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Does the typographic baseline grid manage images and other elements as well?

Since we build a baseline grid to rule our copy on the web, on articles I read, it's not clear if we should use this base line for giving spaces to other elements of the web as well, such as images ...
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Alternative to Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) for websites

Lorem Ipsum has been the known default for dummy text. Per a search the last discussion in regards to alternatives is two years old. I thought I would post a new thread on this topic. So, what are ...
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Illustrator image viewed at 100% is “tiny”

I'm a web developer and I love Photoshop but unfortunately I have some design mock-ups sent over to me in Illustrator. When I viewed the document at 100% the text isn't even legible on my monitor. At ...
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What should I learn to become a web design expert? I am from engineering background [duplicate]

I'm a computer science graduate having a passion for web design. Almost two years ago, I started learning web design. I designed few websites as well. Every day I try to improve my designing skills a ...
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SVG files render differently in browsers - typography

I have a problem with svg backgrounds that render differently in browsers.In Chrome the letters are correctly gill sans light and two words are bold. That's not the case in Firefox. How do I fix this, ...
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Different sizes/dimensions on export & save as web in Illustrator CS5

I have a file which is 1020px X 200px Artboard/Document dimensions and the drawings coves the whole artboard as follows. When I "Export" the file as "png" (File>Export) it's dimensions change to ...
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What should the dimensions be for a “coming soon” page?

Are there are standard dimensions for a coming soon page? I tried to google it and search for an answer on here but I didn't find any satisfactory answers. I mostly saw the dimensions recommended to ...
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'This page is under construction' message or no page at all?

From a Design point-of-view, if a page is not ready yet, but the rest of the site is; would it be better to: Have a 'this page is under construction' message, or Not have the page at all, until it ...
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Is it possible to hide part of an adaptive web design on smaller screens?

This is the News page of my firs adaptive website. The full height is shown (the scroll-down part is also included). The terracotta sections on the horizontal line are for placing news feed ...
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Which Photoshop features are affected by different DPI or PPI tags?

A Photoshop document‘s physical size, pixel density (DPI/PPI) and pixel dimensions are all linked. Bitmap images contain bitmap data, which are a specific size (pixel dimensions). They also contain a ...
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Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into ...
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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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Creating a Build-Your-Own Color Picker to go with Website?

I am trying to create a build-your-own type of color picker based upon the brochure image below: Basically I want to create a color changer that will allow a user to select each different ...
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Can anyone recommend a design book that has a strong pragmatic web orientation?

I've been looking through the site recommendations and other people's posts requesting beginner's design books but have yet to find anything that meets my specific tastes. I'm not looking to make ...
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Using Generate Image Assets to get repeating background from a shape with Photoshop CC

Rephrasing my question for clarity. I have a navigation bar that I've created from a Shape that has a border and a gradient. How can I use Generate Assets, or Extract Assets to get 2nd end caps and ...
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Illustrator is cropping exported icons despite artboard being Fit to Selected Art

I'm trying to export certain graphics from an Illustrator file. I'm selecting the object, fitting the artboard to the selected artwork, and saving for web & devices, PNG-24 format. When I look at ...
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Web design for Legal pages: What are some things to keep in mind?

So I have been looking around but cannot find any good advice on how to go about designing a page for legal matters. These pages would clearly state Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, etc. I think ...
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Changing color scheme of calendar icons?

Here's the image I'm working with: I'm wondering if it's possible to automatically change all the images to using a color scheme close to #489fdc. I've tried making changes in Paint.NET and ...
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Best practices for full width browser images?

What are the best practices people follow in respect to images on larger viewports? What size browser should we design for? Meaning how do we deal with high resolution monitors and what % of users ...
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Do web designers need to know how to code?

As a web developer, both front-end and back end architect, I work with many different designers and sometimes find it frustrating working with design comps where no thought was put into how to ...
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Do most web designers make their own textures?

I'm a web developer by training who is branching into UI/UX design. One of the things my design work lacks compared to experienced designers is subtle use of texture, such as on these sites: ...
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Critique: how can make this 3-column dashboard design flatter?

Attached you see my current design of a 3 column dashboard. How can I improve this design in a more "flatter" way? Be warned that I am no designer, so if you have links to tutorials that would also ...
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How can I left-align the text in a table of divs so that the rows are evenly distributed?

I'm trying to arrange some names. I changed them out before posting using generatedata.com but the real ones are in alphabetical order from left to right each row. I'm trying to figure out how to get ...
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How to optimize my pictograms for Retina screens?

Surprise when I saved my pictograms for the Web (from Illustrator): They are strictly not as clean as expected => totally blurred. Here's an example from my Retina smartphone: And the initial ...
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Why do photos jump around when exporting from Muse?

