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Questions regarding the research of resources (books, websites, videos, etc.) pertaining to a specific design topic.

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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?
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How do I learn to be creative?

I've been a programmer my whole life, and now I've found that I really need to start designing my own stuff. I know how to use Photoshop in and out, but I just can't create anything nice. I often ...
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What is the single most influential book every designer should read?

What is the single most influential book every designer should read?
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Where do professional designers go to look for typefaces?

I was reading The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams and was very impressed how on almost every page, Ms. Williams seems to "pull out" some beautiful typeface which I've never heard of. I'm ...
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How can I start to learn web development?

I'm very interested in learning web development and have learned some basics regarding HTML and CSS a few years back from W3Schools, but I never learned how to develop websites that are up to today's ...
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Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book/blog/forum that focuses on design principles such as psychology of color, specifically where it relates to picking a color palette for a communication ...
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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, teamwork means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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Free vector graphic images, for commercial use

Is there a free library of vector graphics for commercial use?
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What are the key principles that effective designs share?

You have arrived on this page because you are clearly curious about underlying fundamentals that you can incorporate into your thought process when designing. According to many that came before us, ...
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What are beginner’s books on typography?

Hum, for some reason I would like to buy myself a book about typography. I have a lot of interest in this field, and already have some knowledge learnt from reading Typophile now and then, among other ...
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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

I need large set (20 and more) of contrasted and easily visually-distinguishable colors for coloring different datasets on a scientific plot (the set of colors should not include white or black, and ...
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What are some good resource for programmers to design icons?

I'm a programmer and find myself needing to draw icons frequently. Does anyone have any good resources for both the tools and how to design icons?
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What does an artist who wants to learn graphic design need to know?

There's a (very popular) question that discusses tips and resources for learning graphic design already, but it's from the perspective of programmers who want to get in the game. I have a friend of ...
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Introductory books on graphic design

I will probably get some downvotes for this since I asked a similar question here: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/29362/cs-graduate-starting-out-in-graphics-design-what-are-the-main-...
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Digital asset management software recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to help manage my large collection of purchased icons and other image assets. I'm sure there must be software of the sort I'm looking for, but I haven't ...
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What are good sources for Open-Source fonts?

What are good sources for Open-Source fonts? Note that by "Open-Source" I don't mean only free, but truly "open, free to modify and published under an Open Source license" fonts. These are still very ...
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Resources for learning logo design

What are some good instructional resources for learning logo design (books, sites)? How can I learn logo design more in depth? This question is not about: basic principles. books or sites like "...
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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Developer to Designer path: How To

Being a developer wanting to be a designer, I'm really interested in learning how to create top notch UI for websites, mobile apps, etc. However, I know nothing about Photoshop or anything related to ...
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What are good commercial stock graphic sites for websites/applications?

I am looking for good websites providing royalty free stock images for pay. I'm not looking for sites that make images available for free and require attribution or non-commercial use; they're ...
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How to create a fabric pattern with wavy lines

I would like to create a fabric pattern, like this one: I'm not very experienced in graphic design. Could somebody please explain how to create a fabric texture and overlay a wavy line pattern in ...
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Good Resources for Colour Schemes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Picking colors that don't clash. What are some good resources for getting colour schemes/palettes for your designs? I usually mix/make them myself but sometimes I need ...
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Are there any films about graphic design?

I'm looking for fiction films that are either about graphic design, or have important elements of its history, and I'm a bit stuck. I'm not trying to find movies that would be inspiring for ...
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Git-style Managing for Graphics/Programming Assets on Filesystem level?

This question addresses my problem about handling derivative works but I am trying to find some Git compatible solution. Extensis Portfolio may be a good candidate but for me it is essential that I am ...
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Resources for learning Photoshop (CS5)?

I've been searching for some good resources for learning Photoshop from scratch. I'm someone without a formal design background, but I'm looking to become competent using Photoshop (not trying to be a ...
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Best Way To Find Independent Designers?

