Christmas 2017

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Animals Art children's book Chris Dunn Illustration Christmas Christmas 2017 Cute Paisley Rabbit And The Treehouse Contest pre-order TreeA surprise Christmas party for Paisley's little brother. Merry Christmas everybody!! Here's a festive illustration from 'Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest' which is due for release in March 2018. You can see lots more images from the story on my website , and you can now pre-order the book from all international variants of amazon.

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Integrated 2017

Inspo Finds

Earlier this month in Antwerp saw Integrated 2017 , an international art + design conference at Desingel. The 2017 edition focuses on the art & design of the civil domain, an ambiguous third space between market and state, where innovative design ideas, both physical and virtual, are more than often incubated in a grey zone between legality and illegality.' We love this brand and really enjoyed seeing the Integrated 2017 in real life as well as shared throughout social media.

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London Film & Comic Con 2017

Emmeline Illustration

LFCC2017 A post shared by Emmeline Pidgen (@emmelinedraws) on Jul 28, 2017 at 3:23am PDT With only a few weeks to go until Thought Bubble Comic Festival , I thought it was high time I give you a round-up of London Film and Comic Con ! LFCC2017 #LFCC A post shared by Emmeline Pidgen (@emmelinedraws) on Jul 29, 2017 at 2:06am PDT The convention was heeeeaving with celebrities and fans stampeding to meet them - which made everything quite surreal! London Film & Comic Con! I'M HERE!

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Peacock Arts Trail 2017

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Art ceramics Chris Dunn Illustration claire baker limited edition prints open studio Peacock Arts Trail 2017 the wind in the willows watercolourOpen Studios In North West Wiltshire 30 Sept - 8 Oct peacockartstrail.co.uk I will be sharing a space with the ceramic artist Claire Baker for this year’s Peacock Arts Trail, and it would be wonderful to see you there. I will be exhibiting some originals and a large selection of signed limited edition prints.

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Cheerful Wallpapers To Deck Your December Desktop (2017 Edition)

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Cheerful Wallpapers To Deck Your December Desktop (2017 Edition). Cheerful Wallpapers To Deck Your December Desktop (2017 Edition). All wallpapers featured in this post can be downloaded for free and come in versions with and without a calendar for December 2017. “2017 will end, hope the last month, you can do what you want to do, seize the time, cherish yourself, expect next year we will be better!”

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition)

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition). Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition). This post features their artwork for September 2017. This post features their artwork for September 2017. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Cosima Mielke. 2017-08-31T17:57:51+00:00. 2019-10-16T18:36:56+00:00.

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How To Manage Inspiration Overload

Telepathy

I’ve been using this solution for all of 2017 and I’ve never been more inspired, informed, productive, and peaceful. Written by Telepathy Design Manager, Brad Soroka, this article originally appeared on the Trello blog. There’s never been a better time in history to search out and uncover creative inspiration. In fact, the internet is uniting us like never before: it’s giving us all information overload.

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Fujifilm X-T2 Review

A Beautiful Mess

I have been receiving a lot of of requests for a review on my Fujifilm X-T2. As some of you may know, I’ve had progressively nicer Canon SLR cameras since I was switched over from film (augh! yes- I used to shoot film exclusively as a necessity and not a novelty). I went through three or four (can’t remember for sure) models in over the past decade and I absolutely love those cameras! So, you’re probably thinking, why did you switch to a smaller, less powerful camera?

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How to Make Memes

Design Wizard

The Meme Effect. There have been many internet crazes since the inception of the World Wide Web in 1989. Most are short-lived and seem to blow up overnight but fade almost as quickly. Some of these fleeting fads include the ice-bucket challenge, planking and the outrageously obnoxious supermarket-based spectacle that was gallon smashing. . But other online crazes have proved far more steadfast. Some have even earned a permanent place in the hallowed halls of internet phenomena.

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A Color Story: Using Curves for Outdoor Photos

A Beautiful Mess

When figuring out the curves feature on A Color Story , it can be confusing. So we’re having Arielle Vey share what she knows about curves and how they can make your photos pop! Hey, everyone! It’s Arielle, photographer and creator of the Weekend pack in A Color Story. I’m jumping in today to start a series of tutorials on curves and how to use this tool to its fullest potential.

