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What conference should I go to?

Please give me ideas for (design/creative/freelancer/feminist) conferences in 2017 that meet my requirements below. Anywhere in the world is fine. Your personal anecdotes count double. [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Sep 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Want to make a row of glass bricks - what's the best way to secure them?

(see attached image) The previous owner of our house finished the attic and included an, uh, "open bathroom." My kids are moving into that room, and want some privacy. A wall is out, because it would block light from the only window (which is why, I suspect, the previous owner chose the design.) I piled up six 12" glass blocks to see how that worked... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Sep 19, 2016 - 8 answers

When does hiring season typically start?

When do creative agencies (graphic design) typically start hiring new recruits? Is it better to start applying at end of the year or at beginning of the new year?
posted by omar.a on Sep 18, 2016 - 3 answers

What's my job title?

I've worked in an evolving role for a growing company for more than a decade. I've learnt a lot of skills along the way but my degree is not in any of these skill areas. My job title is a bit of an odd one that doesn't really describe what I do and is rather misleading. If I wanted to get a new job, what are some job titles I should be searching for that fit my experience? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Sep 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Designing CNC-cut plywood joinery

I have basically unlimited access to machines with CNC routing capabilities, but I'm not any good at design and layout. So I need some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Sep 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Unique alternatives to the 'portfolio' website design

I want to build a new website, mainly to showcase my work as an artist, writer and academic. I'm looking for inspiration, and perhaps even some Wordpress templates. I want to do something a bit unique, responsive and forward thinking. Can you help me think beyond the current portfolio model? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Backup / Collaboration for a creative team?

What online backup and collaboration solution should a small ad agency use? [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me refine and name my television show idea!

I am going to pitch a DIY design TV show- could you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Best Language or Platform for organic SEO?

tl;dr - Which platform or language will provide organic SEO and allow me to create modern and beautiful websites? By "organic" I mean, I don't want to do SEO work after the site is built. I want to follow best practices while creating the URLs, tags, product description content, layout, etc. [more inside]
posted by tellUwut on Aug 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Non-loud metal shirts

I like my music loud, but not my fan shirts. Help me find subtle shirts for my favourite bands please. [more inside]
posted by mirthe on Jul 31, 2016 - 7 answers

A cheapskate prototypes a board game: finding textured hexgrids

I'm designing a boardgame whose main play area consists of a hexagonal grid, 7 hexes on a side, for a total of 127 hexagons. Tiles will be coming onto and off of this play area during the game and I'd like a board with inset hexagons to hold the hex tiles in place. The tiles in question are 1 inch across. How do I do this on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jul 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Roses in Art (For a Friend)

[Question from a non-MeFi friend:]
I am looking for the name or term used to refer to a specific style/design of rose frequently depicted in Japanese and Chinese art.
[more inside] posted by KChasm on Jul 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me find this online quiz to prove I have no discernment.

Is it under $100 or over $1,000? [more inside]
posted by rekrap on Jul 19, 2016 - 8 answers

Teaching the visual language of user interfaces to novices

I'm looking for resources that explicitly lay out what probably has a more technical name but what I think of as the generalized visual language of most modern UIs (especially as pertaining to web design). My goal is training computer-illiterate/technophobic people to be able to recognize common UI elements across multiple websites and applications. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jul 7, 2016 - 12 answers

Crash course for InDesign and/or Drupal?

I have little money but an urgent need to learn the (rudimentary) ropes of InDesign and/or Drupal. Soliciting your wisdom! Thank you!
posted by lecorbeau on Jul 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Uhhm, a better (actually correct) custom printed shirt, please??

I got a shirt printed through Spreadshirt and am less than happy. What are your favorite printers for these (uh, pretty basic) requirements for a single custom tank top for small women? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Jun 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Which classic book cover uses this typeface?

I'm going nuts trying to remember which piece of classic literature/famous book cover uses Lydian: https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/lydian-mt/pro/ [more inside]
posted by tschichold on Jun 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Setting up an organization on the interwebs

Can I set up this website myself or do I need to call in the professionals? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Jun 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Crazy bold font

What is it? [more inside]
posted by bluemoonegg on May 25, 2016 - 6 answers

What the font is this?

I need help identifying the font in this set of posters. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on May 11, 2016 - 7 answers

What are some good examples of Tinder-like user interfaces on Desktop?

What are some good examples of Tinder-like user interfaces on Desktop (not mobile)? Looking for something with a similar (like/dislike) card interface, but formatted for a desktop screen. Having a hard time picturing the interface scaling well, but I'm guessing somebody has done it already, and I've got a client who's hoping to go that direction. Would prefer not to copy cover-flow, as one of the key requirements of the interface is that only one card is visible at a time.
posted by tnoetz01 on Apr 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Making a temporary museum look professional

A group I'm involved with wants to create and host a temporary local museum. We're struggling though with the logistics of displaying information in the venue while making it look professional. [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Apr 26, 2016 - 10 answers

CAD/Drafting on Linux - What software for strange bicycles?

What software should I use to create a parametric model of a bicycle and have the software generate plan views I can send to a welder/framebuilder. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Design or Engineering?

Should I go for a degree in Industrial Design or Mechanical Engineering? [more inside]
posted by lain on Apr 23, 2016 - 9 answers

I need help describing this Southwestern shape/pattern

I need to describe the pattern running along the wall in Bashas' Diné Market and I'm having trouble coming up with the words. Help? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Mar 31, 2016 - 12 answers

What are the most interestingly designed children's books?

