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

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What exactly makes this logo a design failure such that viewers cannot decipher the company's name?

In a featured Stack Overflow Meta question, there was a logo of a company, which looks like this: (The logo might be copyrighted. It is posted here for discussion purposes only.) I failed to ...
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Parabolic curve with straight lines to create a self-contained shape

Honestly I don't know if this is more of a maths question than a design one, but: I have been asked to redraw this shape: ...so that it can be animated. The animation part is no problem, but I'm a ...
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How does the concept of "fresh pair of eyes" work in graphic design? Can it be expedited somehow?

In almost all my design/illustration making process, when I start it and complete the first draft and review it later, maybe after few hours, there's room for improvement. I can even find silly ...
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How to defend layout and design decisions?

I work with people where design is not seemed as a very important part when advertising products or events. I am, as far as I know, the only person with a professional graphic design education. It is ...
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Critique request: Logo design for anime related products

I'm designing a logo for my small business, Taiyaki studio that will create and sell stickers and apparel - a small Japanese anime inspired company where minimal, cool and modern designs are of ...
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What are some examples of Flowlines in a design

Been trying to understand the concpet of "Flowline" but cannot find examples of it. I know once I get to see it clearly, I won't be able to unsee it. This is the concept I've found ...
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Difference between corporate design and brand design?

Hi guys I need your help! For a study project I have to change the appearance of a real company. Now it looks like the company A want to implement a new project. This should not adopt the design of ...
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Wordmark logo design principles

Can a wordmark logo type be in gradient color and have an underscore to separate the initial?
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Is this logo too asymmetrical or does it matter?

I'm designing a logo for a startup called “peak development” that requires some sort of mountain peak in the title. I'm happy enough with the concept, basically the A is the peak, but one option has ...
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Does printer color usage depend on how the object is designed?

This seems a stupid question but I am not sure about its result. suppose we want to draw a yellow triangle over a blue rectangle. Is it important (for printing purpose) to colorize the below of ...
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Logo design: Suggestions for how to apply proportions of logomark and logotype in horizontal layout

I have been playing around a bit with logo design as of late, and I'm curious if anyone has any suggestions or can recommend approaches for defining the sizing of a logomark when juxtaposed with ...
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What is the significance/importance/use/purpose/need of this design?

When I saw it, I couldn't understand it. Neither my a few friends. Now I won't ask for the meaning of it, or if I should understand it or not, as it will turn out to be subjective. First, is it done ...
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Should an organization have more than one design system?

Design Systems are very popular in organizations right now. They typically are used for a consistent component library across products in an organization. I've read that cross-disciplinary teams can ...
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Are there any rules of thumb / guidelines to optimize / balance this design?

Considering the following panel, are there any rules of thumb, tricks or guidelines to optimize / balance the look? This is the panel with vertical measurements: The panel is part of a website, in ...
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How do you decide the text direction when written in vertical direction?

Every other design for social media, I face this problem. I discussed this in room also. I came to know that different countries have different views. They also gave examples about book spine. Which I ...
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How can I improve the specification table on the back page of this brochure design?

I'm working on a brochure for this Garmin device and would appreciate some feedback! In particular, how I could improve the Specification table on the back page and any design tweaks you think are ...
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Does the position of a product according to this type of composition affect something?

Many times, when I design, the end result is such that top part of design is bright and bottom is dark or the opposite. And usually (sometimes not possible) I end up placing copy in 1 part and the ...
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How do you decide line break and length of sentence in a creative or ad?

I face this problem most of the time. I don't know what's right what's wrong because I have tried all of them. But I feel some options could be better than others or there's some other solution. 1 ...
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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 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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