SVA Summer Residency 2018

Anna Raff Illustration

This month marks my fifth summer teaching in the School of Visual Arts Residency. Each year, a diverse group of students from around the world gather to immerse themselves in the New York illustration scene. As usual, this year's crop produced a stunning array of work. Here is just a small sampling from this terrific group. Links to their instagram pages can be found with each image

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018

Inspo Finds

The award returned for its second instalment in 2018 and The Hepworth asked Passport to be involved again. In 2016, Leeds based design agency, Passport , designed the much acclaimed brand identity for The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. The biennial award is awarded to any British or UK-based artist, of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture.

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10 Best Cities in the United States for Startups and Entrepreneurs (2018)

Crowd Spring

The post 10 Best Cities in the United States for Startups and Entrepreneurs (2018) appeared first on crowdspring Blog. Silicon Valley has dominated the U.S. startup ecosystem for many decades. Despite repeated efforts, only a few cities outside the Valley (New York and Boston) have historically had the critical mix of VC funding, network, and talent to fuel vibrant startup centers. Best startup city rankings have reflected this truth for a long time.

World Read Aloud Day 2018

Anna Raff Illustration

Thursday was my second time participating in World Read Aloud Day. As usual, it was a whirlwind day of Skype sessions with classrooms across the USA and Canada. I read a few of my books (THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED, YOU ARE NOT A CAT!, and A BIG SURPRISE FOR LITTLE CARD), shared some of my illustration process, and even snuck in a sneak peek at my next project. A little peak behind the scenes. South Windsor, CT. Talmo, GA. There's nothing like sharing books with kids.

Emmeline at LICAF 2018. Convention Announcement!

Emmeline Illustration

comic comic con comics convention emmeline pidgen. Exhibitions and Events illustration illustrator lakes international comic art festival LICAF

Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing: The Definitive Guide (2018)

Crowd Spring

If you want to learn more about chatbots generally, read Drift’s The 2018 State of Chatbots Report: How Chatbots Are Reshaping Online Experiences. The post Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing: The Definitive Guide (2018) appeared first on crowdspring Blog. This is a comprehensive guide to Facebook Messenger Marketing using chatbots. We know that the idea of using a chatbot can be a little intimidating, especially for startups and small businesses.

Live Portrait Illustration at National Freelancers Day 2018

Emmeline Illustration

Just over a month ago, I was invited to London to appear in the IPSE Freelancer's showcase and illustrate live portraits for National Freelancers Day! IPSE's NFD event took place in the beautiful King's Place venue, and I set up in a gorgeous room overlooking the canal. This was my fourth time at a National Freelancer's event, and after winning National Freelancer of the Year in 2016, I got to see the title passed on to the lovely Iona Bain in the freelancer awards this year!

Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018. Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018. According to the Chinese horoscope, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Therefore, be kind and gentle in 2018. Cosima Mielke. 2018-01-31T13:21:05+01:00. 2019-10-16T18:36:56+00:00.

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MAGNETS is a Bank Street Best Book of 2018!

Anna Raff Illustration

Each year, the Bank Street College of Education assembles a list of the Best Children's Books. I'm thrilled that MAGNETS PUSH, MAGNETS PULL by David A. Adler and me is among this great list of titles. "In In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers.

Free Wallpaper for November 2018

Six Leaf Design

Hello! It’s the second to last month of the year, can you believe it? The weather in Denver this week took a turn for the colder, so it’s really feeling like autumn now. It’s been a crazy last few months if I’m being honest. I’ve been working my patootie off to get everyone’s sites launched before the end of the year, and I launched FOUR client websites in October (check them out here by the way: Gray’s Compass , Cut The Fluff Consulting , Dialect Interior Design , and Stacey Russell Booth ).

Fluid Typography

Design Wizard

Fluid Typography =equals= Responsiveness of the Future. When the term responsiveness first entered the vocabulary of marketers and web designers, we used it to describe the future of email and website design. Web designers in particular were faced with a big challenge – creating websites that provided mobile, tablet and desktop users with a website that not only fit their screens but delivered an enjoyable experience. Responsiveness is not a new trend, but it is a very important one.

