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Jun
25
comment An error in printed book is my fault: what do I do?
Good answer, just one thing to add: in future, to avoid ambiguity, add something explicitly stating this to all contracts - something like "there will be up to X revisions, revisions beyond the Xth will be charged except where it is correcting a mistake, after all revisions there will be a checking period of X days for spotting mistakes, any mistakes not flagged during this checking period are the client's responsibility". And always have a contract, even (especially) for small projects or with family/friends.
Jun
24
comment What is the characters style in these Japanese games called?
possible duplicate of How to draw these big headed characters? which also asks for both the name and drawing tips of an almost-identical style
Jun
24
comment What is the visual concept behind squared, boxed or Z patterned letters in logo design?
@Joojaa good fact! :-) The way the modern Korean alphabet works is a little like the above examples too en.wikipedia.org/Hangul
Jun
24
comment What would be the best adobe product for creating wedding stationery?
A good place to start is What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?. But the short answer is, if you're designing for print, don't a raster (pixel-based) design program like photoshop, use something vector based like Illustrator and InDesign and turn to Photoshop when you need to work with photos.
Jun
23
comment What are these line and dot graphs called?
+1 @Alex they're also sometimes called "network graphs", "node diagrams" and "node-link diagrams". D3 has some great features for creating force-directed graphs, and is an open source library that a coder can use to create them. Example: bl.ocks.org/mbostock/4062045
Jun
23
comment Meaning of Responsive web design
Good answer, might be worth adding the key central idea that unites these technical points: that responsive design is about creating flexible designs that work or adapt themselves to work across a wide range of devices - in particular (but not exclusively) different widths and different resolutions.
Jun
23
comment Does anyone know this font
Can you add a note about where you saw this text saying "Heybi"? Just so anyone else who sees the same thing could find this question. Thanks for telling us you'd already tried What the Font :-)
Jun
19
comment Help! The Minus Front in illustrator is not working properly!
Cool, if you want you can post an answer to your own question showing what you did, and it might help others (and possibly earn you points :-))
Jun
19
comment Help! The Minus Front in illustrator is not working properly!
Very strange! Can you add a screenshot of how it distorts the flattened / no stroke version? Is there anything in the appearances window when these are selected? (thinking there might be a distort effect or something?)
Jun
19
comment Help! The Minus Front in illustrator is not working properly!
Weird... I can't explain why it ends up like that, but you might get better results if you take a copy, outline stroke each element, pathfinder merge, and then do the minus front with normal solid shapes with no strokes. Have you tried that?
Jun
18
comment Image shows blurry in browser at 100%, but not in photoshop!
Yup, there are lots of issues with some Windows browsers having weird default zoom levels on some high pixel density devices. Firefox is the worst because it pretends it's not zoomed in when it actually is. There's some discussion and possible workarounds here - How do you handle client's browser zoom ? tldr; consider doubling image file dimensions while holding image size with CSS, or, using SVG
Jun
17
comment Create a custom stroke with an exact pattern of many different square and rectangular dashes
Can you post an example screengrab of one of your attempts with pattern brushes - the settings used, and how it looked and why it wasn't right? I believe this is possible with the right pattern brush settings, but I don't want to repeat something you've already tried and ruled out.
Jun
17
comment How do I save svg FROM a website code?
It sounds like you're doing it right, you should just be able to save the code as .svg then open it in a vector editor that supports svg. In what way is this not working? What graphics programs have you tried? And what text editor (Mac textedit loves to ruin things in surprising ways)
Jun
15
comment Some practical strategies for the pixel monkey dilemma
@go-me Add some examples from your experience and that'd be a good answer!
Jun
15
comment Some practical strategies for the pixel monkey dilemma
I also think there's a chapter or two on this in the book How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul but I don't have a copy to hand right now.
Jun
15
comment Some practical strategies for the pixel monkey dilemma
In design, what you describe is a rare sub-type of a very common type of "Clients From Hell" situation; people without relevant experience micro-managing the creative process. It's actually pretty rare to come from programmers, beyond "ugh, do you really need X, Y would be so much easier / more efficient" - much more common from clients and "middle-man" execs or managers. I'm sure we've got past questions on it but I can't find them... this is kinda close graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/1007/…
Jun
11
comment What does Expand Apearance do in Adobe Illustrator?
@Ryan I just tried googling "What does Expand Apearance do in Adobe Illustrator?" and nothing good quality came up. We can definitely do better than the poorly written docs pages and rambling forum posts that already exist. "Expand appearance" is one of those things that makes sense when you know what it does but doesn't make much sense until you've used it, so I can totally understand why someone would ask a question like this.
Jun
11
comment How can I wrap an existing design around a circular path in Adobe Illustrator?
Ouch... that's a painful thing to be dropped in the deep end of! There are some tricks you might be able to use for warping artwork to fit curved templates on this question: How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere? - different shape but you might be able to apply the same principle
Jun
10
comment When should I use the Unicode punctuation space character in French written texts?
I believe that's the thin non-breaking space used in "classic" French typography. They have spaces before punctuation marks like ! but these are thinner than usual and non-breaking to avoid risking having a line start with ! or similar. There's some info about it here - french.stackexchange.com/questions/46/…
Jun
8
comment Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?
@plainclothes thanks for the feedback! I did have that section first but for some reason moved it to the end... have put it first again, and I've edited to hopefully make it clearer that these are examples of having a knowledge and appreciation for the subject beyond what is necessary for active projects.