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Ethically and morally..... using any "contest" is merely taking advantage of designers. Contest do nothing but take advantage of designers and give all the benefit to the person running the contest. It essentially amounts to "slave labor" of a sort. All designers should adamantly avoid "contest" settings. However, if a designer freely agrees to being taken ...


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Graphic designers work in all shapes and sizes of companies selling all types of product and services. There's no field which is not suited for a graphic designer if the company markets anything to customers or clients, in any visual manner, in any medium. As for "personal and professional growth"... that can't really be answered by anyone other than you. ...


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I have the feeling you are answering your question, maybe unconsciously. Try to see the reading order: Knowing the western reading order is from top to bottom, from left to right, the reader's eye will try to follow that path. There's an object that first calls the eye attention: the girl picture. With the tendency to start from top to bottom, our eye ...


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Picasso was touring an elementary school and viewing the artwork the children had on display. He was amazed at how good it all was. He asked the teacher... "What are you teaching these children such that they are all fantastic artists?" To which, the teacher replied, "I simply know when to take things away from them." At some point, experience ...


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I, personally, won't never rely on the lower left corner of an advertisement to convey anything. It's a dead zone, easily forgotten or overlooked by the viewer. I, perhaps mistakenly, get the feeling that there may be more imagery than what your samples show. If not, then it may be merely due to the usage in your samples. Trying to force the lower left ...


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Ambiguity or unreadability is not always a bad thing in a logo. Being too literal can, at times, cause a design to suffer. It all inevitably comes down to how a mark is going to be used. An unreadable logo by itself can be detrimental to a startup or a company without a decent marketing budget. If the goal is to just throw the mark on items or good and have ...


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No, it is not right. Use what you paid for and make sure all the other contestants you are taking inspiration from are compensated. These authors own their work unless/until you buy it. If you can only afford one winning proposal, then that's what you should be using.


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I realized that it is OK to take inspiration from others work, but what I have done is illegal and immoral because I used lots of design ideas from other contestants. The correct way is to ask for permission from those creators, and pay them the mutually-agreed-upon price if they give permission. But, I didn't have financial means to pay them. So, I was ...


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You could use a pattern along a path effect. Here's an example. The pattern itself was simply a small circle (shown top left), which was copied to the clip board, then applied as a pattern to a larger circle: More info about pattern along a path functionality here


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The good news is your question is almost bizarre: Yes, beauty and fashion is - of course - one of the major and most lucrative fields of Graphic Design. For example ... of the many well-known designers I'm either friends with or work with frequently, the most successful one indeed focusses on .. beauty and fashion! (You mention "skin care" specifically - ...


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Probably not going to hurt you, skin care is just like any other field and you can build a relevant portfolio taking this job. Time will tell if this job helps your career or not. Also, ask yourself this: why has the previous designer quit? do you have any better career opportunities at the moment?


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There are different names. Probably the most common one nowadays is creative developer because often times agencies these days will not only be creating things for the web but also installations, apps, VR/AR experiences, and so forth. I specialize in web animation and just call myself a frontend developer most of the time. Over time you'll come to learn ...


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You must be using the Transform Each function or rotating each piece one at a time. Singular rotations on independent objects are based upon that object's center. Because the center of the objects are in different locations, the spacing will change if you rotate things one at a time (or use Transform Each). There's no need to group anything. However, you ...


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Answering your question by parts: — I've merged Female symbol and letter H — The female symbol ♀ is the sign of the gender derived from the astrological symbols, which denoted the classic planet Venus. Also the feminine sign represents feminism in philosophy and sociology. This symbol is in use since the Renaissance, denoting alchemical elements, ...


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I agree that the link you've provided uses an unnecessarily complex method. The project you seek is called polar array in some CAD software. Using "inkscape polar array" provided many results, one of which is the SEGD resource: How to create these rotated clones? In the linked answer, the responder used large circles as his object, but you can use anything ...


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It's attractive, but it looks dated. The stethoscope concept is really coming through, even though the lower portion is missing, so good job there. Scrubs have no lapels, and lab coats have angular lapels, so it's not well representative of medical linens. It's more reminiscent of a maid's uniform from the '50s. Use a modern lab coat as a reference to ...


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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 also "fattened" his right hand and forearm, making it seem like a "sausage" So, you've essentially made him more feminine and fat. These items all lend to the ...


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If I like 2 solutions for the same thing, I will eventually just pick one and move forward. I will rarely consult with the client in a situation like this to avoid generating new ideas. Whatever I've picked, I will know it was good anyway. I step back and look at the same thing again in a few days and make changes if possible. This is particularly easy in ...


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If you're asking this question, you need to read the Meggs. Philip B. Meggs & Alston W. Purivs: Megg's History of Graphic Design. Wiley dot com Megg's History of Graphic Design Definitive, thorough and well researched. A benchmark. Hope this helps.


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The drawn guy has in some images chalky face - it's like the drawing is left incomplete. The phone and railway scenes are ok. Fix the first one like this: BTW. The persons seem to watch something. I inserted a bigger target. ADD due the comments: The inserted background as face colors make the drawn guy to look out a boxer in the next day. Except it's not ...


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The big problem is not the light / color tone / background and sky, but the difference in visual perception with the previous images. Making a generic comparison, it's evident that there's a different figure and the anomaly is given by the proportions: a is much bigger than b, c or d, while b,c and d maintain similar proportions. The same between 1 and 2. ...


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You are looking at a basic geometry and real-world example of the difference between aligning / distributing centroids versus aligning / distributing edges in a non-linear group - it's not the software - this is just how reality in a Euclidean geometric reference frame works. Were your lozenges centre-aligned horizontally as well as distributed between ...


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The first question is a lot easier than the second one. 1) The opensource program FontForge can be used to make fonts. The second question doesn't really have an answer - there's a lot of fonts in existence, and there isn't a single directory of every font that has been made through all of history. Services like IdentiFont and WhatTheFont can help identify ...


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I'd keep what you have, but either decrease the radii of the collar corners or even un-round 'em completely - give your edge profile more power there.


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I will propose another solution. You can start with a circle and add a marker to the stroke. Convert to stroke. Path→Object to Path or Shift+Ctrl+C`. Select all the nodes on the stroke and add new nodes with: Insert new nodes into selected segments. Do this until you have the number of points that you want. Convert stroke to path. Path→Stroke to path or ...


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We have introduced a new place on our meta for this very thing! Enjoy! Post your Work In Progress (FKA: The Looking Glass)


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The use of labels and arrows emphasizes that the metaphor is weak. Explanation is not necessary for an intuitive design. If you cannot illustrate the process, illustrate the effect. (Sell the sizzle, not the steak.) Sometimes, anthropomorphic treatment through cartooning works by giving bad-guy human characteristics to the bugs and good-guy characteristics ...


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I don't think you ever want to show "sin industries" - those industries which are notorious for being unhealthy - in an advertisement for something which is supposed to be healthy. i.e. I'd never show a cigarette in any advertisement unless it was an advertisement promoting cigarettes and their usage. Much the same way you'd never show what's is actually ...


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I have to agree with Scott about the fresh eyes. However, I usually ask a friend or family member for an opinion. They don't know anything about design, and I don't always agree with their opinion, but I find this usually pushes me into making a decision. If I agree with them I feel good going in that direction, and when I don't, their opinion sort of makes ...


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Several things to unpack here: There is a usability issue of reaching back button in iOS because it is on the top left. This is not a usability issue - if it were, then the vast preponderance of iOS designs which conform to the Apple dev guidlines would be driving huge failure rates, mis-use stats etc to demonstrate this "usability issue" - this is not ...


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