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How can a design be balanced and yet have a focal point?

The concept of a focal point seems to be a fundamental one in web design, yet doesn't a focal point mean a page cannot be balanced? Surely by definition a focal point means that the page's 'weight' ...
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Need suggestions on elements arrangement and picking colors

I'm making a new site, but I feel like colors or elements dimension aren't that good at all, I want it to look elegant and makes the user comfortable when looking at it. Right now I'm not getting that ...
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Objective reasons to center or left-align tables and images within text columns?

First, let me emphasize that while I am asking a question about preference, I am looking for objective reasons to prefer one answer over another. I am not interested in your personal, subjective ...
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Design “join page” and guide them graphically from left to rightside towards a join button

Im having this big horizontal bar see image above, and want to "guide (read force)" the users from reading the text on the left to clicking the join button on the right. Are there any thoughts on ...
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design/ display user evaluation state's

Im looking to discuss ideas on how to represent the "evaluation of a user". You the evaluator Users to be evaluated Based on score border around user profile is different color How could this be ...
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Is there a simple program to lay out images on a series of pages for linux?

I am constantly needing to print out pages with 4 graphs on one page or 2 graphs and a diagram, etc.. So far I have been using LibreOffice Draw to import the images and then manually lay them out on a ...
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iPad EPub layout landscape/portrait issue

I'm building a simple EPub with Indesign 5 to simply display a few images with a title above. When I hold my iPad on portrait mode I have this (title above image which is what I want!): When I ...
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How to create a PowerPoint slide template that enforces consistency across users within a group?

I have been asked to come up with a PowerPoint slide template for use by multiple speakers from a single group. The key element that was requested is a footer. The footer should have some unifying ...
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How To Achieve This Type of Page Border

I'm taking this website as an example: BuddyMiller.com Is that border that looks like a nice persian rug, surrounding the page, something I would get from a template online (I've been searching ...
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How to make a reference book easy to navigate?

I am assembling a reference book which has short entries arranged alphabetically. It also has a deep section hierarchy, e.g.: A Am Amtrak An animals bears ...
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Help with editing web design in existing Photoshop file

I have a PNG image which contains the header, footer, and content from an existing web site. My client wants to make a new page using the existing design. I've got PNG files from them which I need to ...
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Should online PDFs be saved as spreads or single pages?

There are benefits to showing a pdf download both as a spread and a single page. Which should I take into account—the view-ability on smaller computer screens or the design appeal of showing ...
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Design tips for a web design by a beginning developer

I'm currently in the process of making a design for a web application. Although I'm very interested in design, I'm actually a programmer, and I don't have a lot of experience with design. That's why ...
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How to lay-out a list of links so the intended reading order is apparent?

I have a site (no CMS platform) that has a list with links. The list consists of 14 links, each referring to a pdf file. If someone wants to read the content of these files, they must follow a certain ...
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FBI files for people background template [closed]

I need to create a report like FBI reports for people background. can anyone give me a link to such a paper so I can design it or give me its template? Thanks
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Should the F-Pattern be considered in all designs?

The F-Shaped pattern is a pattern found in an eye-tracking study as the primary areas people glance over when reading a website. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/reading_pattern.html Is this something ...
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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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What is the difference between “wrapped” text and “constrained” text?

This question is based on the comments on this answer to another question. What is the technical difference between text that is "wrapped around" a shape as opposed to text that is "constrained by" a ...
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What are examples of magazine-like front-pages in web design?

I'm designing a responsive front-page layout for a well known online community (just dribbbled this preview). The content section will feature a list of several articles, each containing: A ...
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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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Page layout: is my website too “sober”? [closed]

My website here: http://www.papdevis.fr/ is very, very (x 14) "sober", i.e. there's the less menus I could do. If you click on a region, same thing: there's the less menus I could do: Mes devis | ...
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Free / cheap desktop publishing software for a book with some graphics? (OS X)

Nothing too complex. I need a few custom paragraph styles, and here and there a graph or diagram will be interspersed with the text. I've looked at Scribus, and it seemed suited for my needs... only ...
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Selecting page ratios for a novel

I am preparing to print a book and need to select dimensions for the paper and the the top and side margins. I have seen this article about page construction, which describes various antique methods, ...
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Measuring from the right side of the page in Illustrator

I have a pair of graphic files representing punch-out cardstock tokens in a board game, one to be printed on the front side of the sheet, and one on the back. The back of the page needs to be an ...
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Logo alignment on a certificate

I have a certificate that I am designing. Excuse the inconsistent text alignment. At the bottom, I have two logos. The red one is about twice as tall and half as long as the blue one. I am ...
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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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How can I improve these secondary pages without a radical redesign

I am more of a web developer than a web designer so I would appreciate it if I can get some tips on how to improve http://tinyurl.com/7my6g6m 's design/looks and other secondary pages on this site. ...
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How do I preserve legibility when overlaying text on images?

