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Jun
17
comment How do I save svg FROM a website code?
It sounds like you're doing it right, you should just be able to save the code as .svg then open it in a vector editor that supports svg. In what way is this not working? What graphics programs have you tried? And what text editor (Mac textedit loves to ruin things in surprising ways)
Jun
15
comment Some practical strategies for the pixel monkey dilemma
@go-me Add some examples from your experience and that'd be a good answer!
Jun
15
comment Some practical strategies for the pixel monkey dilemma
I also think there's a chapter or two on this in the book How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul but I don't have a copy to hand right now.
Jun
15
comment Some practical strategies for the pixel monkey dilemma
In design, what you describe is a rare sub-type of a very common type of "Clients From Hell" situation; people without relevant experience micro-managing the creative process. It's actually pretty rare to come from programmers, beyond "ugh, do you really need X, Y would be so much easier / more efficient" - much more common from clients and "middle-man" execs or managers. I'm sure we've got past questions on it but I can't find them... this is kinda close graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/1007/…
Jun
11
comment What does Expand Apearance do in Adobe Illustrator?
@Ryan I just tried googling "What does Expand Apearance do in Adobe Illustrator?" and nothing good quality came up. We can definitely do better than the poorly written docs pages and rambling forum posts that already exist. "Expand appearance" is one of those things that makes sense when you know what it does but doesn't make much sense until you've used it, so I can totally understand why someone would ask a question like this.
Jun
11
comment How can I wrap an existing design around a circular path in Adobe Illustrator?
Ouch... that's a painful thing to be dropped in the deep end of! There are some tricks you might be able to use for warping artwork to fit curved templates on this question: How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere? - different shape but you might be able to apply the same principle
Jun
10
comment When should I use the Unicode punctuation space character in French written texts?
I believe that's the thin non-breaking space used in "classic" French typography. They have spaces before punctuation marks like ! but these are thinner than usual and non-breaking to avoid risking having a line start with ! or similar. There's some info about it here - french.stackexchange.com/questions/46/…
Jun
9
comment What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator CS5?
ctrl-alt-shift-3 100% does work in CS6. Great tip! Looking at Zortkun's comment I'm guessing there's a problem with their shift key...
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
@plainclothes thanks for the feedback! I did have that section first but for some reason moved it to the end... have put it first again, and I've edited to hopefully make it clearer that these are examples of having a knowledge and appreciation for the subject beyond what is necessary for active projects.
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
Maybe "enthusiast" is the wrong word... Practitioner? Adept? "Journeyman but not master" is the sort of idea I'm getting at. Higher than "dabbler", lower than "professional expert". And I'm referring to average designers here - the ones who know their kerning from their leading but not much deeper.
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
I certainly don't say graphic designers don't or can't be typographers (hence, "rarely"). For example, Mark Porter, the graphic designer turned creative director who led the redesign of The Guardian (including commissioning its new typefaces) is a great example of a designer who can definitely also be described as a great typographer. I'm just saying there's a gap between "designer and typography enthusiast" (most designers) and "designer and typographer" (some designers) - and it's depth and breadth of knowledge that bridges the gap.
Jun
5
comment What should be done with genuine vehicle registration plates in a photograph?
I was hoping for an example of yours but a 3rd party is fine too, I'm just curious to see it in action. But it's not essential at all, I'm just being nosey :-)
Jun
5
comment What should be done with genuine vehicle registration plates in a photograph?
Great answer, I don't suppose you could share a real-life example?
Jun
5
comment Colour changes in illustrator CS6 from Illustrator CC
Can you clarify what direction the conversion went? Was it a CS6 file opened in CC or a CC file opened in CS6? My guess would be that Illustrator is opening the file without its colour calibration settings, so the colours appear different - check that the actual RGB / CMYK values aren't also changing. Another possibility is blend modes being applied differently
Jun
5
comment Icon to represent “usable offline”
I'd suggest starting by researching what your target device(s) use to represent connected and disconnected, so that it'll be familiar to users. I suspect the best answer will be a WiFi icon and a crossed-out WiFi icon
Jun
5
comment Style identification – landscape graphics using single monochrome layers of the same tone
"silhouette vector landscape" or "minimalist vector landscape" as search terms turns up some similar stuff
Jun
5
comment What is the standard size of a desk calendar?
+1 It's normally best to ask your printer, but sometimes that's not possible (e.g. I've had clients who use outsourcing firms for printing, where you have to send artwork to them "blind" then the outsourcing firm rings around and negotiates with different printers, meaning you don't get specs until the last possible minute... ugh!), so it's good to know "typical" dimensions. Browsing big-name print firms is a good way to start, but hopefully this'll get an experience-based answer!
Jun
5
comment Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?
Oh yeah, forgot his name is spelt differently in English
Jun
4
comment Logo with glow looks harsh
One of the first things you should establish on a logo project is what contexts it'll be used in, and you should expect to give guidelines on what colours it can be used against. It's very common to provide multiple versions, e.g. a standard version, and a 'reversed' version for use on dark backgrounds e.g. with blacks swapped for whites, light colours darkened, etc
Jun
3
comment Why don't upper case numbers exist?
Since this is more about the history of language and writing than graphic design, you'd probably get better answers at english.stackexchange.com - but I will say that English uses letters and numbers from different traditions (we talk about "roman letters" and "arabic numerals")