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Designing reports graphica that can be printed b/w or photcopied

Is there an online tool, or function in Word, to see what a design would look like when printed in black and white, or how it might turn out when photocopied? [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Apr 19, 2014 - 9 answers

 

Drawing comic storyboards. Need replacement for Appleworks

I want to draw comic storyboards. In the old days I seem to remember Appleworks drawing documents allowed you to add boxes and/or fields that allowed text or drawing. I'm looking for the new equivalent. [more inside]
posted by hot_monster on Feb 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for MacBook keyboard outline template

I'm searching for a size-accurate outline image of a unibody MacBook keyboard (basically an accurate diagram/wireframe). For this outline file, any format will work, although Vector (.ai, .svg, etc.) would be ideal. I've tried googling but the results tend to be photorealistic images with broad outlines, shadows, etc. I'm looking for a technical drawing like a blueprint. The goal is to make custom keyboard covers with multiple languages by die-cutting and laminating paper; these would be one piece, hence the need for precision. I'm thinking there must be an diagram of MBP keyboards one on the web somewhere... Any advice on where to find one would be highly appreciated. (As far as I know, the keyboard layout is the same for all models except the 11 inch/Air.) Thanks in advance.
posted by landonmoon on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there affordable layout/design software for home use?

I'm looking for PC-based layout/design software that runs less than $500 that works better than MS Publisher. [more inside]
posted by PuppyCat on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me find good design ideas for my business publications

What are some good sources for layout and design ideas for professional but interesting business documents/presentations? I have access to a full Adobe Creative Suite, Thinkstock library, etc. My previous job doing these had almost no design in it, and my earlier design experience was several years ago and with a very different audience. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 answers

modest publisher project iso design/printing expert to bring me out of my screen

I need very specific help with layout for a printing project - help me understand what our printer person is asking for! [more inside]
posted by rocketing on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Posting pics: to the left or the right of the article?

I need to know about a design and layout notion. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

What are the most interestingly designed books?

What are the most innovatively designed books currently in print? Do you know of one that has a particularly interesting layout, perhaps using typography, photos, drawings, or layout in an unusual way? If so, what makes it so great? I am interested in learning about some fun new examples of design.
posted by mortaddams on Sep 22, 2012 - 22 answers

Mind the (hopefully consistently sized) gap!

How can I force all the gaps between photos to be the same size in InDesign CS6? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jun 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me find images of the wonderful office design I saw one day ...

I am looking for images/renderings of a particular kind of office 'layout' - where the design involves lots of: wood, greenery, light, 'interesting' spaces, and perhaps even multi-levels. [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Dec 31, 2011 - 6 answers

Most easily customizable Wordpress framework?

What's the best way to build a website on Wordpress, if the website design has a unique layout? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Oct 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Seeking understanding and tools I need to design a homepage that is a dynamic bar chart.

This weekend I'm setting up a website for an academic event. I'd like the homepage of the site to have large, clickable progress bars that display the number of posts for each of the subpages (News & Announcements, Blog, Events, etc.). As more posts are added to each of the subpages (posts would likely be sorted and displayed by category and tag), its respective progress bar takes up more screen real estate and the tally count listed on/near it increases. Basically, I want the homepage to look like a giant, dynamic bar chart. Is there a freeware (or cheap) template, widget or piece of code that allows me to do this? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Software that allows printed templates with 'editable areas'

Software solution for designers to create layout templates, and then give to non-technical people to populate with text and images. [more inside]
posted by oxide on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Is there a name for this design style?

Is there a name for the text design style of the wall art in this picture (particularly the vertical text column)? I've seen it used in certain retro-style ads, on some websites, and on the wall in the picture I just linked. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jun 25, 2011 - 12 answers

What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?

What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?
posted by FuckingAwesome on Mar 26, 2011 - 9 answers

It's a bit tricky to search for "book cover design book."

I want my books to be judged by their covers. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Feb 5, 2011 - 13 answers

General and Specific Questions about Improving a Blog Design and Layout

I have some questions about the layout and features of my blog (hosted on blogspot). [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Aug 16, 2010 - 1 answer

The basics of graphic design for a landscape architect

What basic graphic design books/resources/links can you recommend to a landscape architect? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Aug 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Tumblr Redesign: Like

Where do I find web designers that can work with Tumblr? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Tutorial for using old airline ad layouts when designing icons?

Years ago, I read a wonderful tutorial someone posted on livejournal explaining how to use and modify old [airline, I think] ad layouts when designing icons. I vaguely remember a few samples with the basic shapes and layouts pulled from them, side by side. I can't seem to find it again. Can anyone help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol on Mar 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Are CSS fluid layout frameworks viable today?

Are CSS fluid layout frameworks viable today? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Mar 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Sorry, no matches for the tag graphic design books across MetaFilter‽

What are the essential books on the topic of the objective qualities of effective graphic design? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism on Nov 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Taking my documents from sleepy to snazzy

I'm looking for a way to snazz up my documents (and in particular my thesis) so it looks a lot less like the canned default Word/Pages themes. Any suggestions on some nice looking (free to cheap) fonts and document layouts I can use anywhere from short report and research proposals to my full-blown thesis? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on Sep 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Blogs or books about the design of rowhouses?

Are there any good blogs or books specifically about the design of rowhouses or other long, narrow spaces? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Jul 16, 2009 - 7 answers

What are some examples of "classic" webiste design?

What are some examples of "classic" webiste design? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Jun 1, 2009 - 14 answers

A good-looking photo collage calendar?

