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Something well-designed to get me well organized

Tell me of the most beautifully designed, paper-based gtd / organizers / planners in the land! I want nice typography, attractive materials and maximum usability in one package. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Aug 30, 2012 - 11 answers

They don't bore you! Give me your favorite examples of effective reports.

Here's a question for all you designers, policy people, business and non-profit types. Can you think of your favorite examples of reports available online- whether they be policy papers, business plans, annual reports or otherwise? "Favorite" can mean any number of criteria, such as use of design, video, narrative structure, how information is presented, or style and structure of organization. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 30, 2012 - 7 answers

How long will it take me to learn Wordpress and create/implement a theme?

I am fairly new to Wordpress. Will I be able turn wireframes I design into a useable theme for a somewhat-complex website in 3-4 weeks? [more inside]
posted by Grafix on Aug 30, 2012 - 7 answers

My imagination has been debunked!

In the past 24 hours I've discovered that both of my "million dollar" ideas (for websites/services/apps) are already out there and established. To me, these weren't just "good ideas", they were "innovations" I was emotionally invested in and slowly working towards. How do I move on? (in two parts) [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 30, 2012 - 26 answers

How do I elegantly present tabular, statistical data online?

How do I elegantly present tabular, statistical data online and automatically? I'd love some examples of beautifully presented tabular data online - something that works natively in a browser, ideally also on a tablet and mobile as well. Some interactivity (sorting, filtering) also OK but priority is usability and elegance like you'd find in printed statistical abstracts. Bonus points for open source web tools / frameworks that could help automate this from a database! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Aug 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Website design tools

Simple HTML coding question: what tools do people use to replicate header and footers across pages when hand coding HTML websites? [more inside]
posted by mtstover on Aug 27, 2012 - 24 answers

Appliance color

I am remodeling my kitchen. All walls are traditional square 50s white tile with black borders from floor to ceiling. The counters will be white linoleum, the cupboards white, and the floor will be wood (brown). The stove is a white 1940's gas range. Should I buy white fridge and dishwasher, or stainless steel? I'm leaning toward white to maintain continuity with the cupboards but think stainless steel will keep the look more modern, but the entire house (a 1915 bungalow) has a strong retro vibe. Pastel appliances are out of my price range. What do you think?
posted by waving on Aug 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Who to hire to improve Curb Appeal

We are thinking of painting/residing our house but are lacking in design sense! We think we want a BIG change, but do not know where to start in improving our curb appeal. We would like to hire someone to help with the house design but do not know where to start. Can you point me in the right general direction on the type of person to hire for this sort of thing? General info is welcome, we live near Pittsburgh,PA if you know specifics.
posted by rvrlvr on Aug 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Logo/Branding - Help?

Should I buy a logo, a huge branding package, or something in between? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Aug 24, 2012 - 11 answers

This gradient effect is harder than it looks

I'm a coder and a total neophyte regarding graphics and design. I see this kind of single-color gradient everywhere, but simply cannot manage to make one myself. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Aug 9, 2012 - 12 answers

On Demand Work From Home; suggestions?

Digital Widgets: What kind of work can I do online that I can do as I'm available? Is there something I could just log in, pick up work, do that work for a couple hours, and get paid on a regular basis (weekly, monthly)? My skills are web design, front end dev, and graphic design. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing.

Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing. [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Aug 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Is there anything about this tattoo I should know?

Does my tattoo idea have any bad connotations I should know about? [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka on Aug 3, 2012 - 20 answers

Do you have good examples of WYSIWYG / GUI based editors for User Interface or App design?

Do you have good examples of WYSIWYG / GUI based editors for User Interface or App design? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Jul 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

How can my friend get in touch with a movie set designer?

I have a friend who's a mid-career interior designer but is interested in exploring set design for films. He doesn't have a contact, and it's been suggested he get in touch with (via email, presumably) a few set designers he likes, and see if they might advise him as to how they did it and how he might proceed. I looked and saw you can see who did the set design for a given film on IMDB, but as I know very little about the film industry I'm at something of a loss as to how he'd be able to reach those people. Does anyone have any practical advice for how he could find contact info for these people?
posted by supercoollady on Jul 21, 2012 - 7 answers

What sort of server & network setup would work for a small design business?

What networking or server (NAS?) equipment do I need to set up a small design business that will use a lot of fairly large CAD, Rhino, PSD, AI, and other design-type files? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Cleverly clothe the children of a geek

Help me come up with math-themed "big brother"/"little sister" shirt designs for a friend's kids. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Jul 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Best practice for finding a designer?

I have a somewhat popular blog that I'm hoping to develop further, and I need to find some designers. I need a WordPress theme designer for the website as well as a cover designer and an interior designer for a book. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by futility closet on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design?

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

So, um, how big is your....kneecap?

Say I'm an industrial designer (I'm not), and I have to design a car seat, desk chair, climbing harness, body armor, or some other piece of equipment that has to be able to interact with a whole bunch of differently-shaped humans on a regular basis. What resource do I use to find out things like average foot width, or average knee circumference, average jaw length, or any other specific anatomical measurements? [more inside]
posted by cirgue on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Best web usability blogs?

Please recommend some blogs on current trends in web usability and user-centric design. [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Jul 9, 2012 - 5 answers

What font is this?

