"Graphics" covers an immense variation: In general, any visual representation of a concept can be referred to as a "graphic". Visual representations may include - but are not limited to - photographs, drawings, charts, typography, numbers.

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What would be a good alternative visual way of representing the Push and Pull signs in doors?

It should be quite straightforward, you read the word and follow the instructions. But day after day I see people in my office coming to the door and pushing when they should pull or viceversa. I'm ...
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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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Critique: Tritium software logo design

I am looking for a review for a logo that is going to be shipped with a project of mine. I wanted to keep it simple and clean, with a high level of appeal so that no one will really dislike the ...
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Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?

Just to give a little context, I have a background as a design-savvy developer (not a developer-savvy designer). I worked at an agency many years ago. I've been out of the design game for about 3 ...
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Critique: Does this logo portray a web-based control for a media player?

I've been working on an application that works as a remote control for a media player, over the web. The remote itself is an application that runs in your web browser, on your phone or on your tablet ...
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Why use a white circle/spot in eye icons/logos?

What is the reason behind using a white circle/spot in eye icon/logo in terms of visual or graphic design? Is there any specific meaning?
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Graphic design beginner: How do you get to the point where a design is in your head?

I know this question might sound stupid but I'm a programmer and I want to learn graphic design. Well, from what I see you have to learn stuff like color theory, composition, spacing, etc. I get that ...
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How was this image designed?

I've just came across a image with a peculiar effect. I'm not sure how they have hidden the original image in the lines(or layer perhaps?) There has been no visible changes in color nor in the ...
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How to randomly distribute a group of icons / graphics in a canvas?

I want to design something like this: It has been established in previous answers that these are doodle graphics. Some ways to make them manually are seen on here and here. How can I make one ...
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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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iPad in Graphic Design: actual usage

Most of my work I perform on MacBookPro, but also I have a retina-iPad device which I never use for any type of graphic design, thus I am looking for solution to the underuse of this costly device. ...
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How can I make a shape look like it is made of glass?

What are the general principles I can apply to make a shape look like it is made of glass? More specifically I want to make some simple graphics that give the impression of looking at a lens side (see ...
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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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Do the illustrations I do for a company belong to me, or to the company?

I'm doing a new website for a business and it's going to involve some original graphics: a large drawing that will get used for various background elements, and two medium-sized looping Flash or GIF ...
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How to deal with mistakes

I am a fledgling designer but I have a bit of a problem - when I give people the "final" copy, there are always mistakes that I couldn't find (blinded from over saturation in the project usually) but ...
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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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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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What questions should I ask when giving interviews to a senior graphic designer?

Ok, here's a weird issue I'm facing. My boss (no background in design) has gotten me to interview a graphic/UI design guy the company is hiring. Here's the gist: The job position in this case is a ...
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What do they call those scrolly, curvy elements next to chapter titles?

There's a name for this, and I even found a web site that helps you create such things for web sites, but I can't find or remember either. The element is on both sides of "Season 2014" on this web ...
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Can I digitally sign my graphic design works?

Apologies in advance if I misplaced this question and if it is a silly question to ask since I'm a newbie. I want to certificate my graphics works(such as mesh models, animation, etc.,) to keep ...
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What should graphic designers consider when designing tattoos?

I searched the site but couldn't find anything relating to tattoo design, I believe it's a relevant GD form and would like to cover some of the basics here. What are necessary considerations a ...
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What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?

This question is similar to this one and this one, but still different enough to merit it's own Q&A, imho. As a beginning designer, and up to this day, I have always struggled with a very basic ...
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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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Are these logos too similar?

Hi there after finishing the logo for a sports clothing brand I thought it was too similar to something and I went looking and found this USAF logo, what do you think? The Bulldozer logo is meant to ...
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How to make wind flow / aerodynamic diagrams?

I need some help on how to create good looking vectorized images of these kinds of themes: I work a lot with Latex when it comes to typesetting so I have some basic experience with Tikz. However ...
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Changing icons or graphics based on user geographic location/language?

Inspired by this question on international police icon, I started to wonder If there is a reasonably simple way to replace an icon depending on browser language? ...and if anyone has come across ...
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Is NDA necessary for this?

I have a client that requires me to submit at least a homepage of my proposed website design. However, I just recently known that he already contacted some other freelancers who incidentally are my ...
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Is it necessary to be good at drawing, to develop good 3D digital design skills for modeling and animation?

