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Bold new book from Counter Print celebrates the joys of 3D typography

Creative Boom

Counter Print's latest book, Three Dimensional Type, is a thing of beauty that will teach you a lot about this ever-evolving discipline. Three-dimensional typography has held a special allure in the design world for many years now. It has an uncanny power to captivate and engage viewers and lift your designs beyond the normal 2D type. 3D type can help elevate your design work in various ways by injecting a palpable sense of realism, for example, or alternatively, a spirit of playfulness and humo

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5 Iconic Prints Expand the Herman Miller Archival Poster Collection

Design Milk

History often repeats itself, but the implications of iconic design re-entering the zeitgeist are favorable to the human race. Herman Miller – the home furnishings brand, pioneer in ergonomic craft, and purveyor of timeless design – expands their nostalgic Archival Poster Collection with the introduction of five historical pieces by industry-leading artists, which includes Barbara Loveland, Linda Powell, Tomoko Miho, John Massey, and Steve Frykholm, hailing from the in-house graphics team.

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Illustrator Chad Grenier on how he connects with people through art and follows his dreams

Creative Boom

Quebec-based illustrator and graphic designer Chad Grenier uses his beautiful illustrations as a means of connecting with other people and the world around him. We caught up with him to learn how he's inspired by everything from Wes Anderson to his grandparents, as well as hearing how he stays focused on his creative ambitions. Like most artists, Chad Grenier feels he's following an inner calling.

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New York Botanical Garden by Wolff Olins

BP&O

It must be something of a dream project when an agency gets commissioned to work on those big-name cultural clients – museums, art galleries, orchestras, theatre companies, et al. You’d expect such projects to be a departure from the constraints and stakeholder-limitations of corporate clients; and perhaps a chance to be more creative than usual, thanks to the nature of The post New York Botanical Garden by Wolff Olins appeared first on BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion.

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Let's Talk Trends: Designing for Maximum Impact

Speaker: Amber Asay, Creative Director and Founder of award-winning design studio Nice People

Understanding what trends are happening and how they’re impacting the competitive landscape is crucial to providing top dollar design strategy to your clients. With so many trends coming and going, it can be overwhelming to determine which ones you should capitalize on and which ones might not be worth the trouble. In this exclusive webinar with Amber Asay, we’ll explore graphic design trends that need to die, trends that are starting to pick up and why, trends that have come and gone, and how t

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A Mid-Century Modern Inspired Apartment Overlooking the Water

Design Milk

The Oceana Retreat is a minimal residence located in Bal Harbour, Florida, designed by Hino Studio. The clients, avid art collectors, wanted to showcase their love for both Latin-American flair and European mid-century aesthetics. The design direction is made right from the beginning with the selection of a Gio Ponti style entry foyer floor, which set the tone for the rest of the apartment.

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Bauhaus Graphic Design: Past, Present, and Future

Inkbot Design

Bauhaus Graphic Design : Past, Present, and Future The Bauhaus school revolutionised graphic design by pioneering bold, minimalist styles emphasising function over ornamentation. From 1919 to 1933, the Bauhaus united fine arts and crafts to create practical yet beautiful designs for the machine age. Bauhaus graphic designers embraced mixed-media collages, vibrant colours, and inventive typography to create posters, advertisements, magazines, and more that broke past conventions.

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F. C. Variable: Rob en Robin create customisable illustrations inspired by variable fonts

Creative Boom

The worlds of illustration and variable fonts collide in a new project from creative duo Rob en Robin titled F. C. Variable. In it, the pair explore how users can manipulate exported images to create customisable results. Variable fonts have shaken up the world of typography by making it easier for designers to create custom letterforms. But what if the same could apply to illustrations?

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McDonald's Canada Brings the World of Anime to Customers With 'WcDonald's' Promotion

The Die Line

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Breaking Barriers Through Creativity

Lisa Maltby

When contemplating my career choices, a creative profession often appeared as a realm exclusive to the privileged few – individuals armed with financial safety nets from their parents, insider insights and connections to influential figures in creative studios, galleries, and the world of expensive art supplies. In my early years, the creative sector felt distant and unfamiliar; gallery visits were non-existent, and encounters with professional artists, illustrators, or designers were unheard of

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The Democratization of Design: Giving Creators & Marketers the Tools to Succeed

Brands must create and share impactful content to thrive, but they have less people, tighter budgets, and fewer resources to do so. Learn how to publish and market digital content with the same professionalism as organizations with million-dollar budgets.

