Questions tagged [design-principles]

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

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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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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 ...
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about picture color changing in side an image to brown in Gimp [closed]

I have the picture of bowl of food and i want to change the color of food with out chainging bowl and and surrounding can any one help me i am beginner to graphic designing I also want to know about ...
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How to get from sketch to design? [closed]

Despite me asking it because of A concrete problem of mine I think the overall problem can be applied more generally and may help beginners to semi-beginners. The question goes like this: If you know ...
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What kind of design style is this? [duplicate]

I found these images on Airbnb.com. Just out of curiosity, what's this kind of design work called?
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Good designer or not

How do i know if I'm a good designer or my designs could be underestimated?
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What makes certain arrangement of items look better than others?

I'll use a concrete example. The arrangement of these items look perfect to me: Source I think they look good to me because they are almost perfectly aligned and the distance between each item is ...
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Alternatives to present multiple location information on a map

I have a client who thinks that there really needs to be a comma between the name of the school, and the public school zone number (CSD#). I would love a second opinion from a design perspective. ...
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Should a logo always work in black and white?

It's often agreed that logos should always work in black and white... am I right in thinking that doesn't mean greyscale, and literally just means black and white i.e. positive and negative space? It ...
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How to balance text spread around a circle

I am an amateur Inkscape user designing a logo for an upcoming event. We want the logo to be circular so it can be printed on round beer mats etc. The text 'Granite' is longer than the other text '...
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How to make a complex logo look good [closed]

I worked with a client that wanted a mandala as a logo. I went through a lot of versions as I tried to simplify the request. This is what we ended up with. I am not a pro at logo design, so I am ...
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General Rules for Choosing Colors/ Patterns [closed]

So I'm trying to design a dashboard and I was wondering if there were some general rules for colors to use for buttons, borders, headers, containers etc. Like what are the appropriate colors that will ...
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Visual hierarchy properties priority?

I know that size, color, proximity, etc. are the building blocks of visual hierarchy but I'm wondering, which properties have priority over others? For example in this video it is shown that when you ...
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When and when not borders are necessary? ( iOS design)

I'm trying to understand, if the usage of a border at the navigation bar contribute to the design/UX in some way? Would love to hear your thoughts about that. Designed for iOS
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What effect does using border radius have?

I am interested in knowing why rounding corners of a shape is visually appealing in some contexts. What's the reason behind it and in what types of context does it help to use it?
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Using a similar feel as CNN's Breaking News for banner to promote product - is it fair use?

I'm creating a "Breaking News" image / banner to promote a product. I'd like to give it an air of authenticity by using a similar look and style as CNN's or BBC's "Breaking News" flash (Title, ...
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Mythology/ancient mobile-design do's and don'ts?

I am designing a mobile app about Greek mythology and want to make the app feel authentic. I was wondering when you try to make an app look old (antique...), what are the do's and don'ts? How can I ...
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Photoshop replace color with specific color

What is the best way to replace color with a specific color? I tried (Image > Adustments > Replace Color > Select Color with color dropper+ > Select Hex / rgb replacement color. I would like the ...
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How can I better represent a cross-cutting component in an ERD

I am creating an ERD for a training roadmap as shown below. The soft skills component is cross-cutting in all levels. Is that the best way to represent it?
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When and when not should i use proportionally-to-screen sizes

I'm designing my app (targeting only iOS/iPhone devices). Currently, there couple components, which I'm designing to fit into iPhone 5 screen(smallest screen). On largers screens(iPhone 6, 6+), I'm ...
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Should you use both a Wordmark and a Lettermark Logo together at the same time?

Is it bad design to use BOTH a company wordmark (pictures to the right) and a Lettermark (pictured to the left) at the same time in a header of a website or app? or on a businesss card? or ever?
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Should UI elements all use the theme color?

In the image below,the buttons at the bottom are used to skip forward/backward exactly one frame each tap. The slider lets the user scrub through the video in a "faster" way. From a UI perspective - ...
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When to create a brand style guide?

