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I point out to clients that large logos are the equivalent to SCREAMING at customers. When you walk into a store, do you want the sales rep to come up to you and scream, "HI! WHAT CAN I GET FOR YOU TODAY?!" or would you rather have the rep walk up and quietly ask, "Hi, what can I help you with today?" (It carries more weight when spoken :) ) I ask them to ...


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Discovery and Scope Sit down with the client to determine, goals, purpose, and needs. I would hope you have drafted a quote of the purposed site. You should also discuss turn-around time and if anything is needed that you cannot provide. You need to figure out how the site will be structured. Such as responsive, tablet and phone only, desktop only, ...


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Consider exploring their reasons for a larger logo, and trying to fix the underlying problem, or suggesting that the website isn't the best place to fix it. For instance, some simply have an aversion to white space. You'll need to help them understand good layout practices, and that appropriately used whitespace will highlight their logo better than making ...


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I totally understand the frustration of being in weak in grids and typography, specially if you are a self taught graphic designer. To me this is very open ended question and that there is no right answer to point out for you. In my personal experience, it is how you train your eyes and get feedback from your fellow designers would certainly improve your ...


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Some clients you have to be brutally honest with and flat out tell them to pick a direction because otherwise he/she is merely wasting your time. You have to often treat these types of clients as children. Allow them to make choices but specifically engineer the choices they have -- "Do you want A or do you want B?" NOT "What do you want?" If ...


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I would suggest creating an alternative CSS class or ID for the logo and preserve your existing CSS styles under a comment. If the site is responsive and you are using an SVG, I would complete the clients request and show examples of why it will not work. The issue most designers face is that some people cannot see a project visually in their head and they ...


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This is an inherent problem with working for free: when you value your time at $0, your client will too. And it sounds like you haven't structured the relationship so he knows exactly what to expect from you. Although working for free undermines the value of what you do, there will be times you find someone with a good cause and you want to help them out, ...


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When I have an initial meeting with a client, I give them a list of pre-briefing questions. There are two sets which might be useful here: Pick three (five, etc.) websites you love — they don't have to be from your industry. Why do you love them? What's appealing? The color? The style? The programming? Now, pick three (five, etc.) websites you hate. ...


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I suggest a bunch of indicators working in tandem: 'Greyed Out' - give the unavailable buttons some transparency, (or the appearance of transparency with lighter colours). This will make sure it is noticeably different from the other buttons, at the very least sparking curiosity as to why it's different. 'Strike-THROUGH!!!!' - "Like seriously guys look, I ...


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My understanding is No. The page view cap is there to gain further money for Adobe if you need more page views. It has absolutely nothing to do with bandwidth or foundry licensing. Adobe has plenty of servers and bandwidth to serve everything and they are the foundry. Adobe would see embedding a Typekit font, with anything other than their own embed code, ...


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This is a very subjective answer. But I'll try. It depends entirely on what the tagline is about. Does it describe the work they do? Like for example- ABC, interactive production studio. See here Does it say a very unique story about the brand in an original way- Like this How are they using their tagline in the rest of their branding material? Do you see ...


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I always try to educate clients on the many goods of white space. It's not just about size, it's about context. If someone wants a huge logo that makes the whole site look clattered, you can prepare some mockups to let them compare what which version really stands out. On the one side, the one with a big logo where the message invades your eye real state. ...


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A more elegant solution would be to grey out the button, set it's state to disabled and use a disabled cursor to clearly show the state. I've thrown together a quick codepen to demonstrate this.


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I've managed to achieve what you're after. First off though, your code was very messy and in future you should prune/clean it before asking others to help you fix it. I took a 15 minute look at your code to understand it, and then rewrote the parts you're asking about with much less mess. This is what I get with the structure I've prepared for you: The ...


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thedigitalmonk! I am a web designer and developer and I think this is something individuals run into quite a bit. It's not always the same answer, so I think some screenshots would be helpful. However, I tend to add a sidebar. Otherwise the page looks off whether the content is centered or not. It looks out-of-balance especially when there are other ...


