Questions tagged [design-principles]

Questions about conventions of graphic design. Sometimes theoretical, sometimes tangible, sometimes metaphysical.

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How to navigate asking for structure when director asks for a gentlerntouch [migrated]

I'm a designer who works with many clients a day. Often everything is a rush and it's often left to the designers on my team to translate quick decisions into designs. To alleviate this, I've tried ...
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Why does the composition/frame of a design looks distorted sometimes?

Sometimes, when I work on some designs, the everything looks fine except the overall frame (I don't know how should I describe it). For example, see these 2 designs: And here is how I see them ...
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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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Are there best practice guidelines for how to engage with users? [closed]

For example, a current project I'm working on is focused on facilitating group activities with the goal of getting users to sign up for the activity. In the image below the idea is to show a potential ...
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Critique - Is this font too light and small to read?

This is 3.5x2 inches business card. The font size of contact details is 6.5 pt currently. Personally I feel it is a bit small (I tested it after printing on a normal A4 paper in its actual size). It ...
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What make this design suitable to use for poetry texts? [closed]

This is how WordPress formats a block of verse: I wonder why does that design suit poetry texts? Why can that combination of typography, spacing, border reflect the poetry effect/ambience? Meta ...
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Can this rough design show the required message?

Please see this image: To show a revoked/scrapped Article say 370 on social media, I'm thinking to make something like this. (7 with torn paper). Also, I'll write a related copy as well below it. ...
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How do I let the user know a menu will appear on touch slide?

If I have an hamburguer icon on mobile devices, how do I let the user know a menu will appear on touch slide instead of clicking the icon? Is there any visual trick both for the touch slide left and ...
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Why does the spacing become uneven in these shapes after rotation?

Please see the image. The 1st group on top has 3 objects with equal spacing between them. But not aligned vertically. When I rotated each of them (anchor is in center of each object), the highlighted ...
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How to deal with making design decisions

I'm currently in the process of designing a website, and after spending a few weeks now narrowing down a few combinations of fonts for the site's hero banner, I'm now stuck at the final decision of ...
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Does optical correction give a more aesthetic look to the SBI logo?

The design in question here is an official variation of the SBI logo: Now, I've always felt that the main circular icon feels a bit smaller, and must be corrected by enlarging it a bit to make it ...
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Are these designs just images and not relating with the product any way?

There is a long detail. I kindly request you to ready it carefully, so we can understand each other in better way. Please tell me how can I improve it, if you think it must be down voted. We do ...
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Is it okay to fade a human face just to create some space to place important content over it?

Please see the image. Just to write the copy, I had to place white color over the upper half of the person on the right side. Is it okay to do so in graphic design or is it terribly wrong here? PS: ...
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How to prepare a graphene oxide nanosheets (with wavy or undulations) using Inkscape [closed]

This is the picture of graphene oxide which I copied from a journal paper. How to create this kind of drawing using Inkscape ? I have tried to create the diagram, like a flat sheet.That is also ...
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Are both designs (see details) are correct to represent “not allowed” / ban?

I need this icon to design something (in typography). Now, I just noticed it today... at some places this icon has +45 angle of the diameter and at some places it has -45, as show in the image: Is ...
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How to normalize the colors of a set of arbitrary images into a consistent, instagram-like filtered look

I have a thousand images let's say, of all different types, basically like what you would find on Wikipedia. They are all JPGs though. Some of them have a solid light or dark background with a figure ...
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Adding kinetic movement of jumping to my typography for this logo

Ok i need help. I am currently making a logo for a company called “Jump Jump Rentals” specializing in Bounce Houses. How can I add the kinetic element of jumping to the 1st word “jump” over 2nd part “...
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How to reveal female symbol a little more in this design?

Here, I've merged Female symbol and letter H. Now, H is clearly visible, and you can see a female symbol, but left part of symbol seems never ending (that is a letter L). Right part is fine. Given ...
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Why is the design of haulage companies so “special”?

Background Passing one of Germany’s largest cargo stations on a daily basis, I noticed that the design of lorries is quite different from most regular design. To be frank, it usually strikes me as ...
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Why large companies never use flat design? [closed]

I am so curious about it and can’t find an answer. Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. Can you imagine flat design from Apple? Probably never. By flat I mean using ANY of the features of this ...
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Maintaining consistency in margin spacing of an iOS App

I am coping with designing mobile apps, mostly iOS. I understood that for margin spacing I should go with 8, the smallest amount allowed, and follow with multiples of 8: 16, 24 etc. By default I ...
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Dark UI Design: Why tint the gray colors with a different (primary) color?

I'm currently building a desktop app and decided to go with dark UI. I got really inspired by the tools I use for web development (mainly Atom text editor) which have nice dark UI designs. So I ...
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Are there standards or best practices for placing different sized rectangles in a straight line?

I want to design a letterhead for a technical manual. I think that adding a good letterhead is essential for looking professional. I reviewed a lot of letterhead design but almost all of them do not ...
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How to position text blocks relative to other elements?