Accidental Graphic Designer: I have to make a photo-collage calendar for work. By tomorrow. I have hundreds of pictures, decent Photoshop skills, and the ambition to make something beautiful. But, Oh God, no clue. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet on Jan 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Layout Inspiration

Where do you go for page layout (for print materials) inspiration? Websites, books, anything? Extra difficulty - education material for children P-12 written by professionals.
posted by b33j on Jan 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Mediocre Home Makeover, Brokeass Edition

[Interior decorator filter] Help us arrange/decorate an 11-x-16 living area cum office cum tv room for minimal dollars and maximum effect. [ghetto blueprint and list of requirements included] [more inside]
posted by mr. remy on Dec 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Tighten the loop between the copyeditor and the layout designer

Other than Quark's own CopyDesk, what "story editors" exist out there that dovetail nicely with XPress 7? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on May 28, 2008 - 2 answers

How can I make the best portfolio...EVER?

How can I put together an amazing portfolio for potential employers, as an advertising student? (I have the content, but need to decide what to put in the portfolio...and more importantly decide what to house my portfolio in!) [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Mar 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Beautiful Non-Fiction Books Needed

Can you recommend some beautiful / well designed non-fiction books? Topic is (mostly) irrelevant. [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Dec 31, 2007 - 32 answers

design my designing mind!

Help a design-impaired mind finish his dream project. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Nov 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Twirl me around.

Design filter. Help me layout a circular dial. Both InDesign and Illustrator are making this very tricky. Is there a plugin or other program that can help? HELP! [more inside]
posted by spakto on Nov 19, 2007 - 4 answers

export illustrator paragraph styles

How can I extract the font and color information from an *Illustrator* file's paragraph styles and character styles? An ordered plain-text list would be great, coded CSS based on style names even greater. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Aug 29, 2007 - 1 answer

Guide me on obituary/wake invitation design for a dear friend

A member of my community has recently died from cancer. I offered to design an invitation for his wake and could use some guidance. [more inside]
posted by a_green_man on Jul 17, 2007 - 5 answers

How can I become a better website designer?

Given that I'm somewhat proficient in website coding (php, CSS, xhtml and so on) how can I constructively educate myself on actual design? What resources exist that will make me a better designer? [more inside]
posted by geodave on Apr 19, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I learn editing and layout?

I'm in college. I'd like to be trained to do editing and layout for a living. How do I proceed? Do you know anything about Simon Fraser's Editing program? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Mar 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Indesign Tables Drivin' Me Nuts

I use tables in Indesign for lots of layout control purposes - they are fantastic for building very complex grids and forms. I often use them to build graphs as well, even simple bar graphs, but am having a big problem now. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Feb 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Small-scale Print Design- On the Web

Where can I find a good print-design professional on the web- who'll do a small job? [more inside]
posted by carterk on Aug 6, 2006 - 9 answers

CSS, 3 column layouts, max-width

CSS, 3-column layout, max-width on the centre column, side columns "sticking" to the centre column. Possible? [more inside]
posted by Leon on Jun 17, 2006 - 8 answers

Effective use of clear varnish overprint to add depth?

In regards to design and press printing. Towards the bottom of this Paper Specs article it touches on an overprint varnishing technique called "dot-on-dot varnishing." Is anyone familiar with this technique and care to elaborate on how it is accomplished and the effect it has on the final piece? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott on May 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Good styles for good business site design?

What website layouts work best for a site selling some books and/or software? Ideas? Examples? What about NOT-recommended ideas and examples? [more inside]
posted by zek on May 15, 2006 - 5 answers

Between thought and expression (black & white, stapled and folded)

Getting a zine printed. Have you any experience with this? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Mar 7, 2006 - 15 answers

Cheap app for expensive layout formats?

Is there an affordable/free design application for OS X that will save in one of the following file formats?: .indd, .qxd, .ai, .eps, .psd [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Feb 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Free book layout resouces?

Recommendations for online Quark-based book layout and/or design resources? A free template for Standard Paperback format would be supremely appreciated.
posted by davebush on Nov 18, 2005 - 3 answers

How do I prepare a book for print?

I've been asked to lay out a book for a small publisher. Aesthetically, I have a good idea of where I need to go with this. But this is my first foray into book design. What sort of application should I be using? I'd like to learn a bit about LaTex (I'm on a Mac running 10.4.1), as this seems like the most cost effective and professional route. Ultimately, I need to deliver the document in PDF format. Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated!
posted by aladfar on Jul 1, 2005 - 17 answers

No indentation of initial paragraphs?

Page layout: not indenting first paragraph nor paragraphs after subheadings... who made this rule? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo on May 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Attn: Graphic Designers I need ideas

Need help designing a sports collage [more inside]
posted by askmatrix on May 18, 2005 - 2 answers

Magazine page layouts

Can anybody recommend some magazines with good page design? [more inside]
posted by Hildago on Mar 20, 2005 - 19 answers

How should an amateur artist price a CD cover design?

Amateur artist needs help setting a price... I'm a Canadian college kid and an amateur artist. I got an email a few days ago from a musician in England asking me to design a CD cover for his band, based on him having seen a picture online of the only commissioned artwork I've ever done (a small painting that I sold for $125 American).
He's asked me to set my price, and I've got no idea. I'm not a professional by any means, and I'm just a kid, and pretty broke anyway, so I'd be happy with relatively little, but I don't want him to think he's getting some kind of bargain-basement deal. What should I take into account here, and how should I go about negotiating a price with him? Is there anything else I should know about this kind of transaction?
Thanks in advance.
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2005 - 16 answers

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