Questions regarding the research of resources (books, websites, videos, etc.) pertaining to a specific design topic.

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Is there a website to compare font prices?

Most commercial fonts are available on different websites for different prices. Is there a webservice that compares those prices and displays the cheapest price for a specific font?
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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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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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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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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How do I go about finding a Graphic Designer for a personal job? [duplicate]

I'm a web developer guy. I've got about zero artistic capability to create a design but I can take a design and create an amazing website out of it. I would like to find a graphic designer to create a ...
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Finding the right graphic designer for a project with no budget

I am the tech lead on a new consumer product for the Asian market (mainland china, HK, et al). We are looking for a graphic designer to take responsibility for both the product design and overall look ...
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Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?
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How can I start to learn web development?

I'm very interested in learning web development and have learned some basics regarding HTML and CSS a few years back from W3Schools, but I never learned how to develop websites that are up to today's ...
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How to learn to graphic design [duplicate]

Summer is here and school is closed giving me lots of time to do whatever I want to do. Summer vacations tend to get a little boring so I thought maybe I could get my feet wet with a little graphic ...
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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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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

I need large set (20 and more) of contrasted and easily visually-distinguishable colors for coloring different datasets on a scientific plot (the set of colors should not include white or black, and ...
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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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Need to know about some some tools and skills [closed]

I don't really know if it's the right place to ask this, but I want to know what should I learn (software, skills...) to start making videos like these ones: ...
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Is there a book about motivation behind the choices in material design?

As in the title, has there been a book released about motivation behind the choices in material design? I would like to read why and how some choices were made.
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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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Is there a tool for getting vector map data of any location for design purposes?

I know of a few sites that offer map data of popular locations, many cities around the globe, but I haven't found any service which provides vector map data of all locations in a form I can use for ...
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What are good commercial stock graphic sites for websites/applications?

I am looking for good websites providing royalty free stock images for pay. I'm not looking for sites that make images available for free and require attribution or non-commercial use; they're ...
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Does anyone know any good resources for working as a sign writer / designer? [closed]

I currently work for a small but very busy family sign writing business. This includes 4 family members mum, dad and two adult kids :) there are three extra employees including me. My role is the ...
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Good sites to find textures online?

I'm always on the lookout for good textures, as they are pretty subtle but can add a lot of life to your site. Recently I found Tileables (http://tileabl.es/) which looks pretty cool. Can you ...
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Logo design process templates & tools, multiple font test tool

I'm trying to find resources to complete, improve and/or make easy the logo design process using templates based in grids and so on. One of the things I'm trying to find is a webtool or software that ...
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How do I learn to be creative?

I've been a programmer my whole life, and now I've found that I really need to start designing my own stuff. I know how to use Photoshop in and out, but I just can't create anything nice. I often ...
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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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How can I generate a random color palette within certain parameters?

Is there a good configurable applications to generate random palettes? Found a color scheme generator that can generate random palettes, but its random part isn't configurable. I need to set minimum ...
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How to begin with UI design

Newbie here. I like the web and UI design, and I know what good UI and good design is, but I lack Photoshop skills. Sometimes when I try to do design work my mind goes blank or gets mixed up because ...
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Can logo designers use free resources or elements from free image websites in their designs?

Can Graphic Designers use free resources to create their own design (or most of it) instead of creating something from scratch? What if I can't draw or have troubles to come up with completely new, ...
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My designs are dull [closed]

I'm learning web design. When I design a page I ask my friends to tell me their opinions about it and I always get the same answer: it's dull and boring. They say my designs are nice but very dull, ...
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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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Can we use free resources (fonts/textures) for commercial use ? [closed]

I'm new to this graphic designing career. I've been making graphics for my own personal interest since 2-3 years and now I want to step out in market. Well, my question is that if I can use all those ...
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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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How to find sets of images for collages? [duplicate]

Is there any place with good sets of free jpgs or pngs for use in collages or just any work in general? I see so many great collages and work in general with a lot of great images incorporated, but ...
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Is there a good place to start selling my designs? [closed]

Good day all. My question is quite simple, I've been making designs for many years, I have a good library of designs, but most of them were unused due to the fact that when a client ask me a design I ...
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How to make a cartoon promotional video

How would you make a cartoon promotional video like google or Wufoo? It could be done in a photoshop-like program but there are many transitions and effects required to make a video interesting. It ...
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where to get web-design critiques and suggestions?

Where do you get you design critics for your project, particularly on web design? A friend had suggested to me a website where people critique and give suggestion on your website. But I forgot the ...
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How to check if my logo is a duplicate of another logo?

As the title asks, how can I check to see if my logo is a duplicate of another logo? Even though I didn't use another logo as a direct example to design my logo, I am worried that a logo similar to ...
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What are strategies for implementing drawing tablet into workflow?

I recently got my first tablet and am interested in tips and resources for using it. Some for example say to hide mouse and force yourself to use the Tablet instead. For those that have taken that ...
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Where can I find vectors / blueprints of different car models (vinyl design)?

I need to design a vinyl for Seat Ibiza Coupe (2009). I have already found this site: the-blueprints.com but I think it is too expensive for a vector. Is there any site that has free or unexpensive ...
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Resources on producing responsive design wireframes and artwork, for graphics designers

We're developers who partner up with a graphic design studio for our project artworks. Some times they even bring in the clients themselves and we both cooperate to get a development project done. ...
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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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I am not a graphic designer, what do I need to know so I don't come off as a complete luddite?

Like the title describes. My profession is NOT graphic design. On the other hand, I occasionally work with those who are and would benefit from being able to better see things from their perspective. ...
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Is there a standard resource for Material Design that I can compare a design against?

I'm starting a project and I want to create a mockup using Material Design principles. Is there a good resource out there that outlines the principles so I can compare my design against it?
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How to find a professional designer

My friend needs a professional logo for his business but there are so many websites - I don't know where to start. Some are probably good and some are probably horrible. Can some experts in graphic ...
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3D Studio Max for beginners

I would like to learn to use 3D Studio Max, but I cannot find any good tutorial to start with. I bought the manual, but there it explains in details all the possible functions you can find in the ...
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Are there any go-to resources for how to grab users or readers attention? [closed]

When a reader looks at a magazine, their eyes may dart to different things on a page in a particular order. I have seen graphs of this and it's astounding how much surface area the eye can cover. I ...
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Graphic Design - Video games — events, seminars, workshops, etc

My daughter loves drawing - using pencil. She wants to be a Graphic Designer - mainly for video games area. We got her a drawing tablet, but she is more comfortable using the pencil. I have not ...
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Is there an online animation repository I can use to communicate my ideas?

I am currently working on a mobile based game. There are a lot assets involved and an equal amount of animations (buttons, graphical elements, etc.). Now the real problem is that getting the exact ...
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What are some good resources for learning calligraphy?

I'm not known for my good penmanship, but I would like to be able to make these hand lettered pieces that have become really popular in the past few years. I know that calligraphy can be a learned ...
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Resources on non-European heraldry and flags?

I was wondering if there was some good resources about non-European heraldry, flags and symbols like this one. My research yielded no good results. The History SE told me to come here. I'm looking ...
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where to find free casual videos to use in web design as background

I want hd small loop-able casual video which i can put in background. It'd be good for it to be about office work, adventure, playing, community, city life, ocean, sports, school, outside, streets. I ...
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What are good sources for Open-Source fonts?

What are good sources for Open-Source fonts? Note that by "Open-Source" I don't mean only free, but truly "open, free to modify and published under an Open Source license" fonts. These are still very ...