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Critique of timeline aesthetic

The purpose of a timeline is to show how the dots (or events in your case) break the line, so no need to squeeze the dots inside the line. Also adding bananas or cherries at the ends of the line and a ...
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Illustrator: how to fill shapes with a 45 degree line pattern?

Use a pattern... There are a bunch of line patterns loaded with Illustrator by default (Open Swatch Library → Patterns → Basic Graphics → Basic Graphics Lines). You can use them as a ...
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How can I improve card design?

This is a small item, so avoid filling precious whitespace by containing every element into its own separate box. Instead, break the design down into 2 sections for better separation between the top ...
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Critique of timeline aesthetic

I don't feel the colors "jump out" in any way. I think the contrast ratio is far too low. for everything other than the darkest blue. In fact,that light blue and light yellow are nearly impossible to ...
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How can I improve card design?

This is an opinion based answer, and there is no right or wrong here. Generally, I quite like the basic style of it. It's very traditional in a kind of educational establishment way. However in my ...
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How are these modern physics figures made?

They are most likely drawn by a human on a computer. Manually, with some definition of manual. It always strikes me a bit weird how people this day and age can not draw simple line drawings themselves....
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Create a bar chart within a table in InDesign?

The cool way There's a font for this called FF Chartwell (no affiliation), which I have personally used for different annual reports and white papers. All the data is editable as numbers via the ...
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Illustrator: how to fill shapes with a 45 degree line pattern?

You can create a Pattern Swatch and use that pattern as a fill. I would start with what you have already, with two specific notes: Make a perfect square as your background. Space the diagonal lines ...
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How to add some perspective to AI files placed in InDesign

Precise isometric view Select Container Frame Copy height to clipboard Set Rotation Angle to -30 Set Shear X Angle to 30 Select Content Frame Paste in the height from before Fit frame to content ...
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How are these modern physics figures made?

I think the tool used is interdisciplinary effort, commonly known as Team Work. If an ilustration is made to ilustrate, probably it is made by an ilustrator using a program made for ilustrations; ...
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Infographic for job titles

You are using too many bold letters and instead of making things clear, they mess it up more. This answer is formatted as an example itself. What is the most important information? The initial ...
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How can I improve card design?

Great thanks to everybody for your replies! I found it difficult to place all the information under icons, so I ended up with aligning the first column right and the second left, as suggested by ...
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How to choose a good color palette that is easy for the eyes, yet convey the deepness of the topic?

All that coloring scheme is distracting and you need to keep people's focus on the content, not the random candy rainbow thing. Reduce the color scheme to a single color, in my example below, 8% of &...
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How to choose a good color palette that is easy for the eyes, yet convey the deepness of the topic?

My two cents. A. Keep the palette monochromatic unless you want some other meaning than "Deep". You could use any color, but normally, a warm color will give you the additional meaning of &...
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Drawing block diagram?

What you mentioned is done by TikZ in LaTeX. Sorry but I tried Lucid Charts and Visio and definitely they are not good as TikZ. You can overleaf and see the result The code: \tikzstyle{block} = [...
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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

Here's a set I devised, of 26 maximally distinct RGB values (28 if you include black and white). It is also a colour alphabet. It differs from the colour alphabet of Peter Green-Armytage and the 22 ...
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Is there any quick way to write the text headings at specified rotations in a pie chart?

There is a concept known as using the 'wrong tool for the job'. Thing is the wrong tool is either illustrator or you. Creating info-graphics is one of those things where either you learn programming ...
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What order should floor plan views go on a tower illustration?

This question is opinion based. But here is my logic. As you are asking for "design principles" I should say: 1. The design should be intuitive 2. If the design is not intuitive enough you should ...
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What free online or self install tools is best to make 3d Logo

The example graphic isn't at a 45° angle, it's 30°. These are quite simple designs, and you wouldn't need actual 3D software to create something like this. You could use 2D vector software. Something ...
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How to build an online portfolio?

What should I include in the portfolio apart from Home, About, Work, Contact? That is not a portafolio. That is the CV. Be carefull on publishing adresses on a web page if it is not a business adress....
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What software is used here?

It is hard to tell but a general idea is: The first one is done in a vector based program (Ilustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape, Draw Plus. It can be done even in Power point. The second is a 3D render, ...
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How to create an array of circles within a circle?

Particle System My approach would be using a particle generator. But the only ones I know are for 3D images. So I would use Blender, where you can define the number of particles. As you need to change ...
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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

I ran into the same problem, trying to plot data that mapped to the 24 different human chromosomes (1-22, X, and Y). My solution ended up being to develop my own R package: https://cran.r-project.org/...
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Create a bar chart within a table in InDesign?

Imho, I would use Illustrator graph tool. Now, let's have some fun and bring some magic into INDD using GREP. The idea is to create character styles that would apply a strike-through to space after ...
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Microsoft Word Strength Meter

The easiest way is probably to use an icon font that has suitable icons with "on"/"off" states (or just use the same icon with e.g. differing colors). Using a font means it's as simple as installing ...
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How to use EPS to build graphs in Illustrator?

I dont think you have a choice in the matter. See Illustator is a direct modeler, with a few indirect modeling features. This means that illustrator is built on the assumption that you the human are ...
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Infographic for job titles

I'm not going to provide you with an actual solution/idea, but instead talk about ways to get inspiration, which seems to be the main problem here. All graphic designers experience something akin to "...
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