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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.

Class of 2020: An essential guide to all of the UK's virtual degree shows this summer

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One of the many sad things to happen to the creative industries this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is the impact on art and design students graduating this summer.

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'What happened when we all stopped', a beautiful animated poem narrated by Jane Goodall

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Best-selling author Tom Rivett-Carnac has written a children's book to share a positive message of hope as we emerge from the lockdown. And it's now been turned into an animated poem, narrated by celebrated anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall.

Gnarly! Peter Phobia brings his passion for skateboarding to illustrated life

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Peter Phobia is a German-born, New York-based illustrator whose work with clients including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rimowa, Samsung, i-D and Absolut. We're big fans of his work, so we were excited to see him launch his latest project, inspired by his teenage years as a skateboarder.

Paintings by Jérôme Lagarrigue inspired by an impassioned plea to 'end the racial nightmare'

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In his latest series, French-American artist Jérôme Lagarrigue explores the theme of urban violence and the challenges the black community still faces in America today.

Art project funds 100,000 meals for migrant workers

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Over 140 million people have lost their jobs in India due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of whom are daily wage labourers and migrant workers.

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Borderless: Jenny Theolin and Ata Berenjian collaborate to create artworks inspired by lockdown

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During art school, Jenny Theolin was often told that you should never touch another person's art.

Womb Stories: Nisha Ganatra directs 'boundary-smashing' animated campaign for Libresse & Bodyform

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Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominated Nisha Ganatra has directed Womb Stories , a unique and beautiful animated film for Libresse & Bodyform that hopes to dispel myths, encourage a positive conversation and address the life-changing moments in a woman's life, from miscarriages and the menopause to endometriosis.

Justyna Green's warm and intricate line drawings pay tribute to the natural world

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Justyna Green has spent the past decade championing creativity by organising talks and conferences, working on marketing and communications strategies, and interviewing artists and designers for her On Design podcast. But during her spare time, she spends every minute sketching and painting.

Boost your career by entering the world's biggest design contest, the A' Design Awards

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Getting an award for your work can really help boost your career, widen your scope for potential clients, and help you charge more as a freelancer. But you can't win a competition without entering. So this year, why not go the extra mile?

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Alexandra Francis creates bright and observational digital illustrations inspired by her fine art charcoal drawings

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Manchester-based graphic designer and illustrator Alexandra Francis creates bright, observational artworks mixed with bold hand-lettering.

11 lessons from those who've made it on how to become a great motion designer

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Across the creative industries, motion design is one of the most in-demand skills right now. So if you're a designer or illustrator who wants to broaden your horizons, work on cool projects and boost your salary significantly, it's a great area to get into.

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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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12 of the hottest photographers to follow right now

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Are you looking for truly high-end photography inspiration? Then AtEdge is the place to find it. Founded 18 years ago, this invite-only platform brings together only the very best commercial photographers from around the world.

Lived Experience: Delphine Diallo's powerful portraits of LGBTQ+ people aged over 50

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Even with the extraordinary strides the LGBTQ+ movement has made in civil rights, acceptance, and visibility over the past half-century, a growing portion of the community remains largely invisible, its concerns relegated to the margins.

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Indigo Design Award 2020 winners all push the creative envelope

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The Indigo Design Award promotes creativity from around the world, highlighting projects that are unique in graphic design, digital, mobile and game design.

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40 best creative podcasts to liven up your day

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The creative industries are ever-changing, and it can be challenging to keep up which developments demand your attention and which can be safely ignored. Podcasts can be a great way to filter out the noise and help you focus on what's important.

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The Forgotten Cowboys: Photographs that celebrate the history of black cowboys in America

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John Ferguson's series, The Forgotten Cowboys , began in New York City when he was watching a group of African-American horseman dressed as cowboys parading through Times Square. "I I needed to find out more," the London photographer told Creative Boom. "So

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Recreate Andy Warhol's famous screenprint of Marilyn Monroe with new LEGO Art sets

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For those of you who love a challenging LEGO kit, not just to enjoy building but to proudly display in your home, prepare yourself for new wall art sets that give you the chance, for example, to recreate Andy Warhol's famous 1967 screenprint of Marilyn Monroe.

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Graphic design graduates help dress up H&M's new London store as it opens post-lockdown

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Global fashion powerhouse H&M is championing and supporting graphic design graduates in London this week by featuring their bespoke poster designs on the exterior of its new shop on Oxford Street.

