Creative Boom

Melcher Oosterman creates intricate, colourful illustrations without even planning them

Creative Boom

Rotterdam-based illustrator Melcher Oosterman has an expert eye for colour, which he uses to create intricate illustrations brimming with wit, character and tragedy. But another important skill in his creative toolkit is an aversion to planning.

Photographs by Helga Stentzel of clothes on a washing line transformed into charming animals

Creative Boom

Smoothie © Helga Stentzel. During a spot of laundry a few years back, London-based Russian-born artist Helga Stentzel got the idea for a unique series featuring clothes on a washing line cleverly staged as different animals.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

7 beautiful portfolio templates for creatives in 2022

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Portfolio templates have come a long way over the last decade. You can now create a professional website with minimal effort. But the best designs are ones that let your work stand out. They're clean, functional and professional.

Three easy tricks to help you beat imposter syndrome

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. It's Mental Health Awareness Week again. A chance to consider our well-being and support others who might be suffering. In that spirit, we thought we'd take a closer look at a common issue for creatives, and that's imposter syndrome.

Meet DALL-E 2, the robot artist using AI to make dreams a reality

Creative Boom

Teddy bears working on new AI research underwater with 1990s technology © DALL-E 2. You may have thought your jobs were safe from robots as an artist or creator. Think again.

Artist 367

How to become a graphic designer at home

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Want to become a graphic designer? In the old days, that would have meant spending three years at university, then moving to a big city and interning at a design agency. All of which would involve a lot of upheavals, long commutes, and cost an absolute fortune.

Angela Kirkwood's animated music video is a funny look at the perils of obsession

Creative Boom

As the old saying goes: 'Be yourself, everyone else is taken'. It's a lesson the characters in Angela Kirkwood's animated music video would do well to learn, as it follows the life of a cat who has become completely obsessed with a dog and pays the price along the way.

A helpful guide to marketing for creative freelancers who want to quit Instagram

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Instagram has been a beloved tool to creatives everywhere since its launch in 2010. But recent algorithm changes and a push for more video content have left many artists and designers struggling to enjoy the same likes and reach.

50 of the best graphic design blogs for inspiration in 2022

Creative Boom

Creative Boom. Are you feeling stuck in a rut, behind the times, or out of the loop? Then you maybe you need to broaden your horizons when it comes to design blogs. To help you out, we've listed the 50 best design blogs on the web today, ranging from old favourites to brand-new upstarts.

Holly Stapleton mixes gouache with digital art to create works bathed in golden hour light

Creative Boom

Say Goodnight, 2021 © Holly Stapleton. Taking a photographer's favourite hour of the day, when a golden light bathes everything in a flattering warmth, Holly Stapleton 's illustrations are pleasingly soft, charming and tender.

10 decorative accessories that we always see in every graphic design agency

Creative Boom

Office of Tom Muller. Image courtesy of the designer. We've spent 13 happy years supporting the creative industry through Creative Boom. One of the things we enjoy most is visiting people in their studios, seeing where and how they work.

Agency 375

Sofia Pusa's brand refresh for a Finland photography agency is inspired by the crucial F-stop

Creative Boom

In her brand refresh for a photography agency based in Helsinki, Sofia Pusa went back to the basics of photography and the concept of the F-stop, crafting a visual language that considers why light is always needed to capture the perfect picture.

Agency 415

Illustrations by An Chen draw inspiration from old matchboxes and typography

Creative Boom

Taiwanese illustrator An Chen has created editorial art for The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe and self-published her own zines and pop-up books. But what unites all of her work is an art style that's influenced by old matchboxes, shapes, and even typography.

Megan Du on creating bright and bold illustrations that are fascinated with retro-futurism

Creative Boom

Vintage paper, daily fantasies, and retro-futurism are just some of the many inspirations that fuel illustrator Megan Du. Bright, bold, and impossible to miss, Megan's art also focuses on female perspectives to tell unique stories.

Big Type: Counterprint's new book explores graphic design where type plays the leading role

Creative Boom

If you think about the typography trends of recent years, one, in particular, stands out. Big, bold type can be seen everywhere, from billboards to websites, motion design to motion pictures. So it's great to see a new book from Counterprint devoted to this very subject.

Behind the scenes with De La Foye, a Chicago studio inspiring businesses to thrive

Creative Boom

To create great websites, you need to have a passion. And Denise Foy, owner of De La Foye Design Studio , is quite clear about where her passion lies. It all began when she helped a chef turn an ailing restaurant around by getting it online. As a result, a failing business became a roaring success.

The best creative festivals and conferences in 2022

Creative Boom

Yinka Ilori, Dulwich Picture Gallery - Colour Palace. Photography by Adam Scott. It's been a long two years. But, fingers and toes crossed, 2022 is going to be the time when we can all come together and meet, network and get inspired in person once again.

Adobe 427

20 best websites with mockups for your graphic design projects

Creative Boom

Six sheet poster mockup by Annette Dennis, via House of Mockups. One of the most annoying things about being a designer is when you have to spend precious time on dull, repetitive tasks.

22 best online shops for stationery addicts in 2022

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. These days, we spend so much time on our phones and laptops, it's a wonder our hands remember how to do anything other than type and swipe. But all that staring at screens can take a toll on our creativity.

