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Is there a standard color for a 'Share by email' icon for web?

This is a question which has always been floating around my brain when putting the final touches on a website. (And I couldn't find much about it on the web) When using social icons in the context of ...
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What role does logo color play in web design?

Do I need to use the logo colors at all? If yes how do I create a palette using it? How do I decide which colors to use how much and where?
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Creating a website background inspired by spatula stuhhi

I'm working on a website for a friend of mine. It's a very minimalistic webdesign and right now I'm using a dark grey-ish background. However if found pictures like this: ...
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What factors do these colors share?

Colors below seem to share some kind of "tone" together. For example, colors like this or this seem too bright to fit into this group. What exactly makes this "tone"? I want some technical ...
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How can I create TRON-like glowing effects in Illustrator?

I am trying to use Illustrator (CS3) to recreate the Tron neon-glow visual style in graphics I plan to use on a website. This page is an excellent example of what I'm trying to do: ...
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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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How should I design a monochromatic flag

I am in the process of making a web page and I have a "thanks to" section which shows the logotypes of different organizations. The customer wants these logos to be monochromatic; as in white ...
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How to visually differentiate between manual and automatic edit capabilities

I'm having some difficulty find an icon or solution to differentiate operation in the same table, but with different origin. In my table I have operation imported from a central system and others ...
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Qualities of a full-page website background image

We are trying to create a web page with a full-size background. The following pages are our inspiration: http://www.august.com.au/ http://www.levehytter.no/ http://danielfiller.com/ We have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Favicon Best Practices 2014

I'm busy on a WordPress site and have come to the stage to add the finishing touch, being the favicon. I'm primarily a developer so graphics and icons aren't my strongest point. What are the best ...
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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 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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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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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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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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When designing in the browser how would someone use kerning?

OghmaOsiris asked how would one decide on what is the proper kerning, "Kerning: My Xylophone is off key" and since I have started the transition of designing in the browser I was curious to know how ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Photo distorts terribly on Facebook [duplicate]

I've designed a logo which looks high res in photoshop. But really distorts in Facebook. I understand that Facebook converts the image, but compared to similar logos, it looks bad. Any ways around ...
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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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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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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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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 ...