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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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How to make a book with multiple title levels less confusing?

I am designing the layout for a textbook. The book is organized into themes at three levels: Modules Units Lessons When looking in the table of contents, this organization is easy to ...
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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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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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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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I have a inline image aligned to the right in a master with one column. How to keep the image to the right with 2 cols master_

I have a master with only one column (A) and the picture it-s into the text frame. Now I need 2 columns but how to make the logo to stay on the right? We found 2 solutions but are not very good: ...
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How to still keep the automatic InDesign page shuffling while starting a new section on the left or right side?

I have a document in InDesign and I need to start a section on the left side, but InDesign only allows me to do this if shuffling is set to manual. This means that if I need to add a page at the ...
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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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How to treat right margin/padding of list?

This is well in the realm of "it doesn't really matter" or "whatever looks best", I know, but I was curious as to whether or not there was a generally accepted convention about this (or a ...
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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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In Design - Prints

I am a beginner to indesign and can't work out why when I print my document onto an A4 sheet my background colour won't go to the edge of the page. My document when printed has an uneven white border ...
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Layout with Tables - Hierarchy

In this fiddle there's a markup and style I'm doing for a website: http://jsfiddle.net/UvJmP/ I am trying to represent data in this way: D2's table data is contained in D1 D3's table data is ...
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Is there an ideal number of points of interests in web design? How many is too much?

I want to make a website, but I have too many important elements for that. I tried to simplify the structure, but it became boring to look at and tiresome to navigate. Is there a rule or tip for ...
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What to change on this webpage, to look more elegant [closed]

I'm not ui ux engineer. I just want to hear your opinion/help on where would you (designers) put this grey box or app links, what is your opinion about colors?
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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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Recommended column width for text reading, digital vs printed

Coming form a digital background, I have often read different kinds of suggestions (for example 35-50 ems) for how wide a column of body text should be to still maintain a good readability. Is there ...
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Back-matter numbering

It is a given fact that I cannot number the appendicies (i.e., back-matter) in my works/book by continuing the arabic numbering from the main-matter. The reason is that the main-matter numbering is ...
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What page numbering conventions are there for front matters (prelims) of books?

When a book uses arabic page numbering, the usual habit is to treat the front cover as a page number 1, and start the book itself by page number 3. However, sometimes the front-matter of the book is ...
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Books on the Golden Ratio/Others for WebDesign?

Is there any recommended books about using the Phi (Golden Ratio) for WebDesign? I've seen a lot of layouts taking advantage of this proportion, but it would be great to read a book with a lot of ...
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Mirrored spreads page reshuffling: objects partially outside pages don't update positions

Working on a file with a mirror layout where the inside margins are bigger than the outside margins. When creating a new page in the middle of the file or changing page positions, objects are ...
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UX research on where to put website menu? [closed]

If you browse websites, you can find pretty much all types of sidebar menus: on top (like our very own Stack Exchange), as left or right menu bar, or even at the bottom (though that's a less common ...
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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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InDesign: How to create lines for form design?

Every once in awhile I make forms (applications and whatnot) in InDesign, and, as it often is with ID, there is more than one way to get it done. I have a few techniques that I use, but I often float ...
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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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Leaflet fold where full-page spread is the last thing seen?

Is there a type of fold for one-sheet flyers where the last thing a reader reaches while working through it in a natural way is a full-page spread, and where sections of that full page spread are not ...
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Baseline Grid vs. Readability

Any designer worth their salt will talk about the importance of the grid, and rightfully so. However, as I've continued to practice my trade, I've found that the baseline grid in particular doesn't ...
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Advice on what to put on my home page

I need a little help, and general advice, on what I can put on the front page of my software company's website. I realise that this question is not as specific as some may like it to be, but I hoped ...
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In page composition, how perimeter and dead space relate to bleed

I really hope it's okay to post this. I am currently doing a pretty simple brief on collage/composition and so far it's really fun cutting up magazines and such but there is one exercise I'm a little ...
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InDesign CS6: How should I structure pages of lists?

I'm having several different parts of a publication I'm doing where I'm presenting essentially a list of compound data. Examples are contact specifications (data points are [Name,Phone,Email]), recent ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...