I have lots of creative images that I want to use, except when I put text over them it makes the text really hard to read. Other than a drop shadow, is there another way to make it more clear?
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Should Logotype Be Considered Part of the Heading Hierarchy?

I'm in the process of an identity design for an online magazine and I've come up with what I feel is appropriate logotype, and a heading/body copy pair that I also think work well. But when treating ...
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Are there some standard sizes when it comes to square page layouts?

I am designing this luxury product catalogue and I was thinking to make the pages square so it would somehow be a little more unique and stuff... The way I have it set up now is 8in x 8in(about 20cm ...
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“Change this design to a quarter page, from a half” - page layout reduction but keep content

Hopefully won't be too vague a question or specific, but understand that it might be. I rarely touch design work, but my employer has asked me to take an A4 page advert (PDF) for a client and ...
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How to use Illustrator to Create DIN A4, six-sided folder-flyer?

I'm not sure how to know which space I need to set a document in Adobe Illustrator CS5 when I want to create a six-sided DIN A4 folder-flyer. Is there a template somewhere out there that I can use? Or ...
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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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How do I choose width for a set of text fields?

A programmer myself, I find it hard to make certain seemingly simple design decisions. Currently I'm sketching a signup form for a website, and I want to keep the design really simple. There are ...
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Why do newspapers use multiple columns?

This might not be the right place to ask, but I was wondering why newspapers use multiple columns? Does it take up less space, or is there a visual reason?
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Looking for a grid template for Powerpoint

I'm new to this community. I wouldn't describe myself so much as a designer but rather someone who has a need to create presentations as part of my job and would like to improve the design of those ...
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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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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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How can I convince a stubborn client that white space is absolutely necessary?

We have all been there: you show a client your design and they say "look at all that unused space, we can go ahead and make the text bigger, in fact let me give you more copy. We need to make use of ...
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Define crop marks for each design that is 4-up on a letter size page.

I'm trying to print a birthday invitation, 4 to a letter size page. I'd like crop marks for each. How do I set crop marks without having to draw them by hand? Is there a feature when printing or ...
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How to create this 3-columns fluid layout?

I am trying to create a 3-columns fluid layout, as described by attached picture, but I cannot reach the desired results. Do you have some hints that can help me?
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Importing a page onto a differently sized page in Scribus

I'm quite sorry for my unclear question. I have two Scribus documents, the contents of a club magazine (i.e. everything from TOC to colophon) and the cover (which is in color). For space reasons I ...
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Need help with the Color Combination for the Red

I have come up with a Basic Design for my web app. I want to use the Red color as it helps induce apetite. Well while designing i have managed to get the basic layout and design directions going. But ...
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Indesign exports A4 document as US Letter .pdfs

When exporting a document created in InDesign which has A4 selected under File > Document Setup > Page Size into a .pdf by using File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print) format and use the default 'High ...
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What is a good size for category box on web site?

I'm designing a web site which has a large number of categories. On one particular page each category will be displayed with a photo, light description and a a list of subcategories or products. ...
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InDesign: Threaded text with different master pages

I have two master pages, "2-col Master" and "4-col Master". I start out with a 4-col page and insert text. InDesign will insert the remaining pages (each with 4-cols) until the text is complete. How ...
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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 can I ensure that a .pdf file I sent to a publisher has the same layout as on my computer?

I have next to no knowledge about typesetting, just the usual office skills. Some weeks ago, our team wrote a scientific paper, and after it was accepted at a conference, I handled the submission of ...
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How to set the width of one item based on the width of another item in InDesign?

I am taking a bunch of text snippets and creating boxes that are 0.2 inches wider than the text snippet to use as a background for it. I have hundreds of these to make. I can't think of a way to ...
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I need advice on how to position key elements in a layout

I'm designing a video game display page. The page which has many items and I'm finding it really difficult to decide on a layout that makes logical sense. Can you provide me with any advice in terms ...