I always had this question in my mind and never managed to answer it. How do you position text regarding other elements? Let's say you want to have a block of text, a heading block of text, at 16 ...
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How to draw these subtler but standard emojis in monochrome

I'm looking at this and this for basic text emoticons, and some of the standard graphical ones we use today aren't really easily done in text, and don't seem easy to do in monochrome without the use ...
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How does the Golden Ratio/Spiral Work? Is it useful with Logo Design? [duplicate]

I will be looking to create a Logo very shortly. I am not formally educated in this principle, where I am self learning through a variety of online resources. Through my learning, I have come across ...
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Designing legs for table - what software to use? [closed]

Trying do estimate the exact points of connecting vertical parts of legs with the base of the legs (horizontal part) and with the countertop. Later legs will be cut out in steal, so before I do it, I ...
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Is it okay to increase stroke width of a logo for different background?

Usually any line that looks okay on a dark background, looks much thinner on a lighter background. In that case, is it allowed in design principles to increase the stroke width of a logo on a lighter ...
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Why are designs not done with a perfectly aligned grid and layout? [closed]

Why do so many designs have the grid and layout misaligned: Instead of having the Grid and Layout aligned: The majority of projects I have downloaded from sketch resources website, don't even use ...
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Is there a quick way to place a frame on multiple photos?

I was wondering if there is a quick way or a tip to place a banner template on multiple photos without having to make it invidually as I'm working in a company supplying me with pictures and i need to ...
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What's the origin of “Kern, Baby, Kern.”?

On many blogs and typo-webpages, tutorials etc. I keep seeing variations of this phrase "Kern, Baby, Kern." I have searched for it and found many more occurrences, so it must be a profound truth or a ...
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Do the principles of design help the viewer in successfully understanding the work?

So I am learning about graphic design from the ground up starting with the fundamental elements and principles. As I delve deeper into the subject reading more and more about principles like unity/...
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Which of these two designs better conveys security and protection? [closed]

I have 2 product designs for the plastic enclosure of a cyber-security device that protects your smart home devices from hackers. Users interact with the device with an app and the typical product ...
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How (or will) using black and white version of logo on main site be contra-productive?

A company I work for is in process of making a new website. Management wants to use only black and white version of our logo which primarily is colored. The website will have a very minimalistic ...
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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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What is Nolan in Icons8?

I found this to be interesting Icons8 - Nolan Is it any new design principle? Is there any website that is based on this?
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Design and printing two booklets into one

I need help designing a 52 PP booklet which will represent 2 events. The front cover will represent 1 event and then when the booklet is flipped over to the rear cover it will represent another event. ...
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How can I keep the user attention on the main content without changing the sidebar?

I'm working to make a layout of a portfolio website. The website will have a side navebar, which will collapse in the mobile view. What I'm trying to achieve is to keep the user's attention in the ...
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Workflow for users to advance-add things to a table

Attached is a quick sketch of a table idea I’m trying to improve. Ignore the naming conventions. Above the table are dropdowns to select an apple or an orange. The user also has the option to add a ...
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Header container alignment with the body container

I always have this dilemma of choosing whether to align the navigation/header container with the content/body container. here are two example images that shows what I am talking about. I outlined the ...
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How to identify and understand the principles of a design?

I am having a hard time identifying different principles of design in action. It is hard for me to identify the relationship between different elements on a page and to know what approach was used to ...
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Designers response in an adverse situation during the presentation of a project

Hypothetical situation: It is a presentation of a corporate image for a male sports club. The meeting includes the client, the marketing director, the purchasing manager, the client's wife, and two ...
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Maintaining curves within logo

I have the following logo... I need to adjust the "3" so that the curves used for the 3 are proportional and the same degree of arc as the other curves. Currently, the arcs within the 3 appear ...
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Design guidelines proportional pitched fonts

I searched the internet and a big local bookstore for a good resource on designing proportional pitched fonts. I know there is no fixed rule-book on how the width of a specific glyph or ligature is ...
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Never studied Design, but work in design, where/how can I catch up on the things I missed [closed]

I am working in graphic design for almost 10 years and I always feel like I'm missing something when working along side other designers who have studied the subject. Are there any books, courses or ...
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What are some examples of a “timeless illustration”, what makes them timeless? [closed]

I'm more familiar with industrial design (Dieter Rams), and graphic design / typography (Swiss designers and Brock Muller) . Is there a illustration style that doesn't get old for example 10 years ...
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How to deal with “poor design” client feedback

I was commissioned to design a website for a cruise ship/boat that has 7 restaurants on board. The client provided a reference for their competitor which is Pier88group. I went ahead and designed an ...
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How do designers choose shapes in a design?

A lot of times, while browsing through sites like Dribbble, one comes across sites that use shapes (see this example). Sorry for being naive, but is there a reason behind choosing a particular shape ...
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Design considerations for creating packaging for foreign markets [closed]

I live in Iran and I had an order to design a brand logo and package for an Iranian product. It will be exported and sold in the USA. I've done many sketches but I'm not sure about my final design. I ...
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What are the best Practices in designing a Landing Page Mobile UI with a group of different buttons with different functionalities [closed]

For a Application I am working on, There are 5-6 differenr services which will be available to user as soon as they login. These services will be present as a seperate button , so that user just click ...