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Online resources for branding and logo-design?

I am looking for online resources for logo design and branding that contain the creative briefs, brainstorming notes, sketches, design process, and full style guides for well-known projects. It doesn't have to have ALL these things, but the more it has, the better. Books are welcome too.
posted by omar.a on Aug 26, 2014 - 2 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebecker graphic design resources

I want to learn more about Design in Québec, see examples of work, understand the view of the profession, the job market, the vocabulary and so on. Can you give recommendations of nice french-canadian design blogs, websites, communities and articles?
posted by Shockingly Nice on Feb 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me find a great COTS graphics/multimedia PC

I'm a graphics and multimedia artist working for the federal government who's always used Macs. It's again time for me to get a new system (laptop, please) and for the first time in my career I feel the need to explore my PC options (Apple has apparently abandoned its professional users). Unfortunately, I have no idea where to start looking. My new system needs to be commercially available from a vendor that can do business with the federal government. Building my own system is not an option. I perform a full range of creative functions including graphic design, video editing, photography and webcast hosting, so I need plenty of graphics power and fast processing. I don't, however, need a huge local storage capacity since I work off of our LAN. Where do I start looking? Any recommendations on models and/or features?
posted by Jamesonian on Jan 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Cheapest site for photo or art mugs?

I have some artwork that I want to put on coffee mugs for friends. Though I see a few DIY sites, I am not sure what resin to use to hold up in microwave so would like your recommendations on commercial sites. I may eventually do bulk orders if I decide to sell so if you have any recommendations that would be different for bulk orders, I am game for those suggestions as well. Vistaprint was around $20-25 after all was said and done. Thanks, and enjoy your weekend.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 12, 2013 - 9 answers

What calendar/scheduling program might have output this graphic?

I've taken over a graphic design project and need to update this weekly calendar image (just the schedule part, not the kids on rolling globes). But I only have the image, not the original working file. Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Nov 21, 2013 - 5 answers

I want to move to NYC and get a design/dtp job. Or graduate school.

I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

What "style of design" would you call this label/ font?

I'm a graphic designer and I should know this. I'm also over-thinking, as usual. What would you call this style of design used on This label of italian candy ? I've always loved this look and described it as many different things but I've never known the exact style of lettering/ overall general design term. I usually just describe it as "vintage hand drawn really fancy lettering, old school labels." which is, you know, super professional of me. thanks!
posted by twoforty5am on Sep 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me learn graphic / visual design fundamentals.

I’m a fine artist who wants to move into design (for web) and I want to get up to speed on graphic / visual / communication design fundamentals. [more inside]
posted by halcorp on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Can you learn to beautify websites?

I have been through a few HTML and CSS online courses and am able to build basic websites, but how do I learn to decide what I want them to look like? I am currently learning JavaScript online and from books but are there any online tutorials that can help me become more confident from a design point of view? [more inside]
posted by joboe on Aug 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for LA related graphic artists and designers/agencies/brands

I am producing a TEDx like event entitled "Visionary Graphic Design - The Los Angeles Influence" A friends of mine requested a list of past and present graphic design/ designers /LA designers / agencies / brands from the area. This is what I have so far for artists: Saul Bass, John Van Hamersveld, Ed Ruscha, Gary Baseman, Charles and Ray Eames, Sister Corita. Any other suggestions of artists/agencies/brands?
posted by goalyeehah on Jul 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Finding graphic design jobs in Canada

I was reading interviews with various successful graphic designers, and realized that most of them cold-called their future employers and sent them samples of their work. Are there any resources out there that list design studios, book publishers, editors, writers, ... that one can send work to? Is it possible for an immigrant designer to gain an edge on the competition in the graphic design job-hunting game in Canada? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jul 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Cheap way to stay in Tokyo for a few months? (internship)

I just got news that I got an internship at an architectural office (altough I just graduated as a a graphic designer) in Tokyo, which is crazy exciting. However, they can't offer any compensation (small studio) so unless I find another job next to this, I need some really cheap solutions. I just sent an email to the studio, asking them for assistance, but figured meta could help. My plan is to stay for 2-3 months. I saved up some money from side jobs, and don't mind spending it on this experience, but the less it makes a dent the better. My only idea so far was to work as some kind of au pair (I speak English, German, Dutch and Croatian fluently, I'm good with kids, but I am a guy, which I guess is not too popular a gender for babysitting), in exchange for a room. Any ideas? Also, some place where I could look for a small job on the side (preferably something where I could use my design skills, but don't mind a day job)? Also, how much can I expect to spend monthly if I'm, technically, still on a student budget? Thank a lot!
posted by ahtlast93 on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Graphic file formats, master files, Inkscape and me

How do I get Inkscape files ready to be worked on in Illustrator? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on May 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Design Filter: Do I need to use these colors in a layout?

Posting for my wife, a graphic designer who is tasked with doing a website layout job for a client. Here's the rub: The company has an existing logo that's red and blue, but she doesn't necessarily want to use red and blue as the dominant colors in this particular layout, but someone from the company is convinced that they MUST use red and blue as the primary colors throughout the site. I've had no luck coming up with any kind of evidence to support my wife's point, and so now I'm here to query the hive. Do any of you design-minded folks know of any articles or collections of layouts that might help my wife make her case? Sorry if the question is very vague.
posted by doogan nash on Feb 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Can I talk like a sailor at the happiest place on Earth

Thirty something professional leaves it all behind to try to work at Disney World. Am I taking crazy pills?!? [more inside]
posted by phytage on Dec 11, 2012 - 25 answers

Can employer restrict my use of portfolio samples?

