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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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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 to download material icon font?

I can't able to download material icon fonts, any one can you just share the link with me please? am using only 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 ...
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Examples of a $5000 website. (For a guide on pricing) [closed]

I realize this may sound like a strange question (and hopefully relevant for this site). I am starting up freelancing and am unsure about what I should charge for various jobs. Would other ...
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How to deal with another person changing my designs?

To keep things simple, I will write all the facts in bullet points: I have a 9-5 job while volunteering my services for a non-profit organization as part of the sub-committee board. I am the only ...
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Why are the terms DPI and PPI so misunderstood?

It seems the terms DPI and PPI are misunderstood by more people than actually understand them. I'm not just talking about average Joe trying to print a holiday snap, I'm talking about graphic ...
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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?

Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design requires skill and knowledge*? Sure superficially there is nothing special in graphics design at first glance. Still, there is quite much to ...
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How to properly credit yourself/others for design work on a portfolio site?

I'm working on a portfolio site to showcase some of my design/layout/photography work. In a lot of cases, myself and one other person would work on a design idea; but in all cases, I am the one doing ...
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Is it ethical to make derivations (adaptations) of an external agency's work as an in-house designer?

I work as a graphic designer in a big European (but not E.U.) public establishment with two fellow designers. We have a corporate communications coordinator, which usually deals with all kinds of ...
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What to include in my portfolio?

I am a relatively recent graphic design graduate. I have been working at a small printing house for about two years, but will soon be interviewing for a different position in another city. My ...
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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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Is Inkscape suitable for design (logo, branding) on the West?

I'm novice designer from Russia, already make a fistful of projects (logo, branding, etc). All my work I do in Inkscape, really love it - but in Russia nobody hear about *.svg, customers want *.ai, ...
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What's the term for this Design Element?

I am looking for a term of this flowerish design element so I can look up some more variations.
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More Power? (do I need to upgrade my pc?) [duplicate]

In advance, I'd like to thank you for your help. And apologies for the amateur question – but that’s exactly what I am. For the last several years, I have taken on minor graphic design/editing jobs ...
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How should a designer address a client that has a slow delivery and approval time?

Playing off this question "How should a designer communicate price is negotiable to a client?" and creating a question that isn't about software I was curious to know how do designer's include ...
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Photoshop. Can i make “linked” the default method for dragging new artwork into documents?

So far photoshop threat artwork that you into your document as new smart objects. I would like to get mor used to using "linked" as opposed to embedded.
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How to assess whether a non-designer values good design? [closed]

I am in a situation where I need to evaluate some people (non-designers) based on how much they value great visual design. This is in the context of company branding, software product aesthetic & ...
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How should a graphic pattern be packaged and sold as a digital download?

I've learned how to make a seamless digital pattern and since then I've been practicing. I feel like I could possibly sell these patterns but I am not sure how I should go about selling my patterns. ...
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How to convince agency clients I know what I'm doing? [closed]

I'm the solo designer at a 7-person web agency. The other employees are programmers and the owner (whose background is in IT). Our clients are mostly small to mid-sized businesses. While I do have ...