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What makes a design professional?

Can anyone define why something might not look "professional"? What differentiates between professional/unprofessional designs? I have clients who have said my design does not look very ...
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How to describe/talk like a designer?

I am a front end web developer. I tend to mostly deal with code but do, from time to time, have the opportunity to create graphics. I notice the designers I work with are able to talk in great detail ...
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FizzBuzz for graphic designers?

Is there some kind of test equivalent to what the FizzBuzz test is for developers, for graphic designers? That is, a short and simple question/task that can be asked/assigned just to determine whether ...
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Is there a short authoritative reference of basic design rules and principles?

As a web developer, I often find myself working with different non-professional self-called designers. In such situations, I often have to explain them the most basic rules and principles about the ...
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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 get motivated when drained

I know many work in where they enjoy but lately after spending all day at work I get home and all my thoughts and ideas for my freelance projects all day become annoying after I am drained and ...
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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 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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What are some tips for a Graphic Designer's CV/Resume?

I've recently graduated from university (within the United Kingdom) and I'm trying to get my first step on to the ladder within the Graphic Design industry. It has been several months and I'm having ...
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Under whose name does an outsourced graphic designer go?

I have a web design company. For artistic graphics I hire a Graphic Designer to do it for me. Obviously it hurts my business if it is known that I outsource so the designer uses an email address from ...
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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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How important is it to have a “creative” résumé?

I've seen many, many examples of flashy résumés by various designers, and I was wondering if this approach is effective. For example, Michael Farrow's multi-paged CV, and these infographic-styled ...
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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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What factors make a campaign go viral?

I've been tasked with designing a viral campaign with limited budget. I've not worked on such things before, so I don't really have any idea on how to handle this task. What exactly makes a campaign ...
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“Pretty” design vs “appropriate” design

Ok, I'm really interested in hearing the feedback of others on this one. I work in a company with a number of marketing managers (as I've stated in a couple of other posts)... And we have FINALLY ...
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How can graphic design help improve internal communications?

From a personal point of view, I'm convinced you have to enjoy going to the place you work in. Improving your day to day experience feels revolutionary enough for me. I also think design and ...
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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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How should I get started if I want to work as a 3D designer for games?

I graduated from college with a degree in math-computer science and have been working in the subd/cad industry for 1 year. My company attends siggraph every year and after going this year, I was ...
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Title for a company owner/freelancer doing design, web dev, writing and photography

I'm about to branch off into the freelance world. I'm starting an LLC and I'd like some input on what I should title myself as the owner. For example "creative specialist" or "creative technician" or ...
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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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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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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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If one hires a designer who plagiarizes, who is held liable?

I plan to hire a graphic designer to design the cover and a few internal graphics for a book I wrote. Suppose the designer then finds some other artist's work, copy and pastes the graphics, and sells ...
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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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What kind of tablet are pros using?

This is more of a curiosity, but I was wondering what professional graphics designers/artists are using now that tablet pcs have been much more common and powerful in the passed few years than they ...
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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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Who illustrates the current Firefox website?

Does anyone know who's behind the playful illustrations on the current Firefox website? For example: From the Firefox mobile page: From the Firefox download page:
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How much caring about design is too much?-in house Graphic Designer

I would like professional who has experience worked as an in house Graphic Designer and share your thoughts with me. There is some culture in my company and I am not sure if it is norm in other ...
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what's the best term for this skill set

This is really a request for help with terminology, nothing else. I'm looking for the right word to use on my resume, that will be understood by the broadest possible range of people and won't look ...
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What are some common, useful methods to use when interviewing a graphic/ux designer for work on a development project?

I'm looking to hire one (or more) designers to create materials that we can use for several software development projects. What's a good way for me to think about this work, and some good strategies I ...
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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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Where can I have my work reviewed?

I'm new to graphic design coming from a software development background. In this area, I can easily have feedback about my work by open-sourcing my code, participate to existing open-source projects, ...
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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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What podcasts should every freelance designer listen to?

I listen to many podcasts every day. When I'm in my car, on my bike, before I fall asleep, and in other rooms in the house that I shouldn't mention here. Most of them are about the business side of ...
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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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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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Can I sign my work if I work for a company?

I am not a graphic designer, but I had a big question, that has brought some argument within the company I am working for. I am in a team along with a few others and one of them decided to started ...
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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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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 to make rounded corner thumbnail “ containing image of the post ”?

When I create rounded rectangles in Photoshop, I can mask images over those rounded rectangles to give them rounded corners. When I'm making websites however, I'm not sure how to give images rounded ...
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What job can help bridge me over to graphic design while I study?

I would like to have some kind of creative job role while I teach myself graphic design. I currently work in a factory on an assembly line that has nothing to do with what I'm studying. So I've ...
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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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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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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 improve my workflow?

So I previously worked as freelance motiongraphics designer but it was almost impossible to get a full time position so I decided to look elsewhere within "design" circles. After a few months of try ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...