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Apr
11
comment Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design and business goals?
I read it as like "What are the key principles for designing one-page call to action sites" and what differences in approach should be taken compared to a more conventional web site (hence "go back to basics")- which seems like a good question to me. Could be worded more clearly though - Andrew, can you make it clearer? Might be good to know what sort of call to action as well.
Apr
11
comment How to quickly create multi-page layout presentation? (image maps?)
Adobe Edge is intended to be a tool that can make a usable interactive version of a site quite quickly, which can then be used like a testing presentation or interactive wireframe. It's not free, payment by subscription, and has a few flaws, but it might suit for your purposes since it sounds like you're wanting a walkthrough for testing not a final design. Here's a writeup on it from another question
Apr
11
comment What type of information should a logo display, or what makes a great logo?
A really good book I often recommend is Really Good Logos Explained. Rather than preaching arbitrary rules, or, dissecting logos of household names that can lean on ubiquity and familiarity that logos of small/medium organisations will likely never have, it's simply lots and lots of honest, straight-to-the-point critiques of quite-good logos for the kind of medium-sized clients a designer usually works with. It helps you understand what works and what doesn't better than anything else I've seen.
Apr
9
comment Identify font for the logo of “Le Matin” newspaper
<pedantry>Think you mean tracking, not leading?</pedantry>
Apr
9
comment Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?
@leugim I'd say keep them - you're probably not the only person to have had that confusion, it might help someone else. Everyone learns by making mistakes. But if you really want to delete a comment you can with the X by the side of the comment.
Apr
8
comment Can I lock vector art EPS10 files to avoid editing?
@Hunter PDFs are usually vector (except where raster graphics are placed in them). PDFs can also be placed as embedded vectors in other artwork, so they're ideal for cases where you're sending wholly finalised graphics and you don't care about them being easy to edit (e.g. they're the standard for sending something to print, or sending an advert to be placed in a magazine layout). They're less common for stock vectors in my experience because people usually buy stock vectors in order to edit them, and PDFs aren't designed to be easy to edit.
Apr
7
comment Can I lock vector art EPS10 files to avoid editing?
I think what you heard about is locking a layer before saving (in Illustrator, click the space by the layer so it shows a padlock). It's not a security thing - not all software respects it and any anyone can turn it off and unlock the layers very easily. It's more of a way of discouraging editing, e.g. helping people to not accidentally edit the wrong thing when editing a template. Or, as a way of saying "No, seriously, DON'T mess around with this logo" :-)
Apr
4
comment Name for blocky, imprecise illustration style (like Saul Bass, Paul Rand)
Interesting, I'd always thought about the typography and text layout side of the Swiss style, but I see what you mean. "like swiss-style influenced paper cutouts" would probably work for someone who knows their design history (though they'd probably get "like Paul Rand and Saul Bass illustrations" as well)
Apr
4
comment Name for blocky, imprecise illustration style (like Saul Bass, Paul Rand)
Yup, and I included a reference to minimalism in the question [oops, I thought I did, but actually I deleted it before hitting okay]. Trouble is, if I heard "minimalist papercut" as a description, I'd imagine something like a subtle delicate finely detailed Rob Ryan-style character surrounded by whitespace - not, say, a dramatic and colourful - but low-detail and non-complex - Paul Rand illustration. I guess the key idea is more controlled characterful crudeness than simplicity in the general sense.
Apr
4
comment Name for blocky, imprecise illustration style (like Saul Bass, Paul Rand)
@horatio The trouble with "Paper cutout style" is I find it's more often associated with elaborate things in the style of Rob Ryan these days, which is a very different style. It's the blocky characterful simplicity not the paper-like-ness
Apr
3
comment How to determine what quality a JPG was saved as?
For the side question, yes, saving a jpg as a jpg compresses it again, losing more quality each time. Try to always keep the original and try to never save a jpg as a jpg. Topical side note: since each time a Facebook image is uploaded, it gets jpg-compressed, it's possible to guesstimate how many generations of friends any one of those red/pink equals sign icons has been through by looking at the jpg compression; as a way of estimating the spread of a viral campaign.
Mar
27
comment Tips and resources for beginning designers
Hi, both your posts on this site have linked to the same external site, minimalist gallery. Just so you know, people might think this sort of thing looks a bit spammy.
Mar
27
comment Saving vector art using Illustrator CS5 with the intent to sell artwork to people who work with various vector software and versions of Illustrator?
Yeah, some give eps plus the final .ai (or .cdr for Corel) that they used to make it. I wouldn't personally, but that's just me (my working files are my own personal brand of controlled chaos, would feel too much like someone looking over my shoulder watching me work...), and you could certainly justify charging extra. Also, there are loads of stock vector sites and stock photo sites that also do vector that would host your work in return for a percentage on each sale. I've never used them so I don't know if they're worth it or not, but they might be the first place would-be customers look
Mar
25
comment Vectorize 3D Logo in Illustrator
Try straightening up the image (shear/skew) then run it through whatthefont
Mar
25
comment Chop up an image in to blocks of the same color
Do you mean like this graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/9391/… but not necessarily 1px each? If so, the exact same method works, just adjust the numbers. Or do you mean something like this - chopping an image into tiles?
Mar
24
comment InDesign CS6: How should I structure pages of lists?
In Indesign any inline content (text and/or inline images etc) separated by a full carriage return is thought of as a paragraph and controlled via paragraph styles - including list items, headings, footnotes, captions, etc etc, so you're right to format each list item using paragraph styles
Mar
22
comment What are some basic guidelines to make a website look nice?
Sorry but I have to react to "People don't read long text [online]" - I know what you mean, but there are people (especially in management...) who take phrases like this literally - like how a few years ago when managers commissioned over-stuffed homepages where everything had to be in the top 600px because "people don't scroll down". People do read long text online - but only when something has convinced them that it's worth their time to do so.
Mar
21
comment Design pattern for assigning items to two buckets/lists, where items can be in both, one or none
yeahumok - Does "Design pattern for assigning items to two buckets/lists, where items can be in both" work as a title for the question?
Mar
21
comment Design pattern for assigning items to two buckets/lists, where items can be in both, one or none
+1, this is also a nice demonstration of how something that functions as something simple and generic like a table with 10 rows and 2 columns of tick boxes doesn't necessarily have to look like a generic example of the pattern to be intuitive and usable with form following function. (I'd suggest however that the colours could be confusing if Bucket A=blue and Bucket B=green hadn't already been introduced - it could be taken as a sign that there are 3 states for each button: 'clear','blue' and 'green' when actually there are two:'off' and 'on'. Coloured text might be less ambiguous)
Mar
20
comment Design pattern for assigning items to two buckets/lists, where items can be in both, one or none
I guess it's hard to show an image of what you mean since you don't know what it should look like yet... How about you show examples of things you've tried and talk through why they don't satisfy? For example, one very simple suggestion would be a table with 10 rows and 2 columns of tick boxes, and unassigned rows (no ticks) highlighted as "to do"