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10 fresh illustrators specialising in editorial to inspire

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Colin McElwaine. On the lookout for some inspiration from the world of editorial illustration, or perhaps you're on the hunt for a new artist to collaborate with? Whatever your needs, The Association of Illustrators is bursting with top talent.

Poland-based studio Uniforma designs a human-centric identity for Short Waves Festival 2021

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Mirroring the complexities of humankind, the studio's latest identity plays on the typical tropes of a person: "layered and extreme, bored and intrigued, narcissistic and uncertain, lonely and surrounded by people, introverted and extroverted.".

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The Creative Boom 2021 Christmas gift guide for creatives

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Felt wool decorations by Elliot Kruszynski, and Cari Vander Yacht via Wrap. Tis the season to be. stressed about shopping. Let's face it, it's not always easy to get the right presents, especially in this time of collapsing supply chains and global shortages.

New and recommended books for illustrators

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Hayao Miyazaki by Jessica Niebel. Image courtesy of Counterprint. One of the many joys of illustration is that there's always something new to discover. Whether that's a style or artist that has passed you by, or a fresh take on a familiar favourite, the world of illustration is endlessly rewarding.

How a change in photography can inspire a change in self

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© Ashley Abreu. Photography isn't just a job or a hobby. If you really dive into it, it can change the way you feel about life and the world in the most profound ways. Part of that is developing skills and experience, but it's also about having the right kit.

6 Web Design Trends Creatives Need to Prepare for in 2022

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. In normal times, web design tends to evolve at a subtle and gradual pace. But these are nothing like normal times. The global pandemic and resulting lockdowns have brought huge cultural and societal shifts that have reverberated everywhere.

'Donkey Wrong' is a funny animated short about an ass in the right place at the right time

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The British seaside is a peculiar place. Filled with donkey rides, ice cream vans, and holidaymakers looking for a good time, beaches are a destination where comic twists of fate are never far away. And in Animade's latest short film Donkey Wrong, that's exactly what happens.

How to Find Your Next Creative Direction After Realising You and the World Have Changed Forever

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. There's been much talk amongst creative friends about how the pandemic has left many of us feeling a bit, well, adrift.

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Anita Mangan's latest book is a 'seriously silly guide' to the Chinese zodiac

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Do you like to stay at home like the goat? Or are you a dependable dog, cheeky monkey or wild horse?

How to win your first graphic design project as a freelancer

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. So you're setting our on your own as an independent graphic designer. Maybe you've previously been working as an employee, or you might be straight out of college.

Colourful stained glass artworks inspired by video games, Pokemon and sweet wrappers

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Raising his stained glass masterpieces up to be photographed on the rooftop of his Chicago studio, Ben Houtkamp shares his artistic practice in the best light. Inspired by video games and Happy Meals, they're a fresh take on a traditional craft that's been around for hundreds of years.

Photographs of classic cars that have reached the 'end of the road' in a cleaner London

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From the series, End of the Road © Ray Knox. From next week, the existing Ultra Low Emission Zone will expand further in London, forcing many local owners of old petrol and diesel cars to pay £12.50 a day if they want to continue to drive them there.

A Profound Waste of Time: Caspian Whistler celebrates video games as an art form

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There's always been some negativity around video games. That they're a distraction or perhaps something only children should enjoy.

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Kushagra Gupta's trippy 3D creations are inspired by nature, mythology and fantasy

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Textural and experimental, the India-born artist draws inspiration from the world around him – such as games, movies, nature and fantastical art. In turn, he produces endless 3D possibilities devised from a spontaneous and trial-and-error process. Kushagra Gupta views 3D art as an endless canvas.

Alphabet's 'East meets West' identity for Fable & Mane draws on a symbolic tiger

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Manchester-based studio Alphabet has collaborated with modern hair wellness brand Fable & Mane to create an identity that plays on Ancient Indian beauty secrets and has a symbolic tiger at its heart.

Why You Shouldn't be Afraid to Call Yourself a Graphic Designer (Whatever Stage You're At)

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. It might sound strange, but many people who do graphic design feel embarrassed to call themselves a graphic designer. You may be one of them. The reasons are many and varied.

Principal studio designs a psychedelic identity for organic online shopping brand Fergus

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Bryan-K. Lamonde, one of five founding members behind the studio, talks us through the inspirations behind the project – which pulls reference to Swiss graphic design from the '60s and '70s. There's so much to say about our creative process," says Bryan-K.

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Wagamama's new campaign unleashes 'Vegamama' on the world with a plant-based mission

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A favourite of the casual-dining scene, Wagamama's has just become the UK's first high street restaurant to have half of its menu entirely plant-based.

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?

Frightening digital illustrations by Stefan Koidl to be celebrated in his debut book

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© Stefan Koidl. His dark, creepy art has been making us nervous for some time, forcing us to check over our shoulders and look under our beds, you know, just in case. Now Austrian artist Stefan Koidl is bringing together some of his most terrifying digital illustrations in a debut book.

Josh Richardson creates sumptuously surreal illustrations with a dash of wicked humour

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Arts University Bournemouth graduate Josh Richardson has perfected a style of psychedelic illustration that draws its inspiration from classic Disney cartoons and the aesthetics of Yellow Submarine.

Finalists announced in the world's funniest animal photograph awards

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Don't worry, be happy © Axel Bocker. If you haven't yet heard of The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards , then it's definitely one to put in your calendar.

