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Hannibal's TV house exterior architecture?

On TV's Hannibal, how would you characterize the exterior of Hannibal's house? Architecture-wise, but also history-wise? A UK friend would like to describe/discuss it in her fanfic, but is unfamiliar with US architecture/history. Images inside!: [more inside]
posted by theatro on Nov 24, 2015 - 11 answers

How do you choose a WordPress theme?

With so many choices of themes, how does one go about narrowing them down? I'm a bit overwhelmed by the myriad of choices. I understand that security, updates, and responsiveness are all important. I'm brand new to WordPress and want to get going on building my installation, but I'm really kind of stuck until I figure out this theme thing. Bonus Question: I do realize you get what you pay for when it comes to themes. Do you have any recommendations for reasonably priced ones?
posted by Bushmiller on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Building skills for UX and content strategy work

I've developed an interest in UX and web/content strategy and may have an opportunity to shift my career in that direction. What should I be reading/doing to make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Nov 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Software that makes the user design the User Interface before using it

I am looking for software (no video games; see inside for explanation) that lets you design the graphical user interface however you wish before you start actually using the software. [more inside]
posted by 2ghouls on Nov 11, 2015 - 24 answers

Colors that soothes the eye

Are there any existing research surrounding the impact of colors on eye strain and mood? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

How do Interior Designers talk?

What do Interior Designers talk about among peers? Looking for topics from logistical to theoretical. What is important to Interior Designers? What verbs do they use, what are their specialized vocab and sayings? What drives them to create? What do they hope their content to communicate? If the inner circle of the top Interior Designers went out for a drink, what would they discuss? What is the culture of Interior Design like?
posted by nologo on Nov 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Blogging platform for interaction/identity designer think tank.

What blogging platform should a design research group use? [more inside]
posted by signal on Nov 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Talk Dewey to me

I am doing a major re-haul of the 8x11 tattered paper signage in my public library that indicates where things are in my library. For example, the shelves in the 500's with books on biology, astronomy, and general science are labeled, un-surprisingly, "science"; I'm thinking about changing that one to "Life, the Universe, and Everything." Are there better ideas out there? [more inside]
posted by saucysault on Nov 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me find a creative use for an awkward ledge in my kid's room!

Help me find a creative use for an awkward ledge in my kid's room! [more inside]
posted by evadery on Nov 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Is it important to separate living space from the bedrooms?

I live in a mid-size apartment (1,313 sq ft). The current layout of the apartment consists of a large square-shaped living/dining area, and doors along one wall leading to the bedrooms. I'm thinking of adding a full height shelf in order to create a corridor leading to the bedrooms, in order to add more separation between the two areas. But this will cut down on the spaciousness and openness of my living area. Is it worth it? Are there any architectural/design concepts that I can look at to help me decide? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Oct 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Seeking non-cheesy pumpkin carving stencils

We're making a jack-o-lantern this year, and would like to find some stencils for designs. Most of what I'm finding online is from homemaking magazines and isn't to my taste. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Oct 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Which comes first--words or pictures?

How do copywriters and designers collaborate on assignments? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Oct 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Design and audience

Hi, parents of young children. I've been commissioned to design and format a series of small books aimed at you and your kind. How do you want it to look? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 4, 2015 - 12 answers

Best platform for developing website for photography business

In your opinion, what's the best platform out there to develop a website for my photography business? I'd like it to be mostly WYSIWYG, and I want to showcase example images so prospective clients can see my work. The images should be the focal point, but I obviously also need to include contact details, social links, etc. Thanks! rs
posted by robadobdob on Sep 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Plimsoll line

I'm thinking of getting a Plimsoll line tattoo. Does this symbol have any other connotations I should know about? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Sep 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Is it normal for strangers in the USA (SF) to comment on clothes?

