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What are the steps in designing a website?

Calling all Web Designers :) I am starting to make a website for a small business in my hometown and it will be my first proper project. I have made sites in the past, which I have done for leisure. ...
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Helvetica Neue Equivalent on Google Fonts?

Does anybody know a font on Google Fonts that is very similar to Helvetica Neue?
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Do designers use different color palettes for web and print design?

I'm designing a brand for a startup company, (new to freelancing) and I'm trying to make my color choices suitable for printed documents as well as displaying them on web. Using Illustrator (doc in ...
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How can I optimize my graph images for my website?

The graphs are terribly detailed and include text for identification. These graphs are created in Visio by engineers then passed to me for website article creation. I normally take the graph file, ...
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Sketch: how to get design to developer?

I've been wanting to learn Sketch but am not sure what the process is once it comes to handing over the design to the developer. Most developers won't have Sketch as it's mac only, and even then most ...
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How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?

I'm the dev of a web-based music player called TheParade. I listen to music on youtube often, and wanted a better experience, so I created the app, which I've been incrementally coding up over the ...
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Searching for a font that's similar to Lato

I need to find a font just like Lato font that includes a Latin Extended version. I like Lato but it doesn’t include characters from Latin Extended and so I can’t type ş, ğ etc. Here's an example ...
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Designing my company’s logo – should I get professional help?

I am getting frustrated trying to design a logo for my company. It is taking me longer to launch my website because of it. Should I have a professional handle the logo for me or should I just throw up ...
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How can I save for web with 200dpi in Photoshop or Illustrator CS6?

could anyone please help me with this? I've created a design (for display on web and on mobile devices) and I need the pixel ratio to be let's say 500px by 500px, but the dpi to be 200dpi instead of ...
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Substitute for Avenir (Google webfont or Typekit)

Question I'm looking for fonts, available from Google Webfonts or Typekit, that would look similar to Avenir. Background I'm building a site using squarespace: http://topgrade.se My friend to me ...
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How do you use the slice tool in your webpage layouts?

I have used Photoshop for about 11 years and Illustrator for about 5 years for webdesign. But I can hardly remember ever using the slice tool that much. I did try to use it, but the difficulties ...
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Saving Illustrator 3D effect graphics for web

I have had lots of fun creating 3d images in illustrator, but having trouble maintaining quality when saving. I created some spheres, and when saving to png, the edges are getting pixelated. The ...
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Whose persona should I consider while designing my portfolio?

Recently I came to know about Personas and how to implement them. I read few design processes and came to know how to execute it. Through my learning I found two kind of personas i.e. 1. Persona of ...
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Personal Web Designer Portfolio Website Persona

I'm working on my first real portfolio website (at http://bobdowns.net) and I learned in one of my Web Design classes at ASU that we web designers should write up a Persona for our "target market" ...
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Fireworks States: Does any other layout tool have an equivalent feature?

I'm dropping Fireworks as my main tool for web layouts. It's just too slow and Adobe isn't supporting it anymore. Is there another tool that can do something similar to Fireworks' states? Photoshop ...
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What's a good icon to represent “fit” on an apparel site?

I'm implementing a fit visualiser which uses an existing product that the user owns to estimate the matching size to select when buying something. The fit visualiser is is called "Virtusize". The ...
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Do web designers use the standard IAB web advert sizes when adding banners?

I was wondering if there are standard sizes which designers use when you want to reserve space for a web advert on their website design. I'm aware of these sizes given by IAB ...
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Best Adobe product for web designing?

I've been using Photoshop for the last 2 years to create mockups for my sites, but the biggest problem I find with Photoshop is its terrible way of rendering text in a web-realistic way. Is there an ...
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How to save PDF so actual size is the same as artboard size?

I created an artboard that is 1416px wide. I need to handle the PDF to a coder, with it having the same actual size as the website. Yet when I save it as a PDF and he gives it a 100% zoom (chooses ...
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what are “PSD to HTML” Jobs

I'm a graphic designer usually do logo and banner design work. I recently got a work from my client to make PSD's for the website. So i want to ask that what exactly he will be expecting from me? I ...
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What should interaction between a UI Designer and a front end developer look like?

How should I write the guidelines for the design (colors, dimensions .etc) for the front end developer to use? At the moment I just create an overlay on top of my design and write notes in that ...
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Can't find two more passing flat colours [duplicate]

I am working on the project where I should emphesize different kind of media with different colors (4 generally). Not counting interface white and hell grey colors, I have two basic colors #a07ab7 and ...
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Two logos on a website header

So I have a client right now which is asking me to include a second logo on the website's header. I am no graphic designer but I feel this is so wrong. The second logo is for one of the projects the ...
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Resize embedded images in Illustrator

Hello I have received an illustrator file from a graphic designer which is nearly a gigabyte large. It has a lot of high resolution tiff files embedded which are overkill for the needed quality, and ...
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How can I quickly design websites without being too detached from the actual web platform?

