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Auto Layout “cards” for Printing

It happens often to me, that I have four to ten items of the same logical type, which should be printed the same size. What I'd like to have is some Software/Script where I can say: Take Pieces of ...
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Are there any good practices for designing web pages with a possibility of a very large amount of info?

I'm building a user profile page that sometimes displays huge amounts of text (depending on how much the user has created). It's basically a bibliography. Are there any techniques or good practices ...
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Is there a specific term for horizontal gutters?

Context My team is working on a responsive website and we allow the user to configure some of the properties of the page, including the spaces between the grid "cells". We had a conversation about the ...
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Bullet List Override

I can't seem to create a Bulleted List in InDesign CC where the first line is not bulleted and do it as a Paragraph Style. I have a whole bunch of blocks of bulleted text which are basically menus. ...
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Indesign: Exporting page with image overlaid with text to ePub

I am trying to export the following layout to ePub: As you can see there are following components to the layout: Chapter number Chapter title Circle with inline and curveline text Body text ...
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InDesign: Why are my text frames shifting down slightly when I copy them from a master page and paste in place to other masters and pages? [closed]

I am creating a number of business card variations in InDesign CC 2014 on a Windows 7 Professional 64-bit system. I am attempting to copy text frames from one master and paste them in place on another ...
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What's the reason of this statement? “Content is usually best served by appearing as far left as reasonably possible” [closed]

I was reading "Ordering Disorder" Grid principles of Web design from Khoi Vinh, in where he mentions that without much explanation. He got a long copy (8 units wide) inside a column of 10 units, in ...
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Why is it so customary to put a picture in center of a QR Code in China?

I see more and more QR Codes like this: More such codes can be found if I try "Google Image Search" by "QR code china" or "QR code chinese" (but not just "QR code"). For me it looks ugly: It ...
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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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InDesign: How to have a section head to the left of text?

I'm trying to do the layout below. I was originally trying to create this using 5 columns and having the text span 4 of them. But that didn't work properly because when I would add a column break ...
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How to align the object on every page to the bottom for multiple pages in InDesign?

What would be the best approach to perform a simple action that needs to be repeated in 800+ pages. Here is what each of my page looks like. All I need to do in each page is align the object to the ...
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What characteristics are common to well-designed and well-formatted textbooks?

I'm looking for inspiration on how to make my book appear more professional with regard to typesetting and page design/layout (although of course these alone don't make it more professional). I found ...
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What is the natural aspect ratio of a 12 column grid?

If I have a 12 column grid, what's the natural aspect ratio for items in the grid? Or, more specifically, I'm using 3 content-columns - each 4 grid-columns wide. Is there a natural height of images ...
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Specific Section and Page Numbering InDesign

I am new to InDesign and I am trying to get my head around how to do something with the page numbering. I am wanting to do this: Have at the top of the page Sec 01.1 (the .1 signifies the page ...
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Making different sized prints

I'm redoing a logo for a local community/cultural group, as a Illustrator file so it can be scaled. I've never used Illustrator before, but am handy with Photoshop. I set up the project to fill a ...
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What is the general stance on “jump headlines”?

This is more of a design opinion question, and this might be the wrong place to ask this, but I digress. I work on a weekly newspaper that up until now has used "jump headlines", that's to say ...
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How to create a page template of solid and dotted lines for handwriting practice?

I am looking to make a tear off children's handbook for writing practice of words. I wanted to know how make "dotted lines" or "four lines" template that is to the standards of what child handbooks ...
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Have separate page number per master page side spread-sheet in Indesign

So I have a document with page spreads, let's say left page has master page A set, and right page has master page B. This for all subsequent pages. A-B, A-B, and so forth. What I want is to have all ...
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How to design a screen where the user only has very few but important options? [closed]

Alright, I am redesigning a multi-step process where the user adds new contacts to his/her address book. In the first step, the user chooses between three possible addition methods: file import, crm ...
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Is it possible to learn `Adobe-Indesign CC` quickly? [closed]

I am writing a book. I want to do all stages myself. So, I bought Adobe-Indesign CC 2014 to design the layout of the pages. I've watched some video online to desgin my layout. I tried to redesign ...
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How to design a single site for two target markets [closed]

I have a client that operates an electronics recycling/disposition company. Broadly speaking, they have two target markets and I would like to figure out how to structure the site so that I can target ...
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How do I make heavy text readable without multiple columns or a high page count?

I went over this subject two times with my boss before, to please him with the company's proposals document, to be sent out to clients, and now I'm at square 1 again. The first layout had the ...
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When trying to achieve the “ideal” letter count per line how do you balance container size and font size?

“Anything from 45 to 75 characters is widely regarded as a satisfactory length of line for a single-column page set in a serifed text face in a text size. The 66-character line (counting both ...
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How can I affect the starting point of “paste in place”-coordinates?

I want to copy an object element from one page to another page with a different page height. The elements should have the same coordinates on x and y axis. The "Paste in Place" functions doesn't ...
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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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Should highlighted quotes in an article be aligned with the body text?