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Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Make November Even More Colorful (2017 Edition)

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Make November Even More Colorful (2017 Edition). Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Make November Even More Colorful (2017 Edition). All artworks in this collection come in versions with and without a calendar for November 2017 , so it’s up to you to decide if you want to have the month always in sight or just some distraction-free inspiration. Cosima Mielke. 2017-10-31T15:27:44+00:00. 2019-10-16T18:36:56+00:00.

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Telepathy Rebrand: The Complexity of Simplicity

Telepathy

Intro to the rebrand. Last week we launched the most complex rebrand we’ve ever done. We infamously put this project off for many years, due to the energy and resources that would be required to do it right. This wasn’t solely a new website and logo, this rebrand included a new direction with our company name and much of our design/brand system. At the same time, it had to embody where we came from and how we’ve evolved over the last 16 years.

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Building a Global Community of Typographic Practice

Typographica

The first North American ISTD Annual Student Assessment was hosted at Kent State in February of 2017. The briefs for the 2017 scheme will be available online on October 1, with the assessment planned for April 13, 2018. In 1928, Vincent Steer, the self-described “advertising typographer” behind the book Printing Design and Layout (1934), established the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) in the UK.

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EBook Cover Art Top Tips

Design Wizard

The popularity of eBooks amongst consumers and B2B audiences continues to rise. Whether your eBook is distributed as a a content upgrades on your websites, a self-publishing platform such as Wattpad or commercial publishing site such as Amazon Kindle the one thing your eBook has to have is a cover that stands out on the digital shelf. Here are my top tips for creating irresistible eBooks your audience can’t wait to read: Stand out on the shelf.

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National Wildlife Federation: Ranger Rick Cub

Anna Raff Illustration

Beginning with their December 2017 issue and over the course of 2018, my illustrations will be featured in the National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick Cub magazine for a beginning reader series. "Tracks in the Snow". Each issue contains two spreads with brief text centered around kids and their relationship with nature, along with prompts to spark a conversation with parents. In the first piece—"Tracks in the Snow"—two toddlers follow a mysterious set of footprints to a hole in a tree.

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Teaching at the SVA Summer Residency

Anna Raff Illustration

This week brought to a close another June of teaching Illustration at the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency. Now in it’s tenth year, the residency gives artists a chance to immerse themselves in the New York illustration world through a rigorous program of coursework, as well as visits with professionals, organizations, and exhibitions. Focusing on narrative illustration, my class guides students through the creation of a series of images inspired by a text of their choosing.

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Our Favorite Typefaces of 2017

Typographica

What can be said is that each of these 2017 releases inspired at least one admirer among our distinguished group of designers, educators, and enthusiasts to take time away from their day jobs and pen their personal praises. The “Favorite Typefaces of 2017” graphic is set in Respira Black and Halyard. Welcome to our twelfth annual celebration of new type design.

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UCreative’s Graphic Design Reading List

Ucreative

We asked a few designers, marketers, and advertising professionals who’ve worked with UCreative to give us their recommends. These books and compilations range from fresh releases, to classic tomes. Graphic design is a wide and increasingly specialized field, so we tried to keep recommendations as general as possible. There are hundreds (ok, maybe just dozens) of truly great design books out there, so please give us the title of your recommended books in the comments.

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STYLE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

FSketcher

Archeologists and historians have explored many fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt, thanks to survived artifacts left by this extraordinary civilization. The ubiquity and abundance of beauty products bring a big question. On the one hand, it is likely that the Egyptians had a strong admiration for a superficial look, much as most of us today. Possibly, they even set the standards for our modern perception of beauty.

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Working in Deep Space

Anna Raff Illustration

In the beginning, there are many circles. These days you’ll find me in deep space as I complete final art for my next picture book collaboration with Candlewick Press. THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD is a collection of humorous poems about space by poet, performer, and educator, Allan Wolf. Of course, sharing art at this stage is verboten, but here are a few details from my desk. sometimes with a dash of salt. Virtually every one of my illustrations starts off on paper.

