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Do websites need three colors?

I've read a bunch of blog posts and stuff on web design, but don't have any formal education or experience/training. In experimenting with my first website, I've found that having 3 colors works ...
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What is the default dimension for a user's Twitter's Background image?

What are the default dimensions for a Twitter User's Background image? If I want to upload my own image for my Twitter account's Background image, what should its default dimensions be, as per ...
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Export a single object in Illustrator without the other objects to SVG code

So I am pretty much desperate by now. I am a web developer and -designer, but I don't use Illustrator. I just don't need it at all. The file that I got from the graphic designer contains two ...
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Best Way to (truly) Reduce Gradient Banding in Photoshop across ALL Monitors [duplicate]

This problem keeps coming up again and again. I have tried to use the Dither checkbox in a Layer Effect in Photoshop CS6+ but that doesnt always work so well. And applying a grain effect or noise ...
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Why do some logos look.. old? How does design age?

This drives me crazy. What makes design look old? How subjective is this? Who decides? Look at this Bell logo: It's from 1969. And boy, does it look that way. It's simple and minimal, but.. it ...
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What is the thought process that goes behind conceptualizing a design?

In my case, I am planning to design how a website looks; I am a bit of a newbie. I'd love to learn :) Are there any books that I can refer to?
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Critique: How to refine the appearance of flashcards in my web app

I am creating a web app and I have got several questions about its appearance, first here's a "screenshot" (just a test with Pixelmator): The element in the center is a flashcard, the arrows on the ...
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Internship or Spec Work?

This is not strictly a design question, but it's the only area I could find similar topics. I've just completed a Bachelor's in Web Design & Development and have been casting a wide net for ...
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Free animated gifs for web: loading and progress bars/spinners

Where is the best place to find free animated gifs? I have tried googling 'free animated gifs' but the sites that come up offer just useless gifs such as balloons or something in that direction. I'm ...
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Having problems with photos appearance

I am having some trouble designing the following web page. I somehow do not like the way the big photos are presented in the project. Can anyone suggest an idea how to improve the general look of this ...
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CSS: Fade input image on focus is too dark

How can I simply make the background fade a bit while typing WITHOUT affecting the text opacity?. Without fading if you type over the top of the image it is hard to read. The reason I have not faded ...
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Why do logos appear on the left on the overwhelming majority of websites?

The title really says it all. I mean, is there a particular reasons for which logos have to appear at the upper-left corner and not, say, in the upper-centre? Example: all Stack Exchange sites, ...
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Website Screenshot in Photoshop Perspective [duplicate]

I'm web-developer and i decided to create my portfolio. So I need to create all my websites as images in perspective like on the following example. I have knowledge of Photoshop, but I cant create ...
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How to design a simple (text and a shape logo) for a website

All I need for my website is just a text and a shape beside the text or over it, I googled a lot but there were no simple answers, using illustrator is just an overkill. For example, company named ...
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How to hire a graphic designer?

I am developing the backend for a website. I always had the trouble of making an attractive design for my websites and have never hired any graphic designer yet. I have no logo nor web template. What ...
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What is the difference between an icon and a button?

Since we are getting more UI questions here on icons and I didnt see this question here I thought it would be on topic to ask what the difference between an icon and a button are other than an icon ...
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What are few good fonts for Flat UI?

The next project that we are coding in, we are making the UI flat, can anyone suggest some good fonts that would look good with it and which are freely available. I like the "Lato" font family. Maybe ...
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How to set up artwork page when measurement given in pixels?

I normally design (mostly theatre posters etc) for print so the size of artwork in cms or mm always. However, when folks ask me design graphics for web they stipulate the pixel size i.e 200 pixels ...
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Add a hyperlink within Illustrator

Is it possible to add a hyperlink to an object or a layer within Illustrator CS6 for a later SVG export? I know about the possibility to manually edit the exported file and wrap elements with an ...
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Drag and drop based website design/development IDE? [duplicate]

I want a easy-to-use, drag and drop based website design/development IDE for frameworks like bootstrap, foundation, etc...
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Fireworks slices for Dreamweaver

I am designing a website and am planning on slicing up my template in Fireworks and then exporting it to Dreamweaver. When this is done it does of course go into a table. I have a title and nav bar ...
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How can I design a domain-specific “actions” icon?

We are writing an application for road construction management. Think of the guys that plan the lane expansion or road resurfacing that ruins your day. :) All throughout the application, we have the ...
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Is there a recommended neutral color palette for web design?

I am trying to improve my design side on web design. I have design a mobile app using a platform called ApplicationCraft which gives me mobile 5 mobile themes (colours) and have created a 'nice' ...
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Graphic element to show on a form while user awaits response

I have the following registration form: Since response from server may not come for about 3 seconds, I need to let user know that the request is being processed. What visual element could I use ...
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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 kind of icon should I use for requests?

