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Be inspired by 10 graphic designers and illustrators who scooped an A' Design Award

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Celebrating and recognising some of the world's best artists, designers and other creative professionals, the A' Design Awards is an opportunity to get noticed in front of millions.

As the UK government urges creatives to retrain, Stuart Semple reveals his 'Artist Job Centre' in London

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As the British government launches a new campaign to encourage creatives nationwide to retrain and find employment elsewhere (ahem), Stuart Semple has launched the Artist Job Centre in the heart of London's theatreland.

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PosterLad: Award-winning project boasts posters inspired by '90s graphics, VHS packaging, and Bauhaus

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Taking inspiration from old VHS packaging, '90s graphics and retro culture, together with a strong influence of Bauhaus, this growing series of poster designs by Czech designer Vratislav Pecka is proving ever-popular with the creative community.

A' Design Awards: 20 winning projects to inspire you in 2020

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Feel like your work deserves more recognition? Well, it probably does, but it still might never happen unless you do something proactive about it. And here's something specific you could try.

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Design Thinking Strategies for Facilitating Growth and Performance

Speaker: Carrie Cousins, Founder and Freelancer Writer & Designer at Carrie Cousins LLC

Design thinking is at the root of creative success. Seriously! But do you know how to shift your mindset and creative process – as well as that of your team – to create and ideate in ways that are truly innovative? The most inspired and innovative teams and individual designers need to be a part of a culture that enables forward-thinking, acceleration, and efficiency. It’s a combination of creative, analytical, and collaborative approaches that produce results.

Marloes De Vries on her love of freelancing and the surprising outcome of uncertainty

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As a little girl, Marloes De Vries started making robots out of shoe boxes and toilet rolls and grabbed every piece of paper available in the house so she could draw. Today, she's an award-winning illustrator, author, and artist based in the Netherlands.

50 Windows of Creativity: Manchester's new art trail to celebrate the city's rich and diverse creative culture

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If you live in or around Manchester, you'll undoubtedly be delighted to hear some positive news today.

Last chance to enter the A’ Design Awards 2021, and get recognition for your work

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Are you fed up of seeing other creatives winning awards when you feel like your work is just as good, or better? Then why not do something about it? The A' Design Awards , the world's largest design competition, is currently accepting entries for 2021.

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Animal Crossing: Oil paintings by Mayuka Yamamoto of enigmatic children dressed as animals

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It was the cute, welcoming game of mundane fruit picking and creative crafting that got us through the first lockdown, now Animal Crossing has inspired a new series of paintings by Japanese artist Mayuka Yamamoto.

Witches brew comes to life with delightful fictional beer designed by Vanessa Lovegrove

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Rather than wait for her dream illustration brief to appear, Vanessa Lovegrove has crafted her own fictional beer brand, embracing her "running obsession" with witches and giving a spooky nod to the Halloween season.

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Now More Than Ever: Why Communication is Essential For Your Business

Speaker: Danielle Hughes, Chief Personality Officer, More Than Words Marketing

In this presentation, you'll hear from Danielle Hughes, a copywriting and branding expert, on how you can use your personality to connect with your clients and stand out from the clutter. On how being vulnerable and real will create stronger connections and affinity, and how knowing your brand and your audience makes messaging easier for you and more relatable for them.

Marylou Faure's debut monograph gives us a pleasing insight into the illustrator's career so far

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Marylou Faure's voluptuous female characters, crafted with bold colours and appealing graphic compositions, have caught our attention for some time. And now the French illustrator is generously sharing some of her best work in her first monograph launched this month.

A movie-type identity for a Barcelona production firm is inspired by a love of cinema

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Barcelona studio Full Circle Karma has taken inspiration from the world of cinema to craft the new identity for BLUA , a local production company.

Perfectly imperfect women: the playful illustrations of Lucia Lenders

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Living and working in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Lucia Lenders 's work is playful, dynamic and what she calls "perfectly imperfect".

Penguin celebrates 85 years with gorgeous prints by leading artists

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If you're looking for a Christmas gift ideal for both book lovers and society as a whole, then a new set of illustrated prints may be just the ticket.

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Recession Proof Your Business

Speaker: Ean

Facts fight fear. This presentation will outline specific actions you can take to protect your cash manage debt to increase your chances of success in an economic downturn. Suitable for all size businesses (side hustle to C-Corp) with any bookkeeping system.

Daydreaming in Japan: a colouring book inspired by the streets of Nippon

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If you've been lucky enough to visit Japan, you'll no doubt yearn to one day return to this most unique and visually inspiring of countries.

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Everyday British birds captured mid-flight in the wild by photographer Mark Harvey

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In his latest body of work, In Flight, acclaimed animal photographer Mark Harvey reveals incredibly detailed photographs of everyday British birds, captured mid-flight as they go about their daily business.

Monotype launches the redesign of the iconic Futura, the only font on the moon

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Since its original design in 1927, Futura has given expression to the Bauhaus movement, has been to the moon and helped some of the world's most iconic brands "just do it" and "give you wings". It is the definitive Modern typeface and has defined geometric-sans for 90 years.

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Pixel artist Jason Tammemagi shares his love of cyberpunk, retrowave and 1980s culture

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Jason Tammemägi is best known for his Dublin-based children's television work, Mooshku. But he's also the pixel artist behind passion project, Genuine Human Art – an appealing showcase of pixel artworks inspired by cyberpunk and retrowave.

