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User Experience Design Certification -- worth it?

Are UX design certification programs seen as worthwhile by employers? Worthwhile enough to spend $4,000 and a year of my life to try to transition from content strategist/editor/creator to UX design work? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty on Aug 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Light powered by falling sand

How does (or how might) Danielle Trofe's falling-sand-powered lights work? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Aug 19, 2014 - 15 answers

What's the best way to create buttons that hide/show content?

Website designers, can you point me to code or resources that I can use to implement buttons that are supposed to dynamically display content within the web page? [more inside]
posted by see_change on Aug 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me outta my wump (web design slump)

I've designed web sites for years, but lately I'm finding it has become increasingly difficult. I think this has much to do with prevailing design and technology trends -- which apparently don't agree with me. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Aug 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Moving from print to web design — helping someone start from scratch.

I need to advise a graphic designer whose skills are in print design only about expanding their skillset to include front-end web design work. At this time, the designer has a very, very basic understanding of web design. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Aug 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Help us find a purpose for our new den

We're moving into a new house soon, and it has a somewhat unique "open" floor plan. The front door opens into the living room, facing a fireplace. To the right, there is a sunken (one step) carpeted den that's smaller than the living room. In the den, there are stairs that go up to a small loft. We're looking for some ideas on how to lay out the rooms, and maybe some unique uses for the den. (The upstairs loft will be an office.) [more inside]
posted by tybstar on Aug 5, 2014 - 16 answers

My career is spiraling out of control... Please help! (Beware: Long)

So my career is kind of a disaster and I am not sure what to do about it. This is a bit of a wall of text (because I want to give a lot of context), so thanks to anyone who gets through it. [more inside]
posted by argentum on Jul 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Are there dirty pictures on your bathroom wall? Who studies home decor?

Middle Class home decoration tropes: I've noticed that even in homes with a very staid and conservative overall "look", that in the bathroom you will frequently find wall-hangings that evoke mild titillation, or demonstrate humorous scatology, or low-brow humor. Is this a real thing, or just overrepresented in the bathrooms I've seen most often (white, Midwestern, Protestant)? Or is it not a thing at all, and just confirmation bias on my part? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 30, 2014 - 52 answers

Moldingfilter

Help me find a piece of molding for a Chicago apartment [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jul 26, 2014 - 6 answers

House Design Software

What software should we use to design our (small) house? We will have an architect draw the final plans, but want to create quick 3D models for visualization. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Don't Make Me Regret My Lack of Piracy!

Is there any way to recoup the money I spent on Adobe products for Windows, now that I've switched to Mac? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Jul 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Dog crates that fit a Modern house?

The mister and I are moving into a new apartment! Hooray! The one problem? A dog crate that both fits our new apartment's aesthetic and isn't $1200. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jul 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Smother me with tips & advice on managing design projects

I'm an experienced product & "UX" designer who just started a new job (yay!) where the focus in the short term is managing design work done by external vendors & studios. I've done some of this before, but always small scale and usually in conjunction with a project manager who handled most of the time and team management stuff. I need your advice, tips, tools, and other lore on ways of managing design projects like these as I'm in a little over my head. [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Jul 16, 2014 - 2 answers

How do we appropriately ask for t-shirt design ideas on our podcasts?

I run a podcast network, and we're revamping our merchandise. We have no designers on staff, but we have lots of designers in our audiences who love our shows and have great ideas, and we'd like to tap their expertise. I'd like to ask for design idea submissions from designer-listeners on-air without asking for spec work (or seeming to). How, specifically, do we make that call to action - what language should we use? (The work, incidentally, is paid.)
posted by YoungAmerican on Jul 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I have a rate card?

I'm doing the ground work in setting up a small side business. This business would target a specific demographic with a defined subset of residential design services. I feel compelled to do a 'rate card' but I wonder if anyone here has experience with using a rate card as a service provider. Trying to figure out pros and cons and whether I've missed something. As a consumer, I think I'd love to see some up-front rates but I know that, realistically, it would keep me from hiring someone if I felt like I couldn't afford them (even if I could). [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I pick a key colour in an image file in an automated way?

Recently I am sure I saw a script or action that analysed an image file and instead of generating the average colour, looked for a key colour (for example a logo colour) and provided that colour value. For example it might look at this image and give you the blue or the pink rather than a beige / skin tone average. Does this sound familiar?
posted by stackhaus23 on Jul 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Is there something like the Studio App but for desktop/online?

I need to make some signs and hang tags for products and I'd like some more modern looking templates as a jumping off point because I am not talented enough to start from scratch on my own. [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Jul 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Quality online t-shirt maker?

