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Apr
29
comment What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO
Look at the URL of the first link and the source code it matches: you'll see Google doesn't (currently...) have problems with the unicode formatting, and it indexes unicode ligatures, HTML entity ligatures and regular separate character pairs like f i as equivalent without any problems. Google seems to cope fine - but, the inconsistency between different search engines is (in my book at least) a dealbreaker.
Apr
28
comment What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO
Yup, that should be fine - search engines usually index the original document without applying javascript. You'd probably want to check that it doing so wasn't slowing down the page load time significantly and that there isn't a jarring jolt for the viewer when the vanilla characters are replaced with the ligatures during page load.
Apr
27
comment What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO
I definitely agree with "extremely concerned", unicode support is notoriously inconsistent. But for the record google can (currently...) index unicode and does (currently...) match those unicode ligatures on that page with searches for l i f i etc (see how it bolds them in the preview). But I definitely wouldn't want to ever rely on it...
Apr
27
comment What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO
...(those URLs were massive, need 2 comments), it does seem like inviting trouble. If bing doesn't match ligatures, other important services won't too.
Apr
27
comment What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO
Actually google does match those: look at what it highlights here (ligatures) and here (plain text) - both match both.But I agree with your advice...
Apr
27
comment What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO
I don't think they will be those letters in the source code. Looks like smartypants is a server side thing that parses input and saves the glyphs into the text stored in the database and therefore also the source code. That said, I think it'll be fine for seo anyway.
Apr
27
comment How can I export only text with a distinctive character style from InDesign to a new document?
If you can make such a script that would be a good answer. Personally I never know where to start with adobe scripting, the docs are pretty overwhelming. This method works and doesn't takxe particularly long.
Apr
26
comment Does ideal measure change with language?
Great question. If that theory is true you'd also expect languages with scripts using logograms like Chinese to tend towards shorter measures. My suspicion is it's not the case, and it's all about not losing your place when returning to the start of a line, therefore linked to leading and paragraph length, not information per line (e.g. chinese traditionally used to be written vertically with extremely long measures in terms of information per line).
Apr
26
comment How can I create imagery for cyber security and cyberspace general while avoiding that late 90's early 2000's look?
Government family support, eh... The first image that pops into my head is of a family in a brightly lit homely kitchen with a modern chromebook style laptop on the kitchen table, with serious, interested but comfortable expressions, having a video-chat skype-like conversation with an approachable-looking sturdy but friendly professional the other side of the screen, with an "I'm listening" expression on his/her face. That's just off the to of my head - up to you now!
Apr
26
comment InDesign grep rule that applies to everything then stops if it reaches a certain character?
Works perfectly! Didn't occur to me that you could use the 'or' bar within the subexpression brackets like that. I'm trying to understand the role of the question mark: is that to make it choose whichever is shorter of the possible matches?
Apr
25
comment 3D Revolve, but spaced out in a segment style in Illustrator
The restriction on posting images is a big pain... one way to work around it where the image is an important part of the question or answer is to upload the image to something like imgur directly then post a link to it.
Apr
25
comment Graphic design courses under a Creative Commons license?
re. the question itself: it's worth being aware that Creative Commons is bigger in the design world than open source (what with it being about media more than code), and can be used for open educational resources, so if you've been searching on "open source" and finding nothing, you could try creative commons instead.
Apr
25
comment Graphic design courses under a Creative Commons license?
No idea, seems like a good question to me. All I can guess is maybe people thought you meant courses on open source design software (e.g. Inkscape, Gimp) not courses that are themselves open source/creative commons, so got the wrong idea from the title, or (hopefully not) they're doing that thing of assuming that everyone hasn't researched their questions before asking. Maybe you could add a line like "The closest I can find is... but that doesn't work because..."?
Apr
24
comment Pointillism? Mosaic? Vector Bokeh?
@Christopher Cool, glad that helped. I originally edited the term into that other question, but didn't give any background because it wasn't so relevant there; I've added an answer here that explains the background a little bit.
Apr
18
comment How can I automate the process of cutting intricate shapes out of paper?
Hi Keagan, can you add to your answer a little on why you recommend the KNK in particular?
Apr
18
comment How do you create Icon Fonts?
If it's just for your own use, the InDesign plugin indyfont might be the best option. It takes vector designs from InDesign and turns them into fonts very simply. It's popular for making custom bullets, which InDesign can't normally do (the free trial version for 1-character fonts is often used for this). I don't thing there's a full commercial release yet though, so if you're planning to release a full font not just use them here and there in your own work, maybe conventional font software would be better.
Apr
18
comment Why are vector shapes sometimes left unclosed?
I think a common reason is, many people don't know how to make paths you draw with the pencil tool (and similar) close themselves, so they often just leave them open. Thinking about it, that's a question we should probably have an answer to...
Apr
16
comment Do we have name for these kind of “flat graphics” images?
This might be referring to that style of vector illustration that was big from 2005-2011 or so that awkwardly didn't really have a name and was often just called "vector style" or "vector drawing" etc. The style here is a bit like an evolution on from that style.
Apr
16
comment Do we have name for these kind of “flat graphics” images?
There's also an argument that Flat Design "isn’t a trend or some new craze. It’s just called good design" - but I'd say there's more to it as a style than simply having few embellishments and elements or being minimalist. As used in 2012/13 it tends to be associated with particular kinds of colour palette (e.g. rich pastels and cool greys like in the example in the question), tiling, subtle overlays, strong solid blocks of colour and a slightly blocky drawing style.
Apr
15
comment How to fill shirt patterns into a shirt silhouette with realistic form “twist”?
zbrush is another popular alternative to Mudbox. They're both 3D programs with a focus on 'sculpting', and popular with designers as they're a bit more intuitive and craft-like to use than blender which I gather is much more focussed on technical commands.