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How do I go about making a logo out of my name? [on hold]

My name is Philan James. I am thinking about creating a logo out of my name for my blog. Any ideas how I maybe incorporate the initials or the name entirely? thank you for the answers.
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bluring image css and html [closed]

I want really create professionnel blur image like this photo : I tried in the past and this is the result result : blur out oblong code css : -webkit-filter: blur(5px);
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Please guide me for UI design Workflow

I have just started design for mobile apps. My question is: in the beginning of the design process I have so many ideas, but I am not able to decide which one visually looks great... Designing all ...
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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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Adding relief to an image, creating mountain terrain

I have a logo that incorporates the shape of Idaho. The client would like some relief to be added to look like mountain terrain, in the mountainous parts of the state. I have no idea how to create ...
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What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

I would like to know the difference between Wireframes and Mockups. I'm hoping to gain a simple understanding of the difference or to definitively know that both are the same. I googled it but I ...
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Objects in Illustrator doesn't align perfectly

When working on logo design projects, there are some things in Illustrator that doesn't work perfectly. For example, when I need to make rectangle and then put in rounded rectangle and then aling to ...
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Cropping a shape out of a jpg to overlay over another image

I would like to crop a shape (bandana) out of an fabric swatch image jpg to overlay over another image (person) in another jpg, could you tell me how to do this please?
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Tips and resources 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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Is being a graphic designer a stressful job?

I am considering my options and interested in graphic designing. I often hear however, that this job consists of mostly desperation and deadlines. . . mostly a lot of deadlines. As a graphic ...
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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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What tools would Monks use when DESIGNING a large illuminated letter or pattern?

The answer here: http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/35128/2611 got me thinking about how illuminated letters were designed. There's a lot of resources out there discussing illuminated texts ...
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How to handle client requests to violate copyrights?

I know Google image search is not a free-for-all to grab any image needed. However, many, many, many clients don't grasp this concept and often request or send images they'd like to use in a design or ...
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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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Easiest way to present design on Device (imac/macbook/iphone) screen?

I see so many people presenting their designs/portfolio on device screens, like a macbook pro or imac or even iphone. I'm also seeing program developers and others do so who I presume aren't ...
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Icon to indicate a span of time

I have a mobile app interface with a list of dates and notes: Sep 5 - No longer contagious Sep 6 - Can return to school ... Sep 9 - Back to normal Right now I am using an ellipsis to indicate a ...
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Adobe Creative Suite alternative

My question: Is there an alternative to Adobe Creative Suite 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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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 challenge yourself as a designer

[History] How does one challenge oneself in design? Any ideas for creating problems in order to solve them, as described here and in other random places around this site? [Edit] This user needs both ...
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What is a simple program for beginners in graphic design?

I am considering a summer job in a camp, but...part of the job description is to make signs, announcing events/trips etc. This is well within my ability to do; but I'm not sure where to start. I am ...
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Classification schemes for icons

Is there a standard classification scheme used by graphic designers for icons to help identify the characteristics of icon designs? I am not referring to things that describe the physical ...
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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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Is there benefit to old-world, analog, customer appreciation?

I got to thinking...... Years ago, when you became Adobe Certified, Adobe mailed you a package. In that package was a nice foil embossed certificate, a small Adobe-branded notebook (great quality) ...
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Can good design, contrary to Dieter Rams' 10 design principles, be an “end in itself”?

Good Design Is Innovative: The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But ...
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Design Nuances: Can they add value to any design, or are they simply a personal taste decision?

Update Since asking this question, I've come to a better understanding of how question scope should be defined (more precisely than this question's original version), so I'll better define the scope ...
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What should I do to resell a branded design to national partners of an organisation, that I created for a single local partner?

I tried searching for some answers before posting this but since my situation is so unique my questions were never completely cleared up. So about a year ago I was approached by a member of a ...
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Could you please point out design inconsistencies in the picture that I have attatched?

