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Questions tagged [design-principles]

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

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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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Positioning text blocks

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 ...
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What is this style of design called? It's not still flat is it? [closed]

I'm trying to think of the name of this style, to me, it's sort of like a flat meets minimal skeuomorphism (like 90% flat, 10% skeuomorphism) but I think there's a proper name for this style, just ...
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Most believable way to draw multiple tiles on top of each other

I am terrible with graphic design but I'm trying to make a figure in Keynote where squares are drawn on top of each other to represent changes through time. The idea is to take one tile that ...
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How can I show the feelings of motion, distance, proximity, aggregation and segregation with dots?

This is for our visual elements course, our teacher said to show these feelings or concepts (motion, distance, proximity, aggregation, and segregation) just with dots in a Square frame, I tried but he ...
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The process of setting up Baseline Grid

I've been an avid reader of the site and now asking my first question. In regards to setting up baseline grid for multi column layouts, with a mix of type and image per page like a magazine spread. ...
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How do typefaces become taboo?

I'm watching a live Adobe UX design webinar right now and they're taking community submissions. One of the submissions used Lobster for their title typeface and the presenters froze, zoomed in on it ...
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Is 3-rd font appropriate if used for buttons/CTAs? [case]

The main principle is to narrow font combination to two families total. I'm wondering how many times have You used or seen third font in modern web/app design and is it tolerated? [CASE] We want ...
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The lesser of two evils: Choice between a too long line and a too short line?

If I cannot avoid having a line that deviates in length from other lines in a document: should I choose a slightly shorter line or a slightly longer line? In this example, the first line of footnote ...
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How do you validate your design?

Sometimes when you design things you become blind to the fact that your graphical design does not actually work all that well. It can happen that you fail to account for some corner case or you can ...
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Is it a good practice to write two letters vertically in a word for a logo design?

I'm making a logo for a noun. Now, the word has 2 adjacent letters in it that can make a thing that describes the noun. But for that I have to put them in vertical order. For example, consider the ...
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Is skeuomorphism in web design considered old-fashioned nowadays?

My CEO and his client expected me to copy the similar following site: http://grupoeuroquadros.com.br/. But I do not want to do it. The site is skeuomorphic and old-fashioned. Observe the 3D gradient ...
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What's the meaning behind adding an underline to letters such as 'N', 'U', 'O', etc, in a logotype?

I have seen many minimal logotypes like the one below that include an underline in one of its letters. I did lots of web searching, but didn't find anything explaining it. I'm curious to know the ...
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Why do most of the color palette generating websites generate specifically 5 swatches in a color scheme?

I have used several websites to generate color schemes including Adobe color, coolors.co, etc. All of them generate only 5 swatches per scheme. I want to know exactly, why is the number 5?
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How do you know where to put details into your illustration?

I am a student and I made an illustration with illustrator. As you can see in the example I made, it isn't the best illustration and It can be much better. As you see, I gave the rocks underneath ...
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How can I ensure that my design works for colorblind people?

How can I ensure that my designs work for colorblind people? Whether for web or print... My teachers always said that red and black don't mix well, but how can I know for sure? Are there do's & ...
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How do I make objects and text stand out over a busy photo background?

I frequently have to place objects and text on photo backgrounds and some backgrounds make it hard to see the objects. To get good contrast I will try to pick a background image that has large flat ...
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Avoiding optical illusions in (icon) design

I am fairly new to the wonderful world of icon design and I have a recurring issue that I find difficult to deal with. for me, consistency in line thickness, shape sizes and colors is very important ...
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When to use photos or illustrations in design?

When should I use design based on photos and when based on illustrations? Is it based on the emotional impact which we designers want to achieve?
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What should be taken into consideration when designing a logo for a construction news portal [closed]

I'm new to designing. I'm learning graphic designing and for practice I've taken up a project. I've to design a logo for a construction news portal called 'constructmate' they said they want at least ...
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Should a logo be design for a brands consumer specifically, Or for wider society? [closed]

From what I understand, an identity—whether that be a mark, logotype or experience—should characterize the business or organisation brand that it is part of. How targeted should the aesthetic be? Is ...
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Sponsorship - On the front or back cover?

I'm publishing a small (~12 page) booklet, which occasionally has a sponsor. For technical reasons, I have only two options as to where to put it, either on the front cover or on the back cover. Which ...