Questions tagged [research]

Questions about the process or outcome of scientific research on design topics. Read the tag wiki (“more info”) before applying this tag.

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Has there been any significant scientific research in the matter of readability vs. justification of text?

Basically, has anything been shown (in terms of statistical significance) on whether justified text is more or less readable than flush left text? When I say "justified," I mean expertly justified—...
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Possible to carry a whole branding process by yourself? [closed]

Probably beginner graphic designers interests start around logo creation. Then probably shift towards visual identity, then branding. My interests started directly from logo to branding, now I kind ...
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Google has removed the “Download Image” link, what changes should I make as a designer?

Thanks to a lawsuit by the large stock congolomerate Getty Images (which also owns iStock) Google has removed its popular "View Images" feature (one of many articles on the topic: http://time.com/...
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What are images of objects with dimensions shown called?

You see these images a lot on e-commerce websites like Amazon. I want to search for these images on google and I don't know the exact wording for these type of images, or if there is one. Please tell ...
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Can we measure the “visual taste” of a person in arts?

I was always thinking that the visual taste – or whatever it’s called – of a person is a gift from god and is innate. But can we measure someone’s taste in graphic design – or arts in general? I am ...
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Type Research: »Die Rettung des Abendlandes« by Ernst Otto Montanus

Recently, I came across this book cover in an old antiquarian shop and I was immediately struck by the typeface used. All attempts at researching the typeface's name or origin or maybe the designer ...
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Typesetting: Meaning and use of dashes in publication from 1751

I am in the process of transcribing a text which was type-set and published in 1751. In the original text, I am coming across a lot of dashes in varying lengths which are used all throughout the text. ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Creating a plastic/three-dimensional helix

This question is based on a question I have posted here previously: Adobe Illustrator: Creating an helix In Illustrator, I am able to create the following tube-like shape, by creating a blend out of ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Is possible to build an impossible 3D-shape?

Would it be possible to build this "impossible" shape as a 3-dimensional object in Illustrator? (Image Source: Youtube) So far I have only been able to create a 2-dimensional version (which ...
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Research: Grainy/Noisy Gradient

Below I have posted a poster created by Malwin Béla Hürkey in which a grainy/noisy gradient was used to create 3dimensional shapes. Can someone point me towards a method to create such gradients? ...
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Technique: “Carved” 3D-Letter

Below you'll see a picture of a design done by Chae Byung-rok, a graphic designer based in Seoul. Can anyone help me figure out how this was done/what technique is behind it? (No stealing of ...
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Sans vs Serif: Research Studies Only

I hear all the time that "serif is better in print and sans is better on screen", but I've never seen any research backing that up. It seems like it's just based on people seeing serif in print their ...
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When should I use the Unicode punctuation space character in French written texts?

I couldn't find any authoritative references about this which are available on public internet. the code is 0x2008.
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Light text on a dark background vs. dark text on a light background: which allows the reader to keep focusing for longer?

I did not want to get to the endless war of dark-on-light vs light-on-dark, but recently I discovered something interesting: while light-on-dark text is still less tiring for my eyes (and I also ...
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Does hyphenation increase readability?

All I could find on the subject was this paper, which is pretty interesting in itself. But it only deals with preference. 57% of the test subject prefers hyphenated text. This is kind of surprising ...
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UX research on where to put website menu? [closed]

If you browse websites, you can find pretty much all types of sidebar menus: on top (like our very own Stack Exchange), as left or right menu bar, or even at the bottom (though that's a less common ...
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“Serifs improve fast, easy readability for long text” - myth or truth?

It's an old question, but an important one. Let's see if we can get a good, nuanced, ideally evidence-based answer. So, old-school wisdom (certainly, how I was taught back in the day) says that serif ...