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I might need a larger desk, too...

I just acquired a Wacom Bamboo Create. Do you have any advice/tutorials/program reccomendations for me? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Difficult Client - Can/Should I Fire?

I started a design project with a new client and the whole process has turned out to be very difficult due to communication problems. What can I do to resolve this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 - 14 answers

My coffee cup just got much more useful

Sometimes little details make you smack your forehead and say, "Of course! How clever!" What are some little-known useful features and small but practical design elements built into everyday things that people either take for granted, or aren't aware of? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Oct 16, 2012 - 45 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

Need examples of textual graphics

Please suggest book covers (or others) I can look at that are extremely text-heavy images. [more inside]
posted by bq on Oct 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Engineering design mistake

I can't find a Wikipedia page I saw a while back. It was about a sort of design error or cognitive bias whereby designers or engineers reject as irrelevant (or are unaware of) a relevant factor in the requirements of a design because it is outside of their field. It gave an example which was about designing and providing water supplies in Africa. There were known ways to prevent a certain disease in the water, but the engineers were not familiar with them, so the disease spread.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Oct 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Wording conditions of use

Can anyone help me write some conditions of use for a book of my designs I need to lend to clients? [more inside]
posted by soymilk on Oct 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Trying to attach section markers to content rather than pages in CS4.

Adobe InDesign CS4: I've got a very large document, divided into sections (chapters). Currently, there are section markers on various pages, with each section defined by a labelled submaster (so I can see from the Pages panel where each section begins and ends). When I add content to various sections, the section markers no longer align as the pages reflow (because the markers are attached to the actual page numbers and not the content). How can I fix this so that adding content to sections continues within the submaster style / section marker for that section and not reflow over the pages?
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Hardware prototyping advice?

I have a design for a new keyboard. Any ideas/advice on where to look for help with the circuits, driver programming and anything else I'm forgetting? [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence on Oct 1, 2012 - 8 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

What intriguing bag is this?

Looking for the creator of an intriguing tote bag (possible long shot here) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Sep 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Old Dog Needs New Mac

Graphic Designer asks: Can I use a laptop as my "main" computer? I've been a designer for 20+ years and have used every mac since the original, but I've always had a desktop mac as my go-to machine. Now, it's upgrade time, and I'm thinking of using just a laptop for everything. More inside... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Sep 18, 2012 - 17 answers

Are global but think local

Are there differences between Eastern style websites as opposed to Western style sites? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 on Sep 13, 2012 - 5 answers

US Furniture Manufacturing

Can anyone recommend resources, companies or strategies for finding suitable US furniture manufacturers for a line of new designs? [more inside]
posted by beisny on Sep 13, 2012 - 3 answers

How do make choices when it comes to aesthetics?

Designers of all sorts (clothes, industrial, visual, graphic ones, etc) how do you make choices when it comes to aesthetics? [more inside]
posted by niak on Sep 13, 2012 - 6 answers

How much should I charge for full ownership and rights to a font I created?

How much should I charge for full ownership and rights to a font I created? [more inside]
posted by stokast on Sep 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Disco font ID?

Help me ID this disco font please? It's from an old flyer I'm trying to restore, the thin lines + jpg artifacts are stumping all the auto font identifiers out there. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B on Sep 5, 2012 - 3 answers

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

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