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Inspiring student work by graphic design's next generation, made during the pandemic

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Branding for Writers' Museum by Lin Loke. Want to see some eye-catching, fresh and original design work?

Frank William Miller Jr on the five books that have helped chart his creative path and passions

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Frank William Miller Junior has enjoyed quite a varied career so far, navigating the worlds of culture, music and social good, and working with everyone from Tribe Called Quest and Nike to Rockstar Games. Here, we chat with Frank about the five books that have helped shape his creative path.

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11 inspiring summer reads for creatives in 2021

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. It's typical and quite maddening, actually. You've spent the last six months dreaming of a break from the daily grind. But now you've taken time out to relax; you can't settle. You keep getting bored and find yourselves sneaking a glance at your work emails.

How to compete in the new global jobs market as a creative

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Once upon a time, working for a company outside the UK meant uprooting your whole existence and going to work in another country.

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.

Eerie artworks by Min Ding probe the dark realms of our subconscious

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Mystical symbolism and subconscious concerns collide in the artwork of Chinese artist Min Ding. Working with stop-motion animation, illustrations and photographs, she seeks to create absurd and melancholic moments. Daydreams haunted by a spectral figure at the window.

A thousand beads create a picture: Introducing textile artist Nereida Patricia

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My Dreams Taught Me, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Nereida Patricia is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Chicago whose practice spans sculpture, text, and performance, exploring themes of history, trans poetics, and identity.

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Evelin Kasikov's lockdown stitched book reveals a move away from her usual CMYK embroidery

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We've all had the odd lockdown project – creative endeavours to keep us happy during uncertain times. For graphic designer Evelin Kasikov , she decided to create a new book of stitched images – and it's proved to be quite the contrast to her normal work.

Morag Myerscough's 'endless ribbon' brings light and colour to Coventry's high street

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Endless Ribbon Connecting Us © Morag Myerscough. Photography by Gareth Gardner. There's a new public artwork in Coventry by Morag Myerscough that transforms the City of Culture's main high street into a stunning space with the bold simplicity of light and colour in the artist's signature style.

Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings reveals the artist's work like never before

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Over the years, Frida Kahlo has been hailed as one of the best painters to have ever lived. Her portraits, self-portraits, and works have inspired many around the world in the last five decades.

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Creative director Ivan Alonso shares five books that inspire his design practice

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Ivan Alonso is a creative director and photographer based in Austin, Texas, whose work spans brand identity, brand strategy, campaign development and creative image-making.

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.

A new visual identity to 'defeat hatred and apathy in a digital age'

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Billed as working to "defeat hatred and apathy in a digital age," The Alfred Landecker Foundation is a public foundation that exists to defend liberal societies and protect democratic structures in the face of rising populist and nationalist movements that are fuelling antisemitism and hatred directed at minorities.

Illustrator Conor Nolan on why he brings a printmaker's edge to his thoughtful creations

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Dublin-based illustrator and printmaker Conor Nolan brings the two disciplines together to create bold and humorous imagery. He hopes his playful, tactile style creates a stronger connection between himself and his audience. The constraints of printmaking could easily be a deterrent for illustrators.

How artist Alanna Flowers creates bold and beautiful lettering

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Alanna Flowers is a freelance lettering artist and designer based in Brooklyn, New York, who runs her own studio, AGF Design Studio. Back in May, Alanna had the opportunity to be a featured artist on Adobe Live for two days. She hand-lettered the quote, "Don't be afraid to dream big".

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30 awesome illustrators to follow for inspiration in 2021

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Olivia Waller. Whether you're looking for an illustrator to team up with or want a dose of visuals to inspire you, where's the best place to look? The Directory of Illustration of course.

New wearable pieces inspired by sea creatures and coral reefs by Mariko Kusumoto

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In her latest body of work, jewellery artist Mariko Kusumoto expands on her theme of ocean-inspired pieces with smaller-scale necklaces, bracelets and rings, made from delicate fabric in an array of colours.

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.

Ghost Signs: Photographs that capture Britain's fading brick ads before they disappear forever

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From the series, Ghost Signs © Nicholas Brewer. They can often be found on the side of old buildings, hinting at an alternative, simpler life, far away from the technology and social media of today.

Jiaqi Wang's tribute to the restaurants that kept New York City going during lockdown

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They were the businesses that kept many of us sane during lockdown and ones we eagerly wanted to support as they faced the impact of restrictions. Now a new series by Jiaqi Wang is celebrating the iconic restaurants that helped New York City through the pandemic.

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Johanna Ploch's ironic illustrations poke fun at the 'grotesque' details of modern life

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Johanna Ploch is a young artist from Hamburg, whose work moves between digital moving image and art and illustration. She's known for her light-hearted and charming style, which finds irony, entertainment and humour in the mundanity of modern life, without ever indulging in negativity or cynicism.

Designing for designers: new Olin Origins paper branding merges graphic design and art

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Design & Practice is a creative agency working across branding, graphic design and art direction from its studio in Amsterdam.

