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What makes this POS design look dated?

I'm trying to understand what makes this Point-of-Sale (POS) screen design look dated. Is it the 3D buttons, the colours, the layout, the font? And what would you do to make it look current? Not ...
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Why should lines be avoided in tables?

I read some books about typography and design. They all recommended to avoid lines in tables, and instead to make use of spacing. I found that reasonable and adhered henceforth to those rules. ...
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What is the purpose of always locating/starting new chapters on odd pages?

I notice that in every book I have always start a new chapter in an odd page and it leads me to wonder why. I have some written work that's about 40 pages long and 7 chapters; should I follow that ...
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How can I place the product on a social media post better?

(The Logo in corner and product label is hidden for privacy reasons) When I finalized the design, I got the feedback that the product (the grey thing in bottom left) isn't fitting well. (Image 1). So ...
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What is the graphic design term for this element on a layout?

Whether print or digital media, what is the name of this element? On the main page layout, there is a small, not too obtrusive element with text inside. Usually a circle. It's not a callout because ...
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How do I progress my design aesthetic beyond the linear minimalist style i use for everything?

I love the clean style but I feel like whenever I'm given a design project I research and I see all of these templates with these cool diagonals and curves. I want to utilize the style but I feel like ...
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What is the difference between layout and design?

I can't understand what is "design" and what is "layout" in terms of web design. I'm confused between layout and design. Can anybody can help me understand these matters? Thanks for reading my ...
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Intentionally Left Blank Pages In InDesign

I have an inDesign document with a number of intentionally blank pages, for example one so that the Contents page is recto etc. I would like to to flag those pages somehow for anyone else that works ...
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What is the difference between figures illustration and images?

It is mainly the term "figure" here that I question. Here is the source: http://condor.depaul.edu/dsimpson/pers/typography.html The author of the page seems to distinguish these terms: Figures, ...
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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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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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Page layout with Scribus

I'm trying to print my very first book. It's a simple thing, printed on my desktop printer, double sided on 1 * A4 sheet of paper. I will fold it down and bind it myself (using saddle stitch) as a ...
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Usage of blank space in trade banner and text-positioning

and thanks for your continued feedback on my trade banner that I am creating for my friend pro-bono. I've consolidated all the feedback from to create the below: Stucturing information on this trade ...
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Stucturing information on this trade show banner

Problem I'm working on a new banner for a trade show. I want it to fulfill two aims: communicate to the passerby the benefits of using the service (its a platform that lets people build ...
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How can I attractively crop a photo that contains only part of a person (model)?

I often run into the problem of having a photo that has an akward edge/framing like the one below. Especially the second one. I like to have a photo with no background to simplify things. Having part ...
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How to align elements to Bootstrap grid?

Sorry for the beginner question, but I'm having a hard time trying to figure this out. I'm using a grid for a Bootstrap design but my problem is how do I align elements to the grid? See my image for ...
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Do we perceive images in text reading direction?

I received a graphic in a presentation with equally weighted items in it. Their order did not match my expectation, so I started to wonder why that would be. Finally I figured out that I was reading ...
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Text columns in Sketch

Is it possible to set text in columns like you can in InDesign? I can't find anything online about this.
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Iphone photograph resolution suitable for 12" album cover?

I'm hoping to use an image taken with an iPhone camera for a 12" vinyl record cover. The image is an uncompressed TIFF, taken with the iPhone 5s 8mp camera at 3264×2448, using the 645 Pro app for an ...
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How to lay out ornate victorian-style graphics?

I'm interested in learning how to create v. decorative vintage-style graphics like this one by J C Desevre. However, I can't figure out how, assuming the original image is drawn by hand, such ...
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About “This page is left blank intentionally”

I have sometimes seen that when the 'half title' page of a book (the page that goes before the title page) is left in blank (which is one of the possible alternatives), a message such as 'This page is ...
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Why use Photoshop for Web Design

Aside from its bitmap effects, can someone tell me why I should use Photoshop for creating website layouts instead of Illustrator? To the best of my knowledge Photoshop was never intended to be used ...
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Designing a webpage for cake customization

I am developing the website of a bakery where the client wants to offer different customization options for the various layers of a cake, namely, frosting, filling, etc. The design that i came up ...
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Horizontally centering left aligned text visually on multiple pages

I am working on a book of poems. I need to make sure that the (left aligned) text running within each page is centred on the longest line. As far as I am aware there is no mechanism for doing this ...
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Contextual shapes in margin calculation

I am having a doubt regarding margins in this project I am realizing. Should i consider these triangular shapes when calculating margins, or should I imagine a blank page as I am doing now? Sometimes ...
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How does one price something like a corporate annual report?

I was asked to provide a quote for an annual report (40 pages) and quoted a general hourly rate. However, as I hear, many graphic designers charge by page number, and include other costs like graphic ...
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Is there a name for the type of photography or layout where items are arranged on a grid?

Is there a name for this layout?
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What design options can I go for when fitting a lot of content in a poster?