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Millennials are changing the user experience of finance

Telepathy

Millennials are poised to become the largest demographic group in the world by the end of the decade. That’s less than 3 years away, folks, and as the stats start rolling in, we’re seeing that they have a very different approach to managing their finances.

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The Pyte Foundry

Typographica

This is not a typical typeface review. It’s a review of a whole foundry. I don’t know why I took it upon myself to review fifty-two typefaces instead of just one, but I feel it’s necessary to review them together. These fifty-two typefaces gave me much joy in 2016, and I want to give some of that back to their creator. The Foundry. Stefan Ellmer (also known as Ellmer Stefan, following the Austro-Hungarian name order) is an amazing designer.

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What's News with Me…

Anna Raff Illustration

What's news with me? I guess, a lot, since it's been a while since I updated this page. The late summer and early fall have kept me plenty busy. It's that time of year again! As with past Octobers, I'm participating in #Inktober—the month of ink drawings shared on social media—with my own spin in the form of #Oinktober. If you'd like to follow my pigs' progress, check out my Instagram for a new pig drawing each day.

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Uncharacteristic Characters

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

16 June 2017. I recently had the privilege of speaking at the third annual Typographics conference, an event organized by the Type@Cooper program at The Cooper Union, to share a new project with fellow designers. While visually this new typeface would be unlike anything we’ve ever done before, in many ways it’s the quintessential H&Co project, taking on many of the themes that have characterized our work over the past twenty-eight years.

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Brilliant E-book Cover Art Tips For Wattpad

Design Wizard

Why Wattpad? Wattpad gives people from around the world access to an audience of millions, and connects them with content they can’t find anywhere. With an audience of 55 million monthly users there Wattpad provides businesses to authors with a uniquely social way to interact with your audience and grow your readers base. To date more than 375 million stories have been added to Wattpad.

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Fujifilm X-T2 Review

A Beautiful Mess

I have been receiving a lot of of requests for a review on my Fujifilm X-T2. As some of you may know, I’ve had progressively nicer Canon SLR cameras since I was switched over from film (augh! yes- I used to shoot film exclusively as a necessity and not a novelty). I went through three or four (can’t remember for sure) models in over the past decade and I absolutely love those cameras! So, you’re probably thinking, why did you switch to a smaller, less powerful camera?

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10 TIPS TO KICKSTART YOUR FASHION ILLUSTRATION CAREER

FSketcher

The new year is here and it is time to evaluate your fashion illustration career and make a mega-plan of action for 2018. It is time to move to the next level, commit yourself to your creative job and stretch yourself artistically. Here are 10 tips to kickstart your illustrator’s career. Be intentional If you want to improve at anything, first of all, you have to decide to do it. You need to make a commitment and even schedule regular time in your week and/or your day to pursue drawing.

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5 Ways to Inspire Confidence in Investors with Brand Identity

Creative Live

When you’re at a party with new people, you don’t get balance sheets with everyone’s statistics and track record. You don’t form impressions based on their “friendship retention percentage” or “personal growth projections.” You decide who you like and don’t like based on their personality — their identity — because that’s just what humans do. So why would you think brands are any different?

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Kakadu

Typographica

Designing something directly on a computer, like many people do these days, risks letting the computer dictate the forms of the thing you design. It’s easier to draw a perfectly straight line in a font editor than it is to draw an organic-looking almost-straight line. Kakadu finds inspiration in the rigid vectors used in early technical computer fonts, and takes them as a challenge.

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Using the Internet of Things to extend your brand essence

Telepathy

Every once in awhile, a product design challenge comes along that we just can’t resist jumping on, even if it’s quite a departure from the majority of our past work. We tend to view these scenarios as good opportunities to explore just what’s possible in a new medium, and to further hone and stress-test our philosophies on good product design that stands the test of time—whether it’s built with code, atoms or both.