I'm a graphic designer, employed full-time with a marketing agency. Yesterday my boss said I have to take down examples of work I've done while at the agency. In trying to determine if I can legally show these samples, searching the web is providing conflicting info. Things worth mentioning (a) My portfolio specifies that the work was done on behalf of my employer (b) I never signed anything restricting the use of these images and (c) The images are of works that have appeared in public (stores, events, etc). Is there something "official" I can refer to that shows where the rights to these images lie, especially as they apply to a personal portfolio?
posted by AONeal79 on Oct 19, 2012 - 19 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

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

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

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

Good design goes to heaven

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

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

Graphic Designer who wants to start her own screen printed shirt line (i know... I know). But doesn't want to get them printed on ugly looking shirts.

I want to start my own T-shirt company (i know I know. Don't roll your eyes). I am a graphic designer and would like to create shirts that are stylish. Basic screen printed shirts with sayings etc. While I know how to screen print I think my best bet is designing and then getting them printed through, well, an online shirt printing company. The trouble is most of them are very limited and have just the tacky crew neck shirt kind of thing. I don't want to do cafe press or zazzle style printing. So, What's a good company to go with? any suggestions? For example take a look at JacVanek.com Not crazy about her designs but her shirts are what I'm looking to print on. That urban outfitters style! Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 8 answers

A non-crappy printing solution.

Best home-office printer for an artist/graphic designer? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Maps to license

Where can I find maps to license for print media? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on Mar 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Career anxiety and finding a decent job

How do I get a new job? What kind of jobs do I even qualify for? How do I get over the fact that I didn't graduate from college and present a more confident self to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Left Brain Advice for the Right Brain Guy

Business practicality filter: As a freelance designer, one man shop, what would I have to consider regarding taking on an assistant? Help my underdeveloped left brain... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Feb 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Suggestion for information designers to train?

Any recommendations for information designers or visualizers to do trainings for the large research company for which I work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 1 answer

How do I commission a logo?

How do I hire a graphics person to make a small logo? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me figure out where and how to promote my graphic "art" now that I have a portfolio site.

Please help me figure out where and how to promote my graphic "art" now that I have a portfolio site. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jan 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Dear accountant, let me make you look better!

What's the proper etiquette when offering to barter for my design services? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Jan 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I respectfully decline or just get over myself?

An old friend recently came to me with a job offer. It's to design a few dozen graphics illustrating business concepts that will be put on flashcards. I have no formal graphic design experience -- I've never taken classes or courses -- but I'm talented enough and am fairly well-versed in digital painting. In all respects (money included!) this sounds like a really cool job for me, but I'm worried I won't be able to deliver. Should I take it anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Is graduate school a good idea?

Has anyone gone to a graduate program in graphic design? What was the experience like? And were you able to get a job that would pay off the cost of going into one? [more inside]
posted by mando on Oct 15, 2011 - 4 answers

What should I charge people as a freelance designer?

I am a first year graphic design student at ASU. I have two years experience as a graphic designer at small sign shops. I am beginning to get a lot of offers to work on projects (album artwork, logos, brochures, etc) from friends and friend of friends. I am struggling with figuring out what to charge per hour. [more inside]
posted by stlboi on Sep 28, 2011 - 10 answers

How to find a cheap/free boardgame artist

How do I find an artist or Graphic Designer to do some pieces for a boardgame I am designing for cheap or free. Or am I doomed? [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Sep 3, 2011 - 17 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

Help me become self-educated in graphic design--or am I too old?

Help me become self-educated in graphic design--or am I too old? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2011 - 14 answers

WANTED: A helpful and friendly graphic design forum.

Can anyone recommend a good graphic design forum? Somewhere I can submit works-in-progress and get constructive feedback? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Jun 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a Mac App that allows you to create easily sharable digital art boards?

I work with a lot of teams who do concept development stuff for the web and for general interactive design. I'm always having to find visual references for our discussions and our present system of sharing is clunky and requires us to print stuff out all the time so that we can talk about stuff we like or don't like. This is pretty crazily wasteful as well as the fact that trying to convince graphic designers to get enthusiastic about a reference when they can't help fixating on the icky presentation format is getting annoying. So, is there an easy and really nice looking app or programme for the Mac that allows you to save and illustrate pictures, web pages, articles and video in a browsable way? Ideally it would be something that was ipad compatible, if only because then it will have to be easily browsable in a visually attractive way. It would also be awesome if it allowed you to collaborate, so we could all contribute to a single place that would be awesome.
posted by rudhraigh on May 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Wanting to Learn How to Make Digital Art (poorly worded, I know)

I have good drawing skills (especially pen and ink) but am an amateur artist. I would like to get into working with digital art etc perhaps even to the point as a side job or making a living. The bumps are that I cannot afford to go back to school and am not super tech-savvy (yet). I have basic skills in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator but that is it. Any ideas on where to go next? (I am so completely ignorant on the field taht I don't know what to call people who do this for a living.) Push come to shove, I could probably take a few classes a year, though after I save some money.
posted by snap_dragon on Apr 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Is the price of experience worth the cost of free labor? (Looking towards a career in news design)

How do I start designing news...? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. on Apr 4, 2011 - 6 answers

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