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Layperson friendly software or filetype for editable/formatted form?

Tell your client "no". This is why you are hired. Would you ask a chef for his/her recipes so you can "make this on your own"? Would you ask an architect to make plans you can &...
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How can I place the product on a social media post better?

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 ...
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Intentionally Left Blank Pages In InDesign

In many legal documents, I've been required to place a text box on the page that reads "THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK", so the reader doesn't think there's something missing. In your case, where ...
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Usage of blank space in trade banner and text-positioning

This is merely my opinion... take it all with a grain of salt. Realize that I know nothing about your company, it's audience, the target market, the nature of the trade show. What you sell, what you ...
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InDesign: Adding space before the first paragraph

Enable the Paragraph Rule: Above for your style. Set its weight to 0 and (you never know) its color to [None]. Check "Keep in Frame"; then, use "Offset" to move the paragraph down. Apart from using ...
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How do I progress my design aesthetic beyond the linear minimalist style i use for everything?

Some thoughts first. There is a chance the feeling of stealing could be because you try to explore a finished product too deeply and not the general idea, the initial feeling. 1) Do not look for ...
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Layperson friendly software or filetype for editable/formatted form?

To answer objectively, you can attempt this with Google Slides, Figma or Canva, which are sort of cloud-based, Powerpoint-similar apps. The client would still need to sign up and get used to the ...
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InDesign: Adding space before the first paragraph

One solution is to vertically offset the text negatively as much as you need and set a space after enough to compensate. This isn't the cleanest of workarounds—To edit the text you need to select the ...
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How can I attractively crop a photo that contains only part of a person (model)?

I would... Extend the table the width of the ad (easy to do in this instance, just copy a section, paste, then transform it to stretch the width. Not a lot of clean up is needed).... crop closer to ...
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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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Are drop shadows on screen elements considered good UX, or distracting?

Drop shadows can help UX as one method of introducing elevation. According to Google Material Design's guidelines, elevation is helpful when you need to: Allow surfaces to move in front of and behind ...
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How to deal with "poor design" client feedback

If that is their feedback, 'the design is somewhat poor', then I'd like to turn that around and tell them that their feedback is 'somewhat poor' as well. And then I'd be mild. Seriously, this is a ...
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Usage of blank space in trade banner and text-positioning

Claustrophobic text: I think your current issue is that this text is too similar to the text below. It's a tad bigger but otherwise same color, same weight. I would try to increase the differences so ...
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How to find the best position when designing a logo after adding logo name, logo mark and slogan?

This question is opinion based, and my answer is therefore opinion based. But I think it's worthwhile talking about balance here, since you did mentioned this in your comment, and balancing logos and ...
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How does one price something like a corporate annual report?

Many variables can impact pricing here: the size of the company: listed companies and multinationals with thousands of shareholders can budget more for this than a smaller/local company deadline: if ...
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Horizontally centering left aligned text visually on multiple pages

As joojaa’s comment says, this is scriptable. If your book isn’t too long and you don’t mind doing it manually for each page, though, this is probably an easier way. It seems to me what you’re ...
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How to lay out ornate victorian-style graphics?

For actual drawing of curves on physical medium one would use some kind of guides. Rulers, curve templates, and physical splines are readily available. Rulers and french curves are surely in the ...
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How to deal with "poor design" client feedback

The competitor's site, which as Scott mentioned is very slow loading, has a lot of full-screen super HD photography, almost all in B&W with deep rich tones, which echo their restauranteur's "...
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Designing a webpage for cake customization

I think the first thing that jumps out at me is that header. I'm not sure the dimensions and resolution of your screen, so maybe it's just an illusion, but if that were my screen it would mean that ...
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Why are designs not done with a perfectly aligned grid and layout?

There's no "law" or "rule" which states a grid must be used or that everything must be perfectly aligned with other elements. Paul Rand would have exploded if forced to stick to boring grids and ...
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Exporting two pages as one in PDF file

You may not be able to. I'm not familiar with Scribus, but in looking at the output settings, it doesn't look like that is in a option. You may need to manually create your document to do that. So ...
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Layperson friendly software or filetype for editable/formatted form?

You can not solve the problem with an easier application. It is never a question of the complexity of the application, ease of use or any such thing. Ultimately this is a sort of XY problem, why? Well ...
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How do I progress my design aesthetic beyond the linear minimalist style i use for everything?

Good artists copy, great artists steal. —Pablo Picasso Your work will never be uniquely yours. Everybody steals from everybody. The creative thieves will want to improve on their ill-gotten gains ...
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What is the best practices/ethics to follow as a graphic designer to avoid silly mistakes?

The first line of defense is careful checking of your material for mistakes. The second line of defense is a second pair of eyes, preferably the clients eyes, I.E. "I just received proof revision #4 ...
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How to deal with "poor design" client feedback

At first, I did not like much the question, but actually, there could be some interesting contributions on the topic. Mine is. You need to find and prepare a workflow for the analysis of the site. A ...
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What is the difference between figures illustration and images?

There are many definitions of the term figure(s) but typically, in layout, figures supplement the text and are referenced (e.g. See fig. 1) Figures: a diagram or pictorial illustration of textual ...
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Stucturing information on this trade show banner

The text is way too small particularly in the 3-steps section. Increase the font size dramatically and find a way to format these. The contacts section can sit under the 3-steps, but don't push it ...
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Stucturing information on this trade show banner

You should definitely move the name and/or logo to the top. You want to make sure people looking for the booth can find it, and assume someone is going to be standing in front of it. The text is both ...
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