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Apr
21
comment How to integrate a larger cut-out group of people in a design
Can you edit an example of the "single person" shots you refer to into your question so we can see what you mean? I'd love to see more "inspiration" questions like this that can be answered by people who are good at following design trends.
Apr
21
comment I want to make Table width 100% in epub using Indesign CS6
I believe InDesign calls this sort of thing "Liquid Layouts", I can't say any more than this since I've never used this feature.
Apr
16
comment What can be done to preserve the history of digital design?
archive.org are already on the case... for example here's how this site looked in 2011 web.archive.org/web/20121111143351/http://…
Apr
16
comment Will typeface design ever “stop”?
Think of it like trends in music. There have always been thousands and thousands of musicians taking current musical trends in very slightly different directions. Some are new ideas, some are old ideas re-worked. Some catch on and evolve into new trends, most don't. For example, in recent years we've seen fonts with elements of both sans and serif, like Museo or Marcellus. These might inspire a new trend. Or they might not.
Apr
16
comment Will typeface design ever “stop”?
Interesting question. I suspect an expert in typography history could show a long gradient-like succession of very similar typefaces, each of which looks almost identical to its predecessors and contemporaries, but which when viewed as a series, show clear slow transitions as fashions change over the course of decades, ending with recent trends like for example the slow, subtle shift away from smooth yet sharp angular low-contrast Swiss sans like Helvetica towards clean, rounder low-contrast sans like Segoe. But I'm not the person to write that answer..
Apr
15
comment Should I read the tutorials or actually do it?
Comment for the people who voted to close: if your expert view is that there's not one correct answer, but rather, different approaches that work for different people, explain why with experience-based examples, and that's a good answer to the question :-)
Apr
14
comment Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?
Related question: How to easily round corners on non-rectangle shapes?
Apr
13
comment What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?
@PieBie that question reminds me of this older question: Why does this poster look off, like it's lacking something to focus on?
Apr
13
comment Can I reduce the file size of an SVG to be closer to its JPEG equivalent?
Just to add to svick's comment: images "like this one" where PNG is better is anything with transparent edges or anything with sharp solid areas of colour or white. If it's a 'graphic' (e.g. a logo, icon, etc) not a 'photo', PNG is usually better. JPG is better for photographs (or photo-realistic images).
Apr
13
comment What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?
Short answer: Think hierarchy and reading order. What should everyone see first, what should they see next, etc; and what can be left for only those people who are looking for it. Also, whitespace is as good as size for giving things prominence.
Apr
13
comment How Do I vary The Stroke Of A Line In Illustrator?
Which version of Illustrator? CS6 has 'width profiles' and a 'width tool' that makes this very easy (maybe CS5 too?).
Apr
9
comment Methods for improving color choice and combinations?
I've worked in-house for several years... Choosing colour palettes for real projects is a distant memory! I'll leave it for someone with more recent relevant experience, I don't have much to add beyond that comment
Apr
8
comment Methods for improving color choice and combinations?
Do you use moodboards? I don't often use them, but they can be really useful for forcing yourself out of your comfort zone (especially if you get someone else to contribute). Then extract colours (love cockypup's technique) and force yourself to experiment with whatever comes out.
Apr
8
comment What is the purpose of using a very dark color for text instead of a pure black?
"Gray text requires a spot colour"? Nice vibrant rich greys with a subtle hue, maybe, or at very small sizes or on low dpi print setups, but I've printed plain greys like C 0, M 0, Y 0, K 70% plenty of times with no issue. I've always felt the aesthetic value of off-black is in making the text lighter, cleaner and more approachable: another way to lighten the typographic 'colour' alongside whitespace and leading. +1 for everything else though
Apr
1
comment How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?
@PatriciaShanahan You may be jumping to conclusions: the question specifically says it's about "people that do not have a creative side"; I can't see anything to suggest Matt meant all non-designers. It's easy to explain creative design work to creative non-designers (e.g. songwriters have no trouble appreciating the creative aspect of design work, just like creative designers have no problem appreciating the creative aspect of songwriting).
Mar
31
comment “Multiplying” a white background gives perfect results! how do I save this image?
As well as what Vincent suggests to lose the unnatural hard edges, you should move that arrow much further to the right - it's taking too much of the highlights. You're losing all the shadows and lots of details on the people: some are just a head floating above a pair of legs!
Mar
31
comment Can this licence be applied to non code (art)?
+1 One other thing worth mentioning is, Creative Commons is specifically designed for creative work and cover all the various little legal quirks specific to creative work, whereas software licenses are specifically designed for software and cover legal quirks related to software.
Mar
30
comment How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?
Just to clarify, is the thing you want people to appreciate a) what a designer does, the process, the actual work that goes into a design project or b) what a designer brings, the skills, the contribution a designer makes to a project? Closely related but there's be different approaches to each
Mar
30
comment How to delete portion of circle in illustrator using pen tool?
I don't know why my comment was deleted... but I mentioned that you can get around all the problems with Illustrator's graph tool by ungrouping the graph after you create it. Then you can add whatever shadows or other effects you want.
Mar
24
comment What's the reason of this statement? “Content is usually best served by appearing as far left as reasonably possible”
Come on guys, if you see a question and you don't know the answer, that doesn't mean the question is "opinion-based"... it just means you don't know the answer. Good question, +1