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

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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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Is there a good place to start selling my designs?

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 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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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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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 ...
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Combining colors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? I am a developer, and I would like to know how to choose colors that combine together. ...
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How can I learn website/webpage design [duplicate]

I asked the closed How can (or should) I design my personal and professional sites?, and one of the comments was that if the commenter stumbled upon any of my sites, that commenter would conclude I ...
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Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?

Meet Pluralsight. We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to ...
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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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Without having an academic background in Graphic design, Can I still get on the top? Any resources/techniques and ways to succeed? [duplicate]

I am currently studying computer sciences and I don't have any design school here to go to after I complete my degree and going abroad can take some time. I am very interested in learning and ...
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Resources for metrics about brands

I love the site Emblemetric but I've read everything on there since it's not updated so often. Where can I find other resources dedicated to metrics and analyzing logo trends?
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Critique: Is this a good way to present images and captions for research document?

I have put lots of pictures/images in my document and I would like to refer them. Below is my attemption after reading this. What do you think about the font, the alignment, the size of images, etc? ...
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Any recommended design ebook /source? [duplicate]

I have just started with designing websites. However, I feel like I'm missing a lot of knowledge. I've read the following books: don't make me think ordering disorder Rocket surgery made easy ...
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Looking for recommended sites to find Joomla and WordPress themes.

I am new to pre-defined themes, and I need a theme similar to this image: I already searched but I can't find any similar theme, I probably searched in the wrong places. What websites could you ...
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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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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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Where can I find good filigree? [closed]

I don't have the skills necessary to create filigree elements myself. Where can I find some pre-existing ones (preferably vectors or fonts)?
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How to create a fabric pattern with wavy lines

I would like to create a fabric pattern, like this one: I'm not very experienced in graphic design. Could somebody please explain how to create a fabric texture and overlay a wavy line pattern in ...
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My designs are dull

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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What are the key principles that effective designs share?

You have arrived on this page because you are clearly curious about underlying fundamentals that you can incorporate into your thought process when designing. According to many that came before us, ...
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How to reinforce intuitive design decisions?

I am not a professional designer, meaning: I have not studied Graphic Design at university or similar. I wanted to, but the numerous clauses didn't allow it. On the other hand, I'm actually doing ...
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How to get bokeh images to use in web design?

I'm looking for online resources, image libraries, Photoshop actions, tools, or any other means of getting or designing bokeh images (those highly blurred pictures, with colorful circles) for use as ...
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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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How do I start designing a ribbon 3d with shadow Text in Photoshop?

I just want to ask for some resources and as to how I could implement such in Photoshop: I saw this image online in a website: https://www.zirtual.com/ and it's just simple as it looks but I was ...
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Resources for learning Photoshop (CS5)?

I've been searching for some good resources for learning Photoshop from scratch. I'm someone without a formal design background, but I'm looking to become competent using Photoshop (not trying to be a ...
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What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?

I'm starting out as a technical writer, and want to present my written material as best as possible to the customers. Are there any "bibles" or introductory books on graphic design that I could ...
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Where can I find hi-res stock photography previews?

Does anyone know of a stock photo resource that offers high-res watermarked comp(preview) images? Creating mock-ups with the tiny comps that getty provides really dials back the look of the mockups. ...
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Faking print finishes on a mock up

I've looked quite a bit for resources demonstrating how to fake spot varnishes and print finition in general (embossing, foil, flocking, etc.) on real mockups (i.e. no Photoshop). I would exclude ...
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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 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 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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Enhance Graphic (Web) Design Skills

I'm a web designer and I find myself a bit stuck because of lack of creativity. Do you have any advice, maybe some books or whatever to find some creativity again? Thank you.
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Digital asset management software recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to help manage my large collection of purchased icons and other image assets. I'm sure there must be software of the sort I'm looking for, but I haven't ...
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Specific Animation: Object Falling Into Snow

I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find a template for After Effects that involves a ball or some other object being dropped into water, snow, smoke, or some other kind of environment. Are ...
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What resources can help me with some basic design skills for an internal web application?

What resources could I (a programmer) find to help me with some basic design skills for an internal web application? I don't mean to make it look like it is off the shelf, but I would like to group ...
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What does Google provide web designers with?

I'm quite new to web-design, being primarily focused on web programming on server-side. I usually power my apps with twitter-bootstrap, using the myriad css classes it provides and I don't interfere ...
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Interesting documetaries on graphic design and any kind of design [duplicate]

I'm looking to be introduced to interesting documentaries in the field of design, I saw Helvetica and it blew my mind and am looking for films similar to this one.
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Learning Logo Design

What are the good logo design learning resources (books, sites)? How can I learn logo design more in depth? What are some good instructional resources for learning logo design? This question is not ...
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Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book/blog/forum that focuses on design principles such as psychology of color, specifically where it relates to picking a color palette for a communication ...
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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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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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Typesetting and page layout resources [closed]

I have been building ebooks for a while now, and now would like to tinker with printed media. What are some good resources (books, websites) that have typesetting and page layout rules? Everything ...
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What skills to learn for web development? [closed]

I'm a new enthusiast of web programming/development. Recently I started lectures and started studying to learn web development. I don't know if this forum is the right place to find help, but I wish ...
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What is the single most influential book every designer should read?

What is the single most influential book every designer should read?
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Are there any films about graphic design?

I'm looking for fiction films that are either about graphic design, or have important elements of its history, and I'm a bit stuck. I'm not trying to find movies that would be inspiring for ...
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Best Way To Find Independent Designers?

What is the best way to find an independent designer for a particular field? For example, one that has a portfolio and designs book-covers/print/packaging, ...? It is a requirement for me to draw ...
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Is there something like smashing magazine.com for the Print Industry?

I know the print industry isn't probably changing as much as the web stuff nowadays but Im just wondering were do print graphic designers get their inspiration, latest news and that kind of stuff. ...
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How do I go about finding a Graphic Designer for a personal job?

I'm a web developer (the html/css/backend) 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 ...
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Git-style Managing for Graphics/Programming Assets on Filesystem level?

This question addresses my problem about handling derivative works but I am trying to find some Git compatible solution. Extensis Portfolio may be a good candidate but for me it is essential that I am ...
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Graphic design feeds to follow [closed]

What are some Graphic Design resources online that regularly post content addressing history, trends and changes in- or explaining principles of Graphic Design? In the best case they offer a feed to ...