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Identifying an app used in a touch pen promo

Anyone have any idea what app is used in the lunatik touch pen promo materials? This one:
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Is there a design terminology for developing a quality work environment?

We have had a few questions in regards to design trends and how to break out of bad design work habits but I was curious to know if there is a terminology or process for the design environment such ...
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How to recreate this background in photoshop for use in a mobile app? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do so many app menus get that finished textured look? I'm still a beginner, but I really like this texture and have been trying for hours to recreate it. Question: ...
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What are the most important qualities to look for when hiring a great mobile UI designer for a consumer-facing Internet startup?

I'm looking for an experienced mobile UI designer to lead the vision and design for our iphone and android applications. What characteristics, experience or requirements would a mid-to-senior level ...
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BRANDING: How can you create a 'brand' for many different companies under one parent company?

How can you 'brand' 5 different websites that live under one parent company that are all very similar with the exception of the demographic? Stack Exchange is a very good example because they sites ...
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Racially Sensitive Icons

This could a very broad question, so bear with it. I was going through an article about Cleveland Indians and realized that the Logo for the team is racially insensitive. What is the general view in ...
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Keep minium distance of 1px when resizing logo

I am currently doing some work for one of my sites, for which among other things I am designing a logo. The logo partly consists of a few squares, which are aligned directly next to each other and ...
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Creating a font for a new language

Suppose somebody develops a new language, with totally new characters. And a font for the same has to be created. How does one do that?
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What are the journals on the contemporary graphic design?

Are there any internationally recognized journals on the contemporary graphic design? For example, I want to write a commentary on David Carson or Uwe Loesch creative work. Where can I find critiques, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Fireworks: Exporting assets for mobile, multiple sizes

Just curious what peoples tips and tricks are for exporting mobile assets for apps with Fireworks quickly, efficiently and crisply? For multiple device sizes. Also, do you recommend keeping an asset ...
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What are the most common album layouts besides the classical one?

When one try to make/publish a photo album the most common layout is the one with one photo per page. What other layouts are proven to be successful, especially considering that we intent to print on ...
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Is it plagiarism if my logo looks similar to an existing one?

I'm designing a logo and it looks like this: What is the first thing that comes to your mind? It is inspired by the MDN logo. My logo (inside the green zone) has nothing to do with the ...
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How to not make my website have a “1990's” look

I recently launched a comics website, www.hittingtreeswithsticks.com, which I created from scratch. I created my own design because I wanted to keep it unique, and used no templates. Unfortunately, ...
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How do I combine bold, italic and regular versions of a typeface so they are grouped together in application font selection menus?

In Fontographer 5, I have made more versions of the same typeface (regular, italic and bold), but they are separate files. How can I make them be one unified file and that when writing in a program ...
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Is there a standard size(width) for email newsletter design or something like a christmas e-card?

I have to design this e-mail newsletters. Some with just simple holiday cards and some more complex with offers and other stuff(images, text content etc. etc...) I am wondering if there is a safe ...
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What computer hardware matters to a graphic designer?

I've had my MacBook Pro since 2007 and I'm starting to think about what the next system might look like. I'm not made of money, but if upgrading a component helps to make me a more efficient worker ...
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What are some basic guidelines to make a website look nice?

I'm building a website for a client. I look at it and it just doesn't look cool. It gets the job done, which all of the websites I've built get the job done. But I don't think I've ever built anything ...
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How to convey requirements with a designer?

I am an app developer. Most of the time I will build the apps' user interface by myself, thus resulting in functional but not appealing apps :-( Like this -> one (link to AppStore) For a few ...
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How should I design a left-right UI where the left is smaller?

This is the current design: Where should I position the left-top element so this UI is more balanced?
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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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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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How do I decide how many columns to use in my grid?

I'm trying to create a UI design for my 1024x768 screen. I know there's a grid system out there. I've read about the benefits, etc. I understand, I think from a fundamental level, why I need to use ...
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How do I create a worn/distressed effect in Photoshop?

Notice the texture in this image: I'm trying to create that effect. How would you recommend doing so? I could easily overlay a pattern/texture but I don't want it to be uniform. You can see in ...
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Design Portfolio Copyright

when I was at design college 2013 we were told (for educational purposes) that we could use images from the net (only photographs) to incorporate into designs for posters, collages, magazine covers, ...
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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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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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iPhone iPad iPod packaging texture

I hope that this is the correct forum to be asking this question. I am trying to figure out what verbiage one would use to describe the packaging that Apple uses for many of its products. Specifically ...
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How to resize vector masks without changing the size-ratio of round corners of it?

Let's say that I have a vector mask of 200px-w 150px-h rectangle with 8 px curved corners. If I want to resize this to 100px-w 100px-h without changing the size-ratio of round corners, how do I do ...
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What are the pros & cons of subtle vs bright GUI design?

I've heard it said that a designer should almost always use subtle, simplistic style in the design of a typical user interface. Is that really the case? What are some of the pros & cons of using ...
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How can I tie a logo into my website design?

I'm new to the graphic design section of SE, this being my first question here, but not new to graphic or web design. I am in the process of making a free website for a new local eSports bar. The ...
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Design pattern for assigning items to two buckets/lists, where items can be in both, one or none

I'm sorry I could not name this question any better -- if anybody knows of a better term to refer to this by, please let me know. I'd be happy to edit my question. At any rate, I have a design ...
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Creating bookmarks in indesign?

I am creating a catalog in InDesign and I am using the “book” feature because I have different files to create my catalog all into one. I am trying to create bookmarks, so that when I PDF the book, ...
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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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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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online PDFs saved as spread or single page?

There are benefits to showing the downloads both as a spread and a single page. Which should I take into account- the view-ability on smaller computer screens or the design appeal of showing them as ...
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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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Photoshop Reducing File Size by Hiding Layers

I've recently learned that hiding Photoshop layers will reduce the file size. After searching around the Adobe forums I can't find anything stating this. There are only about half a dozen sites on ...
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selecting inverse an Inner Border on photoshop

Is there a way to select an inner border in Select Inverse? Here is one example I need to select the border pointed by the red arrow. With the basic select inverse both borders pointed by the blue ...
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How do I add a raster texture file to Illustrator's 3D Extrude & Bevel?

How do I get an image to extrude and bevel using illustrator CS6. The shape that's having the issues has effect>texture>texturizer and then I uploaded a psd file. When I then select ...
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How dissimilar to an existing logo should mine be to avoid copyright issues? [duplicate]

Thinking about starting up a small clothing company with the symbol below: But after surfing the web I discovered Nike's undefeated symbol. Will my design cause copyright issues? How dissimilar ...
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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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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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Any good example of electric waves incorporated in a web design?

The client I work with has undergone an internal branding exercise. The result is that all of their documentation standards have been updated to include a common header. The header contains a black ...
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How can I provide better direction for how I want my logo to look?

I want a logo that really jumps out at you. I am much less interested in brand identity etc. I just want it to be memorable. It also has to be the centerpiece around which I will "wrap" my trucks. ...
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Can this design be considered as a banner?

EDIT Thanks for your answers, they're all pertinent to the question I've asked. However, it's not really what I've been expecting, i.e. it's not the right question I've asked ! Can you tell ...