The Illusion of Control in Web Design

A List Apart

We all want to build robust and engaging web experiences. We scrutinize every detail of an interaction. We spend hours getting the animation swing just right. We refactor our JavaScript to shave tiny fractions of a second off load times. We control absolutely everything we can, but the harsh reality is that we control less than we think.

Free Wallpaper for December 2018

Six Leaf Design

Hello hello! Here I am on the last day of November scrambling to put together the free December wallpaper. To be perfectly honest with you, I think I’ve put it off so long because I’m just not really in the Christmas spirit this year. It’s been a busy + stressful year and I’m just ready for a break at this point. But I’m taking off 2 weeks over the holidays to reset and recharge. And in the meantime, I’m still here making the monthly wallpaper because I’d never leave you hanging like that.

The Complete Guide to Image Optimization for SEO

Design Wizard

Search Engine Optimization is definitely a task at hand. What really differentiates the most effective SEO strategies from the rest of the half-baked ones is their tenacity at locating all the right moves that others might miss. Since so many online SEO help resources are available, we bet a large number of website owners know all these moves. But, do they follow them all?

Collaborate and Create: Top 10 Summer and Fall Design Conferences

Creative Live

Here are some of the best design conferences worldwide in the summer and fall of 2018, from the long-established to the exciting newcomers. The Smashing Conference is a first-ever event for 2018, but based on the success of the organizers smaller workshops, is likely to be a summer highlight for the web designers that attend. Hosted by the Society of Typographic Aficionados, 2018 will be the conference’s 20th anniversary. UX Week 2018.

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Photographing the Northern Lights

A Beautiful Mess

I shared a little about our recent vacation to Norway earlier this week, so if you read that then you already know why we choose to go to northern Norway in the winter: hoping to see the northern lights!!!! Before we went, I had read a few articles online about the Aurora Borealis and generally what to expect (or not expect).

The Top Free Graphic Design Software in 2018

Creative Live

The post The Top Free Graphic Design Software in 2018 appeared first on CreativeLive Blog. Today, almost half the Earth’s population is online. Industry changes fast, especially in the field of graphic design. Clients need things faster and when software changes in the blink of an eye, it can be hard to keep up. If we are not quick on our feet to adapt, we could experience an extinction level event as our skills begin to fossilize.

Film Photo Challenge

A Beautiful Mess

One of my big goals for 2018 was to take film photos. It may seem like a smallish/novelty goal to some, but it’s one that has been incredibly rewarding to me this past year! With the year wrapping up, I thought I would share some of the high points from our year of film photos and hopefully it will inspire some of you to begin your own challenge in the new year! Film cameras .

The Cult of the Complex

A List Apart

’Tis a gift to be simple. Increasingly, in our line of work, ’tis a rare gift indeed. In an industry that extols innovation over customer satisfaction, and prefers algorithm to human judgement (forgetting that every algorithm has human bias in its DNA), perhaps it should not surprise us that toolchains have replaced know-how.

A List Apart - Untitled Article

A List Apart

Doesn’t CSS seem like magic? Well, in this third installment of “ URL to Interactive ” we’ll look at the journey that your browser goes through to take your CSS from braces to pixels. As a bonus, we’ll also quickly touch on how end-user interaction affects this process. We have a lot of ground to cover, so grab a cup of <insert your favorite drink’s name here>, and let’s get going. Parsing.

Braces to Pixels

A List Apart

Doesn’t CSS seem like magic? Well, in this third installment of “ URL to Interactive ” we’ll look at the journey that your browser goes through to take your CSS from braces to pixels. As a bonus, we’ll also quickly touch on how end-user interaction affects this process. We have a lot of ground to cover, so grab a cup of <insert your favorite drink’s name here>, and let’s get going. Parsing.

Copyright: using images you found online

Marloes De Vries

A post shared by Ohh Deer (@ohhdeer) on Sep 17, 2018 at 3:01pm PDT. Let’s talk about copyright infringement guys! I’ve already written a post on what to do when you’re work gets used (stolen) without your permission last year, but as it still happens to me and other illustrators so many times I think it’s time to bring this topic up again and dive in a bit deeper. Why I am writing this blog post? Two reasons.

