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See-saw at the border wall between the USA and Mexico named best design of 2020

Creative Boom

Image Credit: Teeter-Totter Wall designed by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with Colectivo Chopeke. Courtesy of Design Museum.

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10 Best Trackpads & Touchpads of 2021

Just Creative

When you buy a computer, the standard piece of equipment that you would use to perform actions is a mouse, right? Well, did you know that there is another peripheral out there that allows you to do many of the same functions? Meet the trackpad.

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The Eraser: Confronting childhood trauma through art and photography

Creative Boom

All images courtesy of the artist. Growing up black, many of us can remember the time when we realised we were "different".

My Favorite Typefaces of 2020

I Love Typography

Read the book, Typographic Firsts. After a decade, ILT's annual Favorite Fonts list is back.

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Webinar Survey 2021 Graphic Arts Today

Can you believe we are in 2021? 2020 was a challenging year for graphic artists and freelance professionals. Here at Graphic Arts Today, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our viewers. Graphic Arts Today’s many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our webinars, we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how webinars have affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button below:

Distressed Halftone Textures Pack for Premium Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a useful set of textures to download this week, courtesy of Shapeshift.

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Polly Nor's affecting lockdown animation will get you through a new one

Creative Boom

The UK is in another lockdown, and no doubt it'll inspire creatives to create great work just like the last one did. Case in point: Polly Nor's first short story animated film, as created completely during quarantine with animator Andy Baker. Titled How Have You Been?

Best Mechanical Pencils for Artists & Designers in 2021

Just Creative

“An animator is an actor with a pencil.”. That quote, from the legendary cartoonist Chuck Jones perfectly illustrates the importance of a pencil in the hand of a designer or artist. With the right tools, they can create anything that their imagination sees in their mind and put it on paper.

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Photographer Spotlight: Sasha Phyars-Burgess

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Olivia Twist’s illustrations celebrate the intricacy of everyday stories

Creative Review

London-based illustrator Olivia Twist had an early introduction to the world of visual creativity. Her grandad showed her how to draw when she was four or five years old, and more importantly how the practice can be used as a tool for self-expression.

Design Thinking Strategies for Facilitating Growth and Performance

Speaker: Carrie Cousins, Founder and Freelancer Writer & Designer at Carrie Cousins LLC

Design thinking is at the root of creative success. Seriously! But do you know how to shift your mindset and creative process – as well as that of your team – to create and ideate in ways that are truly innovative? The most inspired and innovative teams and individual designers need to be a part of a culture that enables forward-thinking, acceleration, and efficiency. It’s a combination of creative, analytical, and collaborative approaches that produce results.

Toronto’s DesignTO Goes Digital: A Guide to 2021’s Must-Sees

Azure Magazine

Thanks to a number of digital interventions, the 11th annual DesignTO – Canada’s largest design festival – is still a go for 2021.

Artists transform a giant, disused water tower into a psychedelic flower bed

Creative Boom

All images courtesy of JustKids. If you happen to visit Fort Chaffee in Arkansas this year, you'll undoubtedly spot a giant former water tower on the horizon, covered in colourful gradient pattern and featuring larger than life psychedelic illustrations of varied flora and vegetation from the region.

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Top 10 Blackletter Calligraphy Brushes for Procreate

Just Creative

Originating in Northern Europe during the 11th century, the Blackletter Calligraphy style, also also known as Gothic or Black Letter, evolved as it spread throughout Europe. The vertical structure was created to mimic the architecture of gothic cathedrals.

“This Low Mound of Earth” by Photographer Jen Mawson

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Now More Than Ever: Why Communication is Essential For Your Business

Speaker: Danielle Hughes, Chief Personality Officer, More Than Words Marketing

In this presentation, you'll hear from Danielle Hughes, a copywriting and branding expert, on how you can use your personality to connect with your clients and stand out from the clutter. On how being vulnerable and real will create stronger connections and affinity, and how knowing your brand and your audience makes messaging easier for you and more relatable for them.

