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Jun
15
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
@DA01 I also believe nothing says you can't call yourself a cabinetmaker. But if you are a carpenter who has only ever made one piece of furniture, it would be dishonest or disingenuous to do so.
Jun
15
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
@DA01 We can both agree that there are skills required in order to work in typography and cabinetry. You seem to posit that there is no minimum level of skill required in order to call yourself either of those terms. This answer, and I, believe there is a minimum skill set required in order to honestly call yourself either of those terms.
Jun
15
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
@DA01 Sorry, I can't agree. A web search will find apprenticeship programs for Cabinetmakers. I made a stool in high school shop, I wouldn't call myself a cabinetmaker nor a carpenter. Whether or not there are official "governing bodies" isn't that relevant. (Although actually there are trade associations for carpenters and graphic designers which are relevant and have accreditations to give.)
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
@DA01 I don't agree with your analogy. There is a certain level of expertise required to give yourself the label of "typographer" — just having the basic expertise to set type properly, or to choose the right typeface for the job isn't enough. A better carpentry analogy: every carpenter worth their salt should be able to build a basic cabinet. But it takes a certain level of expertise to call yourself a cabinetmaker. There are certifications and awards given for typography in Graphic Design, so certainly people have definitions.
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Aug
18
comment What are the basic rules of “flat design”?
I think your second "flat" example would look fine if you simply scaled back the width of the bold black box outlines.
Jul
3
comment Do web frameworks such as Bootstrap or HTML5 boilerplate offer anything to a designer (not developer)?
@cimmanon Every framework will by its nature impose design decisions. It takes very little effort to make Bootstrap fit your style, since the styling is so basic and extensible with LESS/SASS variables. I never used the word "should"… I'm sorry I offended you, I only spoke from my experience.
Jul
3
comment Do web frameworks such as Bootstrap or HTML5 boilerplate offer anything to a designer (not developer)?
@cimmanon There's certainly room for criticism, but for me the good outweighs the bad, and for many sites it's a good starting responsive base to build on.
Jul
3
comment Do web frameworks such as Bootstrap or HTML5 boilerplate offer anything to a designer (not developer)?
@cimmanon The <i> element was a bad idea, which is why they stopped doing it with version 3. Yes, the grid isn't semantic, but you don't have to use it, or you could use LESS/SASS to preprocess your own semantic selectors with the grid styles. There's lots of discussion about why px/em were chosen. With the way modern browsers scale webpages the issue is not nearly as cut and dried as it used to be. Every CSS framework requires overriding styles, which is a good reason to use CSS preprocessors.
Jul
3
comment Do web frameworks such as Bootstrap or HTML5 boilerplate offer anything to a designer (not developer)?
@cimmanon Bloat up the css by unsetting? No, don't be ridiculous! You can compile your own bootstrap code including only the components you need. I'd be quite interested to learn which CSS techniques that the bootstrap team is using are "bad". Any specifics, or are you just ranting and generally prejudiced against CSS frameworks?
Jun
18
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Jun
12
comment Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software?
@JFA Not true. Here's an EFI boot manager that works with Macintosh computers.
May
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Apr
4
comment Why are Apple Macs used so much in the graphic design industry?
"Mac is a well written operating system which is similar to Unix" — uh, OS X is based on the BSD flavour of Unix. It's not just "similar" — it is Unix. Also, installing OS X in a VirtualBox isn't strictly legal, easy to do, or very practical. Where do you get a copy of the OS to install?
Jan
14
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Sep
30
comment Is there a “Fit to Canvas” option in Photoshop like there is in Fireworks?
@AwQiruiGuo As I said, it's the closest you'll get. If it's something you need to do often, it's relatively straightforward to make a photoshop action to change the canvas size to something arbitrarily large so that the content is surrounded by blank space, then use the trim command.
Jul
10
comment InDesign: Synchronizing and combining documents
@DidierGhys I'm a bit confused as to why the page numbers are tripping you up. You can apply page numbers to the master with the menu Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number and you can easily change section/numbering style for subdocuments.