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Apr
24
comment Illustrator - action to adjust line weight
Have you tried using Actions instead of a script?
Apr
24
comment What is this effect called? It has soft rectangular boxes
@Voxwoman Design is often a bit flavour of the week unfortunately... I wouldn't say that style is "out", it just seems not to be the new big thing or mainstream anymore. It's still quite widely used in appropriate contexts (craft products, historic themes, steampunk or hipster culture, etc) but it was 2010-2013 when it was at its peak and cropped up almost everywhere, even in contexts that didn't quite make sense (like random tech products, comms from mainstream brands and media startups)
Apr
23
comment How can iconography be simple and clear without being childish or unprofessional?
I've been involved in user testing for communications aimed at professionals, which involved icons done in a house style which was deliberately slightly childish (to "soften the brand"), and I was surprised at how receptive people were to it. They're human and they responded well to a touch of warmth and accessibility, even in professional comms - so long as (as others have stressed) it looked professionally produced - stylistically consistent, clear, visually balanced, etc etc, and coupled with high-quality, non-dumbed-down content.
Apr
22
comment Is there iOS app for designing interfaces?
Do you mean wireframe apps? Or design apps that can create mockups? See: What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?
Apr
22
comment What type of art style is featured in this image from DomiNations?
It looks like some form soft focus has been applied to it after the 3D rendering to soften it and make it look more painted. That style is common with "casual gaming" fantasy games, it makes them look more casual and less serious or geeky (more Candy Crush and less World of Warcraft)
Apr
22
comment What type of art style is featured in this image from DomiNations?
Are you asking for the name of this style, or for what techniques are used to create images like this?
Apr
22
comment How can I describe the font I am looking for or looking at?
Mono (AKA monotype) means every letter has the same width. It's often used in coding, consoles and ASCII art. This is an example of monotype - see how !, i, . and l have as much space on the line as wide as M, m and _
Apr
21
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
+1 Why does every interesting question attract at least one close vote?!? <grump>
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