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Is there a reason Hillary Clinton's logo has hidden notches?

To prevent possible rendering artefacts. Without the notches you're likely to see the edges of the bottom shapes where they meet the edges of the overlaying shapes (on screen anyway, it's not really a ...
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Is there a reason Hillary Clinton's logo has hidden notches?

Understanding rasterization and the painter's algorithm might help. One way of rendering vector graphics (graphics defined by polygons, instead of pixels) to pixels is to rasterize the polygons while ...
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Is there a reason Hillary Clinton's logo has hidden notches?

Cai is correct. I thought I'd add a visual answer as well. The reason this happens is that it's an SVG. Unlike a raster image where you control each rendered pixel, the rasterization of the SVG ...
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Why would I ever NOT use percentage for sizes?

I, like you and many other people starting to learn CSS, used to think the same thing. However, as I continued to build websites I realized that using percents only leads to uglier websites. There are ...
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If a logo implies movement, should that movement be mirrored to match the movement of a vehicle it's placed on?

It depends on the logo and how it's done. You should avoid reversing the logo, but it may make sense in rare cases to reverse it. For example, Nike reverses their logo on their high socks when their ...
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Is it necessary for me to have an email address in lower case

Clients have the final say. Even if you disagree with it. Disregarding that there maybe technical reasons why uppercase is a bad idea. And disregarding the fact that upper case lowers readability and ...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

I would let it go 100%. Answer all their questions and put a deadline date after which you are no longer taking requests. I will gladly help with this information, but you need to take over ...
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Favicon best practices regarding size and format

What to include? The Minimum <!-- Desktop browsers (including 16x6, 32x32 & 48x48 PNGs) --> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico"> <!-- Modern browsers (196x196 should ...
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If a logo implies movement, should that movement be mirrored to match the movement of a vehicle it's placed on?

Logo consistency is more important. Don't alter the logo for the vehicle wrap. Having two logo variants, regarding something such as movement, on one item will dilute the branding, even if there's ...
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Is there a reason Hillary Clinton's logo has hidden notches?

Printing in multiple colours requires accurate registration to avoid unsightly gaps and is a concern when artifacts are composed from multiple sources. Similar concerns can occur even in digital ...
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Why would I ever NOT use percentage for sizes?

Percentages are sometimes too flexible. If you define everything in percentages then the site will scale uniformly. But its very unlikely for a user of a 27-42 inch monitor wants you to scale text by ...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

I wouldn't give them or any client really anything if its one of your sources. "Thank you for your inquiry. My sources and vendors are part of the value I bring through my X years of experience. ...
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Should a designer flatten/restrict images when sending to another designer?

Professional courtesy Whenever I work with other designers my number one priority is to make their life as easy as possible, and not just because I'm a nice guy ;) I've already been paid for the ...
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Is it necessary for me to have an email address in lower case

HAVING A EMAIL ADDRESS IN UPPER CAPS IS A REALLY BAD IDEA. USING THEM AS "EMPHASIS" IS SOMETHING FROM THE TYPEWRITER ERA WHERE YOU DID NOT HAVE OTHER OPTIONS. Sorry for that. As commented by others, ...
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Is it unprofessional to use whimsical names as sample data in your designs?

Whether or not it's perceived as "professional" will depend on how things are perceived at your company. No one else could possibly know that. I don't think there's any harm in it provided ...
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How do big design companies share art files

At my current workplace we use a version control system. To be exact, we use Git + Bitbucket with the LFS (Large File Storage) extension. We also use a graphical diff plugin that lets us see a quick ...
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Is Illustrator accurate for business card sizes?

I don't think any of this has anything to do with Illustrator specifically. Illustrator is a fine tool for business cards just as InDesign, QuarkXpress, etc would be. 9pt type is small. Using ...
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If a logo implies movement, should that movement be mirrored to match the movement of a vehicle it's placed on?

In my opinion, this depends on which version is more brand consistent and less visually disconcerting in the context of a vehicle wrap. What's worse, the logo pointing the wrong way, or people ...
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Is Illustrator accurate for business card sizes?

To answer your question, yes, Illustrator is accurate for the size of a business card, or any print document. The problem: 100% zoom is not the physical size of your document on-screen. Selecting ...
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How do big design companies share art files

"Many projects with many files all uploaded by humans on one server will get messy, by definition." Not necessarily. I freelanced for a while in a food packaging studio that had other studios ...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

tl:dr; Don't hold back on information that is not specifically yours, but let them do the leg work since they're not your client anymore. If you want to be non-confrontational, I would definitely try ...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

I'm the “get off my lawn” type. You get nothing by default and I carry pocket sand. Old design artifacts – in one batch, once, for free. By old, I mean shipped before. This is a professional ...
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Is it necessary for me to have an email address in lower case

bigger, bolder == more noticeable, more legible. ALLCAPS == shouting & actually harder to read. I sometimes use title case on mine, TxxxxxMedia, which makes it slightly easier to read & my ...
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General-purpose fonts for beginners?

Before giving you a specific font recommendation, I'll give you some things to look for in a font if you want it to become your go-to font. It should be legible. Look for a font that works well in a ...
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Optical corrections - is it ok to make a logo mark a little off center to balance it off?

Optical corrections are a feature of high quality graphic design. What is important is how things are perceived (typically to maintain coherence/alignments, and fulfill the viewers' expectations) ...
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If a logo implies movement, should that movement be mirrored to match the movement of a vehicle it's placed on?

We can't possibly guess without seeing your logo. Sometimes you have to reverse it. And when you do, you have to "do it right" -- that is, remain loyal to the design -- even if it's complicated. ...
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Is it necessary for me to have an email address in lower case

The mail standard says that what is before the @ could be case-sensitive and is under control of the host system, and what is after @ is case insensitive as it is under the control of the mail ...
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"Correctly" vertically center text in a box

Good question! I really like, and agree with, the answers given so far. My answer focuses more on pragmatic technique rather than scientific or mathematical reasoning. :D With that said, my ...
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How many logo variation is too many?

Regarding your first example with the different variations of the same logo, I guess it's necessary to create a guideline for this. Sometimes this happens when people simply don't know what's good or ...
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General-purpose fonts for beginners?

At first I thought it was a simple question. It is not. It is a good fundamental one. I do not remember who said that is better to master the use of a few fonts, than to simply use a ton of them... ...
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