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Mockups: Coding vs Drawing?

This isn't about web design but about interface design in general. Is better to code Interface Mockups or "draw" them in a graphics program, like GIMP, Photoshop, etc.?
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Where can I get images for commercial use?

I am running a web site design service for local small business owner. I want avoid legal issues on the images I use. Usually, the images found on Flickr are forbidden for commercial use. Where would ...
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Text in my Photoshop image looks “blurry”

I am creating a website header in Photoshop CS5, however when I look at it, the text looks very blurry and I have no idea why. I use the Web preset. What do you recommend for the sharpest and best ...
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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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Text not very readable on different image backgrounds

I've come here seeking for a bit of design help or advice on how I could possibly improve the following: Like the title says, I'm having a website banner with multiple text displayed on different ...
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What materials should a web designer using Photoshop send to a developer?

I have been implementing mainly web and desktop applications and this is the first time that I actually started working with a graphic designer on a web site that is for public use. In this case the ...
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Good Place to Start Learning Web Design?

I'm very interested in learning Web Design and have learned some basics regarding HTML and CSS a few years back from W3Schools, but I never learnt how to develop websites that are up to today's ...
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Critique: Tritium website design

In follow up to this question: Critique: Tritium software logo design. For reviewing the website code (performance, bugs, related user experience), please visit the sister question on Code Review. ...
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Good color palette, usable for the color blind.

I'm designing a chart right now, that will slowly have more items added to it. I'd like to create an list/order of colors for the items, that will be most usable for the color blind to differentiate ...
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How can I work with a client that doesn't know what they want?

Hi all the professional out there, I am helping a client/friend with a website design. He is a conceptual thinker. Yet his ideas are always inspirational but not practical. He is always wanting a ...
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Are graphic designers for web supposed to know JavaScript?

If you were to hire a graphic designer to pretty up your web pages, would you hire him/her if the person has no experience in JavaScript but has a very good understanding of HTML and CSS? How ...
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What's the best way to animate an illustration for the web?

I have a couple of illustrations done in Illustrator and I am planing to animate it for a website that I am working on, I've heard of Create.js toolkit with flash, but is it the best way to go or is ...
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How can I create hand-drawn style graphics for my website?

I am developing a web page for web based application, i am new to web design, so forgive if i have asked very basic question. i want to create icons and embed into my existing png image file. i have ...
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How to present web design mockups to a client?

I'm working on a website redesign project. I will need to present a few different mockups to the client for review. Besides sending images in an email, what is a typical way of presenting mockups to a ...
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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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What's up with the one-page website design fad?

I've seen an influx of websites that put all of their content on one page, ala this site. Even the sites on some of the lists I see in Smashing Magazine do this (like this one, with what seems like a ...
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Photoshop Color Settings for web design

What color profile settings should be used in Photoshop for web design? Does monitor calibration effect save for web images? I keep my monitor calibrated with a colorimeter and want to make sure my ...
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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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Is there a trend away from left aligned web site designs?

Most web sites that I see are centered, and I'm wondering if there's some sort of unwritten (or written) trend away or against left aligned sites?
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Sources of inspiration for the graphical design of a business intelligence web application

I'm looking for sources of inspiration for the graphical design of a web application. The application is used to display historical information on industrial processes. In the back end there is a ...
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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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AIGA - Worth it for web designers?

I haven't been to an AIGA event in a few years, and I've only been to a handful between the VT AIGA and Philly AIGA. What I remember between the two were they seemed great for students, and maybe ...
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Literal versus indirect imagery

I have a client who is pushing the use of very literal imagery for her website: waving hands for success, a finishing line for the end of a process, and so on. We're trying to make more use of ...
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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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How can I ensure that users will think a button is clickable?

I had to make a page with a couple links on it, so I thought I would try to make the links big and decorative: But I ran into the problem that people didn't realize it was a button, so they didn't ...
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Are dotted pictures a new trend in Web Design?

I've noticed lately that some of the websites I visit regularly are adopting a new and bizarre trend in Web Design: "the dotted pictures". Not sure what to call it. It looks as if a pattern of ...
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How to distinguish menu items that link to other sites

I work for a large university, and we're trying to come up with some ideas for our drop-down menus, which are fairly standard, not too fancy. The university has their main site, and many sub-sites, ...
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Is it a bad idea to change a single - major - element in isolation?

