Questions tagged [best-practice]

Questions about preferred methods of achieving an effect or other result. Using best practices may affect, amongst others, compatibility, degradation, and usability.

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What are the best practices for dealing with desired line breaks in responsive web design?

I design a great deal of simple single page web items for sales or email. I often find I run into issues with headlines and my desired line breaks at different media widths. For example, I could ...
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What's procedurally important in web building circa 2022?

I'm essentially seeking a "crash course" or explanation in any web building changes over the past few years - best practices, new methods, new pitfalls, etc. It's been a number of years ...
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Is it unprofessional to use whimsical names as sample data in your designs?

I'm a junior developer/designer at a startup so I am wondering if it is unprofessional to make designs and use mock data that have puns. The company I work for is not strict and wouldn't mind if the ...
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Is it OK to only use the wordmark of a logo?

I have a logo that resides in this category: Combination mark When a symbol and a wordmark fall in love, they make a logo. More specifically, a combination mark (a traditional logo) is comprised of a ...
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Is there a reason Hillary Clinton's logo has hidden notches?

This question is not political in the least! While looking at the SVG version of Hillary's logo found here, I noticed there were notches in the two vertical bars of the H. The arrow crossbar covers ...
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Why would I ever NOT use percentage for sizes?

I am an embedded programmer (no GUI), who codes Angular, and, occasionally, Flutter, for fun. In general, my apps work, but look like an early 90s GeoCities site :-) On thing that I just can't get my ...
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"Correctly" vertically center text in a box

Is there a canonical rule how to vertically center text in a box? Or, in other words, how to align a box around text? I could imagine three options based on typographic metrics (see my non-exact ...
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When advertising a URL, should the leading https:// be included?

I realize this question belongs more on the Digital Marketing Stack Exchange, but since that experimental SE was deleted, I'm dropping it here. Please forgive me. I'm working on a flyer that has a URL,...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

I know this is subjective to a degree. I am asking for best practice or experienced input. TL;DR: How willing should a designer be to share specific job specifications with a past client after the ...
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Arguments for or against adopting design guidelines in a different context than intended

I'm working on the educational exhibit signage for a forest-preserve visitor center. The forest preserve has a book of branding standards, but the standards seem to apply mostly to outdoor ...
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General-purpose fonts for beginners?

I'm a programmer and a beginner in graphic design. When learning design, I found it very hard for me to decide which font to use in my website. In fact, when viewing separately(i.e. not in a side-by-...
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Best practice for cap height and x-height for bilingual sign-making inside and outside of a public institution: a hospital

Whats is the best practice for cap height and x-height for sign-making inside and outside of a hospital? I have to design some bilingual signs for a hospital. I have some problems because I don't ...
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Best practice: keep icons as strokes or outline?

I am currently working on generating the icon assets for the company I work for. I am using Sketch, and am creating a large library of the icons. They are all Line icons (the style) and basically ...
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Should the font in a logo be used otherwise in the corporate identity?

I'm currently working on an small project and want to know, if the font which you use in the logo, should also be used as, for example, headlines?
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Is it necessary for me to have an email address in lower case

I'm designing a flyer which has an email address on it. Is it necessary for me to have the email address in lower case? Or can I have it in upper case to put more emphasis? I did my research on ...
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Optical corrections - is it ok to make a logo mark a little off center to balance it off?

Here is an example I am working on: The left one if is visualy more balanced to me (it's compensating the off balance of the mark which is lighter on the right) and the right one is perfectly ...
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Is Illustrator accurate for business card sizes?

I've just created my first business card in Illustrator. It has the standard UK business card size of 55 x 85 mm, a 3mm bleed, 300 DPI and the rest of it, and my smallest font-size is 8.94 points, ...
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Is it okay to visually align the elements in a logo?

Sometimes, some elements in logos look off-centre or misaligned even though we align them in the software (mechanically). Is it accepted practice to shift the mechanically aligned elements, so that ...
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What do you recommend: a Widescreen display or a higher-res display? [closed]

I am currently using an old 1920x1080 21.5" display, and I find it very hard to make high-res designs on it. While searching for a display that will suit my needs better while still being under 300$, ...
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What to do for eye/retina "burn-in" now that we're all darkened up?

Like many, I've been so excited since I switched to dark mode on macOS. I've been able to work at night and in my studio with dim lighting so much easier. My eyes feel so much better now! But this has ...
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What illustration agencies or service sites provide the greatest benefits to the artists?

[NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR APPLICANTS.] I'm a graphic designer in the fortunate position of having enough work that I'm looking to hire an illustrator for some overflow work. Finding a ...
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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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New web designer - strictly design in the browser, or be open to designing from PSD mockups?

I'm someone that's been following the industry and reading up on web design/development for a good few years, and only now making the leap into studying it properly in order to go freelance. From what ...
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Saving assets for Web?