Dennis Hoelscher tricks the eye with his warping typography and motion design

Creative Boom

The Cologne-based artist has spent the past few years refining his craft, learning new techniques and, ultimately, creating work that a camera cannot replicate.

Anna Broadhurst uses strong graphic shapes and retro colours to create stunning illustrations

Creative Boom

The work of London-based illustrator and animator Anna Broadhurst is instantly recognisable thanks to its distinctive colours and use of dynamic geometric shapes. In fact, you've probably already seen her images adorn the likes of Facebook, Adidas and Creators Club.

Creative Boom launches its fourth podcast season, bringing the inside scoop from leading artists and designers

Creative Boom

Today we've launched the fourth season of The Creative Boom Podcast with guests including Pentagram's Marina Willer, Bulletproof founder Gush Mundae and graphic designer and type researcher Sarah Hyndman amongst the exciting lineup.

Artist 303

20 of the most exciting illustrators to follow in 2022

Creative Boom

© Higi Vandis. Whether you're looking for an illustrator to collaborate with or hire or just want to see some fresh and original art to inspire your own work, you'll find 20 of the world's most exciting illustrators to follow right here.

Inspiring creative women to follow in 2022

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Happy International Women's Day ! And what better time could there be to celebrate some of the most amazing women in the creative sector?

Pentagram's heartwarming identity for a charity that helps pets and their people

Creative Boom

Marina Willer and her team at Pentagram are behind a super cute new identity for leading pet charity Woodgreen that has been designed to reflect the charity's special mission: "to help pets and their people".

How designers can help brands to stand out by tearing up the rule book

Creative Boom

Since farmers started branding livestock in 2000BC, branding's primary role has been to make a product, service, organisation or cow uniquely identifiable. Why, then, is so much of modern identity design so indistinguishable? And how can we fix it? Everyone knows that standing out is good, right?

Brand 342

Quick PR and marketing tips for busy freelance graphic designers and illustrators

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. The clients, the deadlines, the admin: it all adds up to a busy work schedule for any creative freelancer. This means marketing often gets deprioritised.

Three common mistakes designers make when creating websites for clients

Creative Boom

You can be the best coder in creation, but that doesn't always translate into success as a web designer. Many freelance web designers and web design agencies struggle because they make the same mistakes over and over again.

Client 420

Work From Shed: The garden office has never looked so appealing in this tribute to homeworking

Creative Boom

Holloway Lightbox - John Holloway Photography. As remote working is well and truly here to stay, you might want to swap your humble dining room table for something a little more permanent.

Jiayue Li's surreal illustrations ignite sparkles of thought and excitement

Creative Boom

For New York-based illustrator and designer Jiayue Li , drawing is a meditative activity that offers her a way to find inner peace. And in her colour pencil drawings, she creates enchanting visions that invite viewers to interpret and reflect on their own unique experiences.

Compose your perfect soundscape with Yuri Suzuki's Ambient Machine

Creative Boom

Yuri Suzuki. Photography by Mark Cocksedge. Sound designer and Pentagram partner Yuri Suzuki has created a sonic air purifier with his latest project, The Ambient Machine. Comprised of 32 inviting switches, the device allows users to compose their ideal relaxing soundscape.

Dylan Collard explores our connection with dogs in new photography book

Creative Boom

From the series and book, Living With Dogs © Dylan Collard. Award-winning photographer and keen dog trainer Dylan Collard explores people's connections with their canine friends in Living With Dogs, an upcoming photo book filled with snaps of owners and their pets.

6 Web Design Trends Creatives Need to Prepare for in 2022

Creative Boom

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.

Soumyaraj Vishwakarma's calming illustrations remind us to enjoy a slower pace of life

Creative Boom

Slow Afternoon Jams © Soumyaraj Vishwakarma.

How to incorporate elements of nature in your designs

Creative Boom

These days, if you want to engage people with your design work, incorporating nature elements is a good route to explore. As societies around the world emerge from lockdowns, we've all been craving the great outdoors like never before.

Brand 387

Julie Lai's 'chrysalis' illustrations celebrate the artist's personal healing journey

Creative Boom

After suffering from chronic pain for several years, Hong Kong artist Julie Lai used her creativity as part of her healing process, illustrating pivotal moments from her journey back to health. The resulting series, Chrysalis, is as though she is emerging from a cocoon.

Artist 398

George Byrne's abstract photos of Los Angeles turn the city into a candy-coloured dreamscape

Creative Boom

From the book and series, Post Truth © George Byrne. Over the years, photographer George Byrne has turned his camera lens to the modernist structures of suburban Los Angeles and transformed them into painterly abstractions.

10 fresh illustrators specialising in editorial to inspire

Creative Boom

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.

Creative Boom releases new exclusive prints by leading artists to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

Creative Boom

Sleep by Murugiah. Exclusively available via the Creative Boom Shop. It's Mental Health Awareness Week. To mark the occasion, we asked seven leading artists and designers to produce a bespoke art print for Creative Boom's online shop. The theme?

Artist 277

Mollie Ray on her upcoming graphic novel, visual storytelling, and crafting effective illustrations

Creative Boom

Lancashire-based illustrator Mollie Ray specialises in crafting poignant stories with whimsical, intricate artwork. Having recently had her debut graphic novel, Giant , picked up by Faber and Faber, we caught up with her to hear what makes her illustrations tick.