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This is a place to discuss topics about visual or graphic design. Requests for photoshopping or free work go on /wsr/ - Worksafe Requests or /r/ - Adult Requests as appropriate.

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>What literature should I read to get into graphic design?
The sidebar on the /gd/ wiki has plenty of book reccomendations.

>What programs do I need to get started?
Adobe Illustrator
Corel Draw

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>Can somebody photoshop X? Can somebody make me a logo?
All requests for photoshopping belong on /wsr/ - Worksafe Requests or /r/ - Adult Requests. /gd/ doesn't take requests or do free or even paid work sometimes. However, if you're new at something, asking "HOW can I X?" rather than "CAN YOU make X?" will give you better results.

>Can I post some of my work for critique?
There is usally a critique/What-Are-You-Working-On thread, and that is where work for critique go.

>Can somebody find [font]?
also check out your local torrent site or the font-share thread.
Remember to share and not just take. Also remember that using liscensed fonts in commercial works is a bad idea.

>Where can I find inspiration?

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Do you all actually do all this shit when designing a logo?
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It happens. I went to a design school and ended up in real estate and politics.
>real estate and politics
>random lines scribbled in
>random circles and other bullshit that clearly don't fit
would you dumb fucks kindly stop posting these
Honestly, if your design program is actually any good they'll be teaching you about multidisciplinary design and how a lot of the processes and modes of thinking you employ in graphic design can apply to just about any field.

How to talk to a client, how to rationally and methodically think through a problem, how to do research if you're designing something for a field that you're not an expert in, how to do user tests and how to determine what data is relevant and why, as well as what to do with that data, how to communicate your findings to clients and people who don't know as much about it as you do, how to stay relevant in a field that's always changing, etc.

At the risk of sounding like one of those "design can change the world" retards who jack themselves off over posters, if all you're getting from your education is how to make pretty things it's either a shitty education or you're a shitty student.
Not that architectural rendering thing OP.

That is probably done by a specialist and used specifically for non-graphic applications (like trying to create the logo out of flowers or something).

The grid stuff with the circles? never had much use for it.

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I am an amateur graphic designer. Please rate my design.
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All the mixers are clearly the same and a board would never have that shit font on it
Eh. Not bad. Nothing great about it though.
Awful. Also dont use long shadows
Decent, but again, the "IVORA EQ" font looks stupid af
Remove the headlights (?) lookin thing, make the type bigger
Buttons in a really un-ergonomic position. Don't use long shadows

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this is the kind of ugly unintuitive shit you get when you download free VSTs from "freevsts.com"
Thank you for your review.
This looks really nice. But read my next post about vector. If this was done in vector, i'd commend you. But the typography on the back could use some work, you should stick to one typeface when doing a business card, and use different weight and colors to add more variety.

Did you make this in photoshop? Never make a logo in photoshop man. And also, the two circles aren't aligned properly under motors.

I know it might sound picky, but really, if you're trying to be a professional designer that works with real clients, or ever want to work at an agency or in a corporate setting, all of your logo work has to be vector, and simple things like not having things completely symmetrical are dealbreaking, usually in a professional logo design process you actually give the exact measurements for each detail, let alone just having everything symmetrical.

Looks good, but remove the shadow on the buttons. A big problem with newer graphic designers is they have the feeling that they need to make things look more complex for it took look better, or have people appreciate it. Don't do that, stick to the theme. The theme in this is flat minimalist, so stick to flat minimalist and remove the shadowing on the buttons. You're mixing flat with 3d and it doesn't fair well.

This is basically what the controller should have been. Decent work anon.


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What typefaces would suit pics related?
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anything humanist
montserrat, proxima nova, gotham et al
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i dont know its name but this one
All these images are incredibly different from each other and would exist on different products and different contexts. I think the one in the OP could get away with something modern like >>315087 suggests.
Something like this >>315086 would work better with a serif font.
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Maybe this one?
All in all I'd recommend something bold and big, so you can distinguish letters easier in front of these detailed backgrounds.

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Can you help me find what is that font?

(Pai para filho)
Probably something custom made and not an available font
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I cut it up and tried a few reverse font sites but didn't find anything. Here's what I used if you want to try to pursue this further.
Found... and it's free...


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>Bad photo
>Ugly red colour
>Not enough contrast between red and black text
>Too many unnecessary lines
>Ugly alignment
>Bar code needs more room to breathe (at least make it surrounded entirely by white)
>at least make it surrounded entirely by white
That was my first option.
Any good tuts/links?
I don't have any links off of the top of my head sorry.
Do you know about the fundamentals of design? I would suggest looking into videos and articles on design websites that detail them, there aren't too many, they're pretty easy to implement and learn, and you will improve quickly by studying and paying attention to them.

The best advice I think I can give if you're just starting out and serious about making "good" looking designs is to just copy what you see and take note of what other designers do. Don't worry so much about expressing yourself or creating a unique design, you're too early for either, which is totally okay. As you grow and learn you'll start to pick up on what works and what doesn't (and most importantly, why).

In pic related, whether you personally like the design is irrelevant, notice how the title and image are perfectly aligned to each other on the left, "the other syria" and the text below it are aligned to each other, and this alignment happens again on the right-hand side with some more information, pricing, barcode and right edge of the image.
The contrast of the white text on the image is high enough to be easily readable, and dark gray on white is an obvious positive. I think the smaller point size is bordering on too thin, but this isn't a perfect design, just a good example.

This is already too long so I'll cut it off here, but the goal is to be able to think through every design decision you make and don't be afraid to keep it simple.
Looks a bit like a sanitary pad.
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I know my way around the common softwares but my design skills are sorely lacking.