I'm trying to Identify this font. [more inside]
posted by moshjosh on Jul 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find simplified/well-designed versions of useful/common forms.

Help me find simplified/well-designed versions of useful/common forms. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Free Online Photo Editor that works for high rez pics w/ nice Pixlr-like effects?

Are there any free photo editors that can work with higher resolution images (300dpi) and offer some of the effects that Pixlr-o-matic can? They seem to save to web resolution only.
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Point me to a font size ruler.

I need a clear ruler with picas, points and line thicknesses on it, for measuring printed materials. I want it today. I'm in Australia and go shopping on the Gold Coast or Brisbane. The nearest thing I've found is at Officeworks but the picture is too small to be able to tell if it's what I need and they appear to only sell it online. I'm willing to pay up to $100. Maybe more if it's super-duper.
posted by b33j on Jul 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Designer-friendly Custom Printing of Notepads?

Is there something like Busy Beaver Button Company for stationery or notepads? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Jul 3, 2012 - 3 answers

GraphicDesignFilter - Please help me figure out how this Kool and the Gang 7" sleeve was designed almost 30 years ago.

GraphicDesignFilter - Please help me figure out how this Kool and the Gang 7" sleeve was designed almost 30 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jul 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Mac or PC for design work?

PC or Mac for would be web/multimedia designer? [more inside]
posted by gregjunior on Jun 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Need a responsive webpage template

Where can I buy a responsive web template off the shelf? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Jun 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Freezer freezin' my toes!

Is there a sensible reason that freezer drawers on the bottom aren't made out of a solid piece of plastic to keep the cold air in? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Jun 27, 2012 - 23 answers

Open-source thesis design?

Where can I find dissertations with excellent design? I would like to directly copy someone's LaTeX formatting for a hard-science thesis. [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Good design goes to heaven

How to get started in graphic design? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Designs for a designer?

Suggest me a rewarding and inspiring career side-step. I desperately need to find a new job, but the obvious ones directly on my career path are just not working for me. I'm looking for a more creative/design environment which will value my engineering skills and to which I can bring my unusual innovative experience. [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Jun 26, 2012 - 5 answers

How creative is instructional design as a career?

How creative is instructional design? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jun 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Where can I get screen printed posters made?

I've got some designs I want printed. Small run, around 25 pieces. I've been trying to get something set up with Holy Mountain, Shout Out Loud, etc. but it's been quite difficult getting a response. Any other suggestions I should check out? Both companies I listed use French paper, which is what I'd like to use.
posted by nessinonett on Jun 18, 2012 - 6 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

This job is killing me.

Panic attacks are killing my self employment. What (work) should I do? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Introductions to illustrator?

I have a tablet, a computer, a copy of an older version of Adobe Illustrator, and a desire to create simple icons for one of my websites. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 9, 2012 - 4 answers

How to make the AIGA membership fun and exciting?

How do you get the most out of your AIGA membership? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 5, 2012 - 2 answers

landscape architecture tumblr?

Please recommend blogs, tumblrs, pinterests, or whatever the kids are calling it, that collect beautiful renderings of speculative landscape, architecture, and urban design projects, especially utopian projects.
posted by moonmilk on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

From dork to designer

I've landed a temporary graphic design job. When it ends, I'd like to be an attractive candidate for other graphic design jobs. What should I focus on learning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Can largescale 3D projections be diy?

Can anyone explain to me how 3D Projection Mapping is created and eventually executed? [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse on Jun 4, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I get started drawing on the iPad?

I have a perfectly good new iPad that is sadly underutilized. I'd like to start sketching and drawing on it, but I have no idea where to start. Help! [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on May 29, 2012 - 11 answers

What's your general outline of designing/building a website?

What's the general outline of designing/building a website? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice on May 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Showing work in a UX design portfolio without violating NDA's/intellectual property laws

I'm updating my UX design portfolio. I've signed a NDA with my current employer so I can't show work that isn't already live. However, I have a lot of great mockups & wireframes I made either for prospective clients (that we didn't sign) or clients whose sites we haven't made live yet. I designed some amazing mockups for a huge client, but their site won't be live until 2013, and I really want to show my work now. How do I show my work in a way that doesn't violate my NDA? [more inside]
posted by matrushka on May 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Wear your retainer

Freelancer filter: I'm a graphic designer / creative consultant. I've been at it for 15 years. I like the freedom, but have never been particularly good at invoicing etc. I have a client wanting to work out some sort of "retainer" situation but, frankly, I'm not even sure what this could be like, how it would be structured, and why it would be better for me than my current status. I'm all for regular paychecks... So there's one. Anyone have experience with similar arrangements?
posted by ecorrocio on May 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Helvetica for Everyone! PDFS 4-EVA!

Let's say I'm an in-house graphic designer working on a sale sign template for a company with several locations. I've got Helvetica. The various locations don't. I'd like to make a fancy template in InDesign, and then create a PDF form where employees can alter small portions of the text and then print the completed sale sign at their location, still using the Helvetica. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Confused about concepts in new design terminology

Help me make sense of the conflicting or incomplete information on the web regarding User Experience, UX, User Experience Design and its relationship to physical products not connected to the internet or having electronic parts. [more inside]
posted by infini on May 23, 2012 - 10 answers

How do you make design decisions in a team with a flat hierarchy?

How do you make design decisions in a team with a flat hierarchy? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on May 23, 2012 - 21 answers

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