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Aug
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revised Can anyone identify the font in this infographic?
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Aug
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comment How to make plot marker sizes for scientific plots seem consistent?
I believe font designers face a similar problem when ensuring every character in a typeface feels consistently weighty regardless of its actual size and shape. Unfortunately I'm not aware of any techniques except trial and error, sweat and eye strain. And lots of zooming out and squinting.
Aug
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revised How to make plot marker sizes for scientific plots seem consistent?
Made title reflect question - it's not asking for a best size, it's asking how to achieve consistency
Aug
9
comment If one hires a designer who plagiarizes, who is held liable?
It's a very different question (almost the opposite) but see How to handle client requests to violate copyrights? (esp Lauren Ipsum's answer which sounds like what you need but going the other way). TLDR: it's a murky area so make sure your contract states explictly that the person providing materials is responsible for ensuring they have the right to do so. Such clauses are common in template contracts.
Aug
9
comment If one hires a designer who plagiarizes, who is held liable?
I'd really like to know the answer to this but it seems unlikely: we do get sometimes get good answers to legal questions from people with direct experience, but of the people who could have experience of this, the clients will be unlikely to post on design sites, designers whose work was stolen will be unlikely to know the exact final outcome, and designers who did the stealing and got caught aren't going to be keen to share their story... :(
Aug
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Aug
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comment Why is pure blue darker than pure green?
Short answer: it's called "relative luminance" aka "perceived luminance". Our eyes are more sensitive to some hues (particularly green) so they seem lighter, and photoshop's grayscale function weights hues according to their luminance. I can't find any explanations that aren't horrifically technical... here's one nbdtech.com/Blog/archive/2008/04/27/…
Aug
4
comment When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of “fluff” has been added?
Related reading: Form Follows Function (Universal Principles of Design)
Aug
4
comment When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of “fluff” has been added?
All good fluff/decoration worth keeping does have a purpose, but it could be a soft/aesthetic purpose, like establishing a hierarchy, catching the eye, evoking a mood, fitting a fashion or style, making a design more balanced, etc etc. These are valid purposes: meet them to just the right amount and not more. If there's no purpose or it oversteps it, cut it out. (keeping a stubborn client happy is another valid but less honourable purpose...)
Aug
4
comment Is it acceptable to ask a designer for an editable file so I can make variations myself?
There are quite a few questions about this from the designer's point of view - see Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work and the other questions in the "linked" box
Aug
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comment How to prove an image has been released under Creative Commons?
Sometimes there might be an old version of the webpage archived on the "wayback machine" at archive.org - but don't rely on it
Jul
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revised How to subtract multiple subpaths from a shape easily in Illustrator or Sketch?
There's no longer any rant about Flash
Jul
30
comment Can you help me identify this serif? It closely resembles with “Shaolin Style” and “Freight Big Pro”
Nice font! Less keen on the c but love the y and v. I don't know any name for this type of font, but one term for how much variation there is in the weight of a font is contrast (so you could call this a super-high contrast serif but maybe it's more than that?). More info at How can I describe the font I am looking for or looking at?
Jul
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Jul
26
revised How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?
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revised How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?
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Jul
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revised How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?
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Jul
26
revised How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?
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comment How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?
Nice, thanks for sharing! It's worth explaining that this is basically a directory of large, high quality static maps for major world cities and other major locations.