My company is trying to slowly move towards digital and we are in the process of learning Adobe Muse as a stepping stone to more legitimate web practices. One issue we continue to encounter is our ...
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Should my website's typography use the same font as my logo?

I am working with a logo that is using ChunkFive Roman. What's the standard web design practices regarding this? Is it good design to use the same font as my logo for primary headers? (also a side ...
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Web Design, Custom Image changed with drop down selection box?

I am curious to know how those "customize -random product-" objects are built. I assume some sort of flash is involved. There are many websites that allow you to customize shoes, shirts etc, and when ...
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Web mock up to Dev

I was curious what is the process/ workflow for a web project. Specifically if you as a designer created a mockup in a (.psd or .ai), and you need to hand it of to the developer. Do you annotate the ...
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When saving image for Web, outlines change

I have an imagemap with a click and mouseover function on several areas. I edited and saved the images in Photoshop with the option "Save for web". I used PNG-8 with 256 Colors. Performing the ...
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Which format is better for saving images intended for websites; PNG or SVG?

When exporting / saving images with a transparent background that are intended for websites, should I save it as PNG or SVG? Why?
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Web Design: Is centering a content section a good idea?

I have a design where the header and footer are 1170px wide. (Standard Twitter Bootstrap 12 column container size.) I have been reading about the ideal width for good readability and discovered that ...
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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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Do and don't do with styling <html> and <body> tags

When I look at some CSS style for a web page, I typically first look at styling the <html> and <body> tags and then I look at other sub-elements. The styling of <html> and ...
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How to apply border on the right and bottom only?

I use 'Round Rectangle Tool' to create a rounded rectangle shape. I want to apply dark gray border on the right and bottom of a rectangle shape (layer). What is the solution to do this? I have tried ...
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Color scheme not working?

I am trying to redesign my site however I am a developer and have no real UX experience beyond a VT 1300 course. I have chosen a color from my logo and created a complementary color scheme using ...
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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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Is there a rule of thumb or some guidelines for deciding what colour to use for a border?

What's the border color paradigm in terms of color schemes and background color? Some borders look nice on some backgrounds. Is there a rule of thumb when choosing div's border colors in respect to ...
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How to make Google Maps in Photoshop?

I'd like to find out how I can create a map similar to these: especially for web design project (in psd file). Do you know how to get that kind of maps? I suppose it can be something like ...
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Webpage image zooming or quality lose issue on mobile

I'm making a responsive site and my logo loses quality when I'm opening the site on mobile (iPhone, Android) http://kadmos.li/web/ji/stck.html My logo size is 266x68px and I'm not resizing it on any ...
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What is the simplest and trendiest styles for a list layout on a website? [closed]

I'm working on a web page design, I have the content as a list view of upcoming events with some details about each event (time/location/description....etc) with 2 links at the top of the list to ...
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Can After Effects be used for website prototyping?

I know one designer that is a motion graphics guy first, then a UI designer. Recently, produced a website design entirely in After Effects and got my thinking whether that approach can be a viable ...
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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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Transparency dithering issue when saving for web

I am trying to optimize the graphics for a webdesign, since I am not satisfied with the performance in terms of load-times. The logo is quite big and in PNG24 so I experimented to see how much I could ...
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Rendering Issues with Proxima Nova Web Font

We recently launched a new website (backtothebible.org) designed by an outside company. The site uses Proxima Nova. The font renders great except for a few sizes on PC's. The issue--which is an ...
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Making changes to a page that I own, but was made by someone else

When a web designer makes a website, they usually put a small writing at the bottom. It usually says something like "Made by Joe Whatever". Let's say I paid Joe for the website design he made. Now, ...
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Is it possible to prevent download of images when designing a website?

Say you wish to provide sample high-quality images in your website but also wish to protect them from download, as in you can view them on screen but can't save from the website. Is there a way to do ...
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Comparing numbers of vastly differing scales

I'm working on a project that looks at the nature of electronic data (bits/bytes, storage) and the exploding nature of data traffic on the internet from 1990 to projected 2016. For one part of this ...
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What are the relative advantages of flat design, material design and skeuomorphism?

I've been looking at Google's guidelines for this thing called "material design", and I've been following it some. However, I also see a lot of sites using flat design: Twitter, Codecademy, and Gitter ...
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Photos for non-commercial usage in websites

I want to build a website for a school. can I use photos with non-commercial licence considering that the school will not sell or make any money from these photos? or the school is considered as a ...
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Rollover in Fireworks without slice tool

I want to create an imagemap in Fireworks CS5 on which certain parts shall change when I roll over with the mouse. These parts shall contain links to a new website as well! Since I am using a ...