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Characters that could be interchanged, indeed, would save money in the days of moveable type. That said, the '1' and 'l' were given spots in the typical job case: When typewriters came along, the mechanics dictates that the fewer characters meant the fewer bars needed, which was a huge benefit giving the limited space. As such, early typewriters omitted ...


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It's important to know that Minimalism is a thought process instead of an end look. If you design with the goal is make it more "minimalist," chances are you're doing it wrong. The thought process involves creating elements that are absolutely necessary without adding anymore value-less clutter. One of my favorite quotes: “Perfection is achieved, not ...


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I think it would be good to browse through some popular icon sets to become familiar with the visual vocabulary that icon set designers use. Look at the Silk icon set I'm sure you'll recognize many in there. But, essentially I would say that the reason your icons don't look up-to-date is because they really lack refinement and craft, something commonly ...


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It depends on the media that you are using, the audience and the amount of information that you have to display, and the relevance that you want to give. More a page is cluttered, and less is easy to distinguish in a text a particular word or phrase or in a graphic a specific elements. I normally make the example of newspapers and adverts in fashion ...


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You're delving into a matter of taste here. There are many ways to be minimal. You have done it successfully, in my opinion. I suspect it is the extreme reduction in styling that is bothering your friends. All critiques are not equal The first question you should ask is, are your friends representative of your target audience? If not, find some people who ...


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The amount of whitespace is always directly related to neighbouring elements. If the content is very busy (lots of visual information) you should use more whitespace around your logo/image/text. That will isolate it from the surrounding visual information thus making it visible. Check the everyday leaflets you probably get in your mailbox. They're usually ...


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A few thoughts... The icons look flat — there's no effort at a 3D effect, shadows, gradients, texture, etc. The colors are very bright and primary. All lowercase for auto. I think if it were all caps or small caps that would somehow seem fresher. I'm amused by the lime-green HAL for "alerts" rather than something with an exclamation point... If you ...


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@Jack this actually is a bevel To use: drop shadow, about 1 or 2px (opacity low) gradient (light green to slighter darker green) Bevel (opacity low, size 1 px) Note: If you invert it (dark inner shadow, and reverse the gradient and bevel and you will have your pressed/mouse-over button. Will provide screenshot and download later EDIT This is what i ...


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It's easy to over-think design. The hilariously overwrought and over-intellectualized b***sh*t that was revealed when the new Pepsi logo went public (great article and the actual document here) gave rise to much rofling, deservedly so. It's a fine example of the "baloney baffles brains" approach to design. It produced a monstrosity, and I was not in the ...


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I think this applies more for designer-illustrators. As the other poster wrote, usually it's more about communicating the personality of the client's brand than your own style. That said, many designers choose to focus on specific industries, which makes sense since each industry has its own aesthetics and fashions. However, if you're a ...


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If you want to develop your own style, you should have a thorough understanding of the basics first. Know what works and why. Play around with different mediums and different styles. Learn the conventions of your favorite style and master them. Then start breaking rules, though always with a purpose. As you gain mastery over your favorite style, your work ...


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While this is not always true, graphic design often involves expressing the style and message of a website or cause rather than your own ideas. Where painters may use their work most often to express their own ideas, graphic design often involves expressing particular work. In other words, the style of graphics is usually determined primarily by the purpose ...


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Your current icon is bordering upon iMovie infringement. :) If Apple approved it, then I guess they feel it's okay. But knowing Apple, things could change. A Few psychological notations: Curved paths always feel less serious and more friendly. Using straight paths for the star would give it more of a serious impression. High contrast also lends to a more ...


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Things to consider: Larger inner margin not outer. A larger inner margin helps prevent text from being crammed into the gutter of the spine. If you don't leave ample margin for the inner side you may find it gets difficult to read text near the gutter with every additional page. Creep. Creep happens when books are bound. Each signature needs to be slightly ...


