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

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Graphical element for range between two elements

I have two long sentences. One describes a product in very simple configuration and one the same product in extremely complex configuration. I would like to place them on a website next to each other ...
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Is it moral and ethical when a person criticizes you when you unknowingly make a design based on same idea? [closed]

Suppose I designed something for Mother's Day typography design using 10 MAY and MOTHER words. And my friend also designed using same but look and feel is different. Let's say visual design is 80% ...
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Can 2 very similar logos have legal issues? If yes, how to avoid being copy of some other logo design that you're not aware of?

This question has 2 cases: a) The 2 similar logos (in terms of look and shapes) represent similar businesses. b) They represent very different business. Example: 4 square cigarette has a logo which is ...
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Can a logo be exported as pixel perfect logo without actually making it pixel perfect in Illustrator?

I made this logo without pixel alignment. So I would say I didn't make it pixel perfect. Now when I export it, some edges (most) look blur. Can this blur edges be fixed during export somehow? Or you ...
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What are basic differences between these phrases for a graphic designer in graphic design? [closed]

There are mainly 4 phrases I'm confused with: VK Design VK Designs VK Graphic VK Graphics where VK is my name. My motive is to use them on my social media pages. But let's not discuss about that as ...
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What exactly is white space?

I'm new to web design. I'm studying white space but I haven't found yet a clearer explanation of what space is and when I need to use it. The tutorial that I've read only said that white space is ...
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A1 size paper: minimum font size

What is really the smallest possible font size I can use for A1 poster which is not going to be viewed from a great distance (its a genealogy diagram, mostly for studying from up close). I need to ...
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Does the direction the player is facing make a difference in design while communicating this concept?

Through this design, I want to say that during this covid19 crisis, it is time to continue our routine tasks, but with precautions. So be defensive rather than aggressive (like a batsman). This is to ...
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How to indicate dark mode / light mode options on a user interface?

To indicate a button on an interface that switches to dark mode or to light mode, it's common to have a couple of sun/moon icons: 🌞 for light mode 🌙 for dark mode But at least part of my brain is ...
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What are these kinds of typography called?

While talking about typography, we are often presented with beautiful graphics made with types and all. Although I find them very creative, I personally don't have a knack for those. I rather prefer ...
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Can these items/elements represent the mentioned fields/services to design a logo?

Okay, I'm designing a logo for an NGO whose tagline talks about education, science and beginning of all its relevant services. I'm using a few objects (in multiple options, different combinations, not ...
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How can I make the colors less subtle in a design for objects and background?

In this design, the background color is brownish, which I chose to show inside view of a hut. So I couldn't think any other color palette for hut. But because of this, the items in front looks a bit ...
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Is there a formula/method to center objects when software centering appears visually “off”?

Imagine a group of objects, type and elements. If I use software to "align on centers", visually the topmost element appears off center due to the weight of other elements. It's not off center. It's ...
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What steps I can take to make this banner less crowded or with more empty space?

I've tried many options but it's not working. Actually there are 3 groups of bottles in this banner and lots of text. So it is looking crowded. I tried small big size, placing copies here and there ...
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Incorrect usage of hyphens in the form “Artist - Song Name”

I’ve read lots of guides about when to use hyphens (-) and when to use dashes (–). The usage is clear to me. And I want to stress a particular case where the hyphen is used incorrectly: “Artist - Song ...
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Icons as intersection of basic shapes — strive for it?

Does it make sense to try to produce shapes as a combination / intersection of other basic shapes wherever possible? (eg. Constructing a basic shield from primary shapes). Will that assure best ...
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What order should floor plan views go on a tower illustration?

I have a tower illustration which has circular floors, of differing sizes. I have small, but detailed plan views of each floor, and I want to arrange them around the tower to serve as an over all map. ...
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What method of downsizing my artwork to multiple print-sizes would be best?

I'm rather new to design and find this really confusing, even after researching it for days. I begin with a canvas size of 24x36 inches and I want to downsize it to the following print-sizes: 4x6 5x7 ...
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Is this considered actual Graphic Design or part of photography? [closed]

Kindly have a look at this. I'm not sharing the link of Instagram page because it might violate policies. I've designed all of them. Most of them (where box, pills and sachets are present) are photo ...
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A website with a large tree-structure diagram

I have a (personal) project that involves a tree-structure diagram (i.e. hierarchy chart) containing about 450 articles (or whatever the different parts are called) each with about a paragraph or two ...
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Why are these two designs considered outdated and old-fashioned?

I have a project where the main important part is the back-end. But of course the front-end design is important, so I have made two different designs for the demo site. But both designs are ...
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Would it be considered as rude as full name is not visible?

I want to make two printed photos with text on them, for a marriage gift. Something like this: But both must be placed together to give complete meaning. The couple name is DEVANSHU (male) and AMRIYA ...
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Line lengths on paper for a resume layout

I want to layout a resume. The requirements slightly conflict, but are: On standard paper size (i.e. A4 as it happens) A lot of text Easy to read Few pages I especially want to ask about line ...
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What “Graphic Design” is and must it include Animations?

Let's consider the following activities, where NO animation 3d nor 2d are involved. Creation of visual material (online and printed posters, badges) to promote events, including the research for ...
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Do shadows of an object have a color?

In the following image, I placed the box manually. Created the shadow and reflection. Now, what seems a little odd is the colors of the shadows of the box and plant pot are different. Plant pot's ...
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Do I need to be Creative and Artistic to be a graphic designer?

I don't like to draw things, and I'm not so creative and artistic. Can I become a graphic/UI, UX designer? Your kind suggestions are highly appreciated.
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Are “Orphans” and “Widows” ever good?

Referencing text layout. . . A widow is a sentence fragment separated from its paragraph at the start of a page or column A widow is the end of an incomplete sentence which appears at the ...
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Is it a good practice to use small caps for all last names?

I've gotten into the habit of using small capital letters every time I write a last name (both in LaTeX and by hand). Is this a good practice? Are there any recommendations on this subject? I mainly ...
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How to determine spacing and padding on the side of this banner?

Please see the image. The yellow arrows are spaces/paddings I'm talking about. If I use the height of my logo (bottom right corner) for all measurements, then this tag and even logo appears little ...
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Is there a term for branding that is adaptive / modular which can be used to create brands and sub-brands?

It has been quite some time since the City of Melbourne rebranding project, which has arguably popularized the concept of branding design that is adaptive and modular enough to be used in a variety of ...
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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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Using text styles that are not included in DLS

We have 15 text styles in our Design Language System and sometimes I face some situations that I have to use some other text styles instead of the existing ones. Is it weird to use some typography ...
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What are some techniques for designing realistic-looking planets and moons?

I have had this problem for years now. I know what I want for my fictional planet or moon, and yet when it comes to creating an image of it, I continue to fail. How can I break down the task of ...
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what's the main advantage of 3d rendering for architecture? [closed]

3d rendering service is popular in architecture company, what's the main advantage of it? The effect of this rendering can fully present the design concept? How can we adjust the model?
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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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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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