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Positive stories from freelance creatives to boost your mood in a recession

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock Feeling grim about your prospects? We help lift your mood by sharing positive stories from creatives about the moments that make life worth living. On a bit of a downer? Well, that's not surprising. The global economy is currently on a downturn, and people are feeling the strain across the world. And even if you're still managing to keep on top of the rent, there's no shame in feeling a little down about your prospects for continuing success as a freelancer.

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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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Fresh tools to help creatives run their freelance practice in 2024

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock We asked the Creative Boom community what tools save them the most time and effort, and here's what they had to say. It doesn't matter how talented you are in your chosen creative discipline; that's only half of the work of being a successful freelancer. The other half is about staying organised and productive so you can deliver everything on time and get paid promptly.

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20 Weird and Wacky Websites To Inspire Creative UX Strategies

Inkbot Design

20 Weird and Wacky Websites To Inspire Creative UX Strategies A website is built every three seconds. With more online users, tricks, and tools than ever, any brand can create a website with just a few clicks. As we welcome AI-powered website builders , formatted WIX and WordPress templates and a digitally native generation to the mix, it is becoming more challenging than ever to create a website experience that is well remembered.

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Lets 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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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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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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How to Become a Web Designer with Zero Experience

Inkbot Design

How to Become a Web Designer with Zero Experience Are you tired of your tedious 9-5 job? Have you always fancied yourself as a bit of a creative? Think you've got an eye for good design? Well, have I got the career change for you? Web design could be your ticket to greener pastures. These days, every business needs an online presence. And who do they turn to to build their websites?

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Last day to get 40% off all Adobe Creative Cloud apps in the UK

Creative Bloq

This Creative Cloud bargain is for any individual plan - but students get an extra special discount.

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Amazing Portrait Illustrations by Arunas Kacinskas

Graphic Design Junction

Arunas Kacinskas is an freelance Portrait illustrator artist based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Whose work transcends the boundaries of conventional illustration, weaving a narrative tapestry that captures the imagination with its vivid imagery and emotive storytelling. At the heart of Kacinskas’ artistic vision lies a deep understanding of human nature, coupled with a keen eye for detail and a penchant for the surreal.

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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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Cara Ziruo Wang's delightful illustrations depict the 24 solar terms of the traditional Chinese calendar

Creative Boom

Rhode Island School of Design student Cara Ziruo Wang has translated China's rich cultural history into a series of elegant and inspiring illustrations for the country's children's literary magazine October Kids. We caught up with her to learn more about how they were made and how they inspire different children worldwide. For Western readers, the course of the year is broken down into the familiar rhythm of twelve months and four seasons.

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Olivia Cognet’s Big Move Leads to New Ceramic Pieces

Design Milk

Raised in Nice, France, where she trained at the Villa Arson, ceramic artist Olivia Cognet spent six years in Los Angeles learning to model clay. Now, she’s returned to her native South of France to push her work further. “Here, I feel more inspired than ever. I hope to be able to make the monumental pieces that I dream of,” Cognet says of her move to Vallauris on the Côte d’Azur.

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How to Pitch Your Designs to Clients Like a Pro

Inkbot Design

How to Pitch Your Designs to Clients Like a Pro So, you've spent countless hours crafting the perfect design. You've considered every tiny detail and are confident your creation will knock your client's socks off. But now comes the nerve-wracking part – pitching it. Presenting your designs can be daunting, but it's a crucial skill for any designer.

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Egypt's Smoochy Wants to Be the Willy Wonka of Mochi

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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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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Basic & Essential Command Lines Every Web Designers Should Know

HONGKIAT

If you’ve ever followed a web design or development tutorial, you might have seen instructions asking you to use commands like npm install or git clone. These instructions are for the Command Line Interface (CLI), a tool we use to instruct the computer to carry out specific actions , typically by entering commands in Terminal or Command Prompt. For web designers, using Terminal or Command Prompt might not seem the easiest, especially if you’re more accustomed to graphical interfaces.

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Behind Blue Eyes: Ukrainian children photo their lives in joyful charity art project

Creative Boom

For the last two years, the volunteer-run charity art project Behind Blue Eyes has shown the value of creativity to Ukrainian children by asking them to capture their lives with disposable film cameras. The resulting photos create a remarkably hopeful portrait of a country ravaged by war and even make dreams come true in the process. The last two years have seen Ukraine change beyond recognition.

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Color-Coded Spaces Help Employees Way-Find at the Relaxound Office

Design Milk

Gone are the days of boring beige offices with headache-inducing fluorescent lights and claustrophobic cubicles. The modern office embraces color, comfort, and connection – something exemplified by the new Relaxound office in Berlin, Germany, designed by Ester Bruzkus Architekten. “We love spaces within spaces, the blurring of inside and outside, unconventional color combinations, and material contrasts,” says Ester Bruzkus, Partner at Ester Bruzkus Architekten.

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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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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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This Funky Supplement Brand Has Some of the "Gutsiest" Typography We've Seen in a Minute

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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Uoga Uoga Branding by Andstudio

We And The Color

Unveiling the Juicy Transformation: Uoga Uoga’s Branding Revamp In a world where the hustle and bustle of city life often overshadow our connection with nature, Uoga Uoga emerges as a refreshing oasis. Born from the lush landscapes of Lithuania, this natural and organic cosmetics brand has not only captivated hearts locally but has also made its mark in major European cities.

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Zhanjiang Liu embraces unpredictability in his chaotic pen and ink drawings of daily life

Creative Boom

London-based creative Zhanjiang Liu switched to illustration after ten years of working in the design industry. Despite being a relatively new illustrator, his drawings explode off the page with a chaotic intensity as they capture the highs and lows of everyday life. Having previously worked as an art director for commercials at advertising agencies, Zhanjiang Liu felt it was time for something new.

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“American Glitch” Book by Artists Andrea Orejarena & Caleb Stein

Booooooom

‘American Glitch’ is a look at the slip between fact and fiction and how this manifests in the U.S. landscape. The work will launch with a solo exhibition at PALO Gallery opening February 9th on Bond Street in New York. The book (available here) will also launch at the gallery on 2/9. An artist talk with ICP curator David Campany, who wrote the introduction for the book, will be hosted at the gallery on March 1st.

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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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How To Get An Online Graphic Design Degree

Inkbot Design

How To Get An Online Graphic Design Degree Graphic design is a fun, creative field that blends art and technology. As a graphic designer, you can use your artistic talents to communicate ideas visually through images, layouts, typography, colours, and more. Sound appealing? An online graphic design degree could be perfect for you! This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about earning an online graphic design degree.

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Fishwife and Keystone Light Create Beer and Tin-Toting Tacklebox

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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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (February 2024)

HONGKIAT

Welcome to our February collection in the Fresh Resources series! As the new year unfolds, what better moment to explore new tools and resources? This edition is packed with exciting finds for both designers and developers. We’ve got everything from a site that guides you on creating components across different frameworks, to a brand new JavaScript package repository, a tool for diving deep into color spaces, and insights on CSS specificity.

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Logo Rhythm: new book celebrates band logos that rocked the world

Creative Boom

Love logos? Love music and all-things band culture? Love design books? Then, we have a Kickstarter project for you. In his day job, Jamie Ellul is the creative director at Supple Studio in Bath. But in his spare time, he's been working on an intriguing project with design writer Jim K Davies. It's a book with the self-explanatory title of Logo Rhythm – Band Logos That Rocked The World.

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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.