I want to make 3D animation films. Not as hi-fi as Disney and Pixar of course, but as close to them as an indie animator can get. I'm good (not enviable, just plain good) at drawing things on paper ...
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What is this woodcut/engraving like / illustrative design style called? (as seen on the US dollar sign)

Where Can i find books / references / inspirations to learn the principles behind these graphic patterns? Its often seen in Luxury / Heritage style products, as well as the us Dollar sign. What is ...
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Where should you use a monogram?

I am making a logo and it's associated monogram for my college section and I am wondering in what situations a monogram should be used ? My biggest concern about the monogram is that contrary to ...
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How do I replicate the Apple Family Sharing Icon

I was trying to replicate the following icon from Apple as a practice. I like the gradient effect but it seem to be shared by all the circles and the base. And there is also a opacity change, where ...
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Photoshop: TIFF: Difference between “gray/8” and “gray/8#”?

I've opened up some TIFF graphics in Photoshop CS4. When going to Image -> Mode, they all show "Grayscale" and "8 bits per channel" checked. But when looking at the tabs, some show "Gray/8", and ...
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Can a client use my designs on products I do not provide?

I've developed several designs for military units over the past few years for one particular store on a military installation which is a not for profit entity. Most of the designs were developed for ...
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How can I improve this icon/design?

Been working on an icon for a blog called Bitcrate which focuses on tech/media stuff. First off, what I have so far: I didn't want to do some rehash of playing off computer 'bits' but thought the ...
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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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How to create vector graphics In Photoshop CS6

I know people prefer using CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, but I want to know if there is a technique I can follow to use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to make vector Images.
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Do we have name for these kind of “flat graphics” images?

What is the name for these type of images ? I love these kind of graphics and it's so flat which totally match to my current product development Do we have a name ? A name will make me easy to ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on the text of a logo and not the catchyness of the logo itself?

Ok, so I have been looking at a lot of logos recently, all done by graphic designers. And in the majority of them, the only thing they have is a name or some "basic" text. I thought the idea behind a ...
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Any books on actual how-to of logo design?

I have been stacking up on books for logo design and scouting dribbble fairly intensely. I read (and loved) David Airey's book Logo Design Love, but what I am really looking for at this stage is a ...
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Feedback: A simple registration form. How can I make it more clear?

I am no designer, nor am I pretending to be one. This is why I am kindly reaching out the community for feedback. In this landing page I made I feel there are lots of things wrong it, and hence it ...
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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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Google Play - 'Feature Graphic' Design

I recently got my application in the google play store, but I have an issue with how the 'Feature Graphic' is being displayed. Here is the original (@ 72 DPI (Screen RES) - Saved for Web - PNG8): ...
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What's the more appropriate way to introduce a “flashback” in a graphic novel, in terms of color, line strokes and panel shape?

i'm in the process of making a graphic novel together with a scriptwriter. We're both at our first attempt in making a graphic novel although we are not new in drawing (me) and scripting (him). This ...
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Super-thin UI Trend: Is there a name for this “beyond 'flat'” style?

I really like the look of this screenshot on Dribbble: And I'd like to employ a similar navigation for both desktop and mobile devices. I’m looking for a similar UI set – large (X) to close out a ...
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Programs to draw human face

I'm working on a project that needs to draw pictures of human lips. I just wonder if there is a program to draw a human face (or simply lips). Thank you so much.
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How to place files to photoshop without scaling?

Is there a way to place files to photoshop without scaling( true pixel of image )? They automatically resize to fit screen when I drag into psd file! For example, when place a 48x48px to 480x480px ...
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Improving readability of evolutionary algorithm results

One of my colleagues has results from an evolutionary algorithm that he wants to plot. The plot will be included in a paper he's writing and asked for advice. This is what he had in matlab: I gave ...
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How to draw a wiggly line in Illustrator

I am searching for a way to draw a Geometric Brownian Motion (GBM) on Illustrator. Essentially, a GBM looks like a random wiggly line: Thanks for your inputs!
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Learning how to draw as a web designer [duplicate]

I'm a web designer with few years of experience, done lots of various projects. I've got some straight graphic design experience as well, but never been expanding some territories. People who like my ...
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What does my printer mean when he says '$1.50 for a 30" running edge'?

We are printing some photos to be mounted for the office and I am assuming it has something to do with the photos being printed on rolls instead of sheets? This was his reply when we asked for his ...