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Jan
16
answered Why is black not a natural color?
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
The other suggestions are spot on, however. Josef Muller-Brockmann's "Grid systems in graphic design" is an excellent book on layout design. It's a dense read, but is the definitive text on grid layouts. Also, a note about margins: don't make them all the same. A simplification but a good rule-of-themb is to make the top margin slightly larger than the bottom margin, and the outer margins greater than the inner margins (the side along the binding).
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
I disagree with using a single typeface. Most professionally typeset books use a different display type from text type. Having contrast between headings and body text adds aesthetic appeal, and using contrasting typefaces and weights is a good way to achieve this (e.g. a hard sans serif heading paired against a softer serif font). Assigning distinct roles is also good practice (e.g. a monospace/typewriter font for code samples and another typeface for pullquotes). I'd say having 2~5 fonts from 2, maybe 3, families is within reason for a textbook.
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
Yes, some designers also have other jobs/titles/skills. But the point remains, non-designers shouldn't do their own graphic design. I actually came across an article recently on /. talking about the "typographical horrors" on much of today's ebooks because publishers have handed over the design of these ebooks and iPad adaptations to the programmers. You may save a little money, but it's still not worth it if you actually care about the results. If he really cares about having professional presentation, he needs to work with a designer to design the page layout and the typography.
Jan
13
comment Where can I find small and limited projects in order to make my first steps toward working professionally as a designer/developer
@Milkalichov: One way that I find very effective in pushing myself (and the rest of my design team) harder is to subscribe to design feeds and regularly visit design showcases or design sharing sites (e.g. Creattica, dribbble, weheartit, ffffound!, etc.) and constantly compare your own work to the work of better designers. If you get into the habit of putting your own work next to the work of professional designers from top agencies, it'll be much harder to become complacent about your own work.
Jan
12
answered Where can I find small and limited projects in order to make my first steps toward working professionally as a designer/developer
Jan
11
answered Any ideas on how to get this TV faded color effect?
Jan
11
revised How to scale down to an exact pixel dimension?
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Jan
11
answered How to scale down to an exact pixel dimension?
Jan
11
comment Web Safe Alternative to Myriad Pro Font?
Frutiger and Trebuchet are also a good match, Lucida Grande slightly less so, but also similar.
Jan
11
comment Web Safe Alternative to Myriad Pro Font?
Arial is a neogrotesque font like Helvetica and Univers or Akzidenz-Grotesk. It's not a good substitute for Myriad, which is a humanist font. For Windows OSes, a better substitute for Myriad besides Verdana would be Frutiger or Trebuchet. Likewise "sans serif" isn't the name of an actual font family. On OS X, Helvetica will be used as "sans serif" and on Windows, it'll be Arial usually. On Ubuntu, it'll map to Ubuntu, which is a humanist sans serif font, but I don't know what it maps to on other OSes.
Jan
11
comment Web Safe Alternative to Myriad Pro Font?
Where did you get those font names? Adobe should be the only foundry that produces Myriad, and they've only released it as "Myriad" "Myriad Pro" (OpenType), and "Myriad Web Pro". The other versions you referenced are not standard. They might be created if someone ran a copy of Adobe's font through a font editor or font converter, but that's an incredibly unlikely scenario.
Jan
9
comment Is it possible to scale using nearest neighbour with the transform tool?
Is there a particular reason why you want to use nearest neighbor instead of one of the higher quality interpolation algorithms? AFAIK, aside from speed (though these days, even browsers use bilinear or bicubic interpolation for live resizing of images) the only advantage of using nearest neighbour interpolation is to preserve edges in pixel art.
Jan
6
revised Technically, what are the prime gotchas that could affect your logo further down the road, if it incorporates justified* fx & blend mode treatments?
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Jan
6
answered Technically, what are the prime gotchas that could affect your logo further down the road, if it incorporates justified* fx & blend mode treatments?
Dec
31
comment How to find existing names or associations a symbol has?
I don't think it's a danger symbol either. It's most-likely used in crash tests pretty much the same way it's used in printing. You can see these sort of registration marks in action on the Mythbusters, usually accompanied by a grid or striped background that lets you measure the speed/movement of an object/point during highspeed playback.
Dec
31
comment Right color balance MAC vs Windows
This is basically the theory behind studio monitors--though ironically studio monitors now cost much more than standard consumer speakers, even though they're designed to emulate the most average and unflattering sound quality.
Dec
31
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Dec
31
revised Font (anti)aliasing in Photoshop
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Dec
31
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