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Name of web layout made up of full-width sections

Is there a name for the type of web site layout in which the body of the page is divided into horizontal sections; each section is 100% wide but has content of fixed width (that is typically ...
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How to undo alternate layout in InDesign CS6?

I clicked Create Alternate Layout in my InDesign CS6 document without really understanding what it was for, to try and fix a margin problem I was having trouble with. Now the document has been split ...
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Page numbering in PhD thesis

I have always wondered: where should the first page number start? I know the front matter is typically in lower case roman numbers, whereas the mainmatter is with arabic ones. The mainmatter starts ...
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Software recommendations for magazine layout?

I use Word now but I would like to find a better software for laying out a magazine. In this magazine, I would like to create columns (2 or 3 depending on the page), insert image on 1, 2 or 3 columns ...
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Need help with newspaper magazine design/layout

I am designing and doing the layout for our senior year newspaper. I want this to look as professional as I can get it. I feel like somthing is off with the design but I can not put my finger on what. ...
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How to format a booklet in Photoshop

I need to create an A5 booklet (by folding A4 sheets), and the only tool at my disposal at the moment is Photoshop, since I haven't got InDesign on the machine that I'm working on right now. What's ...
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Why do logos appear on the left on the overwhelming majority of websites?

The title really says it all. I mean, is there a particular reasons for which logos have to appear at the upper-left corner and not, say, in the upper-centre? Example: all Stack Exchange sites, ...
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Does Paul Rand's odd typographic layout style have a name?

I'm just wondering if anyone has insight in to what governed Rand's typographic layouts. It seems like they were often instinctual and not based on any grid system. I'm thinking of things like the ...
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How does one design a children's book?

My dad one day decided to write a children's book, and my wife illustrated it. However, we've had some difficulties in putting the illustrations into a book format. What kinds of things should one ...
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Apply different master page

I'm formatting a simple book (novel) document. I have basically two master pages, one is for basic pages (a large text field and a page number) and the other is for the first page of a chapter, with ...
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InDesign Data Merge and hiding missing data

I have an InDesign document which is filled from the data in a CSV using data mrege. The csv has columns for name, phone, email etc, but some of the data in the csv isn't filled in as it is not all ...
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What are current/newer webpage layout patterns with different columns? [closed]

I once saw page, maybe here or somewhere else, where person asked for a list of best proven layouts that work, and each for different columns, different placements of navs, and etc. He got a long list ...
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How do I get text/words to roll over into the next line, leaving the current line unjustified? [closed]

How do I get text/words on a page to flow into the next line, mid-word without Pages (Mac) automatically justifying?
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How can I make this sidebar menu clearer?

I have created a sidebar for a client as requested: The top bar - where on other pages menu items are shown - is left empty as requested and instead 3 menu items are show in the sidebar. These lead ...
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Layout Desgin and Color Scheme for a Crisis Mapping Web Application

here are a few screenshots of a web-based crisis mapping software, basically built for both governors and people. The design is somehow combined by ideas from different persons, so we are interested ...
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Examples of block-layout UI design?

By block-layout, I mean style like these: Medium,Readwrite,Kicktarter There aren't too many on gallery sites(for example, Flat UI Design). Most of them are for product promotion, making a big ...
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How can I display text results/posts/sections in a user-friendly and intuitive way?

I've been exploring design trends that use various ways to lay out text data (i.e. an Email app, Search Results, Blog Posts, etc.), and so I'm curious if anyone has any ideas for new ways to display ...
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How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?

I am not a designer, I am a scientist. I write papers in Word or LaTeX, the conference organisers give me a template with fonts, rules like "Caption for figures go below the figure, captions for ...
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How to align search icon, link and column header

Is there are general rules to align right-aligned elements on the page? Look at these screenshots: At this screenshot the search icon and the link are aligned to the right border of the "box", while ...
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How can I make consistent designs for similar items?

Salutations! I have remarkably little experience in graphic design, and I'm running into a tools problem; I am not sure what I can use to get the effect I want. To wit, I am working on mocking up some ...
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How to design this? [closed]

Image 1 is what i had first, obviously a b├Ęta version of the design as this bar with buttons still needs to be designed / given layout. Image 2 is my attempt at (re)designing it. Image 3 is to ...
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Designing for a 6in x 9in book

I am putting a text heavy book together, 6in x 9in paper size. (Perhaps related are this and this link.) Now I look for good font pairings (nice examples are here) and margin settings and line ...
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Software Recommendation for Card Layout

I am looking to design many unique study cards, with text and some images on the front and back, to be printed on a professional digital press. Right now, I have the material in a table, with one row ...
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Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design and business goals?

I am designing a one page site, and I need to go back to basics and learn about how to translate business aims into a homepage design. Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design ...
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Books/Rescources for Composition and Layout for Print?

