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Thanks to great work P. Green-Armytage (2010): A Colour Alphabet and the Limits of Colour Coding. // Colour: Design & Creativity (5) (2010): 10, 1-23 (and to user ohadsc who referenced it!) now I know at least 3 ready-made color sets of maximum contrast containing not less than 20 colors (but I still have explicit RBG values only for one of them): 1)...


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johnp already mentioned using an automated font identification tool might prove troublesome without a rendered sample, but you could always just make your own rendered sample. It doesn't have to be perfect since the auto-identifiers build in some tolerance to broaden the search. Luckily, your glyphs are easy enough to create: WhatTheFont returns a few ...


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While this is primarily a list of sites, know that browsing a website is not the only way to look for typefaces. Some type foundries still publish specimen catalogs, and some now have mobile apps and Adobe plugins. Many will also have e-mail newsletters to update on new things. MyFonts FontFont Typophile Letterhead Fonts Linotype FontShop – A great ...


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The best way to learn how to create websites and applications is to actually do it, meaning you should create projects, and to do it all the time. This short video conveys the emotions of a newcomer and gives some good advice on the subject. I also wrote some other recommendations for people interested in learning web development that you should give a ...


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If you are looking for a font which specific features, I would recommend using font identification apps/sites based on the traits you have in mind. In your case, it would be helpful to upload your final logotype to online ID sites to find something similar. Identifont is a useful tool to find a typeface based on some questions on a font's anatomy. Using ...


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Styled Maps Wizard ( link ) does the job. It does have a pretty good instructions that show up when you open up the website. Those instructions can be accessed at any point with the help button at the bottom of Map style panel ( shown in the image below ). Below are the styles I used to create the static map on the right ( and in this link ). You also ...


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The combination of "bright", "easily distinguishable" and "20 and more" is tricky. Reminds me of "Our work is fast, cheap and high-quality. Pick any two." I think you could drop "bright" out of the mix and just say "contrasted". That makes the brief simpler to achieve, and I think will get you where you want to be. I don't know of such a set off-hand, but ...


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Assuming there isn't a reason why it has to be the Google-copyrighted maps you use, I'd use OpenStreetMap for this (the open source wikipedia-style Google Maps alternative). They're virtually identical but their license (Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike) explicitly allows this sort of thing including for commercial work, so long as they're credited ...


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A tablet is nice. But my answer is a bit different: Take him or her to exhibitions Let him or her touch sculptures Let your kid draw (with pen and pencil) or ok, at the computer too, a real life-object he or she knows very well. Start with unorganic items, take pauses with organic items like a leaf Show him or her Fonts Show and explain the color contrasts ...


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2016 Creative Commons CC0 license & Public Domain: Sites that exclusively list images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons CC0 (or equivalent) license. Pixabay Pexels Unsplash Stocknsap gratisography moveast Creative Vix Cupcake freeimages.red New Old Stock Negative Space skitterphoto Pickup Image Public Domain Photos Public Domain Archive ...


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In 2004 I found myself halfway between both worlds, as I had been for most of my life -- I'd been doing web since HTML 3.2 in the dot-com days; raised with an Apple //e by parents (a choreographer and an educator) who allowed and encouraged me to spend a lot of time with art. Design is not art, and in fact some of its more algorithmic patterns line up nicely ...


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Learn a lot about typography. From the classics … Jan Tschichold Not the clowns … David Carson Strategic and effective typography is one of the most commonly absent qualities in this field (and always has been). I can usually recruit a designer based entirely off of their type handling. About 80% of the story is right in the resume set up. A good (...


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Practice, practice, and more practice is the overall message here. But it must be meaningful. When I say that I mean setting achievable goals either on a daily basis or weekly (draw one icon, draw one character). Let your mind and ideas flow to completion and remove all evaluation until the work is completed. From there you can work out areas where you need ...


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Think critically about designed objects around you Nearly everything in the man-made environment has some sort of design behind it, whether it’s a graphic, a website, or a fashion accessory. Notice how well the design functions for its intended purpose, as well as how it looks. Think of design as a way to fill a need or solve a problem While it strives ...


