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comment How to promote three different products to three different audiences in one banner?
@Lohoris I think there's a running joke in the US that (senior?) doctors spend all their time playing golf. I've seen it in comics etc. I guess it's something to do with them being well paid and managing their own appointments schedule (i.e. they can work when they want)?
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comment How do I achieve the equivalent of using small caps in Arabic?
I think if I did it'd imply that I have enough relevant expertise to recommend Kufi style fonts as a good option - but I really don't, it might give off completely the wrong impression to Arabic eyes. It looks like we don't have many Arabic users here unfortunately: I'd suggest browsing Arabic calligraphy / typography styles and finding an arabic-focussed Q&A site to ask what people associate with those styles.
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comment Do interfaces really need to “look good”?
I think you're setting up a false dillema there. Your examples show that aesthetics don't trump all other design considerations - but I don't think anyone would argue that they would. Great design is about aesthetics, efficiency and performance all pulling together: things are well designed when those areas don't compete but support each other. e.g. the classic ipod design: each of its performance, efficiency and aesthetics strengths the others. (not my downvote btw, this is a worthy contribution but I think it oversimplifies)
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comment How do I achieve the equivalent of using small caps in Arabic?
Sound advice. For example, to my (non-Arab) eye, a subtle Kufi style Arabic typeface looks like it'd fit alongside the other samples - BUT as Alan G advises check with actual native Arabs as this might have unintended cultural associations so you don't for example stumble into using the Arabic equivalent of blackletter.
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comment Suggestion on Introductory Books about Graphic Design
@NicholasKyriakides Universal Principles of Design is brilliant, one of my favourite design books, but it's maybe not the best for beginners - it leaves you to figure out for yourself how all the principles apply. But maybe you like that kind of challenge. If not, I'd suggest starting with the examples in the answers below, particularly Alan G's, then move to Universal Principles once you've worked through them and fancy a bit of a challenge.