I work on a platform where users post requests and other users are connected with them, so they come and solve the first users' problems. Pretty much like a freelancing website. I need an appropriate ...
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What is the layout style for sites like GrooveShark called?

I don't need to know the artistic style but instead the style name for single page application like webpages. They have dynamic height and width with no scrolling.
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Digital design - screen grab large dimensions?

I'm working on some site banners that need updating and I'm having a few issues with dimensions. My internet screen is set to 'view actual size', so it's not zoomed in and my images/slices are ...
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Where do you get industry specific stock photos?

Any other designers have suggestions on how/where to find photography on luxury fashion designers? I'm looking for legitimate licensing. I know the main sites like Shutterstock, iStock, and Getty ...
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Image Fuzzy in Browser, Sharp in Photoshop (with NO resizing), why?

I have a PNG file that looks fuzzy when I view it in any browser. However, opening the very same file in Photoshop, making no changes, it looks perfectly sharp. Why does this PNG look different when ...
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How you can rework logo to fit favicon of browser - 16x16px?

Let's say, I have a logo of website, with size 120x50px. Favicon should be 16x16px to be supported by major browsers. How it is possible to rework some image, making it smaller nearly in 10 times, ...
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What is the technical term (if one exists) for this kind of website design?

I'm looking to define a website layout that's fairly common on a lot of websites but can never get the right word. The design is composed of generally a header banner (like ...
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What are good general typeface principles based on target audience age?

Everyone knows that as people get older their vision deteriorates. At 20 years old, few have trouble seeing and reading 8 or 9pt type in print or 10-11px type on the web. However, the older an ...
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Stock Photo resource collections for Salons?

I apologize in advance if this may be off topic (I'm new here so I am not quite sure) But I have sifted through many Stock Photography resources and I have found very little to none, reasonably ...
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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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Converting 2D images into an Isometric Perspective [duplicate]

I'm looking for the technique used when converting a 2D PSD/AI Vector into an isometric perspective. Using Photoshops Skew & Distort properties lead to loss of quality or disproportionate angels ...
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Is there a visual web editor based on bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a great framework, and I want know if there is a tool that gives you the possibility of dragging html components, re-sizing and moving them, changing colours, all while generating the ...
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Music Player on Website that continues playing between pages [closed]

I know that having a music player on a website isn't necessary nowadays. But I have a client that really wants one on their website. The problem is making the music player play constantly (the user ...
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What is the best icon to represent the shopping cart for an e-commerce store?

I'm looking for an icon that will clearly identify the "shopping cart" for an apparel store. A shopping bag? A Cart? Is there any other specific icon? If we go further, do you think it is better to ...
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How to separate a dropdown from the page background when it's the same color?

To get straight to the point, this is causing trouble: The menu on top (work news about media) is a dropdown menu. The problem is that it has a white background, and the page is also white, and the ...
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Is it possible to use media queries for responsive emails?

Today and yesterday I had nightmares... One thing is that I personally have a Windows phone. That didn't help surely. But I was reading up on iPhone settings and Android settings and there was no ...
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PSD to XHTML…resolution question

I have a PSD designed around 1920 pixel i.e the canvas is 1920 pixel wide by 1110 pixel height. My question is, when slicing: Do I slice it the way it is? or Change the image size to a lesser width ...
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Common mistakes that we make while designing for web & how to avoid them

What are some common mistakes to avoid while designing? I know color, text and images play a major part in designing, but there are so many other things that we need to take care of! I don't know ...
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What are the responsibilities of a web designer

HI All - I am a Coldfusion developer with over 2 and half years of experience. I have some experience with Javascript, jquery and sql. I was thinking to learn Web designing too in my free time. What ...
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How much should I charge indie authors for Book Covers, Book Trailers and Web Design? [duplicate]

I've started designing book covers, producing book trailers and designing websites for indie authors. Here's a little bit about my background: I received formal training in computer arts, film, ...
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Different Logo Colors for Different Uses, Appropriate?

I am finalizing the last step of my logo redesign process. Is it ok not to have a regular color when presenting my logo? I am thinking about having a defined list of colors for different use cases ...
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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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How come my link is overlooked?

I'm fairly new to designing. As of now, I have this design: Click image for full resolution As you can see there is a small link in the upper right corner (Upload Prenda Link). When clicked, it ...
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Suitable font for headline to go with Verdana as body copy (dark design)? [closed]

I'm currently redesigning a website that uses a dark design. Using a dark design I know there some additional readability concerns which need to be looked at, and I've tried to cover all the angles. ...
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Angled Mockups Pixelate Image

So I create designs in PS for an iPhone with dimensions of 640x1136. Really crisp. Export it as a PNG and then import it into an angled mockup of an iPhone. Then I upload it into the web and it ...