Our team just had a rather strong argument over an issue. The issue: Some team members want to "update" one of our websites by changing the colors of the left navigation bar, and maybe also the ...
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How do get what you want to say into such a few words?

It seems fairly well agreed that people glancing at a site won't read proper paragraphs, only bullet point lists. I'm really struggling how to say all the things I want in a few bullet points... it ...
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A good monospace, condensed and open-source typeface?

I'm looking for an optimal typeface for report tables that will contain many columns (the reason for condensed). The reason for monospace is that these reports will contain a lot of numbers and we ...
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The most advanced JPEG image compression on mac?

Sometimes i work with JPEG files for my web designs. There are occasions where the PNG format is not suitable.. There are several optimization techniques for the PNG format, but I noticed that for ...
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Do you have a “formula” for the webfont vs graphic type threshold?

Disclaimer: I realize there is not a perfect "formula" for this question. I'm looking for your experiential working practices. If you don't have any, I won't hold it against you. Over the last ...
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Using stock images for mock-ups

When making a design (as a freelancer), how do I handle stock images? Do you buy the stock image(s)? Or do you find an image via Google or whatever and later replace it with a similar stock image? ...
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Which is a better design pricing model?

I'm curious which pricing model other feel best fits freelance design, in what situations, and why. I am not seeking dollar values. There are a few basic pricing models a freelancer can use: ...
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How to design a site without pictures

A site I'm creating is a directory which sorts and displays information for about 300 businesses which are part of a specific business partnership/network. The site is meant to provide information to ...
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What browser width should I use to design a website?

I am working on graphics part of the website and been asked to design a website in Photoshop. I wonder what are an average dimensions and browser widths for a website so i can create my mockup with ...
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Is there a graphic design specification system?

Is there a commonly used design specification system to present a graphic design to a customer before we start the implementation? My challenge is specifically on mailings (PDF A4, html sent per ...
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reasoning behind black and white color scheme of perfume sites

In preparation for an upcoming project, I've been looking over a lot of different sites for high end perfumes and/or high fashion. Noticed that most of them (at least the perfume ones) have almost ...
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Save for Web using Photoshop Actions

I would like to create an action, at the end of which I would like to save the file using Save for Web option. The problem is the action is not being generic as it is remembering the static path of ...
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How to address a flaw in a client project

In a large company environment client projects are delegated to teams. That said, if your team is completing a website for a client and you happen to run across a large design and code issue but your ...
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Why do people keep telling me my site looks awful?

I've developed a website, and recently was looking for a job. Practically all interviewers, after taking a quick glimpse at it, told me my site was designed awfully (but liked the concept). I should ...
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What makes a design professional?

Can anyone define why something might not look "professional"? What differentiates between professional/unprofessional designs? I have clients who have said my design does not look very ...
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What's this style called, with blocky text and strong circle shapes?

What's this style of design called? http://www.mademyday.de/ Thanks. [UPDATE:] I should have posted more examples, here's another and I'll look for more: http://www.fajnechlopaki.com/ I'm ...
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Tools for *lossy* PNG compression?

I'm trying more and more to get by sans PhotoShop for my personal/freelance work. I do primarily web work these days and don't do enough side gigs to justify keeping up with the Creative Suite beast. ...
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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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How to solve the tragic fate illustrated in the article: How a web design goes straight to hell?

This is the article: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell Some of the solutions I thought: Quitting web design and starting an own online business. Only accepting jobs offered by professional ...
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Highest quality website screenshot?

I have created a website that i would like to add to my portfolio, but i'm having a hard time getting high quality screenshots of the full site. I tried to save the website as PDF, but that was full ...
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What is the ideal number of font sizes to use for a website?

I'd like to know how many font sizes can you use for a website. Someone said to me it's better not to use more than 3 different font sizes (e.g. 16px for heading, 11px for text and 13 px for smaller ...
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Responsive web site mockup tools

I've always done web mockups in Photoshop, recently I switched to Illustrator because I thought it could speed up my work flow (And it did!) As I design more and more for responsive web sites though, ...
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Designing interesting looking websites in greyscale, minimal tones

I know a business that wanted a website to match their brand, and it would seem that they are allergic to colour. I think designs in greyscale can look amazing, especially in print, but it feels near ...