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Oct
10
comment Vector graphic quality quirks
Two guesses (though we really need to see an example - not necessarily the logo itself if it's confidential/a draft, maybe a quick knockup that shows the same problem). 1: If the problem is smallish text, it could be text hinting (see this for more details) - if using Illustrator, try save for web art optimised not type optimised, see if that changes things. 2: If it's thin lines, it might be bad anti-aliasing of details that are <1px - try aligning to pixel grid or fattening things up.
Oct
10
comment How do I create this tessellation Mondriaan-like graphic?
Yeah "vividly coloured geometric tesselated patterns" is maybe a better description (but a bit of a mouthful)
Oct
9
comment How do I create this tessellation Mondriaan-like graphic?
Another tip: Andy Gilmore's work on that link reminds me a lot of the work of James White, who has published quite a few tutorials and guides on how he works. I can't remember where they all are, some are on his site and I think there are some elsewhere. They're interesting and worth a read.
Oct
9
comment Convert a map image to black and white
possible duplicate of How can I easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into an outline drawing?
Oct
9
comment How do I create this tessellation Mondriaan-like graphic?
Interesting question. Just to clarify: you're wanting to create something a bit like this, with an even pattern of (in this case triangles), and you want to know how to get started with the minimum time spent doing menial stuff like creating and rotating rectangles?
Oct
8
comment Can Adobe Illustrator export hidden sublayers as svg group with attribute display=“none”?
Whenever I need to do specific code things to SVG exported from Illustrator, I almost always end up doing it in a text editor with find/replace and regular expressions. Illustrator's SVG support isn't very good, Adobe treat it as an afterthought. You could give layers or groups you want hidden a name ending with say --hidden then find/change --hidden"(.*)style=" for "\1style="display:none; or something like that.
Oct
8
comment Illustrator: Scale all strokes in a document without touching object and pattern size?
Just noticed the asker said the file was created outside of illustrator: assuming the patterns are interpreted by Illustrator as normal pattern swatches, (in CS6) for each pattern they could double-click the swatch, select all, copy, exit pattern editor, paste, run script on this pasted tile (replace-all pageItems for selection in the script and it will apply only to selected items), then copy the adjusted tile back into the pattern editor to update the pattern.
Oct
8
comment Illustrator: Scale all strokes in a document without touching object and pattern size?
+1 Nice, that's a really useful script! One slight problem for the original question though: it doesn't apply to strokes within patterns, and it doesn't work from within the pattern editor, so to use it with patterns they'd have to use it on the original tiles the pattern was created from, then re-create the patterns. Still very useful.
Oct
8
comment What is the font used in the Backbone.js Logo?
I think this is be a slight modification of Core Humanist Sans Light - that font is rounded while this has sharp corners. I can't see any non-rounded variant (Core Sans is completely different) and other details look to be exactly the same, so I'd guess this was either modified, or is a variant on Core Humanist Sans that hasn't yet been published.
Oct
7
comment InDesign Data Merge and hiding missing data
+1 This is more or less what I've done in the past when I've had this problem. Slight variation: you can make the 'invisible ghost text' thing less of an issue by putting the prefix into the CSV (so it's a column of "Phone: ...", "Phone: ...", and just "" if there's no phone, e.g, excel formula like =IF(A1="","","Phone: "&A1) - then use this trick to reduce the amount of space the empty line this still leaves takes up. Can be tricky if there's paragraph spacing though.
Oct
2
comment How do you choose the spacing between letters in a diagram?
Here's a good place to start - graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/9147/…
Oct
1
comment How to draw a stretched/pulled/conical spiral
"conical spiral" is another search term that might help. One quick thing you could try (not tested): draw one segment as a path with a stroke, copy, paste, scale up by X%, align, join paths, paste again, scale up by X% twice, align, join to the two existing segments, paste, scale up by X% 3 times... etc
Sep
30
comment How to re-create letters using pieces of photographies
I don't understand how this is too broad. Steps are basically: 1) find cliff picture, 2) create clipping mask to make characters shapes, 3) paint over shading and highlights so it looks like an actual standalone structure (maybe using one darkening and one lightening layer clipped by the same mask?), 4) in an unclipped layer(s), paint in or copy from image (whichever works best) details that hang out from the mask, like vines, waterfall, birds, mist etc. The key thing is, in the painting step, use judgement - not too much or too little - and be clear in your head where your light sources are.
Sep
26
comment Weird grey boxes on PDF export and (huge) quality difference in Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat
You mention this affects objects with an outer glow effect: where is this effect coming from? Is it applied in InDesign or in another application then copied or placed into InDesign?
Sep
26
comment Is Illustrator good for Android?
How to make the visual elements in UI design is the same regardless of what operating system the UI is for (one exception: not all platforms support vector graphics in native app UIs, but that just effects how you output the design: can still design in vector then output PNGs), so the best place to start is reading guides for software for UI design in general, then look at the style guidance and technical details for the OS you are targeting.
Sep
24
comment How can I make a complex tartan pattern in Illustrator?
So the basic principle will be: do what they say on How can I make a Tartan Design in Adobe Illustrator to create the diagonal textures, then make long horizontal and vertical rectangles with those textures and blend modes and overlay them over each other.
Sep
23
comment Motivations for a designer to get involved in an open source project
Are you a designer? Yes, Are you involved in an open source project? Sort of, I work on Drupal quite a lot and I support open source. But I almost never provide designs for open source projects: I'd like to, but it's just too much hassle for the reasons described above. Despite being 80% designer and 20% coder I've provided like 800% more code bug fixes to open sources projects than I have images or designs.
Sep
17
comment Flat Rate vs. Hourly: Fast work = lower pay?
@Scott too high or too low? (don't know much about US prices)
Aug
31
comment How should a designer handle the request to repurpose a design?
I think it hinges how much of the piece is function, and how much it's form/branding. Resurrecting something functional like an interactive map seems reasonable to me - there's no reason why a thing that works should die with the company that used it. If they're asking you to help them take something that is wholly part of a dead company's brand style, like a logo or advert, it seems a bit much like grave robbery. If it's something in the middle like a brochure or web layout, I'd say the task is separating function from form - old function, new form
Aug
31
comment How can I prepare for a career in character design?
I don't know if there's a US equivalent, but in the UK, art schools do 1-year "foundation" courses to do before starting college that are about trying lots of disciplines to find your ideal speciality, and learning the basics that are common to all disciplines like creative thinking, developing ideas, giving and receiving criticism etc. Quite a lot of people from overseas do them as international students (this is probably quite expensive though)