I'm starting my education in Graphic Design soon (once I finish my current degree) and I'm pretty much immersed myself information in preparation including textbooks that I will be using and websites ...
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Typesetting and page layout resources [closed]

I have been building ebooks for a while now, and now would like to tinker with printed media. What are some good resources (books, websites) that have typesetting and page layout rules? Everything ...
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What is a better way to present two elements with “load more” function

Here is the problem: Two element. Instagram and Flickr. They both show 4 images then the user has to click on Load more to load the next 4 images. I think it would be pretty annoying for the user to ...
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How would you describe/label the ability to do good layout (in the old Desktop Publishing sense)

When I am searching for designers, I find that an important skill is "layout" in the old DTP sense. The ability to position things on a page in a logical, attractive fashion. Do the kids these days ...
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Layout for technical documents

I've being doing some research regarding how to present a good quality technical document (to be more specific, a PhD Thesis). It seems to me there is some consensus regarding the fonts (as described ...
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Can I have separate color for some Photoshop guides

While designing a web site layout in Photoshop, on a 960 grid, sometimes we want to put some extra guides to use along with our main guides. Is there a way to give a separate color to some ...
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What should I use for filler/placeholder text?

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Why is the spacing between titles usually set to equal length?

In text editors, html, etc. the default mode of sub title spacing seems to quite equal. Why is that? To clarify, we have an end paragraph of a subsection and a new subsection with title and opening ...
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Text flow - when to say “no”?

What do you folks use as a general rule of thumb for flowing text around embedded images? I know everyone's got different preferences in addition to standard rules; is there any time when you will ...
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Positioning a DIV before the previous DIV

I'm not savvy when it comes to HTML/CSS. I use Typepad for my blog, and that limits me a lot. There are four divs. <div id="container-inner"> <div id="nav"></div> <div ...
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How do you build a webpage with a main text body and 2 columns underneath?

I have a body of text that I am trying to layout in a visually pleasing way but I can not figure it out. The goal is to have this layout (see psuedocode): <container> <main /> ...
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Page resizing in Indesign [duplicate]

We are working with two brochures, which we are looking to copy content from into one new brochure. These two brochures are different page sizes, and so image and text are different sizes as well. ...
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In Indesign, how do I set the top margin of a page following a page break (chapter)?

So, I have a page, make a hard page break, so that content flows to the next page. I would want the next page/frame following such a hard break to have a top margin of n cm, but not other pages. What ...
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How to automatically repeat labels on a page in Inkscape?

I make labels for my beer bottles in Inkscape. With each new batch of beer I need to change the label. When I am done I want to print 8 labels on each page. Right now I export the SVG as PDF and use ...
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Website Style Guide Creation

I'm working for a client that requires me to create website style guides from detailed photoshop mockups of the already designed website. These style guides are then passed on to the actual developers ...
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Formula for grid that supports 2:1 and 1:1 units?

I'm trying to create a grid that supports 2:1 and 1:1 units. I cannot figure out if this can be done or is even mathematically possible without compromising the 1:1 or 2:1 unit. The grid will be ...
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Vertical rhythm/baseline grid in Web Design

I recently read some articles about the importance of good vertical rhythm/using a baseline grid for good typography in web design. I decided to try using a baseline grid, like the 960 grid pictured ...
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Indesign file. Text thrown off while sorting pages

While I am formatting my indesign file, sometimes removing pages or adding them throws neatly formatted text off the margins. Why
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How can I automatically number the survey questions in my InDesign document?

I'm relatively new to InDesign and I just know that I'm going about this project in a less than ideal fashion. I've done a lot of Google searching about numbering, but I seem to know little enough ...
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Overlapping images - how to slice in photoshop CS5

I got pretty simple example of site layout (link below), and i need to slice it. The problem is, when i have 2 images, or image and title overlapping, and when i try to make slices of both, i get one ...
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Distributing layer position in sequence

I'm in storyboard hell. I have to place about 400 seperate images in sequence on a huge board in photoshop. So I have a 20,000 px by 10,000 px board and a load of layers which have been imported in ...
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How to beautifully incorporate tables in texts/documents

From time to time I have to write a small report and usually I end up having to present data in a table. Everytime I end up thinking that a table is an ugly looking rectangular box I wish I could ...
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Does ideal measure change with language?

The ideal measure for single column of text is most widely accepted as around 65 characters, but does this depend on the language of the text? Some languages like French have much longer words than ...
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What do you call the first paragraph in a layout where its bigger and made to stand out?

So you often see the first paragraph, for example of an about us page, where the first paragraph has a larger font and just kind of gives an enticing bit of information to read further. Anybody know ...
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Mobile layout grid dimensions?

I am trying to figure out what the standard grid layout is for ios6 and possibly android. I use photoshop cs6 and recently sketch 2. What dimensions should I set?
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Encyclopaedia-style InDesign running headers, where pages have many, one or zero headings

So, you can have a heading running on each page that varies automatically based on the most recent heading (or, occurrence of any other paragraph style) by putting text with InDesign text variables ...