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Did you have all the information which needed to be on the poster before you started your beautiful and original design? Or did you create a design, present it to the client, and then get 10 more pounds of potatoes to shove into the 5-pound bag? If you started with all 30 logos and only designed for six, that's your problem. If you started with six and the ...


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How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy is the best thing I've seen for the human side of the business, and has two chapters mainly about client relations plus lots of relevant titbits throughout the rest of the book. Really good, honest, straight to the point stuff. For something more ongoing than a published book, I'd ...


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I would use an analogy. It may over-simplify things, but hopefully it will get the point across. Relating it to something that is more common might help, for example a movie. When you buy a DVD, you have the permission to watch the movie in your home with friends, you can lend it to your friends, but you do not have the right to show the movie at a public ...


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There are several references that would be very good reads for someone who is at this point in their career where presentation and collaboration are key to your success. You are not in the bullpen working in darkness; you are out there talking with people, pitching concepts and handling resistance. The way you handle a conversation will make or break the ...


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However after reading a few articles on creating mock ups, I'm getting the impression that it is potentially a very wasteful process. For the ultimate whiteboard - functional public site design process, thinking through the best IA and wireframing things out before creating mockups, settling on one, then coding is the best way to go. However, for time ...


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Here is my stab at this. Love your question! How can we better encode messages so that metaphors and visual items are transmitted as part of the encoded message? As the graph suggests, you would want to reduce as much noise as possible for all steps of communication. Metaphors are based in culture so a part of the "noise" is not being sure how your ...


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Most rebranding is just shown when it happens. Unless clients have a specific interest in this information and need to somehow participate in the process, this should not be of interest to clients before it happens. However, there might be specific business reasons for shareholders and people involved in running the company in having this announced ...


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I almost wanted to write to a designer, "Can you build a UI for my app like that artwork on .....?" But I worried that could be offensive. No, for me as a designer that would be great. In fact, I ask my clients deliberately, "Find me other sites you like so we can both agree on what you're looking for." Having the same picture in front of us at the same ...


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Maybe: Dear Designer I saw your portfolio on dribbble and liked what you did so far, especially xyz. I myself am an app developer and seeking a designer who will redesign my app. Here are the functional requirements. Here are examples of apps that I like. I understand it would make no sense to ask you to build an interface ...


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Fonts are software. Software is licensed for specific uses. Web use is not within the permitted use of the font you've selected. A license for web use can be purchased for a $xx. This would allow that particular font to be used for your web site.


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A good icon for stairs with cogs or arrows pointing forward will be decriptive enough. I found the example below using google images.


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More clearer? Icons are cool, but not always clear. Even Eddie A's great solution would require some interpretation by the user: "Is that a meat-grinder stair case!?!?" Assuming a reasonable homogeneity among the users' language, you could just spell it out. Words are often the most clear means of communicating similar options. Adding icons to aid ...


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I think the most simple way is to think of the action that is being taken. Stairs 2 flights run/jog motion of person icon Escalator 1 45° span 2 gears underneath standing position person icon This is how I would do it. Keep it as simple as possible.


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Your question just reminded me of Hoefler and Frere-Jones in the film Helvetica in which they describe typography with subjective qualitative terms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd9zW5EuMtE Notice how they use cultural references to describe design. It's this kind of awareness of and emotional connection with the cultural world past and present, which ...


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Just explain it in plain English: "Using this font on the web requires an additional license, which is [$xxx per year / $xxx per 10,000 page views / not available for this font]. "Consequently I recommend that you [use some other font instead / pay $xxx for an additional license for 12 months]." It's really not that hard to understand that using a ...


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You may use the principle of proximity to highlight the different relationships between pictures. For example, you may group pictures from the video footage with limited white space between images on one side, to indicate a close relationship, and add the picture of the old man on the other side, with larger white space between the old man and the group, to ...


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It depends how detailed your mockups are that determines if it is a waste or not. I first sketch with pencil on a notebook with the general design limitations (target screensize, etc). Then I write some user stories like: user logs in to check message Follows link to read blog with an intent to share Hears about site and wants to find a number of ...


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There are probably many ways of doing this. If you're already familiar with After Effects, you can use it to create your SVG animations and export them with the help of the Bodymovin AE Plugin (~ USD 20). It will create a JSON file with the animation, that can be triggered by Javascript then. Here's a tutorial


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That is rather marketing decision than graphic design. And you won't get a solid conclusion. Some companies might want to announce rebranding. Allowing customer to adjust to change, this assume that customers use is so periodicall that the gap beetwen must be filled with remainder (and it's not the only reason). Some companies might want to make an event ...


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English language classes would surely help build confidence in being able to express oneself more efficiently, but perhaps it's not the main issue here. Even native English speakers can have problems dealing with headstrong, opinionated, or nitpicky people. What about an assertiveness training course? Lynda(dot)com has a video course available called "...


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Are you also developing the web sites? If so, investigate Agile development and Lean UX. The ultimate goal is to get into code ASAP as that is ultimately what the web site will be: code.


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If you are trying to build a design firm I don't know anyone that would take the "design" over an actual functioning site. I would develop at-least five sites with your best work in regards to design and coding and make a simple mock-up that links to the actual sites. I would assume you have your own domain and you should be able to build the sites and ...


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I think it's great that you want to understand more about how people you work with think and talk. There should be more of that! I'm more familiar with resources on the print side, but I think some of the following could be both useful and fun: Maura Keller and Michelle Taute. Design Matters: An Essential Primer. Beverly, MA: Rockport Publishers, 2012. ...


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