What are the most interestingly designed children's books? I am wanting to find ones with holes in the pages, unusual bindings, strange covers, textures inside, or simply unusual illustrations. Any advice?
posted by mortaddams on Mar 25, 2016 - 40 answers

Non-Engineering Nonfiction Books for Engineers?

I've long held that anyone who makes things for humans should read The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. What other books should engineer types read? [more inside]
posted by reventlov on Mar 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Help me find easy-to-use graphic design software for my Mac

Please point me to Mac software that can be used to make these adorable graphic design items. [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Mar 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Hiring Help to Script HTML -> DOCX -> InDesign

We need to hire someone to help transform HTML/MARKDOWN text into DOCX, while following finicky instructions. Also: script the process (or at least a lot of it). But we're not sure exactly what type of worker to look for. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Mar 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Pimp my patio

I am moving to an apartment in NYC with a private 1,500 sqft patio. I'd like to make it awesome. What are some cool/fun/unique/amazing/outrageous things you would put out there or do with it? Open to all suggestions (inflatable hot tub, tiki bar, etc.).
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2016 - 10 answers

Why are things the way they are?

I'd like to learn why things are designed the way they are. What are some theories that you know of that have a significant effect on the way things are designed? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Mar 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Rube Goldberg wall art -- needing links and suggestions!

I've got a HUGE blank wall that is up high in my two story family room. I've had the idea to create a Rube Goldberg treatment on the wall, but I need help with specific ideas. There's a place where one can trip a trigger by launching a ball or some such on the second floor, but no way to easily maintain a mechanism that would require resetting. Help me crowd source some mechanics that will set this f*cker off! [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Feb 28, 2016 - 5 answers

Upping my UI/UX design game

I need to improve my skills at making mobile apps (and websites) usable and beautiful. What resources do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Feb 24, 2016 - 8 answers

iPhone apps with unconventional design, behaviors and transitions?

What are some iPhone apps with unconventional and interesting design / behaviors / transitions? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Feb 20, 2016 - 15 answers

How to find free or cheap iOS design assistance?

I'm a midcareer technical professional who is learning Swift and building an iOS app that I plan to release for free. I'm not much of a designer and I don't really want to be one; I'm used to working with staff designers and implementing their designs. What are some places where I can try to enlist free or cheap design help? [more inside]
posted by Kwine on Feb 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Analogue Interfaces to Digital / Hybrid Devices

The KORG minilogue is a really sweet modular, analogue synthesiser. It must, I think, have a hybrid (digital / analogue) architecture, and that raises a bunch of UI / UX questions... [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Design business name, with a Rumi twist!

My freelance design business has been going very well lately, and I'm starting to get more clients. As such, I feel it's time to finally put a name to it, create a website portfolio, etc. The only trouble is coming up with a name! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Can Anyone identify this font or something close to it?

Can anyone identify the font used to spell out 'Beach Party'? Bonus points if it is available for free somewhere! Gratzi
posted by TwilightKid on Feb 5, 2016 - 7 answers

What pen (not fountain!) do you like to draw with?

I'm in the market for an every day drawing pen. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 1, 2016 - 20 answers

Let's play house! In an office!

I'm getting a new office and want to spruce it up! All the suggestions for cool looking office decor is for home offices. Can you help me find some inspiration for design for an office in a boring, typical, corporate office building? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jan 17, 2016 - 10 answers

What different types of visual and written 'instructions' are there?

I am working on a project that relies on different ways to present instructions. I want to collect as many ways as possible. These can be visual, written, or otherwise, but each 'type' of instruction must have a design aesthetic or formulaic quality that is particular to it. So, for instance, recipes are usually laid out in a certain way; architectural blueprints have a design that we all recognise, as do maps, exploded diagrams, algorithms, technical schematics, toolkits... Can you help me think of more?
posted by 0bvious on Jan 10, 2016 - 36 answers

Tattoo stars sought

Tattoofilter: I have a bunch of moles. I'm considering turning them into a constellation. That's great, you say, just draw some lines between them. That's cute, I say, but I don't want to do that. I want to decorate individual moles gradually over time, so the constellation changes. Help me brainstorm small delicate designs that meet some or all of the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by doift on Jan 7, 2016 - 3 answers

What kind of yard person do I need?

We're looking to have our front yard re-done, and I'm not sure what type of person we need to hire. There are a variety of things that need to be done, and I'd like a single person to oversee it all, but I'm not sure what those people call themselves so I don't know what to search for. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Jan 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Graphic design for scientific figures

I'm looking for examples of well-designed scientific figures. As a materials scientist I've encountered many horrendous figures that are difficult to understand and read. I've read about collaborations between graphic design and physical science departments, which yield much more attractive and informative figures, but these examples are few and far between. I'm hoping to apply principles from good graphic design and data visualization to my own work. Are there any resources or websites where I can learn more about this?
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 18, 2015 - 10 answers

ISO: Clean Design Blogs

Looking for blogs that focus on clean design, in both/either sense: aesthetically clean lined and clean in terms of low VOCs, easy to keep clean, etc. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Dec 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Why are Airbus side sticks asynchronus?

Does anyone know why Airbus designers decided not to have any tactile feedback between the pitch roll sidestick controllers? [more inside]
posted by Pembquist on Dec 4, 2015 - 6 answers

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

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