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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 ...
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How to start learning web design? [duplicate]

I am a web developer with about 7 years of experience now. I know Photoshop for slicing and I've played with all the tools at least a little. What I want is to start learning design, so I ca start ...
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How they do to create like these characters [duplicate]

I am asking if someone know any tutorial or tools that help me design characters like this in the following image (see the men in the header?): and thank you so much.
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What are current/newer webpage layout patterns with different columns? [closed]

I once saw page, maybe here or somewhere else, where person asked for a list of best proven layouts that work, and each for different columns, different placements of navs, and etc. He got a long list ...
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How can I create SVG clipping masks?

I want to take a circle that has a blue border and a picture inside, and clip the picture so it fits inside the circle nicely. I'd prefer to use very small files, perhaps cut down in sprites. Once I ...
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Help/docs for using Inkscape for SVG icon font creation

I was deliriously happy to find this blog post about using Inkscape and one or another online converter to create web font kits. My interest is specifically in icon fonts. While that article was ...
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how to add one smart object in multiple files in photoshop?

I know I can do multiple iterations of the same Smart Object within the SAME document and have it change all instances, but what about Smart Objects placed across DIFFERENT documents? That would be ...
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Where can I get logo inspiration? [closed]

I am wondering if there is any free online place that I can use to get some design ideas. I want to get those ideas and then use a service like Fiverr to get a for example logo designed for me. For ...
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How do you take into account display brightness for end-users?

This website uses a tiled grey background that looks good on brighter screens, but too dark for 'standard' Internet brightness/contrast. The less bright one is obviously more muted and the colours ...
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Illustrator EPS File To PNG Web Logo - Print Quality

I have been provided a typographic logo in an EPS format and I am creating a PNG with it (File | Save For Web & Devices) to be used on a web site. One of the pages on the web site is a "print ...
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How can you create a “sticky footer” in inDesign?

Sticky footers in web development are basically footers that will always either stick to the bottom if the content isn't tall enough to vertically fill the browser or they stick after the bottom of ...
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What graphic can be used to represent a maintenance category?

On my site I have some categories. One of which is "Website Maintenance". I want to create a graphic (about 300x by 250y) that represents the Website Maintenance category. But I'm at a low right now, ...
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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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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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How to draw low-size/weight images of geometric shapes

I searched this on google but didn't find anything useful. I want to draw images for my website for mathematical questions like circles, triangles, angles, etc.I tried Dia for this purpose but the ...
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How can I make this sidebar menu clearer?

I have created a sidebar for a client as requested: The top bar - where on other pages menu items are shown - is left empty as requested and instead 3 menu items are show in the sidebar. These lead ...
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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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Is it okay to purchase stock images in the developer company name?

We've used some stock images (vector graphics) on a Flash website we created recently. We're just about to purchase a web license for the same that allows "unlimited use of the vector graphic on ...
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how to copy a layer in photoshop to export image for web

I'm trying to export some images of a photoshop design and this is how I usually do it: select the layer you want. command + left click the thumbnail to create a marquee around the layer copy it ...
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How to display available dates?

I have an end user who is the admin for a website and they insist on showing the available dates to the customer. They are showing the showings literally like this: 2-Mar, 9-Mar, 16-Mar, 23-Mar, ...
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Layout Desgin and Color Scheme for a Crisis Mapping Web Application

here are a few screenshots of a web-based crisis mapping software, basically built for both governors and people. The design is somehow combined by ideas from different persons, so we are interested ...
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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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What would be a cool yet simple way to style an “!” with just CSS?

I want to create a cool looking yet simple exclamation mark with just CSS. Anyone have any cool ideas?
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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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Trouble zebra striping a table with children with CSS

I have a problem where I can't decide how best to zebra stripe my tree with css. The problem arises because when you click on a node in the tree, its children will become hidden, but still count ...
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Is there any way to save a Web page screenshot with a transparent background?

