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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Firstly, not everyone who creates a page/layout is necessarily a graphic designer. Many people who create such documents will just use some clip art. Basically it's copy and paste, scale and re-use. ...
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Is there a way to 'unsymbol' an artboard in sketch?

Select the artboard/symbol, go to: Layer → Convert Symbol to Artboard.
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What symbols have been used to represent planets (in the solar system, or other)

All of the planets, as well as the sun and the moon, have symbols .... https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/680/solar-system-symbols/ In fact, some planets have multiple symbols, depending on ...
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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Form v function... For a designer..... the Function would be a visual metaphor. The Form (if gears would work) is unimportant. For an engineer that's reversed - an engineer would be concerned if the ...
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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Disclaimer: This answer, too long to be a comment has definitely sarcasm. //sarcasm mode on Gee. I wonder why icons of people very often do not have ears, eyes, noses, or mouths. Oh, people also have ...
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Why do most of the well known currency symbols have strikeouts in their symbols?

Imitation of an older convention It's clear that the designers of more recent currency symbols have their own rationale for including the slashes or 'strikeouts' in the symbol. It's also clear that ...
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Does a symbol like this or a similar thing already exsist and has its meaning or not?

This is called a Trefoil knot and it's a rather common symbol in both arts and iconography. If the outer 'leaves' are pointed, it's known as a Triquetra. Both symbols have seen a lot of use, as ...
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How do you make a multiplication sign in Illustrator?

× If you don't know how to use Glyphs panel, the quicker way is to google "multiplication sign" and you will get this character "×". Copy paste this character "×" into ...
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Unable to draw logo with correct strokes and shadow

I assume you're trying to do all this with a single stroke?? Things really depend upon how you currently have objects constructed. In order to get the appearance of an "overlap" you need an overlap. ...
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Image gets squished when overriding in a symbol in Sketch App

You can do this by adding an image fill to your shape. Make sure you select Fill (and not Fit, Stretch or Tile). You can then override the image just like you would any other.
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How to improve performance with multiple duplicated objects?

Use symbols as explained in the Adobe manual. It can save you time and greatly reduce file size. To create a symbol do one of the following: Click the New Symbol button in the Symbols panel. Drag ...
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Typography/Character ID; Semicircle with bracket

It looks like some stylized form of a pilcrow sign U+00B6 ¶ PILCROW SIGN or rather the earlier capitulum U+2E3F ⸿ CAPITULUM. See the Wikipedia article on Pilcrow.
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Why do most of the well known currency symbols have strikeouts in their symbols?

Designer Udaya Kumar author of the in INR (Indian Rupee) ₹ symbol explains: The parallel lines at the top (with white space between them) are said to make an allusion to the tricolor Indian ...
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Helvetica character for an empty checkbox

Plain, standard Helvetica does not contain a box glyph. (And if yours does: be careful, if it appears to do, that may actually be the .notdef glyph! Such a character is not suitable to use in a ...
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What is the name of the glyph that looks like a dash, but tapers on a single end?

These glyphs are part of Adobe Wood Type Ornaments You can read more about these glyphs here. I don't think they have a unicode value, but you can access them via the Character Viewer in OSX or ...
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Masking a shape out of symbol in Sketch 3

Here is a tutorial I just created for you. I made it step by step since I didn't know how comfortable you feel with Sketch. See that the important part is how you create your initial logo. Always on ...
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Does a symbol like this or a similar thing already exsist and has its meaning or not?

This looks (to my eyes at least) rather like a very basic Celtic Knot aka a Triquesta or Trinity Knot. There are lots of references to these things to be found on the internet if you search for the ...
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Sketch: As a symbol, adding text will resize the text block height

I'm desperately looking for an overall solution for this as well. The little workaround I've found until now, is a solution where you at least can compensate the look for one text object dropping to 2 ...
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Why circular 8 looks better than square 8

Not sure what you mean. Who says one is better than the other and in what context? The 'circular' 8 has a long history tracing back to the 3rd-4th-5th century in modern day India and Iraq, while the '...
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How do you make a multiplication sign in Illustrator?

I cheat.... Make a + in practically any font. Then using the Character Panel rotate it 45° Some typefaces work better than others. This often aids in the x remaining visually consistent with any ...
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Sketch: Object moves relative to another object/text in symbol

With a bit of trial and error I've narrowed down the requirements. The alignment of the text needs to be set to Auto The horizontal space between the text and the other layer needs to be ≥ 0 and ≤ ...
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Sketch: Object moves relative to another object/text in symbol

Many thanks to twitter user @kieranpblack ! You must have at least 1px between the text layer and the second layer for it to work. Works on any resizing option, including default stretch! (Can't ...
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How can I avoid icons with double meanings?

A rule of thumb with icons is to keep it as simple as possible. It's important that users get the idea by the first look, not by the second and third until the 'AHA' moment occurs. In general, you ...
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Do formatting (invisible) characters have a name?

From your question, the general category of characters or symbols that you are referring to are called Whitespace Characters. Whitespace characters are the representation of any character that causes ...
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how to efficiently make a tab bar in Sketch?

There's a plugin called state machine that solves your task. Article: https://medium.com/evil-martians/state-machine-3337b8776b49#.ysgrd1b2e Plugin Download: https://github.com/romashamin/statemachine-...
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How to work around 100 artboard limitation in Illustrator for large project with many symbols?

As far as I'm aware there is no way around this limit. A limit is a limit in this case... So let's just deal with it. This is thinking inside the box... So for example if you have 176 objects, just ...
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Simple icon to represent 'presets'?

Given the specific nature of the presets you're working with, I'd suggest reconceptualising them from the top, and using that new concept to derive the icon - I'm talking about your switching your ...
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What is the name of this extinct type symbol?

vſqꝫ It is a ligature between q and ꝫ U+A76B LATIN SMALL LETTER ET. The ligature itself in encoded in the private use area of the Medieval Unicode Font Initative MUFI as U+E8BF LATIN SMALL LETTER Q ...
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