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The selection and use of typefaces for the non-designer

I am looking for a short, concise resource that will help me better choose and use typefaces. I think the ideal resource would have a thoughtfully chosen list of about a dozen of the most important ...
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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What are beginner’s books on typography?

Hum, for some reason I would like to buy myself a book about typography. I have a lot of interest in this field, and already have some knowledge learnt from reading Typophile now and then, among other ...
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Resources for finding good web font schemes/combinations

I have started doing some freelance website design work for small business clients, and part of my work will involve selecting fonts to use on the sites that I will be making. Given that typography ...
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Suggestion on introductory books about graphic design

I will probably get some downvotes for this since I asked a similar question here: ...
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Is there an order to learning non-technical design theory I should follow?

TLDR; I already know how to use design software but I don't know how to design. Bottom Line: Is there a specific sequence to follow for a proper education in the soft skills of design (theory, ...
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Any books on actual how-to of logo design?

I have been stacking up on books for logo design and scouting dribbble fairly intensely. I read (and loved) David Airey's book Logo Design Love, but what I am really looking for at this stage is a ...
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Recommendations for acquiring (affordable) font bundles

I have never - technically - bought a font for personal use (I can state that in shame, all the fonts I've bought were for clients or came with software I own). It's now time to spend some gold coins ...
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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, teamwork means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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What are the journals of contemporary graphic design?

Are there any internationally recognized journals on contemporary graphic design? For example, where can I find critiques, reviews, and argued opinions of designers like David Carson or Uwe Loesch?
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Good resource for non-Latin character based fonts?

I was wondering if there were any good resources for fonts using non-Latin characters, specifically Japanese or Chinese type (Kanji or any other character-based font). I know plenty of resources for ...
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What are some good tools to create 3D icons?

I really like icons like those created by SoftFacade.com: I read the interview from one of their founders, where he mentions that they use "3d tools" without going into specifics. Now I am looking ...
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Easy, Fast, Secured Icon Recommendation

I am trying to do a new website and there are 3 key points to it (Easy, fast, secured). I have already been thinking of using icons for those 3 words but I am not so sure yet. The site that I am doing ...
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How can I visually compare OSX fonts with my primary webfont choice to determine fallbacks without an OSX device?

How can a freelance web designer who doesn't own a Mac visually identify and compare fonts similar to their primary webfont choice, that are present on most OSX devices? I need to define a fallback ...
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Preparing Print Docs — Recommended Reading

Although I've been working as a designer for a number of years, I feel a little inexperienced in preparing documents for print (a lot of my past work has been designing for digital). I'm looking for ...
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Fonts for styling a blog that includes lots of code samples

I'm trying to style a personal site that includes many code listings, with text commentary; many of the code samples are written in the Python language, so they look best a fixed-width font. There ...
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How to start with Blender?

I'm very interested in animation however I only have a little bit experience in Flash Pro. I would like to start from Blender and how to make easy models then go higher and higher. Is there any book ...
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How to become a graphic designer? [closed]

Ever since I was a little girl I've discovered my passion for drawing. I didn't finished a college related to drawing or graphic design, and as a result I don't have an idea of what it means to be a ...
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Mirror HUD GUI design resources

I am developing software, in which the user will be reading information from a heads up display style mirror and interacting with the HUD GUI via voice commands. I am not a graphic designer, however ...
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Resources on web design aesthetic

I am looking for online resources (no books please) that provide general rules and guidelines for web graphic design. I am pretty good at scripting (as far as HTML, JavaScript, and PHP are concerned), ...
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What software should I use to design clipart pictures of human's performing different exercises?

I am building a database with descriptions and various other information for strength training exercises. One of the most important things is to actually let the user get a visual idea of how to ...
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Search engine to tell where a certain font is being used commercially

Is there a search engine that tells where a certain font is being used commercially? For example which company is using it in their logo, etc. A specific example is that I would like to know where ...
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Where to buy graphics for cheap that I can use in work that I sell? [duplicate]

I am making my own cards to sell, however, I would like to use some graphics and or backgrounds once in a while without having to make them all the time. Where is the best place to buy graphics, ...
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Is there an easy way (a pattern or plugin) to create urban maps? Inkscape preferred

This is a tall order, but I thought it might be worth asking. I'm working on a project where I need to basically fake a large urban map: streets, parks, rivers, etc. Essentially I'd like to wind up ...
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Where can I learn about graffiti for my next project?