The reason why I'm asking is because while tools like Photoshop and Sketch are great at building mockups, they are very far from the reality of how the web will look and feel. The fonts they render ...
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How to resize an EPS file in Illustrator to fit a pixel size?

I'm very new to Illustrator. Having used Photoshop all my life, vector art is something very new to me. I have this company logo in EPS format. I want to use AI to resize the image to a certain pixel ...
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Are images on, let's say, a iPhone 6 outside of the Browser environment resized

We know that images are often doubled in size by the Browser, on let's say an iPhone? Does anyone know if this 'doubling' takes place on any other Applications on High Density screens. For instance ...
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Designing a long web page questionnaire

Wondering how one would go about designing a long questionnaire with 700+ questions The questions should have an input text field next to them or sometimes a Yes/No checkbox, and can be ...
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Which should be designed first: logo or website?

I am about to ask someone to create a website design for me but I am not sure if the website should drive the logo design or the logo drive the website design. Should I have a logo design first or ...
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Are there any good practices for designing web pages with a possibility of a very large amount of info? [closed]

I'm building a user profile page that sometimes displays huge amounts of text (depending on how much the user has created). It's basically a bibliography. Are there any techniques or good practices ...
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How can I delete border lines from a 2 frame gif in photoshop?

I am creating an animated logo for my web site. It is a simple 2 frame gif. The only difference between the 2 frames is that the first one has a glowing object and the second one doesn't. Here's the ...
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What makes a good header/background video?

Many sites I come across use video to show off their work, what they stand for, or more about the culture of the company. These videos are sometimes behind other elements taking up much of the page ...
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Icon/Glyph Suggestions to represent “Manufacturer Information”

I'm working on making an ecommerce site responsive, and as part of that, I'm replacing text in several tabs with appropriate icons when viewed on a small screen. One specific tab I'm struggling to ...
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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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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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Vector images/Infographics created in coreldraw does not look clear and sharp

I am building a basic site for my self using word press.I am creating some basic images using coreldraw 7 ( mostly basic shapes,like rectangular banners and stuff),however when i upload it on the site ...
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Is there a specific term for horizontal gutters?

Context My team is working on a responsive website and we allow the user to configure some of the properties of the page, including the spaces between the grid "cells". We had a conversation about the ...
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Are “web-safe” colors still important?

Years ago, it was always strongly recommended that web designers should only use web-safe colors. Have studies been done to see if this is still the case? If so, what's the answer? Does anyone know ...
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How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?

One issue I face personally is how can I, as a designer, effectively explain my work to potential clients or people that do not have a creative side. I know how to explain what software or process was ...
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What is the purpose of using a very dark color for text instead of a pure black?

I have seen that some web designs implement an almost black font color (hex #001c00) in their designs instead of a pure black color (hex #000). Does the design actually benefit from this or is this ...
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Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?

Just to give a little context, I have a background as a design-savvy developer (not a developer-savvy designer). I worked at an agency many years ago. I've been out of the design game for about 3 ...
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How to optimize images to improve pagespeeds / webpage loading times?

This is almost a StackOverflow question, however it's completely related to Photoshop and other tools. With every Pagespeed test I do for all my website I get the comment "Optimize images by lossless ...
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How to create a consistent style across stock images for a website?

I am currently applying changes to this site. Becky, my customer, demands that the images be changed so that the image content will also be compatible with each other. I tried using icons and vector ...
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Best image dimensions for downloadable wallpaper, for PC, HD, mobile and tablet?

Let's say I wanna make a website that would allow a user to download a wallpaper in sizes for PC, HD, mobile and tablet. What are the top used / best image dimensions I should host?
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How can I visually compare OSX fonts with my primary webfont choice to determine fallbacks without an OSX device?

How can a freelance web designer who doesn't own a Mac visually identify and compare fonts similar to their primary webfont choice, that are present on most OSX devices? I need to define a fallback ...
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Should I use Hex or RGBA when designing a website?

I know this has appeared on StackOverflow already: Are there any good reasons for using hex over decimal for RGB colour values in CSS? Use HEX or RGBA But I'd like to ask on here since we're ...
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Deciding a nice color palette/font for a landing page

I am trying to roll out a landing page for a trading competition. It's at its very early stage right now. Right now I am focusing on: Free font to use (google font preferably) Color palette color ...
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InDesign Data Merge with hyperlinks [closed]

I want to run a data merge with text and photos and I want to be able to hyperlink the photo to a website. I have about 400 entries with the data merge that will each be on a separate page but I can't ...
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How can I improve my color selection skill?

I'm a web developer, started to become a web designer. However, I think my understanding of colors is not practical yet. There are tools out there that can give you color harmonies, and more stuff, ...
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Evaluate a Good Web Design [closed]

How to evaluate a good web design. Is there any pre-defined ways to measure someones Design. I understand the Analytics can be used to evaluate, still looking for any other open solutions. For ...