What do you recommend?

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>Old threads
Also try looking in the two archives that index /gd/

>Specimen generator: https://github.com/nilesr/font-specimen-generator

Previous Proper Thread

Previous Temp Thread
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the hell is this Not Bank Gothic the new Star Trek is using instead of Swiss 911 and Eurostile?

the K, C, D and A are different. also the Q's dick is really little so it looks more like an O with a period next to it.
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A torrent tracker would be relatively complex for these small files, but a curated download site with a password that changes weekly or something would be nice

I could set up something.
h5ai (see pic) with basic auth, behind CloudFlare
I'd still need a way to upload stuff, but that's just a simple form
anyone got Lexus Gothic or Optimum Compress? wanting to see what it looks like on a design before buying it
Anyone got Dimitri by Die Typonauten? https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/typonauten/dimitri/
did you put the text there? if not then you can assume whoever did put the text there put it the with permission. so youre good.

this. something like homescreens.org but fonts would be amazing.

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I see a lot of people wanting to have icons made for their websites/apps, and I get a lot of requests to make them, but I don't understand exactly why. Seems like everyone wants to have their own, but since individuality in that specific element doesn't really matter in most cases (that I've seen), why not just use Google's MD icons?

They're under Apache 2.0 and they're really good in my opinion, so why not save the money and just use them? I'm hoping for a bit more perspective from others on the field.
If you want to stand out, you have to be unlike others.
I work at an advertising agency and I learned this the hard way –we made a video to a client and (well, to cut costs) bought stock music, some stock video. In their web page we used stock photos and icons from the IKONS package.
Needless to say, the client loved it as did our team. But wasn't until years later I heard the same stock music in two different occasions, saw the same clip in another page and saw at least five pages with Ikons on them.

Normies eat that shit up but at that point I (as a professional) was ashamed – we didn't really make anything beautiful anew, just a cut 'n paste job with beautiful parts. But if that beauty is accessible to every motherfucker out there, what are we doing?

It doesn't matter if the icons* look good. If everyone else is using them as well, you're no better.

*) photos too. See the Unsplash effect.
Yes, it's pointless, especially when they only change some icons, as if that Bootstrap theme doesn't look identical with thousands of other pages. Or as if a customized logo differentiates them from the competition. Honestly, design identities are only for the rich. Small companies with no designer employees can't compete.
I am doing an icon pack at this moment and have to say... there is no fucking point to it... in the end there will be the social media icons that are the same as everywhere else, you wont get a prize for the plus-minus icons either... you can play with the rounded corners and line width, but it all has been done... it pays nice though
Where do you sell them, or to whom? Someone actually pays for this shit when there are a lot of free and good alternatives?

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because we are not pajeet , i use graphic design on reddit
Because designers don't want to sit on a shitty board with a bunch of whiny kids.
because the few that belong here are busy and everyone is a shitposter who wants to get spoonfed
That's where you're wrong, kiddo.
i think that the culture of 4chang is too "toxic" for the average dribbble user

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>so I paid this guy $600 to design a cover for my new math rock album, I told him to "go crazy" and "experiment a little" and this is what he sent me.

what do you guys think? Would this album cover turn you off? I'm not sure how to feel about it.. I mean I spent 600 fucking bucks on this thing and it's kinda cheap looking. not sure what to do.
who is wrong here? The designer or the client?
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>actual designers don't post here you fuck BYE

You're right guy who can't use a comma to save his life. Actual designers do not post here. Only 13 year old edge lords do. My bad. I apologize for the misconception.

Hey OP. Enjoy your 600 dollar album art you wasted money on.
>>being this salty
guys. its bad.
and once again, you misunderstand the question. its not "what is art" "what is life" and the other edgy crap that made this asshole do a bad on purpose design... this was made for a product, the only purpose of the design is to maximize profit. this won't do that. you got bamboozled, op.
Yo you fucking suck shit though. Proud of you for making money but your work is literally ass man, I'm surprised how bad this shit is.

Literally nobody would want to make what you make.

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ok /gd this dumb looking shit is everywhere; music, fashion, web, posters - pic related. fuccbois love it, and IG/marketing/brands are eating it up but the market is going to crash.
what are your predictions on next design meme?
those aren't the same style tho. Mura Masa (literal who?) is straight up plagiarizing Kanye's cover and the others are just doing their own thing.

Anyway the next design meme (already there at art schools) is extended sans-serifs.

in these avant-garde hipster circles this kind of style for publications
has existed for a good while

i used to refer it as the contemporary art publication style
What the fuck are you referring to? None of those pics have a similar style and are in fact inspired by old designs.

What fucking visual library are you looking at all day that makes you think these are connected and somehow new?
Holy shit you're right

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Anyone has suggestion at getting back to a toad of a client?

I've not gotten the access to their hosting anymore so that's out the door
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yes. always take advance
Spread false ads in their name, ruin their reputation
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shit on their lawn
>toad of a client
>not gotten

Take your british ass to parliament and get the queen to lop off his head.

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>Spend two days thinking of the perfect logo that fits the name, blends well and looks good.
>Nothing that satisfies me.
>Finally, at the end of the day I get the perfect idea.
>Finish it.
>Browse the internet.
>It just dawns on me, the logo uses the same typographical structure as picture attached.
>Feeling suicidal.
WWYD, start all over again or just say fuck it and go with it? Would you call me a plagiarizer despite the fact that it was unintentional?
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Looks like the twilight zone logo
its shit. make new.
its not really plagiarism lol, I mean its like saying I am "Plagiarising" if I logo with a handwritten script like coca cola. Think design. Different message | Different design.
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i dont have idea of what is fast company

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