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Questions about the designers themselves; becoming a designer, living as a designer, forming the designer ethos and other theory related topics. It also covers practical topics like geographic location and self promotion. Ask anything about being a designer.

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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

I am CTO at a small-medium software development company with a few ages history. I carry RRHH selection, teaching, and internal promotion. Until yesterday we just had developers and design was driven ...
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Charge someone for wasted time?

So I have a guy that I do regular work for but he's flaky at the best of times, sometimes he takes an age to pay, sometimes he "didn't receive the invoice", sometimes he is super vague in his brief "I ...
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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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InDesign - background/shape color doesn't match the color indicated in the tool bar

I had a spread with light blue color background, but somehow every time I add an image to any image box on the spread, the background color darkened into a darker blue. So I unlock the background box (...
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Minimalistic design tutorials [closed]

I am a novice in the field of graphic design and I really want to adopt a familiarity with a design practice that I can get good at. I can't really draw well on hand or digitally, but I really want to ...
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my career path in design [duplicate]

Do you need a graphic design degree to work for a agency or company? I've researched many answers towards this question and what I found, it basically comes down to your portfolio. I don't want to do ...
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Size of the screen for graphic design [closed]

I have a limited budget for a screen I'd use for my work in PS, Illustrator, Indesign. Mostly print publications, catalogs, folders, logos, vector/raster illustrations. Would you go for a better ...
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Online Solution for editing (breaking apart) Vector files [closed]

outside of Adobe and Corel Draw is there an online solution for taking a PNG, JPG or SVG file and breaking it apart to change the colors or styles?
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Are Photoshop skills needed for a Graphic Illustrator?

I am a student who is going for internship soon. However, I am not sure what I would want to do. I'm slightly better at Photoshop than Illustrator. However, there are only 2 jobs available for me. ...
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How to get paid for design work? [closed]

What is the best way to receive payment for one off design work? I have been asked to do some design work for a company logo for my family friend's big business. It is my first proper design work ...
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Client asked me to create a vector of a Pokemon for the logo, Is it breaking any copyright laws? [closed]

As a freelance graphic designer I get requests a lot of the time with people who want me to vector/create a mascot of Pokémon and other game characters. And I’d love to hear whether or not I’m legally ...
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Art Director and Designers

I am hiring three designers. Each will have the same obligations and produce the same work. should I hire one of them as Art Director to have some sort of hierarchy, or the three can be Art Directors ...
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Maintaining superscript from word to inDesign

Is there a way to maintain superscript when copy/pasting from word to inDesign?
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Strategies to get into a design agency as an in-house designer

I went to a design school and have advanced diploma. But have not further my studies due to financial issue. I’m currently working as an in-house graphic designer in a printing company for almost five ...
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Client and Portfolio Advice

I'm in the rare situation where I'm a graphic designer and I don't have much of a portfolio. I've a small business making customised badges and stickers for the last 6/7 years. Lately, I've worked ...
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What is this type of design called? [closed]

What is this type of design called ?
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Is co-design applicable to branding projects?

I've been reading up on co-design / human-centred design (whatever you want to call) it recently. It seems like a great approach to take when working on, for example, large web or app projects as it ...
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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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Client stole my incomplete design and is trying to not pay me for the whole campaign?

So I've had about the worst client I've ever had. Politician doesn't understand how art or design works. Doesn't think she should have to pay artists but agreed to pay me for my work. Thinks all of ...
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Large images, small resolution

I am working on a graduation announcement for a client, and the images they want me to use are huge. They are around 55in by 88in with a resolution of 72. I asked if they had any other format of the ...
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Is “Graphist” a valid English word?

I was suggested to ask this question here at english.SE, to get more answers. My original question can be found here. As a foreigner it's normal for me to use graphist, calling a graphics designer. ...
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Logo client changed brand in the middle of a project

A client approached me with his brand and asked me to make a logo for him, and I charged a certain amount as upfront payment. Next, the client put the logo on hold, and contacted me once again after ...
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Graphic design job getting asked to copy other work

I am currently at my third job as a Graphic designer and have been in the field for about 5 years. My first company moved to the other side of the country, so I couldn't stay there. My second job was ...
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Learning web design with limited options [duplicate]

I need some guidelines as to where to start, what to learn (everything I need to learn to do the job of web design). I'm having quite a bit of free time at my current job and I've finished with ...
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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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How to politely accept colleagues' critiques without implementing any/all of it?