Is it best practise to make an icon for example in Ai and then export to png resolution 72 for use on the web?
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SVG Pros & Cons for Graphic Designers! [closed]

What Are the Pros & Cons of Using SVG for Web Graphics? Q: SVGs (Scalable Vector Graphics) are becoming a popular choice for web graphics. What are the main pros & cons of using them today ...
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How to show that an image is also a link?

I'm creating a PDF and it should contain a hyperlink to google maps. The link must be represented by the Google Maps logo. What is the right way to indicate to the reader that the logo is a clickable ...
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How many logo variation is too many? [duplicate]

Some background & context When including third party logos, we often get given low quality files. Mostly these are low resolution JPGs, but I have seen badly hand drawn scans (expected to be used ...
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Should a designer flatten/restrict images when sending to another designer?

Scenario..... Client sends Photo A to you for use in a design. The photo is a portrait with a background. In the course of work you remove the background and color-correct the photo for your use. ...
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If a logo implies movement, should that movement be mirrored to match the movement of a vehicle it's placed on?

I've designed a nice logo for a company's charity food-drive campaign that incorporates a tilt and some speed lines to imply forward (rightward) movement. I matched the tilt of the art to the italic ...
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What are the pros and cons of embedding images in InDesign?

I used to be against embedding but realized recently that it's possible to disembed and retain the original data (layers, etc.). Here are the pros and cons I already came up with. I'm interested to ...
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What are the Best Sizes for Designing an Icon Set Used for Web

The icons that I've created for a website of mine are starting to become a little disjointed in size and styling. I"m wanting to spend some time creating a standardized icon set. I'm most concerned ...
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What are best practices for creating a duotone? [duplicate]

Any duotone experts out there? What would be your main tips to create duotones? Other than using a light and a dark color and mapping them to light and shadows. I'm interested especially in print ...
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What should be size of Document in Adobe Illustrator?

I have downloaded Adobe Illustrator 2017. It has different options for Mobile, Web, Print, File Video, Art Illustration. I have to redraw a logo in illustrator which I have already designed in Adobe ...
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Which font to use for making editable PDF forms?

I'm recently re-doing a couple of company forms. These used to be just regular PDFs, which would have to be printed and then filled out. With the move to a more paper-less office environment, I was ...
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How should you web design with foreign typography

Some web design and development projects client's will request capabilities for a foreign translation in their site. How can you account for this and what are some good practices for content mockup?...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with in-...
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Favicon best practices regarding size and format

I'm busy on a WordPress site and have come to the stage to add the finishing touch, being the favicon. I'm primarily a developer so graphics and icons aren't my strongest point. What are the best ...
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How do big design companies share art files

Many projects with many files all uploaded by humans on one server will get messy, by definition. Even if they have a structure, when 1000 of people work on projects there will be made mistakes. How ...
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InDesign: How to create lines for form design?

Every once in awhile I make forms (applications and whatnot) in InDesign, and, as it often is with ID, there is more than one way to get it done. I have a few techniques that I use, but I often float ...
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Best File Management Practices when you have thousands of Files

We publish over 100+ textbooks and growing (1-color, 2-color, 4-color) maninly designed in CorelDraw & Indesign with associated Image and Font Files. We also have merged multipage PDF & EPS ...
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Can multiple designers work together?

I've been wondering if it is successful to have two or more designers work on the same graphic design. I have tried a few times, but I ended up with a design that was not good enough, even though we ...
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Putting the employer's Logo above the Customer

I'm a Front-End Dev with a background in design. I would like to know if someone would be able to help me finding a good explanation for why I shouldn't put the employer's logo in a place with too ...
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Is there best practice when displaying other brands, such as partners or clients, on your website? Full color or greyscale?

We're debating an issue which I'm not entirely sure should be up for discussion. We have a dozen or so partners who's logos we're displaying on our website. Both our web/marketing designer and I ...
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Export InDesign to Excel or Word

I’m working with an InDesign file and now I need to get the file translated in a few languages. The translators that I’m working with asked for an excel or word file. Is there an integrated InDesign ...
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When should someone use ligatures?

What decisions and factors should be considered to determine when to use ligatures? Only in headings? Only in body? Purely by eye? I ask because about seven people looked over a poster design and ...
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Typographic styling when writing about UX elements

Any thoughts, standards, or good practices on typographical styles to set off UI text in a user manual? For example, how to style the text of the label on a button in: "Press the Submit button." Or ...
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Proper use of ligature and kerning [duplicate]

I had a disagreement about the correct use of a ligature and kerning in a headline and would appreciate any help in seeking insight on the issue. The issue is with the "f" and "t". One side believes ...
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Presenting a large number of items in one slide – too crowded or not?

I am creating a presentation and I have to list the following items (personal information you should take care of): Full name Address Social Security number Date of birth Mother’s maiden name PIN ...
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Borrowing punctuation from another typeface

I am designing a piece of editorial and using Univers throughout, except for the pull quotes where I have used the quotation marks from Gotham instead as I feel they are more distinctive and appealing....
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What is your file naming convention you use for version control? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the best way to link a printed piece to the electronic file name. What are the best practices for file naming and version control? Do you use a log of sorts for graphic design?...