What is the best way to find an independent designer for a particular field? For example, one that has a portfolio and designs book-covers/print/packaging, ...? It is a requirement for me to draw ...
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Where to buy graphics for cheap that I can use in work that I sell? [duplicate]

I am making my own cards to sell, however, I would like to use some graphics and or backgrounds once in a while without having to make them all the time. Where is the best place to buy graphics, ...
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How to find a professional designer

My friend needs a professional logo for his business but there are so many websites - I don't know where to start. Some are probably good and some are probably horrible. Can some experts in graphic ...
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How to reinforce intuitive design decisions?

I am not a professional designer, meaning: I have not studied Graphic Design at university or similar. I wanted to, but the numerous clauses didn't allow it. On the other hand, I'm actually doing ...
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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How to begin with UI design

Newbie here. I like the web and UI design, and I know what good UI and good design is, but I lack Photoshop skills. Sometimes when I try to do design work my mind goes blank or gets mixed up because ...
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Good sites to find textures online?

I'm always on the lookout for good textures, as they are pretty subtle but can add a lot of life to your site. Recently I found Tileables (http://tileabl.es/) which looks pretty cool. Can you ...
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Is there an order to learning non-technical design theory I should follow?

TLDR; I already know how to use design software but I don't know how to design. Bottom Line: Is there a specific sequence to follow for a proper education in the soft skills of design (theory, ...
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Creating an .ico file with multiple sizes - web application

I want to be able to create an .ico file containing a complete set of Windows icons (16px x 16px, 32px x 32px, 48px x 48px, and 256px x 256px). Is there a web application that can do this for me given ...
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Resources for finding good web font schemes/combinations

I have started doing some freelance website design work for small business clients, and part of my work will involve selecting fonts to use on the sites that I will be making. Given that typography ...
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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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Android Icon Tutorials

I've been trying to find tutorial on to make android icons as for the 2.0+/3.0+ specifications. I've found some based on the old 1.x specs but these are quite outdated. Does anyone have anything out ...
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What are some good resources for tablet drawing?

What are some good resources for tablet drawing? Doesn't matter what media ... books, articles, video tutorials, anything else.
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Design Critique/Feedback Websites

After quite a lot of searching, I haven't really find that many websites focused on design critique, where you could just upload your work and get some responses. One of the biggest sites oriented on ...
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Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?

Meet Pluralsight. We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to our ...
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How to keep design files organized on your computer?

I have a significantly large amount of files on my computer that I need for work and/or future reference. I am terrible at keeping them organized. My computer is a mess. I believe this is because I ...
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What are some good tools to create 3D icons?

I really like icons like those created by SoftFacade.com: I read the interview from one of their founders, where he mentions that they use "3d tools" without going into specifics. Now I am looking ...
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Good source for learning about light/shadow/gradients in flat designs

I came across this creation here on dribble. I have marked some areas with arrows, which are either 'lit up' because of bright light, or have 'shadows' because of absence. And also this one here : ...
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Best resources/way/curriculum to learn Graphic Design? [closed]

I have a Fine Art background. I want to learn Graphic Design and be job ready in this field within six months. I am self learning and have time and discipline to put in. what is the best curriculum to ...
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How to get bokeh images to use in web design?

I'm looking for online resources, image libraries, Photoshop actions, tools, or any other means of getting or designing bokeh images (those highly blurred pictures, with colorful circles) for use as ...
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Where can I find vectors / blueprints of different car models (vinyl design)?

I need to design a vinyl for Seat Ibiza Coupe (2009). I have already found this site: the-blueprints.com but I think it is too expensive for a vector. Is there any site that has free or unexpensive ...
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Is there an easy way (a pattern or plugin) to create urban maps? Inkscape preferred

This is a tall order, but I thought it might be worth asking. I'm working on a project where I need to basically fake a large urban map: streets, parks, rivers, etc. Essentially I'd like to wind up ...
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Image archives from old sources

For a personal project I am looking for some examples of libraries/archives that would list scanned imagery from old books, heraldics, drawings, etc. Particularly interested in ancient/prehistoric art ...
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What should I learn to become a web design expert? I am from engineering background [duplicate]

I'm a computer science graduate having a passion for web design. Almost two years ago, I started learning web design. I designed few websites as well. Every day I try to improve my designing skills a ...