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Feb
19
comment Tools for creating and exporting a LOT of icons?
If you're using Illustrator, I strongly recommend the MultiExporter script, more info at What is the best practice for laying out and exporting custom icons from AI? If you're not, I'd recommend using Illustrator with the MultiExporter script...
Feb
19
comment Does this Chinese font fit in with our brand?
Can you include a screenshot of the design as-is? Otherwise the question won't make sense if/when your design changes.
Feb
17
comment How do I handle an increasing lack of faith in my design abilities?
Here's a link to the original version of that graph (by Marc Dalessio)
Feb
16
comment Correct term for stacked / super-justified / variable height text
Duplicates! Duplicates everywhere! :-) Thanks DA01, slab is good, risks confusion with slab-serif, I like the idea of coining "slab justified"... also found this related typophile article typophile.com/node/65513 and hell, there's even a jQuery plugin freqdec.github.io/slabText
Feb
16
comment Correct term for stacked / super-justified / variable height text
I have heard people call it "justified", and then people have got confused because they think they mean regular-justified when actually they mean this.
Feb
16
comment Is it safe to use an image when I'm unable to identify its source?
@MuhammedRefaat Whoever owns it knows who owns it. Many copyright owners' legal departments trawl through results like this, sending invoices and legal threats to everyone using their image without a license. It's easy money since legally, they're 100% in the right, and you're not in a position to argue if they quote a very high price. (of course, many don't bother - it's up to you if it's worth the risk)
Feb
16
comment How can I create a word using a font with my own pictures in it?
I think you're asking for something like clipping masks, like How to turn text into a “hole” in a layer, so I will see the background through it, but using something simpler than Photoshop? I imagine there's probably some free online service but it's not something designers are likely to know about (maybe try asking at webapps.stackexchange.com ?). This is also sometimes called knockout text
Feb
16
comment Many successful web startups have blue branding: is this a reflection of something?
@Vincent I've never before heard Facebook and Instagram associated with "the mind, calmness, intelligence and coolness"... you must have a better calibre of friends than I do! :-) But yes, I'm sure these were qualities the site creators were hoping their users would express...
Feb
16
comment Many successful web startups have blue branding: is this a reflection of something?
Interesting question. I remember hearing people in the '00s (pre-smartphones) suggest that blue is a good choice for social sites where your target audience would rather be outdoors under a blue sky with their friends rather than stuck indoors in front of a computer... but that's pretty speculative.
Feb
16
comment How do I handle an increasing lack of faith in my design abilities?
I'd say a good starting point is reading How would I know how good of a designer I am? - every creative person goes through periods of frustration where they realise they aren't as good as they thought they were. Often, this is when you're in the process of improving - but your ability to "see" critically is improving faster than your proficiency - you spot weak ares in your work faster than you learn to improve them.
Feb
16
comment Is it safe to use an image when I'm unable to identify its source?
An important advantage of TinEye for this is that you can sort by oldest and sort by largest, either/both of which can help find the original that everyone else copied from. Doesn't always work, but sometimes does.
Feb
16
comment Why is Garamond italic all wonky?
+1 great answer, people often forget Garamond is nearly 500 years old. Based on your link and John W's comment, it sounds like it was indeed Robert Granjon who designed the "wonky" italics, between 1545 and 1589. It sounds like he pioneered a variant of italics based on French calligraphy, that appears to have been popular for its natural (i.e. wonky) qualities in the 1500s, until readability became more valued.
Jan
23
comment How to convince a client to have their logo redesigned?
Some of the answers to How to explain to a client that their logo is incredibly poor are relevant here too
Jan
16
comment How to produce this brilliant effect?
Can you edit the image into your question with a link next to it? Otherwise the question becomes meaningless if the link goes down (also, deviantart contains some nsfw stuff so you'll get more responses if people don't have to click through)
Jan
16
comment How to visually represent a color contrast issue to a person with normal color vision?
There are lots of good resources for this. I'd take a look at this list on our UX sister site and also at the other 'duplicate' question it links to. There may be better, newer resources too.
Jan
14
comment Is there a way to change the color of a .png object using Adobe Illustrator?
Is there a reason why you're using Illustrator to edit a raster file? Illustrator's for vector design, see What's the difference between vector graphics and raster graphics?. Raster image editting programs (Photoshop, or free alternatives like GIMP) would be more suitable for this than Illustrator.
Jan
9
comment Photoshop: Is it possible to display ONE style of a font in the drop down?
Because Adobe's software is notoriously rather rubbish for this, people often a) use 'font management' software for browsing fonts (e.g. Mac, Windows, Linux), and b) often uninstall fonts they don't/won't use to make their font lists more manageable.
Jan
5
comment How to Force Update of All InDesign Links (Even Ones It Thinks Are Current)?
Have you tried changing one file then alt-clicking the "update links" button? That's supposed to update all links
Jan
2
comment How to distort artwork for printing on a cup?
You could try finding a cone template then do something similar to this but with the cone instead of the sphere
Jan
2
comment Shading an SVG shape using control points
I don't know much about Inkscape - how about, when you find something that works, you post a simple step-by-step of what you did? Looks like there's a lack of Inkscape gradient mesh resources.