I prototyped my web page directly in HTML/CSS, using custom fonts for header text. The font rendering however is very different on Windows, so I would like to export some parts of the Web page to ...
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Testing if a BG will Repeat Tile Properly in Photoshop?

I am frequently working to create background textures in Photoshop to be used on the web. Unfortunately I usually have to guess, or just use freebies from other websites. I would like to build my ...
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What is a quick and concise way to explain online font licensing to a customer?

Customers are usually proud of their (offline) identities. As webdesigner, I regularly find myself having to explain that I can't legally use their licensed font in their webdesign. When I do, it ...
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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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Should web designers make a free mockup?

I have some potential clients that ask to see something before accept the work. Now, should I make, for example, a free mockup or It's better to find another client?
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Where can I go to recieve feedback on web design projects?

Are there are any web design forums where designers can submit their work to receive feedback and advice? I am looking for a place that I can seek advice on how to improve my designs.
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Examples of block-layout UI design?

By block-layout, I mean style like these: Medium,Readwrite,Kicktarter There aren't too many on gallery sites(for example, Flat UI Design). Most of them are for product promotion, making a big ...
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How can I style this following form to Inline form?

SEE the link: http://samuelgeorgeo.com/cc/NEWDESIGN/ I have a site based on Twitter Bootstrap. I have two main elements on the page, the bottom one is a horizontal form. I would like the bottom div ...
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Critique: Typography for my website

Here is a picture of my website (and also the link) as it is now (still under construction). I've tried various combinations in term of font size, font weight, etc. but can't find "the right" balance ...
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With the invention of CSS3, should a web designer use Photoshop?

I see that many designers create beautiful web design works in Photoshop, but now with the arrival of CSS3, when they want to change that to HTML & CSS, they simply start from scratch and create ...
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What to do if your website design got stolen?

Let say your website design got stolen. You saw your design being used from a different site or company. The only difference from your design is the logo and some images. What actions can you do to ...
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What Fonts Complement Walkway?

I'm using Walkway bold on a project, and am looking for some nice fonts for the titles. Walkway is sort of formal and stylistic to me, and nostalgic of the 1920's. I'm looking for fonts that go well ...
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Do web frameworks such as Bootstrap or HTML5 boilerplate offer anything to a designer (not developer)?

Note, this is about design much more than development. I build sites from scratch with completely hand written CSS and HTML. I've known about pre-build css templates such as Bootstrap or HTML5 ...
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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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How to align search icon, link and column header

Is there are general rules to align right-aligned elements on the page? Look at these screenshots: At this screenshot the search icon and the link are aligned to the right border of the "box", while ...
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How can I make a nav bar thats not boring!

Every time I design a new site, I use the same kind of nav bar. As thickish border at the top of the screen, single color, with menu links inside. I try to make it a little crisper by adding an ...
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Why isn't SVG widely used-supported on the web?

In my opinion, raster graphics (GIF, PNG) is used much more that vector graphics on the web. I am wondering why? Wouldn't vector graphics be more suitable for web pages design (i.e. buttons design, ...
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anyone know of javascript version of layout program like QuarkXpress? [closed]

anyone know of javascript version of layout program like QuarkXpress? this would be browser-based tool that would have all the powerful and WYSIWYG accessible design and control tools like ...
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What to do with these errors when I open a PSD file in my Photoshop CS3 (Windows 7) while PSD is made by Photoshop (Mac OSX)

I'm a Web Designer and when I open some PSD files in my Photoshop CS3 (Windows 7) I get these messages pop-up before to open PSD. My fellow designer use Photoshop on Mac OSX. Error 1 Some text ...
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Under whose name does an outsourced graphic designer go?

I have a web design company. For artistic graphics I hire a Graphic Designer to do it for me. Obviously it hurts my business if it is known that I outsource so the designer uses an email address from ...
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How to design this? [closed]

Image 1 is what i had first, obviously a bèta version of the design as this bar with buttons still needs to be designed / given layout. Image 2 is my attempt at (re)designing it. Image 3 is to ...