My boss has been wanting me to design a promotional poster that can be used for both 18x24in poster and a letter sized one page stand. I have been having trouble designing a layout that would work ...
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What effect is achieved by placing protagonists close to the border?

I am watching Mr. Robot on Amazon Video and I have observed that the actors are often placed close to the border. This placement does not follow the rule of thirds, golden cut or anything else I know ...
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Positioning logo's of different sizes inside rectanlge

I have a bunch of logos of different proportions that need to be positioned inside a rectangle. I can do this by hand so the layout is not as chaotic as it would be with a center/fit placement. Is ...
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How to solve an issue of repetition in a layout?

UPDATED: ProKeys updated with new layout is available. You can check it out. Thank you! I did a recent redesign of ProKeys so as to minimize its space taking snippets. I changed this: Old layout (...
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Arrange multiple items at once in Illustrator

I have a series of rectangles I'd like to line up one right behind another - in other words, I'd like to have one "in front" of one object, which needs to be "in front" on another object, etc. etc. ...
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Why Bootstrap's grid gutters in the middle are twice as large as on the edges?

The Grid System of the popular Bootstrap Framework creates column grid where the gap in the middle between columns is twice as large as the edge margins: http://jsbin.com/baxunex/edit?html,css,output ...
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What do designers have to know about Twitter Bootstrap 4? [closed]

I know this topic is not solid coding topic related but I still want to pull this out. What do designers have to know about Twitter Bootstrap 4? http://v4-alpha.getbootstrap.com/ Are there any ...
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How do you distribute multiple elements equidistantly in a radial configuration?

Like we distribute elements horizontally or vertically -- how would you do that radially in Illustrator (my version is CC 2018). This is my specific problem (working on a Wikipedia redesign concept (...
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Is it possible to apply a right side master to a left side page in InDesign?

Is there any way to apply a right side master in a spread to a left side page? If not, is there a way to split all master page spreads into single master pages, so they can be applied to both right ...
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How to have a section start on an odd page _and_ number the page with a prefix starting again at 1?

I've set up a paragraph format section, which starts on the next odd page. Additionally, I would like the page number to be prefixed by the section number and starting again at 1, i.e. page numbers ...
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InDesign – Overprinting white at a Guangzhou printshop

I'm just about to send a CD-booklet 134mmX122mm (34pp)for print in a Guangzhou printshop – and the language barrier makes it a bit difficult to get all points across; I'm wondering about what I need ...
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How to generate a perfect cube map?

Ok, Ive found many T shaped cube map generators online, however I have a Unity game wherein I need a linear cube map for a skybox, like this in the bottom left: Ive done this using a skybox I already ...
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Multiple view in Photoshop : different layers visible for live modification (without Smart Objects)

I'm working with non-destructive layers in PS CC. I have a stack of three layers where each layer outputs to the next one in the stack (1st layer outputs to the 2nd which outputs to the 3rd). I'd ...
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Is there any universal grid division rule to use in any format?

I've been wondering if there's a universal grid structure to use regardless of format/page size/proportions? While researching online or reading professional books i usually can see that there are a ...
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How does a programmer showcase his work?

I'll start of by saying that I'm a programmer who rarely ventures outside of Stack Overflow, so sorry if this post is off topic. Right now I'm in the process of updating my portfolio site and I'm ...
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Fireworks States: Does any other layout tool have an equivalent feature?

I'm dropping Fireworks as my main tool for web layouts. It's just too slow and Adobe isn't supporting it anymore. Is there another tool that can do something similar to Fireworks' states? Photoshop ...
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How can you fix a header in InDesign so content scrolls underneath?

I have a one page InDesign document with a top navigation element similar to a website that I want to fix and have content pass underneath when a user scrolls through the PDF, is this possible? ...
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How can I detect overlapping characters / diacritics in InDesign?

Is there any tool, script, or plug-in for InDesign or Acrobat Pro that would detect or highlight overlapping characters or diacritics? See sample below:
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Can InDesign CS6 automatically update figure and step numbers for consumer instruction revisions?

Thanks in advance for any help with this! I'm creating consumer instructions with many steps and associated graphics with corresponding figure numbers. For example, Step 6 refers to the graphic ...
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Is there a rule for line-breaking a name designation?

I've searched, but to no avail. Is there a rule (or what is your opinion) on line-breaking a person's designations? Sometimes client's have many designations which extends the line making it very ...
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Fill a shape with random layout of rectangles

I would like to know if there is a way to generate layouts like on the picture below. What I would like to do is create a few different ones like this, but each should be different and unique. Each ...
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What is the best practices/ethics to follow as a graphic designer to avoid silly mistakes?

I have been working as graphic designer quite, but I have this issue that I can assure that there will be something left or error in final design or layout. And I will get to realize that when the 100 ...
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Testing visual lay-out and concept of interfaces on users before really starting development?

This is essentially about lay-out and visual structure, and using a couple of more or less random people to help thinking ("Random" people can mean someone passing your office, your neighbour, cousin, ...