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I believe the style is called "Ink" or "Ink Brush." It's become quite popular in recent years. I remember seeing it in Street Fighter 4 a while back and it was nicely done. To achieve it, you can use any of the water color photoshop brushes. Here are some links: http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes ...


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We don't do brainstorming here but we can help refining what the problem is and looking at the way to approach coming up with ideas for something like this. We're talking about visual metaphors that evoke the right kind of associations and that set the right mood, tone and associations. 'Cyber' in the late 90's and early 2000's generally evoked the ...


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Cubism Cubism is an early-20th-century avant-garde art movement pioneered by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, joined by Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris1 that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music, literature and architecture. Cubism has ...


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Stripes, stars (come to think of it, on Independence Day, a certain flag comes to mind), spots (e.g. polka dots) ... "Sensory Bias Theory" posits that ornamentation takes as its point of departure the way nervous systems are wired. The research usually focuses on animal courtship displays (peacock tails, bird songs, etc.), but much of it carries over to ...


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it seems that your still working with window 98 pattern.... windows Xp You can see the difference which one you will like the most?? the same thing is happening with your client he also want which looks good as i like the xp thing. in 90's we guys wasn't aware of vector,things worked with pixel only,you can see the changes in games later on we had ...


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All caps is a common and always acceptable setting for headlines, titles, main heads and even subheads in some cases. Form field labels are titles, and uppercase works fine. In your example, the uppercase enhances the clean look of the form, helps to quiet the page and creates crisp little rectangles that help guide the eye. Using title case would be okay, ...


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In your case I would have maybe used GREP styles shown on the image below. Here ~h stands for End Nested Style Here character which serves as a style divider (visible in special characters mode as a backslash). If you feel more comfortable with any other character feel free to replace all the ~h-s with anything you like from the drop-down menu. The ...


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If you're talking about the lettering for 'Ericana', you'll do well to search for 'baseball script' or 'sports script'. Here's an excerpt from the Baseball Hall of Fame's web site: When one thinks of the quintessential baseball uniform, it is often adorned with a team or city name angled across the shirt front in script lettering. The first big league ...


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There isn't a direct way to edit a graphic style. varun's answer will handle the situation where all of the objects are in the same document. If you want to save a style so you can use it again in other documents, select the layer that has the modified style applied and choose "New Graphic Style" from the Graphics Styles panel flyout menu. It will then be ...


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Sounds like a div box which hovers on click or when you hover on a link: see: http://jqueryfordesigners.com/coda-popup-bubbles/ (click on "try demo") for a person with problems doing this, see also: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/814377/z-index-css-pop-up-box-and-ie7 The first thought is to use some form of BG image with a little triangle like a ...


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I found this showcase from Smashing Magazine to be very informative: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/05/13/principles-of-minimalist-web-design-with-examples/


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It means having a purpose and a plan. If anything doesn't help achieve the purpose, it doesn't make the cut. If it doesn't fall within the parameters of the plan, it gets axed. See also: The definition of busy design for what it's not.


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I think getting 'real' lighting/reflection/highlights/whatever you want to call them(!) right is very important. I think cartoon-y looking icons are great, but they still need to look realistic/believable. Try drawing over images of real items for a while, and take note on where light falls and where highlights are prominent etc. - the more you do it, the ...


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People avoid all-caps because it's bad for readability (easy fast reading). Native readers recognise words as units in parallel to recognising letters, and using all caps (which are less familiar) disrupts that. So - should designers maximise readability? Normally, yes, but occasionally there are good reasons to make a careful tradeoff. Capital letters are ...


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You're looking for a typeface with low crossbars. While that might be a difficult term to search from, you might start out by looking through those that have a small x-height. These will occasionally have low crossbars as well, to match with the height of the lowercase letters.


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Do we lack creativity for similar generic (or focus drawing) background patterns or human psychology has bias against it? There's a difference between styles and trends. An appropriately applied style is always timeless, where as trends come and go. This is true with recent "trends" such as web 2.0, grunge, water color, and noised texture with ...



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