Oops! Dealing with Your Freelance Mistakes

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Among the harshest realities of being a freelance web designer (and a human) is that we’re bound to make mistakes. None of us can escape that fact. Therefore, we may as well accept it. Still, there are major differences in the severity of the mistakes we make.

Uncommon and artist Saiman Chow build a “phantasmagoric” world for mortgage company Habito

Its Nice That

The fantastical new identity features psychedelic colours and a fresh approach to typography, adding wings to the word mark’s ‘o’.

Best Cameras & Memory Cards for Beginners in 2021

Just Creative

Taking up photography can be a very enjoyable and maybe even lucrative hobby to start. The problem is that when you’re first starting, it can get a little overwhelming at the sight of all the gear that’s out there.

“Piers” by Photographer Jo Metson Scott

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Recession Proof Your Business

Speaker: Ean

Facts fight fear. This presentation will outline specific actions you can take to protect your cash manage debt to increase your chances of success in an economic downturn. Suitable for all size businesses (side hustle to C-Corp) with any bookkeeping system.

Marcus Rashford lends his voice to Aldi’s child poverty animation

Creative Review

Child food poverty was drastically brought under the spotlight in 2020, however with politicians largely failing to grasp nor rectify the situation, the responsibility of applying pressure fell into the hands of vocal campaigners – most prominently Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford.

More Than 90 Artists Create Original Works on Vintage Envelopes for ‘Couriers of Hope’

Colossal

By Andrew Hem. What brings you hope? That’s the central question behind a new group exhibition presented by Port City Creative Guild.

Anthony Burrill's largest mural to date offers Leeds a positive start to 2021

Creative Boom

All images courtesy of Anthony Burrill / In Good Company. A new mural designed by Anthony Burrill has appeared in Leeds city centre, marking a positive start to 2021 and is the graphic artist's biggest ever work to date.

Top 15 Best Texture Brushes for Procreate

Just Creative

When you create beautiful artwork using a standard brush on the Procreate app, the artwork can look a bit flat, especially if you’re creating something with fur or hair. A texture brush can take a flat image and make it look soft, fluffy, or even gritty.

Practical Financial Advice for Creatives in Crisis

Speaker: Jason Blumer, CPA

This webinar provides practical and honest financial advice for those running creative businesses in crisis. The economic disruption brought about by the spread of the coronavirus has caught us all by surprise. Come learn how you need to act now in areas of cash, finances, tax, and the financial side of your business. There will be a time for Q&A as well

“Federal Triangle” by Photographer Mike Osborne

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Without User Consent: An Ethical Dilemma for WordPress Plugin Developers

Speckyboy Design Magazine

I recently discovered that a popular WordPress plugin had enabled automatic updates without explicitly informing users. How did I find out? I received emails from each site where the plugin was installed informing me that an update had been completed. But it gets better.

How Phunk pioneered a riotous clash of art and design in Singapore

Creative Review

The monograph – named after a 2003 artwork – looks back on the early days of the studio, which was launched around the same time that the Apple Macintosh and software such as Adobe Illustrator were beginning to be widely used.

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Beat the January slump with these essential tips from leading artists and illustrators

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Shutterstock / By Rawpixel.com. January always seems to be a slow month," says London-based illustrator Hazel Mead. The last two years, I panicked and wondered whether I should change my career.

Reader Survey 2021 Graphic Arts Today

Can you believe we are in 2021? 2020 was a challenging year for graphic artists and freelance professionals. Here at Graphic Arts Today, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Graphic Arts Today’s many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site, we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.

The Best Graphics Cards for Video Editing in 2021

Just Creative

When you’re a video editor, having the best tools to do your job is extremely important but if your current technology is out of date, how do you know what the best replacement would be?

“Down a Stream” by Photographer Jenica Heintzelman

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10 Must-See Exhibitions of 2021

Azure Magazine

Our annual list of not-to-be-missed architecture and design shows is looking a bit different this year.