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50 of the best graphic design blogs for inspiration in 2020

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No creative can exist in a vacuum. We all need to keep in touch with the latest trends and check out the work our fellow professionals are producing. It's not about copying others, of course.

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Maltese-inspired, minimalist art prints of 'usually busy places' during lockdown

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To help us through these challenging times, illustrator and designer Scott Schembri has created a series of Maltese-inspired art posters depicting usually busy places as deserted during the lockdown.

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Nearly Published: Two graphic design students start a platform that celebrates processes, mistakes and failures

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Do you ever feel anxious when you see people's amazing work on social media? Or read about their latest successful projects in leading magazines? Yes, we do, too. Which is why we try and share work from both emerging and established creatives.

Lessons of Lockdown: What creative freelancers will be doing differently when things return to normal

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Over the last two weeks, our entire world as we know it has been turned upside down in a bid to protect the NHS and save lives. Although we're happy to do our bit, it's especially tricky for freelancers and small businesses in the creative industries, as often the first thing to be cut is marketing.

&Walsh's protest poster-inspired branding for online community and women's-only island, SuperShe

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& Walsh has created the branding for SuperShe – a digital and physical "community" for women comprising an app, online content platform, e-commerce store and women-only island retreat near Norway.

An anime-inspired campaign for Wagamama by Danish anime director Mads Broni and Passion Animation Studios

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MullenLowe has collaborated with Danish anime director Mads Broni and Passion Animation Studios to create an anime-inspired campaign for one of the UK's favourite restaurant chains, Wagamama.

Timeless shell-toes are celebrated for its game-changing team spirit

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Can you believe it's been 50 years since the Superstar was born?

Shyama Golden on making your own luck, avoiding burnout and the power of connections

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It all began for illustrator Shyama Golden when she entered rodeo art competitions as a kid and took photographs of her local neighbourhood cats in Houston, Texas. Back then, drawing horses was her passion until she reached middle school and discovered HTML and could make her own websites.

Paula Scher on falling in love with typography, timeless identities and what it takes to become a great designer

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If you visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York, pop into a Citibank branch, use Microsoft Windows 8 or walk past Tiffany & Co., then you're looking at the work of Paula Scher.

Wine designs that celebrate the brave man who fails

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"This wine is dedicated to all the brave ones, who thought that it is better to try and fail than not try at all," says Polish studio Foxtrot. Cheers to them!". Cheers indeed, but the studio's designs for The Fall wine are anything but a failure.

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The 2019 Christmas gift guide for artists, designers, makers and anyone who loves creativity

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Have a super creative person in your life and need some gift ideas for Christmas? Or need to throw some hints at family and friends? At Creative Boom, we've done all the hard work for you, picking out a selection of presents ideal for those who love and appreciate art and design.

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Daniel Lloyd on carving out a successful creative career away from the big city

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Daniel Lloyd is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, famous for its medieval buildings and being the birthplace of Charles Darwin.

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Pentagram designs new visual identity for Covariant

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Pentagram partners Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell have created the brand identity for Covariant (no, it's nothing to do with that ) – a company creating artificial intelligence software for robots.

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Lana Belton, Madeleine Berg, and Emma Skaaning on starting their own design studio in Berlin

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When friends Lana Belton (Canada), Madeleine Berg (Sweden) and Emma Skaaning (Denmark) graduated from university, they didn't try to find jobs at Berlin's many reputable design agencies; they instead set up their own studio.

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The Plant creates adorable 'Bean Army' illustration-led branding for new plant-based protein brand

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The Plant has created a charming character-based designs scheme for Better Nature, a new food brand centred around Tempeh plant-based protein. It worked on the entire strategic side – from naming to logo design, packaging, positioning, concept creation and a suite of illustrations created in-house.

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An eight-year-old boy's 'infinite broadcast of love' to raise awareness of autism

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For World Autism Awareness Week, which kicks off today, an autistic eight-year-old is challenging the harmful myths around autism and lack of emotion with an infinite broadcast of love.

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Women Supporting Women: cards that celebrate women in design

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International Women's Day is rapidly upon us, taking place this Sunday (8 March) – and we for one are rather excited at the prospect of Richard Herring's annual trolling of misogynist tweeters (he responds to every tweet asking things along the lines of "But when is International Men's Day?",

Using multidisciplinary design approaches to tackle the complex ideas around memory

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Designer Veronica Tran currently works at Hangar Interaction Lab in Barcelona; focusing on UX/UI design and digital branding work as well as printed editorial pieces.

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How to work with a logo brief that was simply, 'No serif, no sans serif'

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Moth Design has created the branding for Boston's newest contemporary art museum, MassArt Art Museum. The free, public museum is part of Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), which was founded in 1873 and has long dreamed of having a museum on-site both for teaching and public purposes.

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Creative Boom launches a new forum to help bring the creative community together

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The world feels uncertain right now as we face an unprecedented crisis. Our jobs and our livelihoods are at risk. It's a stressful time for all of us. But there is hope, as we see people coming together to support each other. Slack channels are opening up everywhere for niche communities.

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The shortlist has been announced for this year's V&A Illustration Awards

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Today the V&A has revealed the shortlisted artists for the V&A Illustration Awards 2020, a celebration of excellence in student and published illustration over the last 12 months.

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Podcasts to get you through lockdown: Cheerful, inspiring and heartwarming

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Following closely behind our story earlier this week on Nearly Published , a new platform that celebrates processes, mistakes and failures, we thought you might like a few heartwarming podcast suggestions, too. The kind of shows that are full of empathy and compassion.

