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Another 'designer' changed my designs

To keep things simple, I will write all the facts in bullet points: I have a 9-5 job while volunteering my services for a non-profit organization as part of the sub-committee board. I am the only ...
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What high school classes should I take and not take to be a graphic designer

I am a 15 sophomore in high school and really want to be a graphic designer. I am taking graphic design classes at school. but I wanted to know what classes I should take and what I shouldn't. Should ...
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Why are the terms DPI and PPI so misunderstood?

It seems the terms DPI and PPI are misunderstood by more people than actually understand them. I'm not just talking about average Joe trying to print a holiday snap, I'm talking about graphic ...
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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?

Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design requires skill and knowledge*? Sure superficially there is nothing special in graphics design at first glance. Still, there is quite much to ...
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How to calculate and obtain the right colour for an object I'm designing [duplicate]

I find it very difficult to choose the right colours for my graphic design. I am very bad at colour combinations. I find all the service oriented companies to be using blue a lot. I find all the ...
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How to properly credit yourself/others for design work on a portfolio site?

I'm working on a portfolio site to showcase some of my design/layout/photography work. In a lot of cases, myself and one other person would work on a design idea; but in all cases, I am the one doing ...
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Is it ethical to make derivations (adaptations) of an external agency's work as an in-house designer?

I work as a graphic designer in a big European (but not E.U.) public establishment with two fellow designers. We have a corporate communications coordinator, which usually deals with all kinds of ...
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What to include in my portfolio?

I am a relatively recent graphic design graduate. I have been working at a small printing house for about two years, but will soon be interviewing for a different position in another city. My ...
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LetterHead design [closed]

I need the following details please: best software to use for a letterhead design the letterhead is sent to the client under which format? pdf, word, ...? the most known margin details of a letter ...
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Is Inkscape suitable for design (logo, branding) on the West?

I'm novice designer from Russia, already make a fistful of projects (logo, branding, etc). All my work I do in Inkscape, really love it - but in Russia nobody hear about *.svg, customers want *.ai, ...
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What's the term for this Design Element

Hi I am looking for a term of this flowerish design Element so I can look up some more Variations. Thanks in Advance.
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More Power? (do I need to upgrade my pc?) [duplicate]

In advance, I'd like to thank you for your help. And apologies for the amateur question – but that’s exactly what I am. For the last several years, I have taken on minor graphic design/editing jobs ...
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How should a designer address a client that has a slow delivery and approval time?

Playing off this question "How should a designer communicate price is negotiable to a client?" and creating a question that isn't about software I was curious to know how do designer's include ...
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Photoshop. Can i make “linked” the default method for dragging new artwork into documents?

So far photoshop threat artwork that you into your document as new smart objects. I would like to get mor used to using "linked" as opposed to embedded.
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How to assess whether a non-designer values good design? [closed]

I am in a situation where I need to evaluate some people (non-designers) based on how much they value great visual design. This is in the context of company branding, software product aesthetic & ...
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Graphic design major question

Im a student studying graphic design in LA . Currently going to a community college transferring to a 4 year. I got extremely interested in learning web development, especially with ruby on rails . My ...
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How should a graphic pattern be packaged and sold as a digital download?

I've learned how to make a seamless digital pattern and since then I've been practicing. I feel like I could possibly sell these patterns but I am not sure how I should go about selling my patterns. ...
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How to convince agency clients I know what I'm doing? [closed]

I'm the solo designer at a 7-person web agency. The other employees are programmers and the owner (whose background is in IT). Our clients are mostly small to mid-sized businesses. While I do have ...
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Design & OCD: Are there any exercises/methods to avoid over-analysis in a design project?

Suffering from OCD can sometimes have implications in evaluating a design project: i.e. Over analysis, over-revision, etc. Forensic attention to detail is usually expected of design projects. So how ...
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Is it generaly acceptable to use purchased vector graphics in paid work?

I understand the legalities of using stock images and vectors for things like logos. But i want to know if it is unprofessional, or negative to use purchased vector graphics in freelancing design ...
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Difference between graphic designer and visual designer

I see myself as a multidisciplinary designer. I do both graphic design and web design, with a main focus in visual-identity design. I’m also into illustration as well as type design, and I do work for ...
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I already have LinkedIn, DeviantArt, Dribbble, and Behance. Do I need a personal website?

With the presence of different social networking sites that allow anyone to easily create a web presence, as a graphic designer do I still need a personal website? What is the pros and cons of having ...
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designing an ellipse shape from A4 papers, to create a linewith 3cm width to be followed by the following robot [duplicate]

I want to print an ellipse shape ( with two dimension a=1.5 meter and b=1 meter) on multi A4 papers, and then assemble all of these printed papers to get the real shape, with line width 3 cm, my ...
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Source of graphic design ideas [closed]

I love creating designs. Personally I would love to take my time, think up and create every little thing in my design. But on some cases I'm working with some company I have not so much idea of what ...
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How would I create this extrusion in Illustrator?

