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

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Critique Personal Logo

Heyo guys. I'm looking to get my personal logo critiqued The logo would represent the intersection between engineering and design and set an overarching design language for what I place it on: ...
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What are the three most important things a book cover designer needs to master to excel in their field? [closed]

I'm new in the field of book design. I'm not really sure what I should focus on to excel in this area. What characteristics, experience or requirements would an expert in book cover design have to ...
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Which logo is better and why? Looking for a modern, polished logo and need a good critique

Looking for an open design critique on a few logos. (Sorry, for some reason some of the logos seem blurry.) The concept is software for the auto industry. The brand personality is about wisdom, high-...
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Create equal spacing inside font/object for my son's LED strip

Good Morning, I am wanting to make a LED sign that uses a 6mm wide led strip with the text "Mi Frijolito", that looks like this, which is 1.5m long and 0.5m wide. . So the main issue I am ...
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How would one describe stacked diagonal patterns

What is the best way to describe these type of visual patterns of diagonals stacked on top of each other? Is this a type of style or pattern with a proper name?
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Why padding is needed in icon design?

My dev team need icons without padding, so I want some bullet points so I can convince them of the importance of padding in icon design.
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Representation of images (Pictorial/NonPictorial)

In the book Design Elements by Timothy Samara, Mr. Samara depicts a spectrum for the representation of images, ranging from pictorial (literal/concrete) representation to non pictorial (abstract) ...
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How to balance the satuations of the colour used in my design?

Hi there, we've been designing this to present our profiles for a while now. We just felt something might be off with the colour. Please let me know if you got any thoughts on any points to improve🙏🙏...
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Corporate Identity - I feel something is not right [closed]

The brand is for a safebox-custoding company. I think I am close to finish the design. However, I feel like it's still lacking something. I don't know what it is. It's a gut/eye feeling. I wonder if ...
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Dark mode: am I inversing the lightness scale around the midpoint or sliding the scale to preserve sibling elements' lightness relative to each other?

For context, I'm using Tailwind CSS which has a lightness scale for its colors of 100-900, with 100 being the lightest and 900 being the darkest. I also designed my app for dark mode first. Let's take ...
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Critique Request: Improving logo for a Steam Group

Hey folks - can I get some critique, suggestions? I'm looking to rework my logo for the Fixed Camera Appreciation Society group on Steam, aiming to improve clarity/readability, cohesion and overall ...
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Why are these types of Graphics so popular among big corporations?

I am not an artist, just a simple engineer. I noticed in the recent years, some big corporations such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, use these type of design for characters: just to name a few. Why ...
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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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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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