My next project is to design (as a vector graphic) a logo inspired by the so-called layer style of graffiti. As such, I need to learn as much as I can about this particular graffiti style. It would ...
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Where can I find a background image for a 11“ x 17” printed brochure? [closed]

Creating an 11x17 brochure and require background images. Where can I purchase images of suitable quality/size to use for this purpose?
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How to create smooth animations (Spine 2D)

Three months ago, I started to work in Unity 2d game development. I am student in electronic engineering and programming, so I like to work on animations in my free time and create games. I also ...
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What books or ebooks can I use to learn Photoshop?

I am learning Photoshop at home, but I am finding it quite difficult. Can anyone recommend me any book(s) or resources to learn it (preferably for free)? I have a good internet connection but I'm ...
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Where can i find icon fonts for currency symbols?

I would like help to finding an icon font package like ionicon for most, if not all, the currency symbols in the world. I currently use ionicon for my kivy app just need the currency symbols now.
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Rapid web development tools and choosing color palettes

Recently I have started creating website designs. I found out that the way I do it is very unproductive and takes forever to finish. I tried drawing it on paper, then doing it in HTML/CSS, but found ...
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Recommended books about styling elements for App / Interface Design

I'm new to Photoshop and I'm looking for a book which helps me to learn design iOS Apps and user interfaces. I don't look for a book that teaches me about good UI, I'm looking for techniques I can use ...
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How can I render a 3D crystal object?

I've been trying to make pretty much exactly this crystal: http://wallpapersus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/abstract-crystal-digital-art-3d.jpg Now, the only thing I've used is Photoshop CS5, and ...
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261 views

How to transfer large design files and images via internet [closed]

I need to transfer a .psd file that contains different layers online. It's too large for gmail and will take to long to send via physical mail. What are some ways I can send these files?
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Free Tool to create Social Media Graphics for Websites and Landing Pages? [duplicate]

I am searching a free tool to create Landing Page Buttons, cool designs, social media call-to-action tools, graphics like below - for beginners. I have it difficult finding free tools. Could you ...
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How to check if font or other product name has been used?

I have used trademark searches before, such as http://www.uspto.gov/ but each country has their own, which means more searching than I have time for. Besides many of those sites are incomplete, ...
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How to learn typographic design? [duplicate]

Please suggest some books or some courses I can take online. Given that I know nothing about typography or design.
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Need to Compress/Reduce ai File

I have a 13.7 mb ai file I need to email (from my iMac) to a a few screen printing companies. Their minimum file sizes are 10 and 12 mb. Can anyone recommend a good app for me to use to reduce or ...
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Web template PSD for Mobile View and Desktop view

I am designing a website layout in Photoshop. I created a home page and saved it in png so now it's a full page website design showing a home page for a desktop view. But I also want to make a ...
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Resources for old vintage (1960's and older) photography for use?

I've been searching for some good resources for old photos for use in designs. I've checked out the Flickr Commons, but I'm wondering if there were alternative sources I don't know about for ...
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1answer
578 views

Does anyone know where I can find a bike template or mockup? [closed]

I'm working on a school project about a fake campus bike rental company and I'm trying to create mockups of everything but I can't seem to find any customizable bicycle templates or mockup photoshop ...
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How would I go about printing on plastic sheets?

I have a laser printer, and I wish to print onto plastic sheets for creating boxes to hold playing cards. How would one go about the printing process, or is it even possible? What plastic should I ...
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Icon to Signify “search products” or “products”

I'm trying to design a search box for products searching and I can't seem to think of how to represent search for products. My client wants his website to look like this http://www.hipmunk.com/. I'm ...
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What workflow do you usually follow when exporting for mobile multi-platform?

I'm interested especially in the case in which you absolutely have to support older android versions. What is especially annoying is the fact that they constantly change their implementation and this ...
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1answer
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What should I learn to become a web design expert? I am from engineering background [duplicate]

I'm a computer science graduate having a passion for web design. Almost two years ago, I started learning web design. I designed few websites as well. Every day I try to improve my designing skills a ...
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Where to find flat icons for formatting?

I want to create a tool bar with the following items: Browse Templates New document Copy Paste Cut Fill Save Undo / Redo Line Color I've been looking everywhere for a free icon set with the above. ...
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What are good resources for learning to use Illustrator to design iOS apps?

I've been using Photoshop to do visual designs of apps from wireframes until now and it has gone pretty well. But there's a trend these days to do the visuals also in Illustrator use multiple ...
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Resources for hand-lettering [closed]

What are some of the most useful resources for aspiring graphic designers who want to try hand-lettering?