Clink Clink: Saul Steinberg-inspired sketches get upcycled into a beautifully boozy animation

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The directors of Nexus Studios have transformed sketches leftover from an animation pitch into a minimalist and stylish short film called Clink Clink, which celebrates the boozy lifestyle we're now able to enjoy once again.

Matchbloc once again celebrates mid-century matchbox labels from the Eastern Bloc

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If there's one source of inspiration beloved to most graphic designers everywhere, it's the humble matchbox: particularly those from the Eastern Bloc.

Robot Food's design overhaul of Urban Eat injects some life into the food-to-go aisle once more

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When you think of readymade sandwiches on the supermarket aisle, what springs to mind? Uninspiring perhaps? Dull and drab? In which case, Leeds studio Robot Food is about to whet your appetite with its new identity and packaging design for Urban Eat, the Samworth Brothers' food-to-go range.

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Take a trip to Tokyo through the illusory lens of photographer Rumi Ando

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© Rumi Ando. The Tokyo-based photographer has an eye for the spectacular. In her latest series Tokyo Nude, she creates pastel-tinted photography inspired by the dreamy compositions found in Japanese Yamato-e paintings – a style that features intricate details of buildings and daily life.

Giggs Kgole pays tribute to his African ancestors in his first London solo exhibition

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God Ke Mama, 2019 © Giggs Kgole. South African artist Giggs Kgole has already come a long way in a short space of time. Despite just being 24, he has racked up dozens of exhibitions and personal shows. For his first solo show at London's Signature African Art , Giggs explores his journey so far.

How to avoid feeling lonely in an age of remote working

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Even though lockdown's winding down, you're still working from home, and it's making you pretty lonely. Whether you're a freelancer or a remote employee, staring at the same four walls all day can quickly get you down. So what can you do?

Illustrator Ori Toor creates gibberish, freestyle worlds where you'll enjoy getting lost

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From the series, Gibberish #24 © Ori Toor. Gibberish, also affectionately called jibber-jabber or gobbledygook, means speech or writing that is nonsense. But there's nothing unintelligible about Ori Toor 's hugely detailed artworks – certainly not to him.

Hoi Chan draws on scientific illustrations to create 'muted but abundant' artwork

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Quiet Seabed. Drawing inspiration from scientific illustrations, poetry and old east Asian art, Hoi Chan creates pleasantly unusual art that's easy on the eye. And with animation projects in the works, it looks like we'll be seeing more of his softly surreal illustrations.

How to deal with feedback and criticism positively

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. It doesn't matter how skilled you are or how much experience you've had. We all get feedback on our work, and it isn't always good. And dealing with that can be challenging indeed.

Jim Naughten's surreal 'digital paintings' highlight the perilous state of the natural world

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Photographic artist and author Jim Naughten has always wanted to alter reality. And in his new solo exhibition, Eremozoic , he conjures up a world that feels both familiar yet alien to highlight humanity's disconnection from the natural world.

Gabrielle Salonga builds candy-coloured worlds inspired by dreams and daily life

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A View From The Top © Gabrielle Salonga. The London-based 3D artist, photographer and filmmaker hopes her audience will experience a form of escapism from looking at her works, "as much as it's escapism for me when I create these worlds".

Modern Designers helps MediaCity mark a decade of success with 'optimistic' identity

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It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since MediaCity opened its doors on Salford Quays, arguably marking the start of Greater Manchester's regeneration. Today, around 8,000 people live and work there, and it's become the UK's largest tech and media hub outside of London.

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New Aardman animation celebrates British birds and makes a broader point

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If there's one thing we love as much as Aardman – the Bristol animation studio that brought us Morph, Wallace & Gromit, and Chicken Run, to name but a few – it's the watercolour style of animation that acts as a beautiful counterpoint to the empty lifelessness you often get with CG.

Fatinha Ramos crowned overall 'professional' winner in this year's World Illustration Awards

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Professional Overall Winner: The Other US Epidemic © Fatinha Ramos. Antwerp-based illustrator and visual artist Fatinha Ramos has been named the 'professional' winner of the World Illustration Awards for 2021, scooping the overall prize for her moving editorial piece on the subject of suicide.

Kulsum Karolia's Positive Work Shows Why it Pays to be a Multidisciplinary Designer

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Manchester School of Art graphic design graduate and illustrator Kulsum Karolia has been blending mediums and disciplines to create work that leaves a positive impact.

Artist Rhox combines old with new in nostalgic series of motion covers for music playlists

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For those of you nostalgic for actual physical music – whether vinyl, cassette or CD – then you'll enjoy WAVES, an ongoing project by the artist Rhox. He pays tribute to vintage album design and creates motion graphic artworks in the theme of curated playlists or favourite songs.

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The 10 pieces of photo and video kit that changed the game

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Whether photography or video, brands throw many cameras at the market, often with complex and confusing naming conventions, and it can all get very confusing. But now and again, a new model stands head and shoulders above the rest and truly changes the game.

Philip Lindeman's playful illustrations find the funny side of modern life

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Netherlands-based freelance illustrator Philip Lindeman populates his detailed, colourful work with humorous visual Easter Eggs to bring joy to himself and viewers. His playful outlook on life has even found a funny side to the pandemic. Philip first turned to humour as a way to escape boredom.