Nearly Published: Two graphic design students start a platform that celebrates processes, mistakes and failures

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Do you ever feel anxious when you see people's amazing work on social media? Or read about their latest successful projects in leading magazines? Yes, we do, too. Which is why we try and share work from both emerging and established creatives.

Micro but Many: an unofficial Micro Machines collection for those of us who love toy cars

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Children of the '80s and '90s! If like me, you enjoyed spending hours with your little brother, going through an entire collection of toy cars, choosing one by one which you'd get to play with that day, then this new book on Micro Machines will raise a smile.

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Iris van den Akker on pushing diversity in animation, coping with a crisis and living with an ADHD brain

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Illustrator and animator Iris van den Akker is known for her graphic style, bold shapes and soft colours, and her work often features larger than life animals and strong female characters.

Gali Erez on working in-house for Wix, her love of UX and how it feels to solve web design problems

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Gali Erez is Head of Product for Editor X , a new website design tool created by Wix that hopes to ditch any need for CSS skills. She joined Wix in 2015 as a senior UX designer before becoming the manager of all UX consumer experience groups at the platform.

Pentagram's new identity for illustrated book publisher Thames & Hudson

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Pentagram has designed a new brand identity for Thames & Hudson , the publisher founded in 1942 by Walter and Eva Neurath, to make the world of art accessible to everyone.

Creatives share their biggest lessons of 2019 and how they'll be doing things differently

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December is always a time for self-reflection. On the things we've done well over the last 12 months as well as the mistakes we've made and learnt from. When you work in the creative industries, whether for someone else or as a small business owner, you'll undoubtedly share similar lessons.

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Duncan Brazzil's ongoing experiment with kinetic typography is a must for type lovers everywhere

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Of all the work we come across, it's often the side projects we love the most; like this Kinetic Typography Experiments by Portland-based designer, Duncan Brazzil.

Greater Mancunians: An ongoing photography project by local students of some of Manchester's icons

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When Harry Yeates photographed and interviewed John Cooper Clarke as part of his final year project at The Manchester College in 2018, one of his tutors decided to turn it into an ongoing project for all of their students.

Benjamin Wild on leaving school at 15, finding instant success and why kindness always wins

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He left school at 15 to follow his dream to become a full-time artist and in just four years, Benjamin Wild has worked for Manchester City FC, Ford, New Balance and TED. Now, with five years' experience under his belt, Ben has also created several graphic novels and children’s books.

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FACT gallery launches callout for new online commissioning scheme for artists in lockdown

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Liverpool-based FACT gallery has launched a callout for artworks as part of its new online commissioning scheme, entitled FACT Together, for artists in lockdown.

Supple's eye-catching 2020 calendar inspired by famous spectacle wearers and your local opticians

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This is certainly a sight for sore eyes: a charity wall calendar for 2020, inspired by famous spectacle wearers past and present, ranging from Gandhi to Ga Ga, Elton John to Audrey Hepburn.

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What they don't tell you about studying a postgraduate course

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You've already spent three years of your life as an undergraduate, with all the hard work and financial commitment that entails.

Bisa Butler's work aims to 'reorient angst and despair' faced by Black Americans

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Created entirely from cotton, silk, wool and velvet quilted and appliqué; it would be easy to assume the work of artist Bisa Butler is somewhat traditional – feminine, maybe, and delicate. But while it's undoubtedly exquisitely detailed and nuanced, it really packs a punch.

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Kurppa Hosk's smart typographic designs for new awesome synthesiser Superlative

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Iconic analogue synthesisers like Korgs or Rolands usually boast the kind of typography that would make most graphic design geeks salivate.

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The Secret Lives of Animals might look like a children's book but the story is for adults

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They say you should never judge a book by its cover. The pictures in this new children's book may have pleasing pastels, with cute animals, nursery rhymes, and playful sounds, but PETA invites you to take a closer look.

Designers, illustrators and photographers: This is your last chance to enter this year's A' Design Awards

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You chose a creative path and work hard to make something special every day. You don't always get the chance to create something brilliant, but when you do – you should proudly shout about it.

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Photographer Ryan Koopmans spent 10 years documenting the world's megacities from above

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For the last decade, Dutch Canadian photographer Ryan Koopmans has travelled all over to capture the world's megacities from above.

Anxiety Empire is the free, no-adverts mag exploring the dangerous impact of the media

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It's about time someone made it clear that mental health isn't just a simple, and individual issue, but a societal one. New mental health magazine Anxiety Empire does just that and practices what it preaches by working to a model that means the print publication is free. "We

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Being You: How to build your personal brand and confidence

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Whether you like it or not, you are a brand, so why not do your best to present the "authentic" you in your personal and professional life? It's a question posed by creative coach Maggie Eyre , who has written a book that encourages us to be ourselves.

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Marylou Faure's strong and cheeky female characters, bursting with colour and life

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Bold, playful and graphic – this is how illustrator Marylou Faure describes her work. Specialising in character design and handwritten typography, she's renowned for her curvy female portraits. "I I like to focus on the intimate and private worlds of women everywhere," she tells Creative Boom.

Five things they never tell you about becoming a graphic designer

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On a typical graphic design course at university, you'll learn about classic design theory: grids, the colour wheel, the golden ratio. What you don't always learn is what earning a living as a designer, day to day, is actually like.