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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.
May
12
comment What are the options for digital magazine publishing?
Can you add what your main criteria are? For example, do people pay per issue, pay for a subscription, or is it free/ad supported? Are you looking to recreate the look and feel of the print magazine, or simply put the content online?
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
@joojaa I actually had real trouble understanding your answer (might be because I have a cold today...), in fact I've only just twigged that the key part of what you're doing is selecting a section of the artwork then making that section of the artwork into a envelope distort. Nice trick! Am I right in thinking though that it couldn't, for example, warp half a dot and leave the other half unwarped like in your white-on-black example? (Unless you used a copy and a clipping mask for each 'fold' then warped the masks?)
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
I thought it didn't - but actually you can get something a bit like that using the bloat tool set to very low intensity. There might be other such things too... I've editted a note about that in. "Is there something like proportional editing in Illustrator?" sounds like an interesting question
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
You can expand the pattern instead of rasterising it?
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
Yes, but all except yours are based on rasterized (pixel) graphics
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
I've added another answer (four good answers clearly wasn't enough :-D) with a couple of additional tricks for the straight edges the asker was looking for: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/53302/3327
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
+1 this is the best answer. The great things about envelope distort for this are, you can apply it to anything without harming the original vectors (you can even keep text editable!), and you've got complete control to create smooth curves. Tip: to push envelope distort points around in a smooth way, I find it can be really useful to use the lasso tool (q) to select several points in an area, then scale (s), rotate (r) etc. Can make it easier to create natural smooth curves than one point at a time.
May
7
comment At what size can I print a pixel image of an existing without losing quality, and can I use it for personal or resale purpose?
The question was what size can it be printed without visibly losing quality - which largely depends on how far away you intend it to be viewed from. There's lots of helpful info at this answer to another question - graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/1115/3327
May
6
comment “semi-bold” font in Photoshop
If someone was REALLY determined to muck around with a font, they could a) make their type really big, b) add a layer stroke, c) flatten the layer, d) shrink it down... not good practice though...
May
1
comment How can I do some free design work?
Can you add a bit more to this? Many designers aren't familiar with the open source world. Also, related: How can graphic designers contribute to Open Source projects?
May
1
comment How can I do some free design work?
Some related questions: What are some good ways to gain practical experience to add to my portfolio? and Spec-work vs pro-bono?
Apr
30
comment How can I make this into a better dashboard?
For a starter on dashboard design, see this other question
Apr
29
comment New generation of Save icon that is not a “disk”?
I like the idea of a dual-purpose icon with a "tick" (just saved) and * (unsaved) state. Maybe there's a better way of visually linking the two states, e.g. reversing them out of a circle or square with cut corner?
Apr
29
comment Vector images/Infographics created in coreldraw does not look clear and sharp
An example would help - edit in images showing how it looks in Corel, how the exported image file looks, and then how it looks on your site
Apr
28
comment How to use the info panel in illustrator?
Hey, you're right! For me (on CS6) this only works when rulers are visible (view > show rulers), but with rulers visible, it does switch the info panel to use the currently selected artboard, which is the last one clicked on.