I am wondering whether quotes need to be included in text positioning. See example below: Is this correct? Or should the quotes be disregarded when positioning the text? What's the best way to ...
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How can I left-align the text in a table of divs so that the rows are evenly distributed?

I'm trying to arrange some names. I changed them out before posting using generatedata.com but the real ones are in alphabetical order from left to right each row. I'm trying to figure out how to get ...
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How to solve an issue of repetition in a layout?

UPDATED: ProKeys updated with new layout is available. You can check it out. Thank you! I did a recent redesign of ProKeys so as to minimize its space taking snippets. I changed this: Old layout ...
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import pages from photoshop to indesign

I am new to indesign. I always did all my print in Photoshop, which I know for multiple pages isn't the best route. What I want to do is start using inDesign but had one question: Can I create all my ...
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How to set up iPhone screen grid in CorelDraw

I use CorelDraw for creating wireframe layouts for iOS app UI. For this I need to set up a rectangle as following, to act as screen boundary: Size in pixels: 640 x 1136px Size when unit changed to ...
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Fill InDesign CS6 layout with data from web service

For our wedding, my wife and I created an Instagram hashtag that our guests tagged their photos with. I wrote a little web app that hit the Instagram API for photos in that hashtag and displayed them ...
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Rule for where to put the larger margin

Below are a couple of pieces that I've designed, and they both have a ledger margin on the top. But in the case of something like a picture frame with a mat, you would never put the larger margin at ...
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Inner margin in a classical book layout

I used to think that the inner margin should be smaller than the outer margin in two-sided paper layouts, as in classical book layouts. This is an example of what I mean: This example was taken ...
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How to support the font ITC Avant Garde or replacement for web?

I'm coding the redesign (css+html) for a webapp in India where my artist designied a mockup for me to code. I now wonder how I can adjust a font "ITC Avant Garde" to make it look as close to the ...
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What are some alternative layout options for product tables that have a lot of repetition?

I'm working on a print product catalogue where each product has all of its variations listed in tables. I've just encountered a product that has 120 unique sku's, which ends up spreading the table ...
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Glossy gift box designing in Illustrator

I have to design a glossy gift box for a client in various sizes. Can I create just one design which the printing company can use for various sizes or should my designs be dimension-specific? Also, ...
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Web design critique

I feel like this particular example has a lot of good elements. I think visually the colors work well. I like the logo design. I like the home page. But I am struggling with how to layout the rest of ...
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How do I make it so my website footer is always at the bottom of the page (but not sticky)? [on hold]

I'm fairly good at getting stuff to work nicely as I come from a coding background, but I'm lacking in the design/visual department. I'm building a website for a friend and one of the things he wants ...
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Principles of composition: how to lay out images in text?

What are some guiding design principles for laying out images in several paragraphs of text on a webpage? In my particular case, there are two columns of text, and the images are proportioned and ...
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Web Design: Is centering a content section a good idea?

I have a design where the header and footer are 1170px wide. (Standard Twitter Bootstrap 12 column container size.) I have been reading about the ideal width for good readability and discovered that ...
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How to choose a grid, for a complex mixed content web page

Planning a web page design in wireframes is super easy, but the next step is to choose a grid and build the page in Photoshop. This is a mine field to me. What is your methodology for choosing a grid ...
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What should be the relation between margin and padding?

In grid-based layouts, should there be any relation between margins (the distance between elements) and padding (the distance between an element content to its edges)?
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What are good places to start learning web typography and layout?

I have been a digital designer since 1999. I am self taught. However; my biggest weakness is spacing, grids and developing pages that feel balanced, as well as have strong typographic hierarchy. I ...
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Is there any way to use SVG as a page definition medium?

Can an SVG file be used to define a page the way PS or PDF might? My intention is to convert a rather huge number of 1-frame SWF files that have an unchangeable frame size ( i e, they look like ...
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Trying to fix layout of a homepage

I am trying to run a box-type theme for my homepage/FAQ. However right now the boxes just make the page look terrible. Could someone please offer me some example sites that use boxes/blocks for ...
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What should a designer consider when laying out print materials for elderly audiences?

I'm in the process of doing layout for a trifold aimed at the elderly population in my town, and I'm looking for some recommendations from folks who have experience laying similar materials out for a ...
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A Layout from an Amateur: Criticism Welcome [closed]

I'm an engineer but I have no experience in web design/development. I'm building my personal website with WordPress just to showcase my work, and I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to give ...
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Typography of sideways figure

I'm writing my thesis using LaTeX and I have the following question. Since my figure is too wide to fit the layout, I rotate it using sidewaysfigure environment from rotating package. I'd like to ...
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Critique: logo and web site layout

have a look at www.uglyapp.com for my latest creation(under construction). Home page 1 Round logo Logo 2 Rectangular logo. http://www.uglyapp.com/test/uglyAppSquareLogo5.png I am happy with the ...
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Critique: Nice and elegant separation between proof/equations and explanation

I'm in process of finishing my dissertation. I would like to have a separation between proof/equations (upper) and its explanation (under) so that the readers can easily notice. So far I have used a ...