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Nov
12
comment What does it mean when printers have told me my colour is not a Pantone colour, but in my file it is?
What file format are you sending them? If it's a PDF, how is the colour described in Acrobat?
Nov
9
comment I want to number sentences in InDesign (like Bible verses)
@shunting if you search on how to do endnotes in InDesign (which isn't normally possible), you'll find some guides on how to use cross references to act like endnotes - these methods can be adapted to act like footnotes
Nov
9
comment I want to number sentences in InDesign (like Bible verses)
@mdomino I think the problem is, nothing but a human can tell if something like "and then Prof. Jeffreys entered" is an abbreviation or a sentence. You could create a convention for using a non-standard character for sentence ending stops, like adding a hair-space or discretionary hyphen after the . when it ends a sentence, or (easier to type) a double-space then have another GREP rule that hides the extra space.
Oct
28
comment Is there a way to make the bounding box of a group rotate with the group in Illustrator?
This is strange - for me in CS6 (windows, recent install so few custom settings), it just works how you want - UNLESS I have something else not in the group selected. In fact the only way I can make it act like you say is by selecting the group and something else. Are you sure everything in your selection is properly grouped, and all objects are part of that group? Also, maybe try putting it all in a square clipping mask? Also, maybe try without the graphs, or after breaking (ungrouping) the graphs. The graph tool is ancient and is not compatible with many basic Illustrator functions.
Oct
28
comment How to add hidden notes to developers within designs mockups?
Yup, PDF comments are great for this, and the comments can go both ways e.g. for requesting changes or highlighting possible issues to the designer. If it's a web mockup, it's common for the PDF to be a PNG (pixel image so you can check details are indeed visible), often behind a photo of an example of the intended device (but that's usually more to impress management, developers might find it unnecessary)
Oct
27
comment How do I make this arrow symmetrical?
I don't know Inkscape, but when I do the equivalent of this in Illustrator, I merge the two into one shape using what Illustrator calls pathfinder. I'm sure Inkscape has an equivalent (but I don't know what it would be called)
Oct
12
comment Difference between graphic designer and visual designer
Sorry but -1 because this is based on speculation on what "Visual Designer" might mean rather than how the term is actually currently being used in job specifications. Though maybe it's regional - certainly in the UK and US, since at least 2014, "Visual Designer" has had a pretty specific current usage
Oct
12
comment What type of printing technique is this called?
What aspect of it are you asking about? The colour, paper, texture, folding, etc?
Sep
29
comment How to handle drop caps when the first word is just one letter?
I do agree that small caps with drop caps is generally a good idea, but I'm not sure it solves this problem. The given example would be exactly the same if small caps were used - it could only help if people had seen many other paragraphs and had noticed the pattern.
Sep
29
comment How to handle drop caps when the first word is just one letter?
I generally take the view that, if my typography makes people do a double-take or requires people to use context to figure out what the text says, my typography isn't working
Sep
15
comment How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?
...and feel glad to be freelance and have this freedom :-). The first pro designer I met after college worked for an ad agency whose latest client had been an arms company - her brief was along the lines of "Think status symbols for middle-eastern dictators. Make those helicopter gunships SHINE". When I met her, she was looking for a new job...
Sep
15
comment How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?
What's Ozark baby tossing? ...I feel like I might regret asking...
Sep
15
comment How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?
@SnyperBunny I believe the issue there was that it was discrimination against a person based on who they were not what they believed or advocated, but I think we're getting into thorny legal territory there...
Sep
7
comment Can Illustrator art brushes rotate with a Wacom art pen or airbrush?
Perfect, thanks. Just curious - have you ever tried the airbrush? From what I can tell it seems to be basically just an airbrush-shaped art pen with a mouse wheel as well as the buttons?
Sep
7
comment How to create interfaces in a graphics editor for responsive grid systems considering that they aren't pixel-perfect?
When I do responsive design mockups I use vector software, more or less for this reason - to get out of thinking in exact pixels. I used to use Illustrator but I'm now preferring InDesign with Illustrator/Photoshop for illustrations/photos. Not got my InDesign workflow nailed yet, but if this question isn't a duplicate (we've had a few like this) I'll come back when I've ironed out the faults and post an answer detailing it.
Sep
7
comment What does a “normal” British pound sign look like?
@kontur that's probably a question for the English Language site, I think they do writing history and punctuation
Sep
2
comment Is Product Sans (Google new geometric font) being made available for commercial use?
The only way their intentions could be clearer is if they wrote "If you'd like to know if you're allowed to use this font, our licensing terms are as follows" above a picture of Larry Page flipping the bird.
Sep
1
comment The changes requested by the client look terrible, what can I put in my portfolio?
It's a bit late now, but for help avoiding this in future see How to avoid the tragic fate in the Oatmeal cartoon “How a web design goes straight to hell”?. If that doesn't work, see Would you compromise your design and how far should you go? and Designing around an awful logo
Aug
16
comment Version of Helvetica Neue distinguishing I and l
Interesting, I've not heard of this version of the font, where did you hear that there was such a version? (P.s. guys why are there two downvotes and two close votes with no comments? It's a good question; if you think it can be improved, say how)
Aug
10
comment How to display data labels in Illustrator graph function (pie graph)?
Nice! That sounds like an interesting technique, if you want you can add that as your own answer and it might be useful to others with the same problem