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Jun
6
comment Shape moves when changing stroke thickness in Illustrator?
I think it snaps the edge (or near edge) of the stroke, so the anchors of a 1px line are half way between pixel edges so the line goes from one pixel to another (otherwise a 1px line would be half of one pixel and half of its neighbour), which is why it moves the anchors. Then, it gets stuck because after being scaled up a while the other grid line is closer.
Jun
5
comment Shape moves when changing stroke thickness in Illustrator?
Looks like something to do with the snapping to grid or pixel align settings, not sure what exactly but that's where I'd look first
Jun
2
comment scale pattern in illustrator when already applied to object
You can select the input then use the up and down arrow keys to see it nudge up and down more conveniently
Jun
2
comment How does color affect kerning and leading in CSS?
I'd suggest getting a 'before' and 'after' page up and comparing the Computed panels in your browser's inspect element tool between the two with the problem elements selected, so you can see exactly which properties end up different
May
28
comment Does anyone recognize this font?
The font and style look quite a lot like the font in the "Goodfellas" film poster - Bodoni I think (this is slightly less bold). It might well be based on that style.
May
23
comment Is online freelancing a viable source of income?
Related reading re 99designs and similar sites: Why was my experience with a logo contest so miserable?
May
23
comment How should I handle a client when they ask for my opinion about another designer's work?
Any appraisal of any design work depends on whether it meets the brief they were given. Do you know the brief? If not, that's a handy way to dodge an awkward question (e.g. "I'd normally avoid that style for [reason] but it might meet the brief they were given")
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