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I'd hesitate to say almost every graphic designer has taken the career path you indicate. Most start out with some artistic sense and then build upon it. There is an important distinction between "artistic skill" or sense and "drawing" which your linked question refers to. Every successful designer must have an artistic skill or sense. One must understand ...


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You could try with ConvertICO. This is a batch png to icon converter which allows to create up to 20 multiple-size icons from images in png format at a time. You can select as many output sizes as you need. Another option is IcoConverter. IcoConverter takes any image and converts it to an ICO pack. The aspect ratio is not preserved, so squarish ...


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If you want a professional logo, hire a professional designer. Do not use one of the $99 logo web sites. If you want a quality logo, you want to be able to work directly with a designer so that they can get a completely understanding of your business needs and objectives and then walk through the entire process with you. You will not get that from one of ...


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The long and short if it is, it's about legal issues. Logos need to often be trademarked or registered. Using free resources often means the designer does not own the rights to the free item. So, rights certainly can't be provided to any client if the designer doesn't already own them. A copyright can not be acquired for something if you don't own the rights ...


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I don't know whether this question should be closed or not we have lots of similar question on this site you can check all of them one by one there are lots of good resources to start with : Composition web design rules Correct set of principle design What is the single most influential book every designer should read Tips and sources for ...


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If you're going to get one book on typography, I would grab The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. It's self–demonstrating and is filled with tons of useful and intriguing examples, as well as an informative, but brief history of type. It's a great introduction that will continue to prove helpful far into the future.


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2016 Creative Commons CC0 license & Public Domain: Sites that exclusively list images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons CC0 (or equivalent) license. Public Domain Vectors openclipart clker Pixabay (Not exclusively vector art but easily filterable) Not exclusively free or variable licences Sites that list vectors for sale and offer ...


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A very similar question was asked not long ago: How to recreate this background in photoshop for use in a mobile app? The one you provided is a little different with some wavy lines added. I was able to create something pretty close by doing the following: Step 1: Create a document with the desired size and color Step 2: As per the answer in the linked ...


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It's tough to imagine a website or game that could do this effectively. Even in school it seems there are only "hard" answers (i.e. right or wrong) for the most obvious examples, and the rest is critiques from multiple people speaking from multiple viewpoints. Of course, those may even change over time, since good design tends to go back to cognitive ...


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First, there's no right or wrong way to set things up. It really all comes down to what you prefer. And it may take a few weeks to discover what works best for you. I often tell new tablet users to put their mouse away for a week and use only the tablet for everything. This helps acclimate you to the stylus when you've been accustomed to a mouse. What ...


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My experience is the exact opposite of Lucian I guess, myself starting with (web)design related things at the age of 8. (Now 24) My neighbour gifted me a copy of Paint Shop Pro, and without tutorials I managed to make drawings, photo manipulations etc within a couple of months. I started coding HTML/CSS at the age of 9 and created my own websites the same ...


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Your best bets would be "The Non-Designer's Design & Type Books" by Robin Williams, and "Before&After, Graphics for Business" by John McWade (in that order). They cover the mistakes, but also the core principles you should keep in mind while you work. Both are very approachable, well-written, simple and full of the kind of excellent design wisdom ...


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Never start with the tool. Learn the fundamentals of layout, color theory, UX (user experience) and HCI (human-computer interaction). When you understand how to manipulate the data to control the experience then you can create killer interfaces. Then find the tool that works for you. I do all my mock-ups in Illustrator. There is plenty of disagreement on ...


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This is the answer I posted to the similar stack overflow question. Thanks for the heads up. I may have a unique perspective on this having been a computer science/art double major in college. It doesn't really sound like you actually have the ambition to be a graphic designer as much as you want to be able to build web sites by yourself without them ...


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The key principles of effective design Communication is above all the forefront of effective design. Graphic Design by nature is about communicating an idea. Regardless of medium this is the de facto standard for an effective design. Quick Historical Look: Nearly 200 years ago William Playfair (1786) began the serious use of graphs for looking at data. ...


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First, most things in existence are copies of some idea or other. The skill to pick, search and match are worth while design skills*. In fact its often better to pick out things than to succumb to the not invented here syndrome. Second, you can draw. Logos are very geometrical and usually quite simple. Since every 3-5 year old I've interacted with last 5 ...


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