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May
23
comment How can I create WORKING gears in Illustrator?
For simple gear illustrations, this is a really good simple method as it will apply teeth of the same size on any size of circle and is easily adjustable, for example i.imgur.com/LG9krpS.png
May
23
comment Are there any free emoji fonts?
Looks great. Any idea where someone could see a sample before installing the font?
May
22
comment Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace
Can you provide a sample? Also something to try: I'd suggest copying and tracing it twice, once for the lines, once for the dots, then delete the dots from one or the lines from the other
May
22
comment How do I use designs in a stacked bar chart with precise statistics?
So, pictogram charts like these tend to be best for cases where your audience want a general idea more than precision (and so the numbers shown tend to be rounded, avoiding the problem, like in your example). If your audience are more interested in the exact numbers, a regular bar chart is probably more suitable.
May
22
comment How do you edit or simply add color to downloaded vector Icons?
No idea if it's right or wrong but any work with vectors is easier in applications designed for working with vectors (it would also help if you edit a link to the tutorial into the question)
May
22
comment How do you edit or simply add color to downloaded vector Icons?
Since they're vectors, this'll be much easier in a vector design application like Illustrator or one of its alternatives than in Photoshop
May
21
comment Can good design, contrary to Dieter Rams' 10 design principles, be an “end in itself”?
I think Deiter Rams here is actually saying design innovation shouldn't be an end in itself: that innovation in design should have actual identifiable benefits linked to the tech or product or content or purpose the design is for, not just innovation for innovation's sake or novelty value.
May
20
comment How can I explain to my client that more than two fonts in a logo is a bad idea?
+1 and damn you beat me to it, I was looking forward to starting an answer with "Your client choosing fonts for you is like you choosing spanners for your mechanic"
May
20
comment How can I explain to my client that more than two fonts in a logo is a bad idea?
+1 It's definitely a good idea to make things tangible and factual, and showing clients what you're saying in the context of their competitors helps them see why it matters
May
20
comment How can I explain to my client that more than two fonts in a logo is a bad idea?
...and particularly Alan G's tips here, especially "Don't ever make the client wrong, especially when they are"
May
20
comment How can I explain to my client that more than two fonts in a logo is a bad idea?
I'd disagree. You just need to speak "Mrs Important"'s language and understand his/her priorities. They won't listen to abstract talk about design principles, but something like "We're not maximising the power of your message the way your competitors are. Look, your competitor's logo speaks with one clear, powerful, consistent voice. To speak louder than them, our logo also has to speak clearer" [adjust according to client]
May
20
comment How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?
+1 this is a great option if you want to get creative in any way. Just make sure it's accurate and that any embellishments don't get in the way of the information (creating the rectangles with the graph tool's 'Stacked bar' then ungrouping is a good idea)
May
17
comment Difference between brand/design style guide and a UI Pattern Library and how to avoid conflicts?
@michaellai if the brand guidelines are well structured, there will be some clear general guiding principles that apply to everything, then each document will simply be the detail of how those are realised in different areas
May
15
comment How to rotate colors correctly
I think the key will be finding the adjustment to hue, saturation, and brightness /value/lightness that turns your dark red into your dark blue, then applying that to everything. How to do this will depend on what software etc is being used.
May
15
comment Which serif font is suitable for a manual and best matches Arial for length of text?
I've edited this a little so that it's less opinion based and more focused on the parts that are factual
May
14
comment Can Email Be Responsive?
Nice, really interesting (and well documented!) resource.
May
14
comment Creating Voronoi diagram from Adobe Illustrator CC
Sounds like you've got some decent coding ability: if you can't find anything that already exists and want to avoid Illustrator's clunky extension API, I'd try this approach: 1) save points as SVG from Illustrator, 2) put SVG in a web page, 3) use javascript to loop through each SVG element and store its x and y co-ords in an object (jQuery might make this easy), 4) output that object as JSON and use it as input for the D3.js library's Voronoi feature, 5) copy SVG output as code using Inspect Element, save, open it in Illustrator.
May
8
comment How could I show hands that are race neutral?
So is it a photo-realistic hand you want? If so, put the hand in shadow with the light source behind it, and it could be any race.
May
8
comment What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?
For comparison, here's an example of an early mockup for the design of this very site e.g. here, after discussion, most things stayed the same but for the logo and shade of green.
May
8
comment Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?
...and a couple more practical things particularly relevant to web fonts or use on screens: good, tested rendering across browsers/operating systems, and good hinting (though even some commercial fonts fall down here)