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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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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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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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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, team work means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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Which is a better design pricing model?

I'm curious which pricing model other feel best fits freelance design, in what situations, and why. I am not seeking dollar values. There are a few basic pricing models a freelancer can use: ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 to not make my website have a ā€œ1990'sā€ 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 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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Is pixelmator a viable alternative for photoshop?

I've always been a photoshop user, i know the ins and outs and know my way around all the tools i need for my webdesign work. But now i'm faced with a dilemma, for my new job i haven't got the budget ...
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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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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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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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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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How should I add a realistic shadow to this?

I'm working on a mockup of a jQuery slider which can be found here. Now, I'm not the best graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination, and I can't seem to be able to get a realistic looking ...
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How do I create a button with two shadows in the bottom?

I am not much of a designer. I want to know how I can create Wix like buttons in Photoshop. They offer many kinds of buttons, but I want the one with a shadow on both sides of its bottom. Any help ...
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Branding a company that has no public identity

Ok, that title might seem a little strange, but I will try to explain. And I will say, I do know this is more of a discussion type question, and not a technical question. Hopefully I wont get ...
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What is the GUI style called that is commonly used in sci-fi media?

What do you call the style, trend or design commonly used by bodies mentioned in the title? I always see these designs in sci-fi movies and dashboards used by FBI or CIA. Do you know any toolkit using ...
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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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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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Indesign and syntax highlighting

I have a poster which I have made, it is basically lots of java code and looks like a wall of text. I want to add syntax highlighting to this so that the code is more readable. I know that I can ...
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Grunge effect for vinyl

As the title says what is the best way to take an existing sans serif font, such as Helvetica, and add a grunge effect to the text for die cut vinyl? I know it can be done manually but that tends to ...
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What is this design style called in which lots of simple polygons make up an image?

What is the design style called where they create form with simple shapes, usually triangles like they have done with the ground Chrome maze Experiment Or like the images below:
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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 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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Pricing for Website Design (Graphics Only)

I was wondering if someone could advise me on pricing for a website design. I'm redesigning a blog/travel site for an individual. The site is about 8 pages plus some modules, etc. I'm also ...
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What design and art concepts were art students/professionals discussing in the 70s?

I'm wondering: If you were [conditional, I'm not asking for people who were actually there] an art (or printing, or advertisement, I'm not sure what the title would have been back then) student or ...
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Is there a resource that documents all mobile device screen resolutions in one location?

I could not find a complete guide of this nor did I know who to contact about possibly making a wiki here for it (if it exists or not allowed please remove). I cannot nor want to remember everything ...
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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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What should I consider when purchasing a new laptop and accessories for design?

I've been thinking about getting a laptop that is somehow 'optimized' or focused in design. I know it will never compare to a desktop, but I usually find myself having to work while travelling and ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What is the technical term (if one exists) for this kind of website design?

I'm looking to define a website layout that's fairly common on a lot of websites but can never get the right word. The design is composed of generally a header banner (like ...
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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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Where can I find Web Designers interested in improving their portfolio? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to hire a graphic designer? I am a recent software engineer graduate and am interested in building a web service app for portfolio reasons. I would require a graphic ...