Okay so first of all I am a developer and I donot have much idea about designing and all. Now it so happens that I have to fix design inconsistencies of the table that I have attatched below. I would ...
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Difference between brand/design style guide and a UI Pattern Library and how to avoid conflicts?

What is normally covered in a brand style guide that is not included in a standard design style guide in the context of traditional and digital production? Does the brand style guide only cover the ...
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How to choose color palettes for a theme?

Do you know / can you recommend good practices in choosing a color palette for a theme ? As you might have guessed, I am not a professional in the graphic field, I do coding and from time to time I ...
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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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Making custom sized columns in InDesign

I have an A5 2 fold template. Mathematically it should mesasure 444mm wide (3 x 148 by 210mm height or 3 x A5 paper) but I have set it to be 441mm as one of the sides (of A5) will be folded into the ...
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What makes gradients in graphic design look attractive and what's the best way to use them?

There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to the use of gradients in graphic design. One argument seems to be that it is not a very clean or appealing design, not to mention that it is ...
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Advice on a logo for my site [closed]

My sites name is Playlisim, so far I only have one logo idea. The only thing I like about it is the play icon, I'm looking for a logo that's just an icon, (size of a square or small rectangle). ...
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My designs are dull

I'm learning web design. When I design a page I ask my friends to tell me their opinions about it and I always get the same answer: it's dull and boring. They say my designs are nice but very dull, ...
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How could I show hands that are race neutral?

I'm creating a graphic with a hand holding a phone, but I don't want to show any hand of race(black/white). I've seen once google use a a non-realistic hand and gray-scaling a hand looks even more ...
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“Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal” - How can this concept be supported & explained by a designer?

"Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal" This is the most famous version of the concept described by so many great artists, yet, as a designer/artist, I'm not sure how I would explain it. The ...
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Subtle vs bright GUI design - Is there inherent value in design subtlety beyond user preference?

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? For example, Windows 8 is very bright / ...
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Design course/books for programmers? [duplicate]

I am programmer and I have an idea for a mobile app. I wanted to learn more about UI design and how to provide a better experience for the app user. Are there any courses (preferably free) or books ...
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Critique: Turning graphic logo into text logo

I am looking at redesigning the logo, giving it a more modern feel, easier on the eye. 'Bashkohem' means to join, meet, link up together. The website is a social network for ethnic Albanians. ...
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What are the key principles that effective designs share?

You have arrived on this page because you are clearly curious about underlying fundamentals that you can incorporate into your thought process when designing. According to many that came before us, ...
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Which is the Best and more reliable Free Vector Graphics Site? [duplicate]

Free Vectors graphics are really popular these days... the thing is that there are a bunch of site with lot of graphics which you don't know if you can trust. I've seen a lot of stolen and pirate ...
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Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?

Meet Pluralsight. We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to ...
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Obtaining this effect in Adobe Illustrator?

How can I obtain this vector effect in Illustrator? Is there a name for this kind of effect? Please, help!
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Flat design vs skeuomorphism, which one is most preferable? [closed]

As per my knowledge nowadays there's a trend going with flat design. That's cool. These are the things people associate with flat design Simple Clean Colourful Modern Trendy Easy to use Perceived as ...
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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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Critique: How can I improve my logo design?

Can anyone give me some feedback on these logos - I have been asked by a client to design a logo for a lingerie maker whose name in portuguese is "Virgem Lingerie", and means the same as virgin ...
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How to make this hand-colored drawing even more fancier?

I wanted my son to color some brain template. I will put this into front of my thesis (on visualization of diffusion MRI tractrography data of the human brain), as book cover. How can I put this in ...
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Do interfaces really need to “look good”?

I notice that sites and software with less superficial value (less style, inspiration, or simply "neat-ness") often succeed far above their fantastically, well-designed counterparts. Is the style, ...
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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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What are several ideal icons for a web homepage? [closed]

I am creating a portfolio website for a college class and my homepage content contains a Welcome, About and Contact paragraph. What are several icons I could use that appropriately represent the ...