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26 New Fresh Free Fonts For Graphic Designers

Graphic Design Junction

In the modern typography lettering world, fonts are a big part of design, and having lots of different ones that are up-to-date can really improve your creative work. With 2024 upon us, it’s time to refresh your font collection with the latest free offerings. In this article, we’ll explore a curated selection of new and fresh free fonts that graphic designers can download to keep their font library up to date and their designs cutting-edge.

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'The human body is magical': Andy Huang's colourful illustrations depict people in a whole new light

Creative Boom

New York-based illustrator Andy Huang channels his knowledge of communication design into his illustrations of people to create colourful, expressive depictions that exude style and personality. We caught up with him to hear how they are made. Originally from Taiwan, Andy Huang is an American illustrator and graduate of the Pratt Institute. With a background in communication design, Andy went on to work for NYC agencies before pivoting in 2022 to focus on his freelance illustration career.

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Optimising Page Layout Design for Better UX

Inkbot Design

Optimising Page Layout Design for Better UX Creating a practical page layout is crucial for any website or publication. The layout directly impacts how easy and engaging your content is to read and navigate. Optimising your page design requires considering multiple factors, from typography and whitespace to grid systems and responsive design. This comprehensive guide will provide fundamental principles, strategies and tips to optimise your page layouts for enhanced usability and aesthetics.

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The Baldwin Furniture Collection Pulls All Eyes to Its Flat Fluted Details

Design Milk

We can add Croft House to the ever-growing list of brands releasing exceptional 2024 collections – the year is off to a great start in the world of design. When Croft House’s design team began working on the Baldwin Collection , they found inspiration in a place where dimension and layout meet. Handcrafted in Los Angeles, California, by a small team, the four-piece furniture suite features a bed, nightstand, mirror, and credenza, each constructed from solid oak and detailed in a flat flute

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Rethinking Creative Workflows: Increasing Efficiency in the Design Process

As the design industry evolves, teams are facing new challenges and a need to produce more outstanding creative work than ever. Leaders must learn how to adapt their processes to solve today’s—and tomorrow’s—unique design challenges. In this e-book, you’ll learn how to establish your creative workflow and leverage the power of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite to streamline the entire design process, from start to finish.

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TWYG by Seachange

BP&O

At some point over the past half decade or so, someone somewhere decided that vowels were profoundly uncool: see Anthropologie’s wedding line BHLDN; “virtual sneaker” brand [what?!] and Nike acquisition RTFK; Blndr (yes, it’s a blender) and the likes of Tumblr, Pixlr, and Flickr, which dared to sneak in just the one. Reading such words feels a bit like learning The post TWYG by Seachange appeared first on BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion.

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Map of most common domesticated animals

FlowingData

Based on data from the USDA Census of Agriculture , this map by John Johnson shows the predominant domesticated animal in each county in the United States. It nonchalantly includes humans.

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12 Ways to Find Potential Clients on Instagram

Inkbot Design

12 Ways to Find Potential Clients on Instagram Instagram is home to over 2 billion monthly active users. With such a massive user base, it's unsurprising that many businesses and entrepreneurs leverage Instagram to find potential clients. But with so many users, how do you cut through the noise to identify and connect with those most likely to become paying customers?

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A Vibrant Tokyo Building With a Vertical Rainbow Facade

Design Milk

In the heart of Tokyo, a once mundane narrow office building has undergone a radical transformation, emerging as the radiant Vertical Rainbow Office Building designed by SAKO Architects. Breaking free from the surrounding conventional design, this architectural headquarters stands as a testament to creativity, identity, and a splash of vibrant hues.

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Creative Insights: Data-Backed Trends to Help You Design Successful Content

In today’s competitive markets, how do you make sure that your content not only stands out but performs well? How can you predict whether certain design choices will result in clicks, engagement, downloads, and other drivers of ROI? Shutterstock’s Creative Insights Report (Q3) is your window into the hottest trends that are transforming the creative world.