When I ask (colleagues or other professionals) for critiques for design works/projects, I'm oftentimes not sure how to respond to it if I can't (honestly) say that I will implement the changes ...
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Should I include the original image I based a logo on in my portfolio?

I recently created a logo for a local student body that I want to include in my design portfolio. They already had a logo, but it was taken straight from a vector graphics stock website (CC-BY licence)...
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What is the difference between a project proposal and a design brief?

I am really confused about the difference between a design brief and project proposal and when I should use them during the collaborative design process for print and website projects. And I have ...
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Where can I offer a graphic task and only pay the best from several solutions? [closed]

I have a task for graphic design, which I want to outsource online. Ideally I would like to post my task, have several designers post their solutions, and then award the best one of them. Where can ...
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Presenting proposals and rejected material in portfolio

Can I use in my portfolio work that I made for competitions and rejected items (logos, brochures, etc.), which include the brands of the companies organizing these competitions?
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Client wants me to teach them InDesign

My client wants me to teach them how to do basic editing in InDesign. This is after, against my better judgement, I had agreed to give them the ID files of the documents I created in favor of ...
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Can I sell rejected logos to other clients?

Can a designer save rejected logos and sell these to other clients in the future?
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Studying Graphic Design for Web Design

I am a total noob to the idea of web design. The internet is full of half answered, left open ended, super vague information. I know some HTML and CSS. As for designing, I don't know where to start. ...
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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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Graphic design freelancer uses Helvetica for my company's web design, software GUI design, and logo

My company makes software. I hired a graphic design freelancer (and payed a fixed xxx €) to do my company's website design, software GUI design, logo He used Helvetica. The parts using Helvetica ...
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How can I download the material icon font?

I am unable to download the material icon fonts. Can anyone share a working link? I am only using downloaded fonts.
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How do I talk to clients who are used to seeing ads for $5 logo designs?

I am starting to see websites and ads like these more and more. They are growing in numbers and...aren't services and ads like these ruining the industry? What do you say to a potential client after ...
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What is better, learning one at a time or all at once?

I am a beginning designer (6 months) and would like to ask those with long experience in this sphere, what is the best, quickest and efficient strategy to become a designer? Right now I do several ...
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Android Material Design Guidelines [closed]

My company has told me to design an app for them with Material Design Guidelines & I don't know from where to start. Thing I want to know : Note : Others ( The things I don't know, so please ...
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Am I working at a realistic pace?

I've been working as a graphic designer for a small company for a little over a year (I originally started as a college intern and became my boss's first employee). My boss specializes in video ...
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As a computer sciece graduate, how do I improve my chances of securing a role in the graphic design industry?

I am a Computer Science Graduate with limited experience in graphic design. I am looking for a job in graphic design (preferably a graduate scheme). Apart from developing a portfolio, are there any ...
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As a computer science graduate, how can I develop a potfolio? [duplicate]

I am a Computer Science Graduate looking to apply for a job in graphic design. I have completed a few graphic design projects for clients I know who needed work done. From what I understand, I need ...
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Working with more than one designer

One of my clients is looking to re-design his website. As a project manager, I was assigned to this task. I found two designers that made a really good impression, and I consider hiring them both for ...
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Recommended practice to improve illustrating skills?

The last few years my interest in illustrations and animation has grown a lot. I work as a visual designer at the moment, focussing on interfaces mostly. I'd like to start improving my illustrating ...
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How to build an online portfolio?

I want to build a personal portfolio so my questions related are as follows: What should I include in the portfolio apart from Home, About, Work, Contact? I have never worked on any real life ...
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Levels of hand drawing

I'm in HR and was given the task to define levels for some design related skills. This is for use in performance evaluation sessions. One of the categories is "hand drawing", a basic skill any ...
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How to get my designer to feedback my idea?

I am a client of a designer. This is our first project/job for each party, and he is willing to do the design for me for free as long as I'm listed as his client on his site. So far so good, I'm happy ...
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How to set up a website to sell my own products? [duplicate]

I'm an artist, and I want to run a website which can sell my prints of my art, where I can write blog posts, upload products, edit photos, manage customers, etc. But I can't do all these things by ...
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How do you overcome indecision when designing for yourself?

I am a successful freelance web designer. I find client projects easy, I usually hit the nail on the head first time for 90% of the design work I do - regardless of what style it is: boutique cake ...
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How to handle requests for revisions after final files have been submitted?

Recently I have a customer who keeps asking for revisions. The design has been finalized and the final files have all been submitted to them. Yet, after some time, they contacted me for revisions on ...