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Failure to Launch: How UX design can save the Internet of Things

Telepathy

Smart devices that collect & use data in the real world could transform our lives—but first we’ve got to figure out how to actually use the darn things. Hey, psst! I don’t mean to make you paranoid or anything, but I heard that all your smart devices have been talking with each other about you, behind your back… You two-faced little mofos don’t fool me for one second….

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Typographic Doubletakes

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

Avoid the Obvious. When reaching for a different weight, turning to a sympathetic but distinctively different typeface can add drama to a design. Sentinel and Archer are two slab serifs with very different origins — one a nineteenth century ‘Antique,’ the other a twenty-first century invention full of circular ‘ball terminals’ — but using them together adds visual interest to an otherwise muted composition.

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France passes law that says Photoshopped images must have a disclaimer

David Airey

Another French law that took effect in May 2017 requires all European models working in France to present a medical certificate, and the doctor who signs off on the certificate must pay extra attention to body mass index (BMI). The law means that any models appearing in commercial photography whose bodies have been made thinner or thicker using image software must be labelled with “Photographie retouchée” (edited photograph). Lady Gaga called out Glamour for Photoshopping her cover image.

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VELVET IN FASHION | ABOUT FABRIC

FSketcher

In this post, I’d like to focus on one of the most glamorous fabrics of all times, Velvet, which has experienced a revival in popularity over the last few years. Velvet has been used for ages to create some of the most splendid eveningwear imaginable. From royal robes through to the most recent haute-couture dresses, all have utilized velvet fabrics as their main material.

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Game Of Thrones & Secret Illustration Process

Emmeline Illustration

A post shared by Emmeline Pidgen (@emmelinedraws) on Aug 13, 2017 at 3:12pm PDT It's been a fair few weeks since we waved goodbye to season seven of Game of Thrones on tv; but I wanted to finally share my Thrones-inspired illustrations with you, and give you a peek at my process! A post shared by Emmeline Pidgen (@emmelinedraws) on Aug 27, 2017 at 5:44pm PDT.

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TOP ONLINE COLOR SCHEME GENERATORS

FSketcher

Picking a nice color combination can be a challenge for any kind of artist. If you are a fashion designer, finding the best color combos is crucial. Not long ago, you had to sharpen your eyes with years of practice to build nice color schemes. However, things became much easier today. Pick your favorite color scheme generator or two to assist you with building harmonious color palettes. Moreover, working with these apps is so inspirational COOLORS This is one of my favorite web apps.

Fresh Pickin's

Inspo Finds

Fresh Pickin’s is a new Organic Vegetable juice brand, designed by South African-based illustrator and animator Fran Labuschagne. A totally organic juice made from only the freshest of produce from a local family-run farm. The playful, changeable typography leads the brand’s modern, clean look, followed by Fran’s brilliant illustrations which depicts the different tastes depending on the season. Fran’s illustration style is a dynamic mix of geometric shapes with an obvious organic touch.

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Introducing Peristyle

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

So many of a typeface’s attributes have obvious associations for readers. Extreme weights can suggest delicacy or strength; extreme widths can be bustling or contemplative. Even the size of the lowercase sends a quick signal to the reader: a small lowercase can read as precious, and a large one can feel gentle and good-natured.

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Why I Switched To Sketch For UI Design (And Never Looked Back)

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Version 43, released in April 2017, seemed like a small update, barring one huge change: a completely reworked file format. Version 44 arrived in May 2017 with a completely reworked resizing interface for symbols, groups and artboards — heavily inspired by the UI in Figma , probably Sketch’s closest competitor at the moment. Why I Switched To Sketch For UI Design (And Never Looked Back). Why I Switched To Sketch For UI Design (And Never Looked Back). Ashish Bogawat.

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A Sprint Story Chapter One: Mapping Monday & the Meaning of Empathy

Telepathy

A Sprint Story. Design Sprints are a highly structured week-long approach to solving problems. There’s a strict schedule. There’s an outlined series of exercises to follow. There’s even a timer to ensure things are on task. The structure of a Design Sprint is what makes it so successful and productive, but within that format there are moments of uncertainty and ambiguity. And it’s during those times when the unexpected happens.

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