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Vanity Fair Redux: Poltrona Frau and Fornasetti Join Forces

Azure Magazine

When two historic Italian icons get together , the result can be magic. Such is the alchemy between furniture brand Poltrona Frau and decor legend Fornasetti: The design houses recently collaborated on a reissue of the Vanity Fair XC chair with an illustration of a sun and moon “rising over swirling clouds.” The upholstery recalls the style of imagery that adorns the prodigious output of Fornasetti, which has 13,000 works to its name (many featuring the visage of opera singer Lina Ca

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How to turn your illustrations into stop-motion animation: 10 expert tips

Creative Bloq

Experts share their advice to help you turn your ideas and illustrations into seamless stop motion pieces.

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Amber Day on illustrating the new collaboration between TAG Heuer and Malbon

Creative Boom

Globe-trotting illustrator Amber Day , AKA VISBII, has created her own unique spin on the Malbon mascot in a new collaboration which pairs up the golf character with luxury watch manufacturer TAG Heuer. We caught up with her to hear how she created it across time zones and how the pitch went better than expected. We're big fans of Amber Day at Creative Boom, having previously explored the psychology of her work and how she tackles the physicality of emotion , so we were excited to hear that she'

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Retro Packaging Design: Bringing Back Vintage Styles

Inkbot Design

Retro Packaging Design: Bringing Back Vintage Styles Retro packaging design is making a major comeback these days. Brands are increasingly using elements of nostalgic, vintage package styles to tap into consumers’ memories and emotions. This strategic design choice provides an extra layer of sensory experience that standard packaging simply can’t match.

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Web Design for All: Accessibility, Inclusivity and Beyond

Speaker: Eden Spivak, Design Expert and Editor at Wix & Nir Horesh, Accessibility Lead and Senior Product Manager at Wix

When we design products or websites for people like ourselves, there are many others who are, as a result, left out. From visually impaired users who rely on assistive technology, to people with a temporary injury such as a broken arm, tech users are forever diverse and beautifully unique. The products we design can, and should, reflect the extremely wide range of human experiences and needs.

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HAORI Mixes Light With the Tradition of Wearing a Kimono

Design Milk

Atsushi Shindo’s award-winning artful lighting, HAORI , made me feel warm and safe the first time I saw it, as though each conical piece was welcoming me into an embrace. The “enwrapped light” was exhibited at Salone and then at the Interior Lifestyle 2023 fair where HAORI received the coveted Young Designer Award. Inspired by the traditional Japanese kimono, or “Haori,” the lampshade stands on its own, spreading its luminescence through a gentle curved surface.

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Backstage Roasters: Unveiling a Brand Identity Steeped in Exploration

We And The Color

Backstage Roasters isn’t your average coffee shop. They’re explorers, venturing beyond the realm of familiar beans, seeking unique flavors, and forging connections across the globe. Andstudio understood this adventurous spirit and crafted a brand identity that reflects their journey, transforming the way Backstage interacts with coffee enthusiasts.

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The 3 capabilities designers need to build for the AI era

UX Collective

The reverse reckoning of UX design. 3 key design capabilities of the AI era “These goofy little AI models need our help!” …this was one of my biggest insights from a user test last week. From the outside, it looked just like a traditional usability test , featuring an upbeat researcher (that’s me), an unknowing participant, and a series of tasks to be completed using a digital tool.

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Books About Food: Hit Instagram account launches new website that will be the 'IMDb of cookbooks'

Creative Boom

Popular Instagram account Books About Food has amassed a following of thousands by carefully curating the best food books you may have missed. And now it's gone a step further by launching a new site , which aims to be a comprehensive directory of top cookbook releases. If you're after some creative culinary inspiration, you need to follow Books About Food.

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From Visualization to Execution: Exploring Our Strengths as Designers

Speaker: Sean Adams, ArtCenter College of Design

Thomas Edison once said “Vision without execution is hallucination.” This statement applies not just to invention, but to graphic design. One of the greatest strengths of graphic designers is the ability to first develop a concept and then execute it to make it real. From visualization and ideation all the way through to actuation and execution, each step of this process takes skill and expertise.