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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
May
21
comment How to change mind about taking on a freelance project
Sounds like a briefing document will help. Most ordinary people have no idea what the design process is like, or even that it is a serious professional process. Give them a briefing document to fill in, tell them that you'll use that as the basis for drawing up a contract for the work, and that one round of revisions is allowed but changes beyond that will cost. It'll become clear they need take this more seriously. (also, learning to firmly but politely say "no" is a vital, vital skill for a freelancer! You're not changing your mind, nothing was agreed, you're 100% doing nothing wrong)
May
21
comment Which font is the quickest to read? Which font is the least misread?
FYI you're asking about two separate things. "Quickest to read" = "readability" where the research is murky regarding typeface characteristics (but much clearer on things like line spacing, measure aka column width, etc). "Least misread" = "legibility" and the research is better quality, used for things like road signs, license plates, etc. Typefaces can be good for legibility and bad for readability (e.g. BLOCK CAPS, monospace), and visa versa (e.g. light low x-height)
May
18
comment What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?
hkaube's list of characteristics is pretty good :-) I wonder, if a crafty fixer could convince enough A-list celebrities to wear t-shirts with the word "MUG" written on in comic sans, and if comic-sans-emblazened "MUG" outlets appeared in the top exclusive locations selling t-shirts at outrageous prices, whether it could become a luxury brand? I suspect it could.
May
18
comment What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?
Very interesting question; I think the answer will be in the interplay between type characteristics and the context around it (e.g. swimming in whitespace, subtle use of vivid and contrasting colours) plus associations of the text itself (e.g. the word 'Marc' is already half way there). Also keep in mind that building luxury brands is >90% (?) placement and association-building, and <10% actual design - there's nothing about Lacoste's cartoon crocodile that lends itself to being a luxury brand mark, for example... Who you're seen with, not what you are (sadly)...
May
12
comment Who is responsible for text mistakes in a print project?
I'd emphasise that proofreading and factchecking are professions, there are professional proofreaders and factcheckers, and unless your contract specifies proofreading and/or factchecking as additional services (in which case, charge extra!!), you can't be expected to take on this extra professional duty, just like you can't be expected to fix your client's computer or cook them lunch (if you chose to anyway, it'd be a zero-obligation friendly favour). It's a very good strategy to explicitly state there are no proofreading responsibilities in your contract - but it's not essential.