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.

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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!,

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Hosted by the Society of Typographic Aficionados, 2018 will be the conference’s 20th anniversary. UX Week 2018.

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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.

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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

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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!!!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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5 Important Book Cover Design Tips to Help Your Book Stand Out

Crowd Spring

Like it or not, people judge books by their covers. We all know that we’re not supposed to… But we do it anyway. And, honestly – how else can you really choose?

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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.

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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.

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5 Rules for Designing an Unforgettable Unboxing Experience for Your Brand

Crowd Spring

Online shopping grows in popularity every year. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of online shoppers increased from 1.32 billion people to 1.66 billion people – an increase of roughly 26%. And, the number of digital shoppers is projected to increase to 2.14 million by 2021.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Top 10 Photoshop Plugins for Web Designers in 2019

One Extra Pixel

In 2018, Adobe Photoshop is still one of the top software choices for web designers. It’s an incredibly powerful and versatile tool in itself, however Photoshop plugins can further. The post Top 10 Photoshop Plugins for Web Designers in 2019 appeared first on Onextrapixel. Design

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Henleys Sweets re-brand

Lisa Maltby

Henleys Sweets needed a re-brand to encourage more customer sales and engagement from their website. We wanted to convey the company’s unique selling points, portraying that they are extremely knowledgeable about confectionery but also approachable and friendly with excellent customer service.

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