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What a nice question. It made me think a lot. Even though I'm not a Graphic Designer, I love making designs and it's part of my full time job! I'm pretty sure you'll get your question answered more specifically with book names and authors about Creative Thinking, but here's my advise. Abstraction is everything. The key is to fully understand the design ...


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I would say that it depends on situation, what kind of project, how much time you have etc. There can be a situation when you need to do something very fast and there is no need to play on paper before, because of the task being simple. But, mostly I do prefer to use paper before going to computer, because then you can sketch like about ten ideas and already ...


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They are really closely related. Layout is defined as the arrangement of predetermined items on a page. Basically, you're given the pieces and they are arranged. Design is defined as the art or skill of combining text, images, and other items into a visually pleasing arrangement. So, really they can be almost interchangeable. The primary difference is ...


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In my experience it is almost impossible to perform an artwork which will be 100% perfect, especially, when one's experience is limited and most of imperfections are typical to starters. This is why when I want to press "Send" button I take a break of 10 minutes or so and refresh my mind - after that I re-look at the work and almost always find something to ...


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There is always some cut-off point in the graphics industry - a Point of No Return. What that is, depends entirely on the total workflow. Not everything will get printed right away (unless it's a real rush job). Even when it's already printed, not everything gets cut and further prepared. Even when it's already cut and packaged, it doesn't get send to the ...


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There's no rules about renaming or not your company; it's your logo and your company, you do what you want. After all, a lot of people name their businesses based on symbols they like. If this graphic has a special meaning to you, it's alright to use it. Especially in design, there's no limits to express your own style and since it's for yourself, you truly ...


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There is no point in renaming, redesigning or ruining something when the end goal is unclear. Did you set out to make a "C"? Then re-do it. Did you set out to make an alphabet? Then maybe re-name, but first compare to the other letters. It is always the purpose and not the tweak you should focus on. As you can see it is [...] full of nostalgic elements ...



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