Just trying to understand my experience last week in SF. I received repeated, unsolicited comments while walking around town, related to my clothing. Is this normal? Is it just people being friendly? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Sep 21, 2015 - 44 answers

Help me replace my girlfriend's favourite smiley heart t-shirt

Whilst in LA recently my girlfriend bought this t-shirt of a smiley heart face. She loves it, but it got ruined in transit. She is unhappy. Can you help us find it again? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Teaching myself interior design

I'd like to teach myself interior design (for my own spaces, not to do work for others). I think I have the ability to do it well, but so far I've been disappointed with my results. What resources do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Sep 6, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I blow out an image?

I need to take images like this and do something to them to turn them into super-blurred, semi-abstract background images like this. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Sep 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Mobile app design for beginners

Are there any basic online tips for how to approach mobile app design (for print designers who have a formal training)? Resources for how to design for different screen sizes (there are so many of them), latest trends in UI/UX, and most helpful critique/help forums for beginners would be a great help.
posted by omar.a on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Where does the Muji store source their stamps?

The Muji stores in Palo Alto and San Jose (possibly others) have a stamp station where you can stamp their stationary, bags, etc. One of the self-inking stamps is an elephant. I want that stamp because it's awesome. But it is not for sale by Muji, and I was unable to locate their source (their employees didn't know either). Does anyone know if I can purchase these stamps, and if so, where?
posted by rjacobs on Aug 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I charge separately for a beer promotion?

I've designed a logo for a client, but our agreement doesn't cover beer. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Aug 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me prove the existence of a certain t-shirt graphic

There's a particular Tommy Hilfiger t-shirt that I saw the other day IRL but can't find proof of online. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Catching Up on Eight Years of Web Skills in Seven Days

I've been making websites since 1997, when I set up my first GeoCities site learning out of the HTML for Dummies Quick Reference. Sadly, my skills plateaued around when I was graduating college in 2008. I've got seven days of free time coming up in a sort of work mini-sabbatical... help me get up to date! [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Cool examples of generative art

I'm teaching an Intro to Programming course to first year design students. I'd like to show them examples of cool art and design projects with a strong programmy feel: interactive, algorithmic, data driven, mapping, etc., to get them excited about learning to program. [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Who originated the ubiquitous laser/neon grid design of the '80s?

Here are some examples of what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Aug 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Where can I get more plates like this?

I bought a plate in Tokyo at Tokyu Hands. The best way I can describe it is "whimsical." I'd love to find more plates along the same lines, but I don't know where to look. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Aug 6, 2015 - 13 answers

what do you mean, 'what is kerning?'

Designers: how do you collaborate, especially when you're at different skill levels / when one designer notices details, and the other doesn't? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Aug 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Best tutorials for amateur book designer and photoshop newbie

I'm an indie writer who wants to learn how to do good covers. I am also completely new to photoshop. Would like to know of good tutorials that will teach me photoshop AND good book cover design. Preferably at the same time. The web is littered with sites and video that's supposed to help. But I'm hoping someone here will steer me to something really good.
posted by MarioM on Jul 31, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I make the most of this apartment layout?

I am considering moving into an apartment that has couple of pillars inside it and I want to know what the best way to design around them is. [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Jul 22, 2015 - 19 answers

Online resources for teaching basics of good document design?

I'm looking for some compact, relatively self-contained resources (posters, handouts, Youtube videos, the like) that lay out the fundamentals of usable document design in terms beginners could understand: just very basic principles like white space, balance, choosing fonts, use of color, etc. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 21, 2015 - 8 answers

How Do I start/design/implement a website for myself?

For a novice. Who doesn't have a lot of money to spend and wants to learn how to do this himself (asking for a friend). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 17, 2015 - 16 answers

Help understanding Plains beadwork design

Hi all. Long shot, but - I saw this design in the Garst Museum in Ohio, where the Annie Oakley collection is kept. The design is worked onto a pair of leather gauntlets. The label said that the gloves had been a gift from Sitting Bull; it's possible, but also might be apocryphal. I'm interested in quoting the design in an art project, but before I do, would like to know whether anyone recognizes the motif or knows its associations. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 16, 2015 - 6 answers

What should I put in my terrarium?