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Practical Financial Advice for Creatives in Crisis

Speaker: Jason Blumer, CPA

This webinar provides practical and honest financial advice for those running creative businesses in crisis. The economic disruption brought about by the spread of the coronavirus has caught us all by surprise. Come learn how you need to act now in areas of cash, finances, tax, and the financial side of your business. There will be a time for Q&A as well

1930s-inspired travel posters that pay tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous buildings

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A new exhibition has launched to celebrate the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright with illustrations that pay tribute to some of his most famous buildings in the style of 1930s travel posters.

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Alice Tye's latest Street View-inspired paintings take us on a virtual road trip through America

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To ease the sting of travel restrictions, illustrator Alice Tye has launched a new series taking us on a virtual road trip through America.

Grayson Perry to launch his Art Club exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

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It was during the height of lockdown, just as many of us were climbing the walls, that one of Britain's best-loved artists came to our rescue and brought Grayson's Art Club to our television screens.

Andra Badea's question mark cuties explore our current uncertainties

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"When will I find work?" "Is Is it a good time to buy a home?" "Is Is it safe to travel?" Should our kids go to school?". Don't worry if you're asking yourself a lot of questions like the above right now.

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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. In this webinar, we’ll delve into why accessibility matters. Yet however well-intended, website accessibility is too often seen as a checklist to be marked off at the end of the design process. Our goal is to shift the discussion around accessible design from accommodating the needs of a small minority group to creating better, more inclusive interfaces for us all - no matter our identity, background, knowledge, or ability.

Illustrator Roberto Blefari aka Hikimi dishes up bright illustrations to 'make us feel good'

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If you're looking for something to make you smile today then please turn your attention to Roberto Blefari, a freelance illustrator from Turin, Italy.

Cultural Diversity: The illustrators who are proving just how much representation matters

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Black Lives Matter has been the rallying cry of 2020. All around the world, people of all kinds have taken to the streets during the pandemic to demand systemic change.

Photography series by Peter Bartlett captures the chaotic energy of a race meet

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If ever there was a group that justified the phrase 'mixed bunch', it would be horse race crowds. From the serious punter nose-deep in statistics to the casual racegoer enjoying an excuse for a pint, you'll find the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the country set and the townies.

Cat Finnie, Goran Factory, and Rebecca Mills are just some of the illustrators to create October-themed beer bottle labels

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We first introduced you to the delightful Drip For Drip project by Wijtze Valkema back in 2016. Which is essentially "curated coffee cup trades with illustrator friends". The first edition dates back to 2014, when the swaps were one-for-one, always with initiator Wijtze.

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What in the World is a Force Majeure?

Speaker: Michele Berdinis

This session will answer business law questions that people are asking most during the pandemic.

Coventry Design Festival launches to support local graduates, freelancers and creative studios

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Graphic designer Chris Sanders is the unstoppable force behind the new Coventry Design Festival , which has launched this month (with a gorgeous identity) to celebrate the city's creative heritage and place it firmly on the design map.

Stories & Ink: Robot Food rebrands and renames its own tattoo skincare range

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Leeds design studio Robot Food has given its own Electric Ink brand a fresh look and new name, following a shift online as a direct-to-consumer tattoo skincare line.

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The complete retrospective of Japan's ingenious master of three-dimensional typography

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If, like John Maeda , many of you see Takenobu Igarashi as a creative legend who taught you the "ABCs of form (and life)", then prepare yourselves for the complete retrospective of the ingenious master of three-dimensional typography.

Sleepless in Soho: Neon-lit, stylish photographs of London's entertainment district at night

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For three years, British photographer Joshua K. Jackson walked the lamp-lit, neon-filled streets of London's Soho, turning to photography as a way to escape the frustrations of insomnia.

Charcoal, textured portraits by Collins Obijiaku delve into black identity and experiences

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In his new body of work, Nigerian painter Collins Obijiaku delves into notions of blackness, lived experience, interiority and identity, as well as representation.

Vibrant watercolour paintings by Rance Jones of Cuba and its 'survivors and dreamers'

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In his latest series of watercolour paintings, The Lingering Revolution, American artist Rance Jones explores the children, farmers, workers, shoppers and tradespeople of Cuba against its remarkable backdrop of history.

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Camille Walala brightens up an entire East London high street with her largest art project to date

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As London starts to get back on its feet after lockdown, Camille Walala and art collective Wood Street Walls have teamed up to create one of the capital's largest-scale public art projects – the transformation of an entire East London street.

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14 graphic designers and illustrators explain why they moved into motion design

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Whether you're an illustrator or graphic designer, chances are you've been asked at some point if you can make your visuals move. And if not, expect such a request any time soon. Because the whole of the creative industries are steadily moving in that direction, and professionals need to follow suit. or get left behind. In short, it's a great time to move ahead of the curve, and start learning this invaluable skill. To do so, we'd recommend Created.

Melancholy photographs of abandoned office plants after the first lockdown was lifted

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As life and work stood still for many of us earlier this year, one thing we forgot to look after was our beloved plants left behind in offices and creative studios across the UK. It was something photographer Ricky Adam realised when he returned to work and discovered loads of neglected greenery.

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