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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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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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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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How can I get a mentor currently, as a student?

I'm currently a student at an art school, however I know I lack a large amount of experience to even be considered a graphic designer. I don't think I have the portfolio/experience yet to do ...
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If/When to stop asking a client for clarification and just design

I am an in-house designer for a small tech start-up business. I create all of their advertising materials. This is an issue I've run into many times with my point of contact from whom I get the ...
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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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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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14answers
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How do I learn to be creative?

I've been a programmer my whole life, and now I've found that I really need to start designing my own stuff. I know how to use Photoshop in and out, but I just can't create anything nice. I often ...
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How can I do some free design work?

I am a designer that wants to do some free design work for people, but the problem is, how do I find people to do free work for? Is there any place online? The reason behind this is that I am good at ...
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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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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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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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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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Must one have a knowledge of fine art to be a Graphic Designer? Should all Graphic Designers know how to draw?

Is it true that nice design comes with a nice drawing? Do designers have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not?
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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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1answer
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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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How to avoid the tragic fate in the Oatmeal cartoon “How a web design goes straight to hell”?

This is a famous web comic about a common experience in web design: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell It's based on the author's personal experiences and describes a typical / caricature ...
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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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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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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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how to add one smart object in multiple files in photoshop?

I know I can do multiple iterations of the same Smart Object within the SAME document and have it change all instances, but what about Smart Objects placed across DIFFERENT documents? That would be ...
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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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2answers
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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 do you call “Charte Graphique” in English?

This is not really a translation question - more of a designer vocabulary. How do you call the set of visuals, logos, designs, colors, fonts... that make a whole design project? In French we would ...
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How to make some PSD file not to save as overwrite

Is there anything safety lock like feature for psd file to preserved its original file? I have free mock ups psd file from graphic design community site, I always use them, but some time I ...
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Non-profit asked for editable file

I recently volunteered, not as a graphic designer, at a non-profit organization helping cancer patients but they knew I was major in graphic design. Since they knew I was a graphic design major, ...
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Should I charge less for being a freelance entry level graphic designer?

I've been told that this company has paid others $40/hr. This would be my first work at a professional level. They've already seen my portfolio, and love my work- and have had trouble finding someone ...
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Need a short interview with professional for Graph Comm assignment [closed]

Currently studying Graphic Communications and one of our assignments is to interview someone who already works in the field. Any help is appreciated.
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Revision Torture — How to Charge Fairly

I have a longstanding relationship with a client and do the majority of their design work. About 2 years ago I was told their "new budget" for one series of booklets was $1,000 each. These booklets ...
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What gadgets are recommended for an icon designer? [closed]

As an icon designer, I work with multiple sizes (above 16 pixel) for different platforms, so my regular work is quite complex. What gadgets recommended (like monitor, wacom, apple mouse, etc.) for ...
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Graphic Design for developer [duplicate]

I'm a experienced developer on C++, Java. Currently I'm developing my site to show my apps and my work. I've seen many beautiful sites of front-end developers, agencies and companies. For example: - ...
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How to become a graphic designer? [closed]

Ever since I was a little girl I've discovered my passion for drawing. I didn't finished a college related to drawing or graphic design, and as a result I don't have an idea of what it means to be a ...
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How do I handle an increasing lack of faith in my design abilities?

Do any of you seasoned design professionals have any advice for a young graphic design student/novice? Especially with respects to improving upon knowledge and picking yourself up post-critique. ...
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How to handle freelance designers that fail to meet expectations?

Lately we've been slammed we decided to out-source projects that a few designers would provide source files to. Per the initial contract terms and requirements with a spec delivery sheet are agreed ...
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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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1answer
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Need help determining pricing for designing a very ambitious app [closed]

I know its alot but please read all of it so you can fairly assess the situation! The Important Backstory I am a 17 year old self taught user-experience designer that is pretty far ahead in the ...
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How to save an action in photoshop?

How save an action in Photoshop and when we are upgrading version can we get the save actions on new version or we have to migrate the old actions files?
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InDesign: How to restore text-frame position/size to be managed by the master page instead of the actual page?

I have some designer that moved slightly a text-frame and in order to be managed again by the master page we need to remove the page and create a new one inserting the content in it. Is there any ...
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How would I know how good of a designer I am?

To me my designs looks good, at least for some months. But to others not so much. I want to go freelancing but I don't want to be a bad designer. So how do I find out if my logo/website/business ...
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What is the difference between a designer and an artist?

I've noticed that I often use the words "artist" and "designer" in the same context. It seems to me that every designer can be an artist, but not every artist is a designer. I wasn't sure though, so ...
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A design for a poem to be printed on a mug using thermosensitive ink [closed]

I envy the cup of coffee that gets to kiss your sleepy lips awake every cold and bitter morning This particular design (words) will be put as a photo in a mug which I will be gifting to my beloved. ...
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Do any resources exist for designers to help improve their communication skills to clients

I understand that communication between client and designer is very crucial and it will set the tone for possible work and whether you may ruin your rep. That said I would like to improve my ...
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Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into ...