Should we create the brand style guide before or after we design the touch-points (like stationery, marketing material, website, etc)? Why? Is there any rule on when it should be created? Thank you.
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Colouring Balck and White Pic on Photoshop

This, I want. This, I have tried. I could simply make an overlay with 20% opacity, you would think, but this method reduces the clarity of the effect tremendously. I tried colour tone/Saturation, ...
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How can I achieve this type of shadow with PS only

I tried the black to transparent grading within a rectangle, but I never got that smooth of a transition. I don't know why, but my attempts are s***
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Is it important for a catalog cover to be left with little copy?

In catalog design the cover often has little information. A photo, company name, maybe a website, and a header possibly with subheader seems to be fairly common. For an example here's a Ford Fiesta ...
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Is it obsolete to use a mouse pointer icon in a logo of a company?

Taking into account mobile devices represent a significant part in today's web traffic: Is it obsolete to use a mouse pointer in a logo of a company? Some examples: UPDATE [ADDED REAL EXAMPLE]: ...
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Is there a thing such as “too good” of a design?

Ok, so I just ran into this idea. Right now I am designing materials asking for donations for a charity association dealing with child hunger/starvation and lack of education from underdeveloped ...
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Is there a name for the Windows 10 kind of design?

The design used in Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform apps is one used in a lot of modern interfaces. So like how there are many types of designs, from the day of Swiss and Bauhaus to this day of ...
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Are there considerable differences when designing for men or women?

(I am aware of the simplified dichotomy, a better term would be gender character but it's a bit too vague/specific for the title of this question.) When creating a web project, are there differences ...
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How professionals design they top notch websites? [closed]

I'm a beginner web developer and I always create my websites using css framework such as Semantic-UI or bulma.io. Yesterday I saw this http://seanhalpin.io/ portfolio and I am amazed of how great, ...
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How to design/write letters of a slogan? [closed]

I want to add the slogan "Development is our strength" to a company's name. I'm not sure how to write the first letters. Should they all be in big letters, or just the first and the last or something ...
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Is it appropriate to use lower quality design to make a product look cheap?

In an article I was reading it has this picture: It claims and rightfully so that one looks cheaper than the other. However the explanation says, My old direct-mail client was correct in his ...
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Why color grade with limited green such as in Stranger Things?

The phenomenal Netflix original Stranger Things does almost everything for a very specific reason. If you watch closely like I do you may have noticed the color grading. Greens are very limited in the ...
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Avoiding designs that reflect limitations of your application?

All applications have some things that are hard and some things that are easy. So naturally one would tend to avoid the hard things and prefer the easy things instead. Unfortunately, this biases your ...
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CSS snap point design guidelines

I'm creating a new personal site and am considering using CSS's scroll snap module as my primary navigation. Essentially this allows the web page to "snap" to certain locations based on element's ...
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Should target user segment (based on income) affect your designs?

I am at an impass with a client and I also don't have the answer so I would really appreciate your thoughts and if possible, proof like research papers etc. My client targets user segments B and C. ...
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Are there mathematical models behind Google material design metrics?

Google's Material Design guidelines such as Typography - Style - Google design guidelines or Metrics & keylines - Layout - Google design guidelines contains many ad hoc metrics for font sizing, ...
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how to use golden ratio and fibonacci to improve a shape's form?

I'm trying to improve my skills and make this X look more appealing, the logo icon is an X, and it's related to tracking technology, I'm trying to it more interesting like these
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How to create flow and rhythm through composition

Composition is a great tool for creating a visual flow or rhythm to guide the viewers eye and lead them through your content. Thinking about the way you want your users to interact with your content ...
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On what occasion should I distort icon?

I might, for some reasons, distort an icon like Microsoft Windows 8 icon. However, according to the Google Material design Rulebook icons-product-icons "Google Holy Bible of Designs", I should not ...
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How are these full-text images/designs made?

I've seen a few of these around and I love the effect. I'm a developer, but proficient with basic Photoshop. I've played around with masking an area and entering the text within but it never formats ...
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LetterHead design [closed]

I need the following details please: best software to use for a letterhead design the letterhead is sent to the client under which format? pdf, word, ...? the most known margin details of a letter ...
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Graphic design beginner: How do you get to the point where a design is in your head?

I know this question might sound stupid but I'm a programmer and I want to learn graphic design. Well, from what I see you have to learn stuff like color theory, composition, spacing, etc. I get that ...
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Companion colormap for text highlight color

Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are ...

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