I'm planning to buy a terrarium like the one pictured here for my office. [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Jul 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for specific business card design and purpose feedback

For career search and professional networking, my goal is to have two business card sets for two separate functions: (A) Personal/professional networking, which I think should be clean in design and potentially easy for business card scanners to scan, and (B) 1 or 2 quirky styles for packaging with hard copy resumes, stationery, after in-person interviews, and possibly at geek-oriented events, which I think should more whimsical and/or notable. I want your opinions and/or additional ideas if you think I'm off-base or should consider other approaches. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jul 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Gardening at night, in the morning, whenever.

I'm looking for images of residential gardens that embody high design standards--websites are fine; books are great. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Mobile app research

I am researching mobile apps similar to Airbnb and Trip Advisor--essentially popular apps that allow you to (a) search and (b) book. Any resource that critiques or breaks down how these apps work is extremely important as well. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Asked to bring laptop to interview...

Hi all, I am a graphic designer and have an interview with a large company next week. The HR person asked that I fill out a couple forms, bring my resume, printed portfolio... the usual. However, she also stated I should bring my laptop. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Jun 30, 2015 - 20 answers

How much to charge for a design project that isn't being used?

I worked long and hard on a design project that ended up not being used after all. I'm being asked for an invoice for my work and I need a little help figuring it out... [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Logos like this?

I am looking for logos that are made of type and symbol (where the type is made of multiple words) but with several versions where the positioning of the words in relationship to the symbol change.
posted by cyrusw8 on Jun 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Visual style on the cheap

I am helping a small non-profit which does almost everything wrong when it comes to visual design. There are very limited financial resources and I'm not a designer, just someone who knows the basics. I think I need to produce a simple style guide which can be used across multiple channels, but I also need someone to redesign the web site and I don't know what comes first. [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jun 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Dealing with typefaces for design projects

Although I studied graphic design in university, I never really learned how to deal with the business side of things. I understand there are plenty of resources for how to create a quote or an invoice, but I want to learn how to deal with the little nuts and bolts involved in the project, namely typefaces. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jun 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Best bookmark

What tricky design makes you keep a promotional bookmark (or business card)? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 14, 2015 - 24 answers

Is a hard copy design portfolio always better than a digital one?

Even when the job posting says "Please send applications to [email]", with no address listed? [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Jun 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Deciding UX Design Deliverables to use

UX Designers - How do you decide the types of deliverables that are necessary on the projects you work on? [more inside]
posted by gregjunior on Jun 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Designing a Designy Deck

I am going to be designing a deck of cards that are similar to the IDEO Method Cards (in purpose but not in theme) with about 75 other people over the course of 2.5 days and I'm not sure what the best process is for getting it done. [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Jun 4, 2015 - 1 answer

15 years later, I STILL want to be a Graphic Designer

I started Graphic Design in community college back in 1999 and never finished because reasons. (I did complete year one.) I am still very much into this field, but am worried it's too late... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Jun 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you recommend a Wordpress theme designer?

I run a website (link in my profile) about an old computer game series and I'm changing it from HTML to Wordpress. I need a one-of-a-kind Wordpress theme. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on May 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Origami paper patterns: what are these?

I'm folding a thousand origami cranes, and I'm starting to get curious about the patterns on the Japanese origami paper I'm using. I think I recognize a couple of them, but I'd like to know the significance of any you recognize: maybe they are traditional textile patterns or have other uses? Are they a certain flower, fruit, or season? Or maybe they are entirely made up for these packs of paper. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on May 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Identify this home decor product line from the 70s/80s?

Can anyone help identify this design (I know it was at least used on sheets and wallpaper, if not more products)? This is a design on a product line that has since been discontinued. I'd like to know who used to sell these products and how to find them. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dmalashock on May 24, 2015 - 3 answers

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