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

Hanna Quevedo's Dessert First! is an intimate but voyeuristic documentation of rural America

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Mexico City-based film photographer Hanna Quevedo has just launched her new book Dessert First!, which chronicles her travels across the United States.

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Dads: Photographs by Bart Heynen that portray gay fatherhood in the United States

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Bart and Rob with Ethan and Noah at 630 AM. Antwerp, Belgium © Bart Heynen from 'Dads' published by powerHouse Books.

Photographs of Gawain Hewitt's 'playable' sculptures that go against the usual art etiquette

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Please Touch © Gawain Hewitt. Photography by Emile Holba. Art in galleries and museums normally exists at a distance, sometimes behind rope barriers and often with the message, "please do not touch".

Get inspired by these 14 creative projects, all shortlisted for the 2021 MullenLowe NOVA Awards

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FEN (Growing Garments)' by Lydia Hardcastle, BA Performance: Design and Practice. Back for its 10th year of celebrating emerging talent, the MullenLowe NOVA Awards has announced its 2021 shortlist, and it's packed with fresh, original and imaginative work to inspire you.

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.

Why switching to advertising is your next best career move

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All images courtesy of School of Communication Arts. So you're stuck in a job that's not fulfilling your creative passions. You crave the idea of work with meaning, work that makes waves in the world and gets your heart beating that little bit faster.

Hideki Nakajima: Made in Japan - The leading Japanese graphic designer discusses his new book

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During his extensive graphic design career, Hideki Nakajima has produced over 10,000 pieces of work. Creative Boom caught up with the renowned art director of CUT magazine as he whittled down his career to just 700 pieces for a new retrospective book. It all started with an album sleeve.

30 emerging illustrators to support and follow for inspiration in 2021

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Tess Smith-Roberts. Looking to commission an illustrator, or simply want to be creatively inspired by the latest talent? Then you need to check out the Directory of Illustration.

Counter Studio's quietly beautiful identity for Atelier Ellis

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Founded in 2011 by Cassandra Ellis, Atelier Ellis is an independent paint-maker focused on creating beautifully crafted, hand-mixed paints. They've been steadily gaining a reputation for beautiful, quiet colours made with care, under the name 'Ellis Paints'.

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.

How Lionel Taurus merges illustration and interaction design to create richer experiences

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Squarespace product designer Lionel Taurus has created unique and singular works by bringing together the beauty of art with the practicality of design systems. He hopes that by combining the diverse disciplines, users and viewers will be more active when interacting with content.

Angus Hyland's team at Pentagram creates new identity for Dutch cocoa brand deZaan

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Pentagram partner Angus Hyland has created the brand identity deZaan's a new range of premium cocoa powder. Dutch manufacturer deZaan is part of Olam Cocoa, one of the world's largest producers of cocoa products for industrial manufacturing.

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Bob Dylan's lockdown paintings on show to mark his 80th birthday

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Bob Dylan, Abandoned Drive-In, Yucca Valley, 2017. Marking Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, London gallery Halcyon is showcasing a number of his paintings, including never-seen-before figurative works that he painted during lockdown.

A graphic design handbook reinvented online to support creatives worldwide

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Seeking to be inspired by exceptional design work? Us too. It's why we're big fans of The Indigo Design Award , a global contest that aims to reward rare talent in the fields of graphic, digital, mobile design, design for social change and branding.

Six things they don't teach you about working in the creative industries

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. You learn a lot in college. But there are only so many hours in the day, so certain things inevitably get minimised or left off the syllabus altogether. This means fresh graduates often enter the profession with knowledge gaps they may not be aware of.

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Zipeng Zhu's iconic type in a rainbow explosion for Harry's new shaving kit for Pride 2021

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For Pride 2021, Harry's has launched a limited edition Shave With Pride kit designed in collaboration with Zipeng Zhu. Featuring the New-York based illustrator's iconic typography and rainbow-coloured drawings, it's the second time the artist has worked with the shaving brand.

Welcome to 'NEKO' World: The empathetic style of illustrator Neko Jiang

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Freelance New York-based illustrator Neko Jiang has developed a bold and adorable style to engage viewers with. Described by a friend as 'NEKO' World, the artist hopes her aesthetic will create a closer connection between her work and her audience. Art and stories have always come naturally to Neko.

Haçienda Landscapes: Ben Kelly on his retrospective of the iconic Manchester nightclub

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Even if you weren't around in Manchester during the 1980s and 1990s, you've probably heard of its iconic nightclub, The Haçienda. Launched in 1982 by Factory Records as an indie music venue, it went on to become the nerve centre for an explosive house and rave scene that reverberated globally.

BBC unveils its Japanese-immersed trailer for the Tokyo Olympics 2020

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We don't have to wait much longer for the much-anticipated Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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Free The Birds has worked with Wilko sibling company, Kin, to reinvigorate its Skin Therapy range.

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London-based design and branding agency Free the Birds has created a new brand identity and packaging identity for Skin Therapy, a range of everyday skincare products from Wilko sibling company, Kin.