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

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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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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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Books/Rescources for Composition and Layout for Print?

I'm starting my education in Graphic Design soon (once I finish my current degree) and I'm pretty much immersed myself information in preparation including textbooks that I will be using and websites (...
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What are good sets of photographic portraits to use in mockups?

I've been using the same set of photographic portraits in my mockups for a long time, and I'm looking for a more extensive set of square, male and female avatars/photos (portraits). What are good ...
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What software was used for this video with zooming text transitions over landscapes?

I came across this fascinating youtube video. It zooms and pans around various landscape scenes, with flying text coming in and out of focus. Does anyone know what software they used for this? I'm ...
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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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Free font similar to Viga with Polish characters?

I'm looking for a font similar to Viga with Polish characters (Latin), preferably one from Google Web Fonts.
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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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Free vector graphic images, for commercial use

Is there a free library of vector graphics for commercial use?
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design inspiration collection of horizontal website layouts?

Who knows a good resources to get some fresh design inspirations for horizontal layouts? Searching google gives some blogposts with relative bad quality designs. I look for fresh, inspiring layouts ...
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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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How do I find examples of single 2-D non-animated info-graphics with 4 or 5 dimensions within a single graph?

Really not sure how to explain what I'm looking for, just know it exist. For example, dimensions might include time, volatility, space, distance, density, etc. -- basically any measurement that's ...
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Learning how to design a webpage from code, with examples in CSS3, Python, etc [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for beginning designers I am now completing my first website written in Python. I started learning front-end development languages such as JavaScript and CSS. ...
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Fonts for styling a blog that includes lots of code samples

I'm trying to style a personal site that includes many code listings, with text commentary; many of the code samples are written in the Python language, so they look best a fixed-width font. There ...
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Which are the most prominent creative thinking techniques/methodologies?

I know SCAMPER & Ideo cards, but I'm curious if there are any other important techniques/methodologies one must not miss. I'm particularly interested in those that you would resort to use for a ...
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What are the journals of contemporary graphic design?

Are there any internationally recognized journals on contemporary graphic design? For example, where can I find critiques, reviews, and argued opinions of designers like David Carson or Uwe Loesch?
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Combining colors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? I am a developer, and I would like to know how to choose colors that combine together. I am ...
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What resources can help me with some basic design skills for an internal web application?

What resources could I (a programmer) find to help me with some basic design skills for an internal web application? I don't mean to make it look like it is off the shelf, but I would like to group ...
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I am not a graphic designer, what do I need to know so I don't come off as a complete luddite?

Like the title describes. My profession is NOT graphic design. On the other hand, I occasionally work with those who are and would benefit from being able to better see things from their perspective. ...
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Finding the right graphic designer for a project with no budget

I am the tech lead on a new consumer product for the Asian market (mainland china, HK, et al). We are looking for a graphic designer to take responsibility for both the product design and overall look ...
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What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?

I'm starting out as a technical writer, and want to present my written material as best as possible to the customers. Are there any "bibles" or introductory books on graphic design that I could ...
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I am looking for point of interest (POI) icons which would be suitable for use with MapQuest

I'm developing a web application for our company that uses MapQuest and we are trying to plot different items on the map. The default MapQuest icon is a purple circle, we need to use different ...
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Whatever happened to opensourceampersand.com

It's gone, which is a real shame, I should've made more use of it. Where's the best place to go to get free ampersands that I can then embed using @font-face in CSS?
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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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Is there a chart for color combinations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? Is there a chart or something which shows you which color goes with with color? For e.g. If I ...
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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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How to buy a used version of Photoshop

I would like to buy a second-hand version of Photoshop as I am not ready for the $700 investment yet. Is it possible? If it is, what is the process and were would be a safe place to buy a used ...
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Good resource for non-Latin character based fonts?

I was wondering if there were any good resources for fonts using non-Latin characters, specifically Japanese or Chinese type (Kanji or any other character-based font). I know plenty of resources for ...
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Software/library to create artistic plan view of a floorplan

I'm looking either for a software or for a clipart library to create a top down plan view of a flat. But that should not be simply schematic, but actually look nice with shading and color and so on. ...
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Is there something like smashing magazine.com for the Print Industry?

I know the print industry isn't probably changing as much as the web stuff nowadays but Im just wondering were do print graphic designers get their inspiration, latest news and that kind of stuff. ...
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The selection and use of typefaces for the non-designer

I am looking for a short, concise resource that will help me better choose and use typefaces. I think the ideal resource would have a thoughtfully chosen list of about a dozen of the most important ...
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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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Is there a short authoritative reference of basic design rules and principles?

As a web developer, I often find myself working with different non-professional self-called designers. In such situations, I often have to explain them the most basic rules and principles about the ...
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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 do I go about finding a Graphic Designer for a personal job? [duplicate]

I'm a web developer guy. I've got about zero artistic capability to create a design but I can take a design and create an amazing website out of it. I would like to find a graphic designer to create a ...
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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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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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Are there gaming and movies galleries?

I was wondering if anyone knows websites which are full of images from different games and movies Like the css galleries but for movies and games (just for inspiration) Hope you can help - thanks
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Where can I learn about graffiti for my next project?

My next project is to design (as a vector graphic) a logo inspired by the so-called layer style of graffiti. As such, I need to learn as much as I can about this particular graffiti style. It would ...
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Looking for recommended sites to find Joomla and WordPress themes.

I am new to pre-defined themes, and I need a theme similar to this image: I already searched but I can't find any similar theme, I probably searched in the wrong places. What websites could you ...
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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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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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What's a good site for human body props resourcing?

I'm trying to improve comics style, and I'm looking for a good resource where I can find human body and/or comics layouts, scene building, etc. Is there a good place for these? Thanks!
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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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Where can I find the best vectorization tutorial for a newbie?

I have a friend who does a bit of illustration, but all by hand. He is not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator. He would like learn a bit of Illustrator, just enough to get by and vectorize some of ...
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I need some icons etc. designed, but where to start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best Way To Find Independent Designers? Problem: I need some graphic design work done. I'm developing a website with a college friend of mine. I need a lot of icons, reward ...
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Inspiration Request: Retro, fashion, funky, artist, punk

First time poster, long time viewer...As the title suggested, I'm looking for some inspirational websites/designs that have a funky retro look, but with mix of artistry and fashion to them. It's ...
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How to make a cartoon promotional video

How would you make a cartoon promotional video like google or Wufoo? It could be done in a photoshop-like program but there are many transitions and effects required to make a video interesting. It ...
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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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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 ...