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Jun
11
comment Indesign auto column width size for table based on the data containing?
Oops looks like I posted the wrong link above: the adobe forums link should have been forums.adobe.com/message/2280922 also, this question should be linked to graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/4235 (which sadly doesn't have an answer either)
Jun
10
comment Icon Character Design - name and methods
You can see that original tutorial by using archive.org to go back in time, for example web.archive.org/web/20091215110855/http://dinglifeblog.com/…
Jun
10
comment What font does Great Lakes Motorcoach use for their logo?
Stretch this vertically and use the C and O from Stage Serial or Revue BT, and that's the closest yet
Jun
7
comment Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?
There was a great answer to a very similar question that was deleted from stackoverflow a long time ago, which can be seen archived at web.archive.org/web/20100813080556/http://stackoverflow.com/…. I've pinged the guy who wrote it suggesting he reposts it here. (unfortunately that original question and answer apparently can't be migrated)
Jun
6
comment Make Arabic text show properly in Adobe Illustrator
That Adobe download works - you can open the PSD file in illustrator checking "Convert to objects", change font to something with Arabic letters, then copy and paste the text area into any file, and it handles Arabic letters correctly.
Jun
5
comment Indesign Document-Master
@Scott it says "for pdf printing" - so I'd put that as answer
Jun
4
comment Almost Avant Garde Bold - but not quite (Boards of Canada: Tomorrow's Harvest cover)
@TehMacDawg Good point! Updated
Jun
4
comment What font does Great Lakes Motorcoach use for their logo?
Similar style, but not the same font - particularly, A, K, R...
Jun
3
comment Need some font suggestions, please
See also: What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?
Jun
3
comment How to put a design in best light before showing it on Behance or Dribbble
See also How to make an image look like it's been printed
May
31
comment How to create a picture like a diagram on Wikipedia?
Inkscape is generally talked about as the leading open source alternative to Illustrator, e.g. Wikipedia themselves recommend it, but there always might be others (can't think of any others off the top of my head)
May
31
comment How to create a picture like a diagram on Wikipedia?
I don't understand how animation comes into this - the original linked SVG image doesn't look like it's animated?
May
31
comment What are some tips for getting hired without a formal education?
Also good point about file sizes, but I'd suggest trying to send just one pdf, resume and examples, unless they invite you to send a portfolio or are a small dedicated design agency. Many companies have very rigid processes for handling applications and a second other PDF might just be forgotten or ignored or lost in a folder full of applications
May
31
comment What are some tips for getting hired without a formal education?
Good point about including a few pieces in the pdf itself, I've seen some applicants do that and it helps - sometimes a couple of pieces on the reverse side of a one-page pdf. I'd always include a link as well though
May
29
comment What's a good replacement font for ITC Avant Garde Std?
Nice find - also, check out the alternate glyphs at theleagueofmoveabletype.com/raleway for more Avant Garde like as, ls, ws and ts (editted in an image).
May
29
comment Completing or offering a dying art form
Can't offer any personal experience, but there are artists and crafts folk who keep dying arts alive and the formula appears to be: 1) find niches of people with very specific requirements who need your rare skill (or, enthusiasts, cranks, hipsters or posers who want it, or, can be talked into wanting it...) 2) build really strong personal relationships and reputation within this small world, 3) charge as much as they can afford, 4) do everything you can to keep this small world alive: live it, breathe it, promote it. ...It looks like hard, precarious work: I wouldn't choose this path.
May
29
comment How was brand consistency maintained before computers?
@DanNeely Babylonian cylinder seals were a cool example of miniaturised brand assets carved in stone. I guess if you wanted to upscale a design you could cut out the depressed bits of the pressed clay, and shine light through it, creating a stencil silhouette of any size?
May
28
comment How should ascenders and descenders that share the same space be handled?
You might also find the answers to this question helpful: How do I deal with line spacing when a single descender is getting in the way?
May
11
comment Why do some logos look.. old? How does design age?
To offer a different perspective on "the technical skill required to make a Metro UI is noticeably less than if you had to create gradients and shadows" - I'd say knowing how to use gradient and shadow tools is one of the less significant challenges in this kind of icon or logo design: software fluency is usually just expected. The real challenge is making something that communicates the message simply, quickly, reliably - and that's harder the more constrained your stylistic palette is. Designing a good two-tone logo or icon for something non-trivial can be a serious creative challenge.
May
8
comment Does Photoshop Elements fully support PSD files from “full” Photoshop?
Good question, I believe it's fine for layer effects except for groups of layers and complex adjustment layers, but I'm not 100% sure. I wrote a quick write-up a while ago of the key differences between PS and PS elements for web work here which might also be useful background: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/15879/3327