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Jun
10
comment When should I use the Unicode punctuation space character in French written texts?
I believe that's the thin non-breaking space used in "classic" French typography. They have spaces before punctuation marks like ! but these are thinner than usual and non-breaking to avoid risking having a line start with ! or similar. There's some info about it here - french.stackexchange.com/questions/46/…
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
@plainclothes thanks for the feedback! I did have that section first but for some reason moved it to the end... have put it first again, and I've edited to hopefully make it clearer that these are examples of having a knowledge and appreciation for the subject beyond what is necessary for active projects.
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
Maybe "enthusiast" is the wrong word... Practitioner? Adept? "Journeyman but not master" is the sort of idea I'm getting at. Higher than "dabbler", lower than "professional expert". And I'm referring to average designers here - the ones who know their kerning from their leading but not much deeper.
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
I certainly don't say graphic designers don't or can't be typographers (hence, "rarely"). For example, Mark Porter, the graphic designer turned creative director who led the redesign of The Guardian (including commissioning its new typefaces) is a great example of a designer who can definitely also be described as a great typographer. I'm just saying there's a gap between "designer and typography enthusiast" (most designers) and "designer and typographer" (some designers) - and it's depth and breadth of knowledge that bridges the gap.
Jun
5
comment What should be done with genuine vehicle registration plates in a photograph?
I was hoping for an example of yours but a 3rd party is fine too, I'm just curious to see it in action. But it's not essential at all, I'm just being nosey :-)
Jun
5
comment What should be done with genuine vehicle registration plates in a photograph?
Great answer, I don't suppose you could share a real-life example?
Jun
5
comment Colour changes in illustrator CS6 from Illustrator CC
Can you clarify what direction the conversion went? Was it a CS6 file opened in CC or a CC file opened in CS6? My guess would be that Illustrator is opening the file without its colour calibration settings, so the colours appear different - check that the actual RGB / CMYK values aren't also changing. Another possibility is blend modes being applied differently
Jun
5
comment Icon to represent “usable offline”
I'd suggest starting by researching what your target device(s) use to represent connected and disconnected, so that it'll be familiar to users. I suspect the best answer will be a WiFi icon and a crossed-out WiFi icon
Jun
5
comment Style identification – landscape graphics using single monochrome layers of the same tone
"silhouette vector landscape" or "minimalist vector landscape" as search terms turns up some similar stuff
Jun
5
comment What is the standard size of a desk calendar?
+1 It's normally best to ask your printer, but sometimes that's not possible (e.g. I've had clients who use outsourcing firms for printing, where you have to send artwork to them "blind" then the outsourcing firm rings around and negotiates with different printers, meaning you don't get specs until the last possible minute... ugh!), so it's good to know "typical" dimensions. Browsing big-name print firms is a good way to start, but hopefully this'll get an experience-based answer!
Jun
5
comment Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?
Oh yeah, forgot his name is spelt differently in English
Jun
4
comment Logo with glow looks harsh
One of the first things you should establish on a logo project is what contexts it'll be used in, and you should expect to give guidelines on what colours it can be used against. It's very common to provide multiple versions, e.g. a standard version, and a 'reversed' version for use on dark backgrounds e.g. with blacks swapped for whites, light colours darkened, etc
Jun
3
comment Why don't upper case numbers exist?
Since this is more about the history of language and writing than graphic design, you'd probably get better answers at english.stackexchange.com - but I will say that English uses letters and numbers from different traditions (we talk about "roman letters" and "arabic numerals")
May
27
comment Illustrator CS6- How do I draw a rectangle to perfectly fit my artboard?
That's no help if you want the rectangle to be 100% perfect fit to the artboard. You can 100% perfectly align a new artboard to an existing rectangle, by clicking on it with the artboard tool, but it's not so easy the other way around. I have this problem often and have a couple of workarounds using smart guides or align window but I'm not really happy with either. Hope this gets a good answer.
May
26
comment How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?
For the final point, we've got a suit of content on this site to help coders learn basic design principles. Check out Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design? and Tips and resources for beginning designers and How do I learn to be creative?
May
26
comment How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?
sprockett, have you considered open sourcing your site? If so it'd be a more appealing project to support (more clearly "worthy cause" and not exploitative) for designers, UI people and others interested in doing pro bono work to build their portfolios, and you might get pro code support too.
May
26
comment How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?
no no no this is definitely on topic, it's a question that applies to lots of people, and if we can't help someone who is providing a great service for free and wants it to be well designed too, what are we here for?!? This is a great question, I've edited it slightly to make it tighter, but we want more questions like this.
May
25
comment Help ID wedding invite font
This is a tough one... Closest I can find is Lunchbox Slab which is a really good font but not a match. Judging by the kerning (e.g. L-Y) and the lack of variation I suspect this is a free font - most paid-for hand lettering fonts have neater kerning and many character variations
May
24
comment Help ID wedding invite font
Hmm, it's a light hand-lettering style/script style slab serif, which is pretty unusual, those search terms might help. I'd bet it was made in the last 5 years. Style reminds me of lauraworthingtontype.com but I don't think it's one of hers. Also tartworkshop.com have a slightly similar style
May
22
comment How to simulate paint mixing?
@AndrewH see diagram and detailed explanation here - en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RGB_color_model R+G=Y, R+G+B = white, therefore Y+B = white