Adobe Illustrator: Creating a plastic/three-dimensional helix

This question is based on a question I have posted here previously: Adobe Illustrator: Creating an helix In Illustrator, I am able to create the following tube-like shape, by creating a blend out of two circular shapes by giving them a gradient stroke: How can I turn a tube like this into a helix? In … Read more

When should I use the Unicode punctuation space character in French written texts?

I couldn’t find any authoritative references about this which are available on public internet. the code is 0x2008. Answer It’s pretty subjective once you get into different widths of spaces down to such minute details. I don’t believe you’ll find a specific usage because one does not exist. The main difference among other space characters … Read more

How to achieve this effect for pictures in Photoshop?

I tried Torn edges, but my results are noticeably different from these pictures Answer From original image – yeah, don’t ask 😉 Add adjustment layer – Threshold Flatten result. Add layer mask [reveal all]. Select all, copy, alt/click mask, paste. Invert. This should leave the black but make all the white transparent. Add new layer, … Read more

Type Research: »Die Rettung des Abendlandes« by Ernst Otto Montanus

Recently, I came across this book cover in an old antiquarian shop and I was immediately struck by the typeface used. All attempts at researching the typeface’s name or origin or maybe the designer have lead nowhere so far. Variations in the individual letter shapes hint at it actually being a custom lettering created specifically … Read more

Google has removed the “Download Image” link, what changes should I make as a designer?

Thanks to a lawsuit by the large stock congolomerate Getty Images (which also owns iStock) Google has removed its popular “View Images” feature (one of many articles on the topic: How does this affect us as designers and what workflow changes should we make? I see there’s two different scenarios: When our work goes … Read more

UX research on where to put website menu? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for Graphic Design Stack Exchange. Closed 8 years ago. Improve this question If you browse websites, you can find pretty much all types of sidebar menus: on top (like our very own Stack … Read more

Possible to carry a whole branding process by yourself? [closed]

Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations by editing this post. Closed 2 years ago. Improve this question Probably beginner graphic designers interests start around logo creation. Then probably shift towards visual identity, then … Read more

What algorithm do the NoHalo and LoHalo resize methods use in GIMP?

The GIMP resize tool used to have only None, Linear, Cubic/Bicubic, and Lanczos, which are reasonably well documented algorithms that one can do research on, if one is so inclined. I can’t find any information about resizing algorithms under the names “NoHalo” or “LoHalo.” Any idea what algorithms these methods use? Answer NoHalo and LoHalo … Read more

Light text on a dark background vs. dark text on a light background: which allows the reader to keep focusing for longer?

I did not want to get to the endless war of dark-on-light vs light-on-dark, but recently I discovered something interesting: while light-on-dark text is still less tiring for my eyes (and I also personally prefer it more), dark-on-light seemed to do better on holding my attention on the content of the text; in other words … Read more