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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 - 9 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

Alternative scientific poster designs

I'm presenting a poster at a scientific conference. I'm an old hat at this, but am tiring of the boilerplate designs that we all use. Can you point me to more minimalistic, aesthetically pleasing scientific posters? [more inside]
posted by redlines on May 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Ultra-beginner-level interior furnishing/decorating/design advice?

I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 22, 2015 - 20 answers

yeah hell yeah

Accepted an internship that I didnt apply for, so I'm less prepared than I'd like. I need a refresher (preferably online) on inDesign and also a crash course on print production. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on May 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Frameworks for dumbs

I need a quick and dirty run down on working with frameworks in web site design (e.g., Bootstrap, Boilerplate, Bones, etc). Online text &/or video tutorials would be most welcome. I am competent in both HTML and CSS. [more inside]
posted by jammy on May 5, 2015 - 9 answers

How could we modernise this living room?

We are thinking about bidding on a house at auction next week that has a very unusual living room. My husband thinks it can be modernised to be amazing, but both of us are struggling to see exactly how. Obviously the flooring and light fixture would be changed, but to what? Does anyone with better design sense than us have specific suggestions or links to similar looking spaces? I think I'd feel a lot better about bidding for this place if I had a clearer idea of what we could do with it. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 2, 2015 - 28 answers

What is your favorite Q?

I am interested in making a small stamp with a letter Q to use to monogram clothing items. I don't like any of the ones I've seen with an alphabet set. Do you have a typeface with a nice letter Q, either capital or miniscule? I want it to be recognizable/readable and I tend to prefer more modern fonts but I'm open to everything.
posted by bq on Apr 29, 2015 - 11 answers

How much to charge for work that doesn't feel like work?

unexpectedly landed my "dream job". It's for something I've been a fan of for a while and very specific and is a kind of once in a lifetime random job opportunity. Here's the catch. It's freelance, I have a full time job already and there wasn't supposed to be any pay. After a call with my new boss, she suggested that because of my experience, we should discuss a pay rate today. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EVEN ASK FOR. And google is not helping because they don't take into consideration that this is honestly something I'm so thrilled to work on that I would do it for free. [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Apr 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Who are the best UI/UX designers in the Linux community?

Who are the best (most innovative, most polished, most competent) designers of user experiences on various Linux platforms? Similarly, what Linux-based programs or application do an excellent job on UI/UX? [more inside]
posted by rorgy on Apr 22, 2015 - 12 answers

The Psychology of Theatrical Illusion

This is a long shot, but I am writing a paper on the psychology of theatrical design (or at least trying to) and am having a hard time finding good resources on the subject. Looking for books, films, scholarly articles, ANYTHING discussing how any and all aspects of live concerts or theatrical productions (music, lighting, architecture and theater design, etc) effect the audience to create a "magical" or transcendent group experience. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Apr 6, 2015 - 19 answers

Trying to create a *pretty* report, no design experience, sites to view?

I am trying to create a *pretty* report. I have no design or publishing experience. A friend told me of Lucidpress and Canva any other ideas?
posted by TRUELOTUS on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

The Medium is the Message

Suggestions for finding iconic book designer for young student's book about space and future? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me identify this painting/print

I'm trying to identify this painting/print that I have seen on several design blogs. This example is at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village.
posted by Frank Grimes on Mar 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me find a way to do this packaging item?

I am trying to design a part of a package for a bottle. Basically, once you open the box, you find the bottle resting on a dock (or a tray if you will), much like how the iPhone rests on a plastic tray once you open the box. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Mar 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Accuracy of Fitbit Aria below 9kg?

I need to find a wireless connected scale to measure objects, none of them very heavy. The scale needs to have an API with which to retrieve the weight readings. For various reasons, including system compatibility and short timescales, I'd prefer to use the Fitbit Aria if at all possible. However, it looks like the minimum weight for accurate readings is 9kg. Can anyone tell me anything about how accurate the Fitbit Aria is *in practice* for weighing items lighter than this?
posted by tel3path on Mar 21, 2015 - 10 answers

How much would a professional charge for something like this?