Hi, simple question here. My friends and I are designing logos on photoshop. We'd like to put the finished logos on some shirts what we'll probably wear for a marathon. I'd love to hear some recommendations on what reputable online sites you might have used - I found a a decent bunch of choices on google, but can't seem to find reviews so It'd be nice to have some anecdata.
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jun 29, 2014 - 8 answers

How would Don Draper pull this off?

If Don Draper were a graphic designer, how would he convince a client that his job was indispensable? Any examples on how he handled condescending clients? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jun 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Gift for a UX Designer?

Our UX designer is leaving for a new job, and we want to get her a going-away gift. Any ideas for something design-related that is somewhat geeky but cool and trendy?
posted by adverb on Jun 23, 2014 - 6 answers

What are your favorite ABOUT US pages?

I run an alternative arts nonprofit that does literary events between pop and high culture, social justice interventions, and online magazines. We're making a new ABOUT US page. What are your favorite ABOUT US pages online? [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Jun 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Small home office design

What design / remodel / reno / decoration ideas do you have for a home office / chillout space backing onto a kitchen, 7'4" wide by 9' long , with 9' ceiling, for a DINKY couple in Queens, NY? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Creativity made easy, I hope.

I just want to design and print a poster online. Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Vistaprint don't seem to offer what I thought would be pretty basic design tools. I don't want to make the default photo collage; my idea was to use this kind of gridded layout, but with rounded corners on all the squares. Some would be replaced by photos, others would be white text on black. Where or how can I do this?
posted by psoas on Jun 16, 2014 - 1 answer

Digital Humanities Course for Art Historian?

What is a good digital humanities/digital visualization intro course or workshop for me? Difficulty level: immediate, NYC/London. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Jun 13, 2014 - 1 answer

How can I make my cinder block classroom cozy?

My first grade classroom looks slightly like a (colorful) prison. It is white painted cinder block. It has three big windows with blinds and most of the furniture is kind of dilapidated. There are fluorescent lights. I have a few houseplants and even had a friend build some colorful curtains for the cubbies and cabinets, but I can't seem to kick the institutional feel. It also smells sort of weird. What are some of the make or break elements that make a space feel cozy, homey, livable? Especially for a child-friendly place.
posted by mermily on Jun 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Creative Pros: Design client from the depths of Hell. Help me deal...

What seemed to be a nice new client has gone haywire on me. How do I survive this project? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jun 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Fiverr for cover design: yea or nay?

The designer who normally does my ebook covers is no longer working out. Creating my own covers is not an option for me given my current lack of design chops. Some members of my writing group suggested Fiverr as the go-to place for covers. Looking around there it seems there are some decent "gigs" that would serve my needs. However, I have some questions about Fiverr itself and about the possible knock-on effects of using Fiverr for graphic design. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Jun 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Data center design mechanical engineer resume questions

I want to work with a tech company working on the design of data centers! I am very interested in the heat transfer, efficiency, environmental impacts and general mechanical design that goes into data centers. I have a few connections to a couple of the big tech companies here in Seattle and don't want to waste my opportunity. How should I shape my resume and what skills should I highlight? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on May 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Good, relatively-cheap CMS options?

I'm looking for a CMS that is highly-customizable and relatively cheap. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on May 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Information-Dense Web Design Example - Parts Site

I'm trying to remember a site I once saw offered up as an example of good high information density web design. I think I originally saw it on AskMe but can't find it now - it was a parts catalog (lots of screws and other stuff), white background, green trim, I think the name of the company was a surname starting with M. The primary method of using the site was searching for parts by category, and it had lots of small black and white photos. Any idea what I'm thinking of?
posted by 23 on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Python or Processing for first year design students?

What language should I teach design students to program in: Python or Processing? [more inside]
posted by signal on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Books about Stories in Games?

One of my very best friends has a birthday coming up. Over the last year he has thrown himself into game design as a hobby with his eyes on the horizon of possibly pursuing it professionally down the line. My friend is incredibly practical and intelligent so I am not so much interested in a gift that is very "how to" but instead I would love a book that looks at games on a critical level and deconstructs how they craft narrative. I've seen some questions on the green suggesting guides on a practical level and one a from a couple years ago of material that was mostly excellent blogs/posts but can anyone think of good gift books that explore ludo narrative in this way?
posted by sendai sleep master on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Random webpage loaded from a list every 10 mins?

Clever web coding ninjas: I require an html webpage to be loaded from a list / directory at random every ten minutes. This cycle repeats indefinitely, with the next random page being pulled up automatically for as long as the browser is open. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2014 - 21 answers

I am looking for pictures of words, where can I find them?

