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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ).

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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

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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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 .

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Notes on working for free

Lisa Maltby

If you choose to regularly create artistic work, whether it’s your main source of income or knitting scarves in front of the telly, you will likely have been met with comments such as “ooh, could you do me something like that?” Could you whip me up a quick logo?” or “Could you draw my portrait?” (and and the list goes on). It is a constant issue – and although I hate to say it – I don’t think it’s going to go away anytime soon.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 .

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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.

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Once Upon a Time: Chatsworth Christmas leaflet design

Lisa Maltby

If you go to Chatsworth House over Christmas you will see it transformed for their ‘Once upon a time’ themed trail. This year is all about the love of stories – from Cinderella to Mary Poppins – with lots of fun things to find along the trail. I was commissioned to create the A5 trail handout leaflet and so I created it as an old storybook, with the inner page spread giving the illusion of an open book.

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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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3 Crucial Design Principles to Factor Into Every Design

Creative Live

In his class Create a Knockout Design Portfolio , award-winning designer and art director Ram Castillo unveiled crucial design principles that should be factored into every design you make. Here, in Ram’s words, are the first three: 1. Relevance. Do not be led by aesthetics. I’ll say it again.

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No More Labels - a project about mental health

Lisa Maltby

In the light of Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to create some work that challenged and provoked attitudes towards mental health. There are a lot of 'labels' placed upon the people who experience mental illness, and that in itself is part of the problem because it feeds into the stigma that having a mental illness is somehow a weakness. It makes it harder to reach out for help.

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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.

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Be kind to your mind: 12 tips for good mental health in the creative industries

Lisa Maltby

The creative industries can be a source of great positivity and inspiration, but it is also rife with competition, rejection, isolation, long hours and, in many cases, little pay. It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that these things are not conducive to good mental health. Especially if we don't learn to handle them well. In a poll I did on instagram 99% of creative professionals said they had struggled with at least one of these things.

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? 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.”

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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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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.

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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.

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MAGNETS in Paperback + More Science News

Anna Raff Illustration

It was also named a 2018 Bank Street Best Book of the Year. To celebrate, I'm holding a Twitter raffle that ends tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at midnight EST. If you'd like a chance to win a signed copy of all 4 books in the series, Just retweet this post over on Twitter. I've been away a little over a week at ICON10—The Illustrator's Conference, in Detroit—but more on that in a later post. Last night, I arrived home to a happy box of new books from Holiday House.

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Halyard

Typographica

My straight-from-the-gut grading system for new typeface releases ranges from “oh boy” — best expressed with a face-palm emoji — to “oh no”, as a sigh and sign of affirmative envy. Darden Studio’s Halyard is on the outer end of the latter. Collective. Transcending the ego of a single designer, Halyard is a collective effort. The credits show no fewer than nine individuals and one robot ( iKern ) involved in its development.

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Our Favorite Typefaces of 2017

Typographica

Welcome to our twelfth annual celebration of new type design. These are not necessarily the “best” typefaces, nor the most popular or top-selling (the big retailers already have that covered). 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.

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Web Design Tips: What All New Designers Need To Know

Creative Live

Andy Pratt and Jesse Arnold are leaders in the new frontier of web design. Andy has worked with organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, Samsung, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Wenner Media, Lego and Turner Broadcasting, and Jesse’s resume lists names like New York University, Conde Nast, and the Jim Henson Company.

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Worker Coffee Branding

Lisa Maltby

Worker coffee is a company that is rooted in traditional industry, with the founder’s background in engineering. The company prides itself in good honest coffee that is crafted with care and has impeccable taste – premium coffee that has a nod back to the past. Originally named ’Yorkshire Coffee Company’, we changed this to a name that was more reflective of the company’s ethos and ’story’.

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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.

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Mr Toad In Court

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Mr Toad In Court' watercolour and gouache 51 x 39cm Last week I completed this complicated scene from 'The Wind In The Willows'. Mr Toad has been brought in front of a judge to hear his sentence for stealing a car and driving recklessly. My rough drawing.

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