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I am also a web designer who has just started in the field. I have done a few projects now, though. For me, my workflow goes like this: Initial Design & Development Meeting This is when I gather all relevant information, including expected completion date, make a list of items needed from my client, etc. PhotoShop Mockups At this time, I find a design ...


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Im on the fence drinking a soda about posting this as an answer but the answer I am going to provide you, I might make into a reference later on when others ask this similar question.. As you stated you're already in the design phase... If you followed a proper workflow (since you haven't mentioned IF you had a mockup, content evaluation, wireframe ...


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Visually, it's cute. Nice work on that. Structurally, it's lacking. When you have to explain what to click on to navigate the site, the navigation is broken. Asking a user to read that they need to click on an image of a balloon to actually get to the content of your site (the portfolio) is not intuitive. I'd also rethink calling yourself 'crazy'. :)


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One thing I noticed is your use of punctuations. You may use them as you like in informal situations, but if we're talking about professional typography, you need to remember these rules: Any punctuation mark only appears one at a time. You have used ??, .. and .... in many places. In your question too, you're missing them in some places. If you want to ...


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I think the best answer above is the first sentence of Adam's but then he drifts into the same pitfall the other answers have. You need to identify what the value of the logo is, and if its being used to the maximum potential. Why does the client want the logo bigger, and will it increase that potential in a way you weren't aware of? In comments (and chat) ...


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There's some good answers here. To add to them, I'd take the opportunity to talk to your client about brand identity and the overall branding they may (or may not) have. Most 'stylish' companies that the client may think of have a lot more going on with their brand identity than just their logo. Their logo is important--perhaps the most important part--and ...


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I've tried a few, and one of the easiest things I've used was Framer.js. The only thing is that it requires a bit of programming, but then again, you have to learn something with every new software. This is a bit more difficult that invisionapp, but as you can see from the examples page, it's quite flexible, and you can even use the code for the final ...


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I am not getting paid for this. There's your problem. If the budget is unlimited, there is little incentive for the client to make decisions. It's just a playground at that point. So, sans budget--which really is the easiest tool to wrangle in big thinkers--you need to come up with your own structure to handle the client. Put the client to work. ...


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The fact that something isn't there at all is a great indication that it is not present! If you'd like to still display the things that were 'chosen but missing' in each result element I suggest not doing it as the same elements in the same section with the only difference being styling. Rather have it be clear to the user that this section shows what ...


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I'm more of an After Effects guy than web design so I can't really give an professional opinion from a web standpoint but you can definitely design really nice UI's with After Effects, actually many UIs seen in movies are made in After Effects (with some of the assets made in PS and AI of course). It doesn't have such highly sophisticated vector tools like ...


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I did some more research on licensing and came across the following: Can I use Typekit web fonts for anything other than a website? No. Our web font license requires that the fonts be added to a website with the Typekit embed code. If the website or web app is viewed in the browser (either on the desktop or on a mobile device), it's covered by ...


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This seems like a simple matter of a two step workflow. Crop all images to allow the same amount of white space around the product. Resize the images after the crop so they are all the same size. That should get all the images the same. (These are smaller because I only had your 250x250 images to work with)


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This is really good question. But I am afraid you can't standardize a style guide. There are guidelines to make one but a lot of it depends entirely on the complexity of the website you are creating. The guide you got your hands on is focused on typograhy which is by all means a really good thing. But not all websites can be understood by just that. Some ...


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Set some standards based on the limitations of the images you're working with As discussed in the comments on Scott's answer, a good option is to choose your smallest image, enlarge it as much as possible without visible quality degradation, and then use the same amount of white-space available in that image as the benchmark for all other images. Set a ...


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I would say no, and here's why. If you prototype in AE, you're going to be disappointed. The web is nowhere near as robust as AE when it comes to motion graphics. It really just depends on your programming level and the tools at your disposal, I suppose. I would much rather prototype in an actual web page that way I'm sticking to the "laws of the web" and ...



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