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Critique: Are these text-based logos positioned comfortably, and do they convey elegance?

I want to portray myself as a fresh, young but old-school designer that has an appreciation for crisp, clean design, though isn't afraid to go wild. Just my opinion.... take it with a grain of salt. ...
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When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of "fluff" has been added?

In design, this is often viewed as unnecessary ornamentation. Is it necessary? No? Then it's unnecessary. Additional elements should only be added with a purpose. To draw the viewers attention, to ...
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Is there a name, term, or practice for off-centering things based on volume rather than by width and height?

It's called "Optical center" Basically, the reader’s eye will start in the upper left and move towards the lower right, passing through the optical center (in a country that reads from right to left, ...
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Is it OK to layout landscape images vertically in a book?

While changing orientation isn't unheard of (indeed, sometimes it can be used to striking affect), it's worth pointing out the full range of options available to you, obvious though they may be: Crop ...
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How do I make objects and text stand out over a busy photo background?

There are a ton of possibilities, all of which depend upon the actual content. A dark gradient... A light gradient.... Blur and adjust levels ..... Probably my favorite technique... a band of ...
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How can I achieve opacity gradient effect in After Effects CS6?

There are MANY ways to achieve a certain task in After Effects and while the above answer will work, there is a much easier approach. Select the layer you want to adjust go to your "Effect" tab ...
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When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of "fluff" has been added?

First off: I can only speak for print and general cases, for I have zilch experience with video. Bear with me. I don't think there's hard and fast rules to determine the 'right' amount of fluff. Left-...
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How to create flow and rhythm through composition

The answer to this question could be a master's thesis, so please consider my answer as an opinion more than a technical answer. Designs, when it comes with ads, posters, book covers, etc., are ...
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What is the difference between figures illustration and images?

Typically, figures are directly referenced in the text or are visual implementation of what is being explained in the text. i.e. "See figure x". Figures are used to better explain through visuals or ...
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How legible is a right-aligned same-line header compared to a more conventional left-aligned separate-line?

Seeing the larger picture, so to speak, I think your suggested right-flush design won't work. The name would be buried over on the side, with the bullet points wrapping around it, rendering it either ...
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How to create flow and rhythm through composition

The 'F' Pattern There is the well-known effect of the 'F' pattern, where readers will scan the page from top to bottom and left to right, paying more attention to the left than the right, roughly in ...
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Best use of vertical lines separating words in logo

The first one I would consider bad practice as it can be read as capital "i", which negatively impacts the readability. Second one isn't good either, the divider is bolder than the word ...
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How do native speakers of a right-to-left-language read an image?

Summary: They usually read it from right to left. Be careful on flipping. Consider creating a localized image. According to a Cognitive Science study [1], the reading order of an image depends on the ...
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Critique: Are these text-based logos positioned comfortably, and do they convey elegance?

Rather than critiquing your logo specifically, I think it would be more beneficial to give you some more general advice that can apply to any design. I think this video (Aaron Draplin's logo design ...
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How to create a grid system on a tri fold leaflet or brochure in InDesign

Don't let the grid get you into problems. It's a tool, a means to an end, but it should never govern your work. If it's in the way, ignore it. More concretely: try and determine your outer margins, ...
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How to design arrow links between two nodes?

I would need to know a bit more about its usage and functionality to make a better answer, but with the information I have... You could keep it simple by putting the arrows on the circles and using ...
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Logo on a background of same color

There are a number of different ways you could go about it solving this problem, each with their own pros and cons. The method you choose should reflect your consideration of these in the context of ...
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Logo on a background of same color

My answer would simply be; don't do it. Create an all white version of the logo or create a white (or any other color than that blue color) container for the logo to sit in. Don't go with borders or ...
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Should highlighted quotes in an article be aligned with the body text?

For me, I'd use hanging punctuation. Essentially you ignore the quotes and align to text. The punctuation (quote mark) hangs outside the column edge. This is very common in typesetting and dates back ...
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When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of "fluff" has been added?

I'd like to add a Historical answer to this question. In the early days fluff was a solution for a problem. For example in architecture the plastering was invented in order to hide cracks in walls. ...
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How to make clear the intent of résumé status bars?

I think this is simply too much information. I get the attempt at making it more scannable but at the end of the day, developer positions typically require two things to get you through the door: ...
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How to make clear the intent of résumé status bars?

Personally I'm not a huge fan of these skill bars. What do they tell you? So you're 5 blocks on PHP. Does that mean you know everything there is to know about PHP? Nobody knows everything about PHP. ...
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Is there a name, term, or practice for off-centering things based on volume rather than by width and height?

Optical correction / compensation In your case, you're speaking to optical centering, but your eyes can perform more adjustments than that, if you let them. This is the complex process of weighting ...
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instructions to give photographer when shooting for web

A quick sketch can give the photographer a 'better than guesswork' chance of supplying the images you need. So, you need a girl on a bridge by a river, with some tall buildings in the background. You ...
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Need feedback - Can the composition/colors of this design be fixed if something is lacking or is not a better fit?

I simply feel you've got a couple proportions incorrect. You've "fattened" his head making it seem too large You've rounded his left jawline, weakening the typical "male squared-off" jaw. You've ...
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How to make a mockup more realistic?

Nearly all essentials are already said by others, but a little more can still be inserted. At first: if it's not colored to blue it shouldn't be blue. Gold and copper are yellow or red but steel and ...
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Is there a name, term, or practice for off-centering things based on volume rather than by width and height?

It is called Optical Alignment Here is a great article that discusses the very issue: https://medium.com/@erqiudao/the-play-button-is-not-optical-alignment-4cea11bda175 Hope it helps!
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Critique: Help with placement of logo elements in relation to each other for a web and app-based music service

General reaction to things that I can see: The mark is forceful and strong. I also get a very gothic 'death metal' type of vibe from it. Depending on the type of music we're talking about, that might ...
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Critique: Help with placement of logo elements in relation to each other for a web and app-based music service

As much as I understand the confidentiality issue, it will be difficult to critique the positioning and type without seeing the whole thing. The E: With what I see right now, I don't get the e. It ...
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Does a feathered vignette for a child's portrait look good?

Answer: No a floating head vignette should not be used, unless you're going for an ironic dated look. If you choose to use the Floating Head Vignette thing anyways: If you shot a bunch of photos to ...
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