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How do I figure out the right size font / text for a given read distance?

To avoid printing single letters at varying sizes and measuring how far away I can see it from a distance is there a formula for determining what size font for a particular read distance? Is it better ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I design PSDs for Desktop, Tablet and Mobile separately in responsive design?

I'm trying to design a responsive web site in Photoshop. But the question is should I design different PSDs for all these devices? (Desktop, Tablet, Mobile) If yes, what page size should I choose in ...
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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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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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What are some good resources for web page composition?

I'm looking for resources on the composition of web pages. I'd like to learn about pros and cons of different page layouts and techniques for moving the eye around a page.
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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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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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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 long of a name do you budget for in a template?

I'm designing a name overlay for a series of videos and I'm curious how long of a name I should budget for without knowing what ones might come my way. As it's for a video it should be reasonably ...
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What should I use for filler/placeholder text?

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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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Do graphic designers format and proof read documents? [duplicate]

Do graphic designers format and proof read documents? We are editors of large reports, mostly from government. The drafts we get are often a mess of formats, with heading structures not clear and the ...
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Do we perceive images in text reading direction?

I received a graphic in a presentation with equally weighted items in it. Their order did not match my expectation, so I started to wonder why that would be. Finally I figured out that I was reading ...
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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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What kind of paragraph style settings in InDesign have the effect of CSS' `clear: right` property?

There's a wonderful property in CSS called clear that prevents floating objects from appearing adjacent to something else. InDesign allows floating objects, but I can't figure out what sort of ...
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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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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 ...