Photographs that capture the rainbow prism-effect of sunlight passing through hummingbirds' wings

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Many of us have noticed and appreciated the heightened sound of birdsong during lockdown; here in south Manchester we even have a population of tropical parakeets that brighten up the skies with their green feathers and red beaks (locals think they're from escaped pets in the '70s).

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The team behind Glastonbury's Shangri-La to host world's largest virtual arts and music festival

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Although Glastonbury was sadly postponed this year, fans will be happy to hear that the team behind the festival's Shangri-La are set to host the world's largest virtual arts and music festival this weekend, featuring 150 acclaimed artists.

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Pablo Albarenga wins The Photographer of the Year title in the 2020 World Photography Awards

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Uruguay artist Pablo Albarenga has been crowned The Photographer of the Year in the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards for his series, Seeds of Resistance.

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Cecilia Reeve's hand-drawn animated music video for Nijuu's latest song Blue is an underwater dream

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It took over 700 individual drawings for London artist Cecilia Reeve to make this incredible animated music video for Nijuu's latest song, Blue – one that conjures those dreamy feelings of freedom and solitude we experience when going for a swim.

Alysha Smith on running a design agency, forming a women's collective, and competing as a bodybuilder

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As one of the few female CEOs in design, as she puts it, Alysha Smith is all about highlighting female perspectives to help build brands and shape organisations.

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Help save the planet in this inspiring design contest

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There are lots of design competitions out there, but Art for Planet Earth , the first of a series of bi-annual contests, has really caught our imagination, for three big reasons. Firstly, because there's a great cause behind it.

Huawei launches global design contest with $300K prize fund

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Smartphone brand Huawei has launched a competition that offers designers and artists a chance for global recognition, plus some big money up for grabs.

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New film shares life in lockdown for artists with Down's syndrome

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Heart & Sold is a global arts organisation that represents, promotes and supports visual artists with Down's syndrome. Today it has released a compelling new film that shines a light on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its community.

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Amelia Flower's humorous 'stay at home' postcards inspired by life under lockdown

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Living in a tiny flat in London during lockdown comes with its challenges; for illustrator Amelia Flower she has managed to stay happy and creative by making holiday-style postcards that illustrate the humorous, relatable moments that come from forced isolation.

Surreal illustrations by Mariano Pascual inspired by the 'crazy reality' of life in lockdown

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The panic buying of toilet roll. Not being able to leave our homes. The reliance on alcohol, maybe just a little too much. These are just some of the things we've come to accept as the "new normal" following weeks of lockdown, and they've been illustrated for a new series by Mariano Pascual.

Rankin unveils powerful portrait series of frontline staff to mark NHS anniversary

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To celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, acclaimed photographer Rankin has revealed powerful and personal portraits of doctors, nurses and other key workers who responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Illustrations by artist and cyclist Jen Lewis for the UCI that celebrate World Bicycle Day

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It was probably the best decision of her career when Jen Lewis decided to combine her two greatest passions: cycling and illustration.

Indie football zine Pickles brings politics to the fore

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You might think that "thoughtfulness" and "football zine" are two things that don't go together. But if that's the case, you must be unaware of Pickles magazine.

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Classic book and album covers brought to life in gorgeous, hypnotic animations

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see what some of our favourite vintage book and album covers look like in motion? Well, wonder no more, as Henning M. Lederer has animated some absolute classic graphics for your viewing pleasure.

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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.

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.

Aurélia Durand on finding her identity, celebrating African culture, and the importance of diversity

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Graphic artist Aurélia Durand creates vibrant work that celebrates the diversity she experienced growing up in a Parisian suburb.

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Whoopi Goldberg calls for 'The Gigantic Change' in a beautiful new animation

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For World Environment Day, Passion Pictures in London has collaborated with Extinction Rebellion to create a beautiful animation starring Whoopi Goldberg and Livia Nelson.

The speculative branding bringing 'Socially Distanced Pals' together

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Designer Katrina Romulo has been keeping busy during the lockdown, working on a campaign she's called Socially Distanced Pals. The idea, she says, is "to encourage people to be considerate and thoughtful during these trying times".

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Arnaud Montagard's photographs of an American road trip look like Edward Hopper paintings

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Leaving fast-paced New York City behind to set off on a journey across America, French photographer Arnaud Montagard captured a nostalgic side of America that Jack Kerouac might have experienced back in the 1950s.