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Mar
6
comment Recommendations for acquiring (affordable) font bundles
Design magazines sometimes have promo bundles as a free giveaway (e.g. one or two weights each of 4 or 5 of a foundry's fonts)
Mar
5
comment What is this design style called in which lots of simple polygons make up an image?
"Vector cubism" seems like a good description that gives a few slightly similar results
Feb
28
comment Is it plagiarism if my logo looks similar to an existing one?
It's also worth pointing out that none of the above example pairs are competitors. They're all in very different industries to the other companies with similar logos. I imagine things would be very different if they were competing in the same trade...
Feb
28
comment How dissimilar to an existing logo should mine be to avoid copyright issues?
See also: Is it plagiarism if my logo looks similar to an existing one? and also maybe Is there any service where you can check your designed logo against trademarked logos?
Feb
28
comment How to fill half of a word with one colour and the other half with a different colour in Adobe Illustrator
Nice trick! Very flexible. Random tip for anyone playing with this: be careful if you decide to try out ticking off transform patterns, as it will change all moving, even outside of the Move window, until you tick it back on. Definitely leave Transform patterns ticked!
Feb
24
comment How can I decide between the medium sized intuos tablet or the small one?
Just my experience, but I've always got the impression that most people prefer the large sizes because they're most familiar with drawing across a large sheet of paper across a desk. I'm a bit unusual in that I prefer the smaller sizes, and I think that's because I've spent more time with pocket/portable sketch books than big sheets across a desk, so those smaller sizes feel more familiar to me.
Feb
21
comment Which glyphs to design according to the needs of a particular market?
I don't know of any standard but the difference between "standard" and "pro" fonts might be a good place to begin research - it's an existing rough convention for glyph support adopted by a lot of foundaries.
Feb
18
comment Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio?
Short answer: no. Longer answer: noooooooooooooooo, no, no.
Feb
18
comment Tools to aid compatibility between InDesign CS6 and earlier versions
Can you please use the question title to describe the question, not your name? Thanks! I've editted it for you this time.
Feb
17
comment How to practice designing on my own
See also How would I know how good of a designer I am? esp DA01's answer - often being frustrated by your work is a sign that you're improving but your expectations for yourself are improving even faster than your skills - not pleasant, but a good thing, like growing pains. I find it's when I feel like everything's fine that is the most dangerous - often these are the times when I look back and realise I was just coasting.
Feb
17
comment Is it possible to become a creative director by starting out as an art director?
Oops, I only just saw that you already did! What's the best career path / entry-level role for someone aiming to be a creative director?
Feb
17
comment What's the best career path / entry-level role for someone aiming to be a creative director?
I don't know why this question was downvoted. It's an interesting question. You could make it easier to answer by adding what specifically attracts you to the creative director role (not everyone wants that sort of role, many designers just want to keep on designing but for more money :D ) Maybe you're more interested in conceptual work than execution? Maybe your strength is translating an idea across different media? Or maybe you just want to earn lots of money? :-) Then people could give career paths that involve more of those things from entry level (prob not the "lots of money" tho...)
Feb
17
comment Is it possible to become a creative director by starting out as an art director?
Glad to help! That's an interesting question and I'm not the best person to answer it - I'd recommend that you ask it as a new question. When you do, be specific about what sort of creative director you want to eventually be (e.g. graphic design agency or versatile creative agency or advertising or in-house etc etc) and also why it is you are attracted to that as a goal - there might some whole other career path you don't know about yet that might be even better for you.
Feb
11
comment Handwriting font that at random picks characters?
Not sure if they're strictly random, but that's a great example of a font that does a really good job of appearing like natural handwriting using character variants and ligatures. The ll and three types of i in "indiscriminada" in the sample are great examples.
Feb
10
comment What is the font used in the Technika logo?
Where did you get letters from that aren't in the logo text e.g. D, Z, S etc?
Feb
10
comment What is the font used in the Technika logo?
What's the source for that image with the full alphabet?
Feb
10
comment How to align the boxes so that the space between them would be equal?
Do you mean, you want the vertical gap to be the same as the horizontal gap? Since they're squares, I'd rotate a pair then align to that.
Feb
9
comment How to make this shadow in Photoshop for object which lifts high enough to allow light to pass through in one area?
Yeah you want something between those two examples. A hard shadow for the lip, two soft shadows left and right for the upward curves for the areas where the gap is tight and primary and secondary light sources are blocked (softening both down and towards the centre as the distance between papers increases), and one very soft shadow over the whole area for areas reached by secondary scattered light but not primary light.
Feb
9
comment How to make this shadow in Photoshop for object which lifts high enough to allow light to pass through in one area?
Okay, so this question is about modifying curved shadows to simulate a bulge that lifts high enough for some light scatter to soften the middle of the shadow. Seems legit. The key place you're going wrong is, you're eliminating the shadow from the middle, instead of softening it. Also, yours has nothing that is like the very thin dark 'lip' of the edge of the paper. A final tip for problems like this is, if you get stuck: get some real paper and light and try to re-create it in real life. Really understand what the light is doing and why.
Feb
7
comment Icon to represent product menu tree?
What are the products? And more importantly: what would it be that a user (customer?) set out to look for if the best content for them is your product tree? If it's the main content of the site then it's more like a 'start here' icon than 'product tree'. Start with what the person would be looking for: nav icons are sign posts, not illustrations.