I thought it would be easier to find this! I am looking for pictures of words. I want to avoid pictures of words created with "fonts" and want to find things that people found in the wild - signs, graffiti, that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by jmkeuning on May 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Graphic designer for an iPhone app

I'm currently coding an iPhone messaging client app which could use a designer for the screens and the app icon. I've tried oDesk.com and I'm having doubts about the quality of some of the applicants. Are there any good suggestions for websites that can provide a good designer? I'm looking for high quality work and I'm willing to pay a reasonable rate for it (though I would rather pay per project - currently I set $1000 for the project).
posted by antgly on Apr 28, 2014 - 5 answers

I want to know more about '60s-'70s concert poster design.

Please educate me about 1960s-1970s concert poster design. Specifically, the style with black printing over a vibrant gradient, like these. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

How much to make a website responsive?

So, the company that employs me just recently rebuilt and redesigned their website. It's a pretty large site (think trade association that does a lot of public outreach), but only about eight templates. Now that that's done, the brass wants to the site to be responsive, and now it's time to budget that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Choosing a path in the Graphic/Interactive Design industry.

I'm a graduating graphic design student with two job offers in the field of interaction design following graduation. One is extremely well paid with great perks in the tech industry, and the other more traditional studio setting, only three-months long (to start) with lower pay but with more interesting work. Help? [more inside]
posted by drd on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Advice for printing a custom design on T-shirt.

Stuck abroad with a graphics tablet, laptop, stores closed because of Easter and a need for new clothing, I've decided to explore the idea of getting own design printed on a T-shirt. Looking for both general and specific advice, more inside. [more inside]
posted by 9080 on Apr 20, 2014 - 4 answers

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

Home design/decorating blogs that AREN'T minimalist

My sweetie and I are doing some big redesign stuff in our house, and I am trying to find design/furniture/decorating inspiration. I am looking specifically for blog that go beyond the minimalist look. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Apr 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Good replacement for Adobe InDesign?

I'm running Mavericks now, and I'm hesitant to install InDesign CS3, which was my go-to software for creating documents for our small business. I don't need anything nearly as complicated as InDesign. I need to be able to convert to PDF, add shaded boxes for clients to initial alongside text, and possibly add some photos into a document. I'm creating things like price sheets, contracts, forms, etc. There seem to be a lot of negative reviews about Pages (iWork), but it looks like that's the type of app I need (something simple, easy to learn). Are there any others I should look into?
posted by okay-quiet-time on Apr 17, 2014 - 11 answers

What are some beautiful responsive web apps and dashboards?

What are some examples of beautiful web apps that feature a really slick dashboard with maybe some basic data visualizations? Something very accessible with a light design touch? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

What's the website where you can choose how much to pay for something?

I came across this website a few weeks ago that was selling a web design/dev tutorial package, among other things. Depending on how much you paid (above or below the average price), you'd get a certain number of lessons from the total package. I also remember part of your payment went to the charity of your choice. There was a basic intro to HTML/CSS lesson, one on turning a Photoshop design into a web site, and 7-8 more for a total of ~$11. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by sociology on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Where do I find a freelance graphic designer for a quick turnaround?

Hi all, I have a quick ask for a graphic designer. Need to mock up a landing page - does not need to be final design, and with about 24 hour turnaround. Don't want to spend a ton of money - up to $100. Are there any places I can go to ask / designers willing to help out? I would ask designers at my job, but this landing page is for a personal project and they are extremely busy already.
posted by pando11 on Apr 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I get sheet sections of tire tread?

I'm looking at a print based project and am on the hunt for A4 or A5 sheets of tire tread, as if it's been removed straight from a tire. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Anonymous JavaScript advice

Hello, Could someone please tell me where I can get advice on the design of code on a particular website? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Apr 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Customizing a freelance designer's resume for a full-time job

Graphic designers who work exclusively as freelancers might or might not reach a point where they want to get full-time jobs, perhaps because it gives them a chance to save up more, or maybe because it offers them a stable paycheck when freelance work is sporadic. Question is, when freelance graphic designers apply for a design job in a creative agency, how do they write a compelling resume? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

The forest from the trees

MeTat Filter: What suggestions do you have for a tattoo that evokes the woods? Perhaps the woods around Walden Pond? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 2, 2014 - 13 answers

DIY Carousel: Design Schematics

Where might one find a relatively modern build plan for a traditional carousel (a merry-go-round with galloping up-and-down action)?
posted by glibhamdreck on Mar 30, 2014 - 7 answers

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