scenario: You design a piece for Company A. The piece performs very well for Company A. So much so that they use the piece for several years. Eventually Company A shuts down. A few years later, you ...
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Where can i download banner/slider/header landscape background images? [closed]

I've looked all over google , and i can't find any images that would fit right. I'm looking for something like this http://wrapbootstrap.com/preview/WB02634G3 or http://unslider.com/. I really hope ...
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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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What are some good “mocking-up” practices in web design?

A friend of mine and I have been trying to start up a web design company, so we're looking to find the most efficient overall web-design process straight off the block. However after reading a few ...
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How are designers creating the 3d effect often seen on sites like dribble lately for displaying portfolio screens? [duplicate]

I am seeing it a lot lately and I'm curious what tools are being used for this technique, is it an actual 3d app, or photoshop? Here is an example: ...
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Why link a portfolio site to external services?

In regards to external services (Dribbble, Behance, and Deviant) what is the purpose of having a portfolio website but you link all your images externally and take a viewer away from the main site and ...
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Packaging design process? From pricing, to mockups, to finding vendors [closed]

I'm wondering what the general process is for packaging design? I've got a few years of graphic/web design under my belt, but in discussing a re-brand, a client has requested that I also pitch new ...
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How to teach a print designer to design for web?

I'm a programmer (not a designer) and I work with various designers in the marketing industry. A typical project will consist of a designer coming up with a design for a web page and then handing the ...
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What skills are necessary and/or recommended to become a graphic designer [duplicate]

I am planning to major in Graphic Design, but I am unsure if it is the right choice for me. I would like to know what skills I should know before starting to study it so I can get a head start. One ...
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Site Design Complementary Colors vs Analogous Colors

I am finding various resources on what is more accepted to use a website design color scheme, complementary colors such as red/green or blue/orange or analogous colors such as green/yellow or ...
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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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Is designing/drawing characters and backgrounds for video games a part of graphic design?

I want to work as a designer of videogame characters and backgrounds, but I don't know if there is such a job, or what it is called (illustration, graphic design, concept design?). I am about to go ...
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What design trend led to movie trailers displaying the title at the top of the screen?

Not sure how the community will feel about this question but its one that I've been wondering more and more about every time I see yet another movie do this. It has to do with design trends so let's ...
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What are the icons used in the Study Room website?

I want to understand how the icons used in Study room' whiteboard were inserted. To see what I mean, navigate to the site, click Create button and then Join button on the animation. If you observe ...
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What is term for a brand identity “color treatment”?

What is the industry standard term for a set of color guidelines for a brand identity? Logo Usage Guidelines Brand Identity Guidelines Something else? Edit: As Scott mentioned "whatever works". ...
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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Do the illustrations I do for a company belong to me, or to the company?

I'm doing a new website for a business and it's going to involve some original graphics: a large drawing that will get used for various background elements, and two medium-sized looping Flash or GIF ...
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Why do most logos 'move' from left to right?

I was browsing logo examples, which represent some not symmetric object (usually in movement, like - trains, cars, plains, etc). And realized, that logos, where 'movement' is from left to right look ...
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How can I take my graphic design to the next level?

I'm a full-time professional designer in the early middle of my career -- I have been working as a designer full-time for 15 years. I create lots of work that I am very proud of. However, when I look ...
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Is there a common basic template or style for movie posters?

I am designing an app about collecting movie posters (original ones combined with some funny/creative factors). Since there are different kinds of movies (horror, romantic, action, etc.), I need to ...
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Change the direction of perspective in Illustrator

I did not see this question here after a search but I was curious to know how do you change the direction of Illustrator's perspective grid from the default: To something like this:
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Taking consideration for advertisements in web design

Can't argue that advertisements are an extra means of a web site generating income but should web designers take advertisements into consideration when laying out the pixels for a site? Should this ...
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Why are my psd files shrinking when I open them in Illustrator?

I'm trying to open my .psd files in Adobe Illustrator, but it's turning them into really small files. It's probably something to do with the advance settings, but I cant seem to find it.
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Which colours should be chosen to match a metro theme and be easily readable?

I am colourblind, which makes choosing the colours of my website very hard (often I choose colours that appeal to me, yet look awful to everyone else). I have recently begun a new website (image ...
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How to improve image detail quality for mobile apps? (too blurry)

What is the best file type to use in mobile apps? I am developing an iphone app and I am using images with the same frame as the views with 72 dpis in a format file .png but when the detail is more ...
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How do I change all instances of a color to another in photoshop?

I am have created an image that has elements in it from another image that I didn't have a psd for. The elements in question are black(#000000). How exactly can I change all of these elements to a ...
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How to create 3d people? [closed]

I've seen quite a few of these humanoid creatures around the internet: How do I go about making one of these? Can I make a basic model from cylindrical sections for each joint and then rotate them ...
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What are key elements that define a design as vintage?

Curious to know what key elements out there that some use or see that defines a design as vintage. I know some would consider vintage by the typography or pattern used in the design but what are ...
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Completing or offering a dying art form

I ask these questions to know what some would do when faced with an art form you have experience with but it is being replaced by better technology. I shall use two examples: Bending neon is a great ...
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Building A Computer Specifically for Graphic Design, 2K Budget [closed]

I've looked around for a good desktop rig to suit a 2K budget computer focused on graphic design/ rendering capabilities, but I'm have trouble finding exactly the type of setup that I'm looking for. ...
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InDesign: Why can I only unlock some items on my document from a master template?

So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem to unlock an image (which I am using as a placeholder to replace with the correct image ...
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graphic design - high or low resolution

Can anyone please help me with the following? I am a low-level dabbler, but these things have been nagging at me for years. I know I've been doing everything the hard way, and my hope is that knowing ...
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How was brand consistency maintained before computers?

The era of computers makes it easy to regulate brand consistency - you can e-mail anyone your branding guidelines in a PDF and it will have all the information they need. However, I still sometimes ...