The Drone We Use and Love

A Beautiful Mess

Drone photography has gotten more and more popular, and earlier this year Trey and I decided we wanted to give it a try. We got a few recommendations from friends and after doing a little more research, we decided to buy the DJI Mavic Air (with the Fly More combo). We’ve taken it on a few vacations this year already and have also used it at home. For example, the photo above was something Trey wanted to try, and we took it just in our front yard.

Goodbye, little home of mine

Marloes De Vries

After living in my little apartment (45 m2) in Rotterdam for over 5 years, it’s time to say goodbye. In January I will be moving into a new house. I knew I had to leave one day because, well, it’s quite small if you live and work in the same place. But it is my place. When I moved in here I made it my home immediately. It was the first house I was going to live in by myself, without family, partner or room-mate.

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Conversational Design

A List Apart

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Erika Hall’s new book, Conversational Design , available now from A Book Apart. Texting is how we talk now. We talk by tapping tiny messages on touchscreens—we message using SMS via mobile data networks, or through apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. In 2015, the Pew Research Center found that 64% of American adults owned a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in 2011.

A DIY Web Accessibility Blueprint

A List Apart

The summer of 2017 marked a monumental victory for the millions of Americans living with a disability. On June 13th, a Southern District of Florida Judge ruled that Winn-Dixie’s inaccessible website violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This case marks the first trial under the ADA , which was passed into law in 1990. Despite spending more than $7 million to revamp its website in 2016, Winn-Dixie neglected to include design considerations for users with disabilities.

Drawing for Graphic Design: 6 Exercises to Sharpen Your Skills

Creative Live

Join us to learn everything Photoshop during Photoshop Week 2018 with 20 seasoned experts from the field. When talking about drawing for graphic design projects, we’re very often talking about a digital process. We’re so used to sitting in front of our computers, plugging away at pixels in Photoshop and Illustrator, that we sometimes forget to step away, grab a pen or pencil, and just draw.

The Slow Death of Internet Explorer and the Future of Progressive Enhancement

A List Apart

My first full-time developer job was at a small company. We didn’t have BrowserStack, so we cobbled together a makeshift device lab. Viewing a site I’d been making on a busted first-generation iPad with an outdated version of Safari, I saw a distorted, failed mess. It brought home to me a quote from Douglas Crockford, who once deemed the web “the most hostile software engineering environment imaginable.”. The “works best with Chrome” problem. Because of this difficulty, a problem has emerged.

Breaking the Deadlock Between User Experience and Developer Experience

A List Apart

As an example, here’s how it feels to start a JavaScript project from scratch in 2018: install Node and npm; use npm to install Yarn; use Yarn to install React, Redux, Babel (and 1–5 Babel plugins and presets), Jest, ESLint, webpack, and PostCSS (plus plugins); write configuration files for Babel, Jest, ESLint, webpack, and PostCSS; write several dozen lines of boilerplate code to set up Redux; and finally start doing things that are actually related to the project’s requirements.

Calcula

Typographica

If typography is writing with preformed and reusable letters (or, to put it more conceptually, with the instructions for making those letters) that can be combined and recombined into arbitrary texts, then there is no aspect of typography that hasn’t been challenged, undermined, or expanded by digital type.

Film Photo Challenge

A Beautiful Mess

One of my big goals for 2018 was to take film photos. It may seem like a smallish/novelty goal to some, but it’s one that has been incredibly rewarding to me this past year! With the year wrapping up, I thought I would share some of the high points from our year of film photos and hopefully it will inspire some of you to begin your own challenge in the new year! Film cameras .

29LT Riwaya

Typographica

Arabic texts for storytelling are ordinarily long and continuous. Their accessibility is at the core of texts’ legibility that engages the readers and sustains their interest in contents. The readers need to see, discern, and identify letterforms and words. Part of the designer’s response to the readers’ needs includes the selection and use of a practical and intelligible typeface with a character and a voice.

