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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 graphic designers contribute to Open Source projects?

I want to participate in Open Source projects, but I cannot code (that well. Or.. at all). I would love to contribute to GitHub projects, but as a designer I'm not sure what's the best way to do ...
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Do web designers need to know how to code?

As a web developer, both front-end and back end architect, I work with many different designers and sometimes find it frustrating working with design comps where no thought was put into how to ...
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Should in-house clients receive native files to make their own changes?

I am the in-house designer for a company that employs 8 marketing managers. These marketing managers are the ones that supply me with the lion-share of my projects. However, more and more, 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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How do you deal with clients who bash your designs?

This has happened to me a few times, in bigger or smaller scale, and I think it happens to many of us. We as designers have the pleasure/curse of leaving quite a bit of us in every design. When ...
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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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What do I do when I quote a price for a design but the client keeps asking for revisions and redesigns?

I'm a freelance graphic designer, so mostly, my pricing and what not is pretty casual and I don't work 24/7 as I have other things to take care of, so when I quote someone, I figure out how long it ...
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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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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 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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“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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How to hire a graphic designer?

I am developing the backend for a website. I always had the trouble of making an attractive design for my websites and have never hired any graphic designer yet. I have no logo nor web template. What ...
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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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Bill a client for a design error?

A regular client of 3 years typically orders prints from us quarterly came in over a week ago with an order. Sometimes this client comes in with the designs and sometimes we do the designs in house. ...
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Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software?

Excuse me for being totally uninformed, but it usually seems like creative types of people i.e. graphics designers prefer Macs over PCs for accomplishing their tasks. I was wondering, why is this? Is ...
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Is a graphical/original resume a good idea for a designer?

This is more a question about graphic design as a field than about methods. I am applying for web designer jobs out there, and have been wondering more and more about my resume. I have a quite ...
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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 ...
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Is Design School a Requirement for Graphic Design?

Is it required for people to go to design schools to become a Graphic Designer? I've heard many cases where they have started from scratch without previous education in design and are doing fine as ...
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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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Is it ethical to copy the work of other designers?

I am neither a graphic designer nor do I consider myself one. I have little grasp of colour theory, and basic knowledge of design principles. I do possess a sense of what looks good, though, and I am ...
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Do a lot of freelance designers buy fonts?

A lot of the fonts I see are pretty darn expensive, of course you can find some awesome ones for free, but do freelance designers usually buy fonts? Or is buying fonts a practice reserved mostly for ...
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Advantages of using two monitors in graphic design

I've worked with single and dual monitor setups in different situations in the past, but it's been a while since I last had two. Right now, I'm using a single Dell 24" that seems enough to handle ...
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What are the responsibilities of a web designer

HI All - I am a Coldfusion developer with over 2 and half years of experience. I have some experience with Javascript, jquery and sql. I was thinking to learn Web designing too in my free time. What ...
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Can I be a designer if I have Parkinson's Disease or mobility impairments?

I know there is software (like SteadyMouse) and hardware (like big key keyboards, mouse adapters, mouse pedals, and so), that can make the use of a computer easier for people with Parkinson's Disease ...
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How much software experience do I need to be a well-rounded graphic designer?

How many different software applications should a designer be familiar with? I've been asked to work on Illustrator, and also .paint [Paint.NET? -Ed]. I'm confused about how many applications I need ...
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Are graphic designers for web supposed to know JavaScript?

If you were to hire a graphic designer to pretty up your web pages, would you hire him/her if the person has no experience in JavaScript but has a very good understanding of HTML and CSS? How ...
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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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What kind of Interview Questions should one expect at their first design job interview?

If you were interviewing for your first graphic design position, what kind of questions should you expect? The posting is fairly vague, aside from the assumption of basic design skills.
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The role of the designer in content – should he have one and how big should it be?

I'm a designer, not a marketer, and not a writer (at least not professionally). A lot of the work I do involves working with material in a field that can be above my head. Because of that, I'm content ...
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Why was my experience with a logo contest so miserable?

I'm starting out as a freelance designer (and no job experience at any company before) and I decided to join "contests" held by freelancer.com's users. I've joined several of them already and I can ...
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Good Methods To Substitute A Design Education?

While I know that going to a Design University is the most optimal way to learn and master Graphic Design, in my case, it would be difficult for me to attend one because I also have to do some other ...
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Where to ask for free work?

I am keeping a close eye on the question about logo design contests, and I hope that my 1st Question here does not get completely slammed. It never really occurred to me that 'logo design contests' ...
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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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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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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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What are the branches of Graphic Design

Does anyone know what is the full-branch of Graphic Design and the title for the person doing it. Graphic Design |- Web Design - Web Designer |- Illustration - Illustrator |- Photo Manipulation - ...
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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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What can a designer do if a client claims that the work delivered is unacceptable and refuses to pay?

I recently had an experience with a client that was a bit messy, and now they don't want to pay for the work I did. They needed some presentation decks, one of which needed to be editable (text to ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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“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 ...