It's a warp effect with a 3d letter depth/extrusion. I've tried the 3d extrusion effect, but it's not the right perspective. Is there a trick to get the extruded 'infinity' text behind the letters?
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The changes requested by the client look terrible, what can I put in my portfolio?

So for a while now I've been lerning web design / web development, done a few small projects for classes (I'm a student), read up on the subject, watched videos and so on. I'm now somewhat familiar ...
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As a graphic designer, should I use my personal name or create a business name/branding?

For a designer who begins doing freelance or start (or renaming) his/her own business, there's usually that critical decision that must be made: Should I use my own name or have a business name for ...
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Is there a job title for someone who only designs internal work?

I have an employee whose role has evolved over time. She now works almost exclusively on internal jobs such as designing presentations for pitches, internal posters, designing our business cards and ...
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Looking back at work you want to change but its gone to print?

I have recently just started at a new company as an art worker. (My first ever artworker job) I get given small jobs which require quick turn arounds. The other day I had to add some copy to a poster ...
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Can logo designers use free resources or elements from free image websites in their designs?

Can Graphic Designers use free resources to create their own design (or most of it) instead of creating something from scratch? What if I can't draw or have troubles to come up with completely new, ...
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Client asking for design suggestions

My first-time client, referred by a very loyal client of mine, does not want to follow my designing route (for what I’m assuming are personal financial reasons). They want something “fresh, new, ...
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2answers
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How to present email marketing in a portfolio?

Print design is easy to present. Web design is a little more complicated but not too bad. How do you all suggest presenting Emails to a client? Forward them the actual emails? Save them as .PDFs / ...
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What if client doesn't like any logo design concept?

I'm in a process of creating Graphic Design contract. I've decided to provide each client with 3 logo concepts and 3 rounds of revision. Ideally, I would create 3 concepts and client will chose one, ...
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How do you charge for extra non-design related services?

I find it very difficult to charge clients for "extras." In my particular case this is usually consulting and copy writing. Clients expect my input and often leave me with little to nothing to work ...
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How do I earn more as remote freelance Graphic Designer?

I have worked as a Graphic Designer for almost a year. I was able to earn much more then I expected (I'm autodidact graphic designer), but now I think I have better skills and can price my work ...
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What are the most important things that a beginner or learner or novice designer should care about or focus on while designing

I am new in designing field, i have started with photoshop currently in learning phase, Whenever i work on images or try to design something new on my own, i get confuse with the basic things like ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a Graphic Designer?

I want to be a graphic designer but I'm awful at writing copy, editing, coming up with slogans and catch phrases. Do I really need to learn Writing, Spelling and Grammar and such to be a successful ...
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Illustrator, Files appear pixelated when it's saved to web

I'm hoping I may be able to find someone who may be able to help with illustrator. I'm currently trying to create a header for a blog, although every time i save to web, the image appears pixelated. ...
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How much text should I use for an ad image?

I'm new at marketing and design and I could really use some tips. What is the appropriate amount of text in an Ad image? I'm trying to figure out whether less text is better than more text. Here is ...
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How can a junior developer switch career path to design while still earning?

Don't know whether asking this here is right or wrong. But i desperately need an expert's advice. I always have a very passionate interest in career in Visual effects. I am from a below poor level ...
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Ever use anti-glare glasses for an over bright design department?

My design department just moved to a new building and the space they set up for us is bright! Super bright! 16 in-ceiling fixtures with three tubes per fixture. The room is closed in, no windows and ...
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Industry standard file format deliverables for logos? [duplicate]

During an academic discussion regarding file formats I received from a most excellent designer, I thought I was correct in writing (based on my experience with hired work): ...the industry ...
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Some practical strategies for the pixel monkey dilemma

I saw this question on UXSE but thought it might be interesting to see what the response on graphic design SE compared to stackoverflow or programming SE: Just a bit of background though... I ...
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How can I assess whether I'm proper web designer?

I was an Amature web designer before 3 years. Though I don't have proper knowledge in designing I want to become a web designer and I called myself as designer. Though I didn't attended any design ...
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Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?

One of the clients I'm working with insists that my work with her stays confidential, she doesn't want her company logo nor their name to be shown on my designs when posted on Behance. Is it normal ...
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Who needs more computational power, a designer or a programmer?

I’ve worked in many companies in my career and I always got a hard time when I asked for an upgrade or better computer. It seems to me that programmers have more computational power available than ...
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How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?

I'm the dev of a web-based music player called TheParade. I listen to music on youtube often, and wanted a better experience, so I created the app, which I've been incrementally coding up over the ...
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Is math needed for graphic design?

I want to be a graphic designer when I am older as I am good at it now. I am 14 and great with using Photoshop and other software, but I'm wondering if I need to be good at math to become a good ...
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Should I include experiences as a freelancer on a resume? If so, how?

I have experience interning and working at several companies before graduating University. After that, for about one and a half years, I worked like a freelancer (means work alone, not in the office). ...
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How does one get work in the graphic design field?

How do graphic designers go about getting a job? I feel like I read about people that say you have to create your portfolio of all your best work, and then always be advertising your work to people. ...