Design with Difficult Data

A List Apart

You’ve been asked to design a profile screen for a mobile or web app. It will need to include an avatar, a name, a job title, and a location. You fire up Sketch or Figma. Maybe you pull out your drafting pencil or head straight to markup and CSS. What’s your go-to fake name? Regardless of your choice in tools, you’re probably going to end up with some placeholder data. Are you the type that uses your own name, or do you conjure up your old friend, Mr. Lorem Ipsum ?

Nickel

Typographica

It is easy to understand how a few shapes created for a banknote can inspire a whole typeface; the bold big characters need to stand out in a complex composition of ornaments, fine-tuned illustrations, and geometric patterns. I am curious to see the 1918 Chinese banknote that inspired Nickel. The long triangular serifs make me think of those Latin typefaces that appeared in the second half of the nineteenth century, rather than a Glyphic style.

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Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes

A List Apart

No matter your role, if you’ve ever been involved in a digital design project, chances are you’re familiar with wireframes. After all, they’re among the most popular and widely used tools when designing websites, apps, dashboards, and other digital user interfaces. But they do have their problems, and wireframes are so integrated into the accepted way of working that many don’t consider those drawbacks. That’s a shame, because the tool’s downsides can seriously undermine user-centricity.

A List Apart - Untitled Article

A List Apart

The writing. We forgot about the writing. The thing, the design thing…it needs words! Oh man, so many words. I thought somebody…wasn’t the client going to.s**t. We’ve got to get the writing done. We’ve got to get the writing done! How are we going to get the writing done?! Don’t worry, friend. I’m here. We’ll get the writing done. The first step is to accept a hard truth: someone has to do the writing. Some teams seem to build their whole process around not writing.

Writing for Designers

A List Apart

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from the Introduction of Scott Kubie’s Writing for Designers , from A Book Apart. The writing. We forgot about the writing. The thing, the design thing…it needs words! Oh man, so many words. I thought somebody…wasn’t the client going to…s**t. We’ve got to get the writing done. We’ve got to get the writing done! How are we going to get the writing done?! Don’t worry, friend. I’m here. We’ll get the writing done.

IBM Plex

Typographica

What first struck me about IBM Plex Sans was its form. It’s not the first typeface in which right-angle interiors contrast with smooth exteriors. But it does achieve a remarkable balance of this effect, applying it overtly to some shapes — the tail of the a , the ear of the g  — and far more subtly to others, with the straight segments of the bdpq bowls.

? A Kirkus Starred Review for UNIVERSE!

Anna Raff Illustration

I’m over the moon! Yes, it’s still about three months until THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD blasts off into bookstores, but author Allan Wolf and I got some great news this week— Kirkus gave it a starred review! You can read the full piece here , but this quote sums it up: “A giddy ride through our stellar neighborhood and beyond.”

Digestive

Typographica

“Something can be good, or it can be original; it can rarely be both.” That’s a saying I’ve heard attributed to Matthew Carter, without being able to pinpoint the source. In any event, Digestive distinctly qualifies as both. It joins a tiny club of original display faces that are unambiguous, singular, and well executed. The aptly named Digestive deftly blends two formal inspirations deployed in a beautiful group of letters.

Export

Typographica

Though typeface designs are traditionally based on written letters, which themselves are comprised of strokes, the practice of typeface development is premised on contours instead. Open a standard font-editing application today and you will see nodes and handles that can be manipulated to determine contours, the shape of the edge where black meets white. This was no less true at type’s beginning.

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Avory

Typographica

Typographic history favors metal and paper, specifically metal on paper. It is less kind to the ephemeral expressions of language made visible, like written or painted letters, or even letters carved in stone. Shopfronts fade or get painted over, posters weather and disintegrate, carved inscriptions disappear with buildings that get renovated or torn down. Yet there is no denying that hand lettering and letter carving have historical and typographic value.

The FAQ as Advice Column

A List Apart

Dear A List Apart , I have a problem that may be harming my content strategy career. In my current position, no one likes FAQs … except for me. The question-and-answer format is satisfying and efficient. Whenever I mention adding an FAQ section to a website, though, I receive numerous suggestions that I should wean myself off FAQs one question at a time or go cold turkey. Perhaps that is overdoing it, but sometimes I feel like defending FAQs by pen, sword, or Dothraki horde.