I know that my very question speaks to the fact that I am not quite a seasoned professional as of yet, but how much do professional type artists and letterers charge a client for a poster? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Mar 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Patterns recognition?

I'm looking for printable quality, large scale black and white patterns for background use in collage and decoupage work. [more inside]
posted by erskelyne on Mar 17, 2015 - 4 answers

I need alternatives to working an office job (and still pay my bills)

Can you offer suggestions for a (radical or not-so-radical) career shift from office-y type work to something...else? I am at the end of my rope, and so are my loved ones, who are out of suggestions for me. [more inside]
posted by medeine on Mar 10, 2015 - 11 answers

What do you mean there's no website?

Is it a new trend to conduct a political campaign without a website and just use social media? How does an old-school web person adjust? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Jonathan Blow - Braid - so what is deep about this game ????

I've watching some vids where blow explains he spent a lot of time doing something deep in the game but hardly any players understood these deep concepts. But he doesn't tell what these deep ideas are!! What are they? I just see a simplistic puzzle platformer, what am I missing ???
posted by flexiverse on Mar 6, 2015 - 6 answers

How to find graphic design work / projects?

My friend has a background in visual art (mainly years of oils, watercolors, some crafts) and has recently started exploring graphic design. So far she's done some projects for friends and family (website design, logos, packaging, card designing, etc). She'd love to do more of this kind of work on a freelance basis, but isn't sure how to find it. Should she advertise on Fiverr, or Elance, or...? How does this work and how do you get started as a freelance graphic designer? Any tips or recommendations would be really appreciated!
posted by aielen on Feb 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Where to find new, well-designed web products?

I do visual design for user interfaces on the web, and I'm always looking for new web products ("products" in the sense that web services like Airbnb or Uber are products) as sources of inspiration or to use as references for clients. Can anyone share some good sources for the types of sites I'm looking for? Thanks so much. [more inside]
posted by dmalashock on Feb 23, 2015 - 4 answers

What is this style of design/writing called (and how do I do it)?

I feel like I've seen this kind of design and writing everywhere, and I'd like to emulate it for a personal project, but I'm not talented enough to figure it out on my own, and I don't know what to Google to find tutorials. Image link below. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Feb 22, 2015 - 6 answers

What is the right way to use fonts in design projects?

I was looking for a comprehensive resource that would explain the correct way of using a designer typeface in a project (for a small company or even a multi-national one). How do we buy it, what kind of usage rights can we obtain, how would a typeface designer even know that one of their fonts was illegally used, ... Basically everything in terms of our rights and the designer rights.
posted by cyrusw8 on Feb 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Help us decorate our baby's nursery

My husband and I are working on decorating a nursery for our first baby (due in 10 days!). We have most of the furniture figured out but we can't figure out what to put under the window. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Feb 16, 2015 - 26 answers

Free publications for designers?

I design magazines and newspapers for a living. Sometimes I kinda...hit a rut...and need some inspiration. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any design/communications publications or periodicals that may supply free subscriptions to professional designers? I've got a few mag subscriptions myself, but they can be pretty expensive to keep up with, especially those with really great illustration and design. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
posted by Bwentman on Feb 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Surveying our property

We need to survey our 3 acre property in a semi urban area. The surveyor claims to have a very hard time to find data to start with. I am wandering in the era of precision GPS, areal survey's with drones etc that if there isn't a much more efficient way of getting the data that is needed for our Landscape architect to to work in his CAD programs. I understand that there is a big responsibility on the surveyor when it comes to lot lines and when construction has to take place right at the edge with the neighbors. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Feb 5, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I learn about bicycle design?

Later this year I hope to head up to Portland's UBI to take a frame building class. That will teach me the process of tube selection, cutting, welding, etc. In the meantime I'd like to learn as much as possible about the actual design process of a bicycle. Angles, fit, different materials, etc. Maybe even laying out the design in CAD (which I have no experience in). Seems to me this exists in a realm somewhere between product design and industrial engineering. Can anyone recommend some resources?
posted by matt_od on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

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