Tue.Mar 24, 2020

Best Budget Laptops for Graphic Designers & Creatives in 2020

Just Creative

If you’re on a budget, you know that splurging on a piece of technology for your business can affect your long term goals. We thought that it would be time to take another look at our choices for the best budget laptops so you get the best options out there for your needs in 2020! Before we take a look at our choices, let’s start with why a budget laptop can be helpful. Ready? Let’s get started! More Top Gear for Designers. Best printers for designers. Best monitors for designers.

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10 websites that let you download classic works of fiction for free

Creative Boom

In the UK, EU and USA, copyright lasts for 70 years after an author's death. Every year, many more books get brought into the public domain. If you want to read any great wordsmith who died before 1945, you can download their best works from these 10 websites and enjoy them on Kindles, tablets and laptops, any time you like. As a bonus, some of them offer audiobooks too.

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Best External Hard Drives in 2020

Just Creative

An external hard drive can be an essential piece of any graphic designers’ toolbox. Having the added option to save your work and the most important files on a secure drive is a great option to have. To that end, we wanted to take another look at the best options out there. So join us won’t you and take another look at the best external hard drives of 2020. Before we reveal our picks, let’s take a closer look at what you should consider before you buy an external hard drive.

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Fun creative activities to do at home for adults and children – brought to you by the wonderful creative community

Creative Boom

Ok, so we're going to be spending more time at home. You don't need us to remind you why. In the spirit of keeping ourselves and our children happy, we've pulled together a list of fun activities brought to you by creatives everywhere. It was Jon Burgerman who kicked things off nicely with his It's Great to Create series. And now everyone's getting involved.

Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for OnePlus done In-house with Interbrand

Under Consideration / Brand

“On the Plus Side”. Established in 2013, OnePlus is a global mobile technology company best known for designing, manufacturing, and retailing their own smartphone, which has now gone through nine iterations. Based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, OnePlus has operations across Asia, employing over 1,000 people from 21 countries to make their products available in more than 50 countries -- in 2018 it lead India's premium smartphone segment with a 40% market share.

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Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2020 is open for submissions

Creative Boom

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2020 from not-for-profit photography organisation FotoDocument and supported by Nikon is now open for submissions. The awards aim to celebrate female photographers and "highlight the positive power of photojournalism to reveal and explore the most important issues facing our people and planet," according to organisers.

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Noted: New Logos for Los Angeles Rams by Nike GIG

Under Consideration / Brand

“Horn to be Wild”. 1936) "The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The club has won three NFL championships, and is the only one to win championships representing three cities (Cleveland in 1945, Los Angeles in 1951, and St. Louis in 1999).

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Derrick Lin’s Dioramas Contrast the Bustle of Agency Life with Peaceful Office-Supply Scenes

Colossal

All images © Derrick Lin, shared with permission. Seattle-based photographer Derrick Lin ( previously ) constructs miniature worlds that serve as a direct contrast to the stacks of books and other office staples like paperclips and pencils they’re surrounded by.

Bodil Jane on being a professional illustrator, championing 'real' women, and coping during challenging times

Creative Boom

Amsterdam illustrator Bodil Jane has become renowned for her colourful portraits of "real" women, the kind of approachable, friendly characters we can all relate to. Around these female figures, she creates detailed worlds of ornaments, picture frames and plants. It's a characteristic she puts down to her love of visiting flea markets and collecting old trinkets or popping along to botanical gardens for inspiration.

Haunted Forests and an Upside Down World

Joe McNally

Hoping all are staying safe in these uncertain times. Hang in there. Writing about photography has taken the place of actually doing it, for the most part, right now. Nikon has a large compendium of articles, videos and straight talk from lots of knowledgeable pros about all manner of storytelling and techniques over at their Learn & Explore site.

Photographer Took His Drone To Capture How People Are Dealing With Quarantine

Design You Trust

Accrording to a photographer Adas Vasiliauskas: “I took my drone and photographed people in their homes through their windows and terraces. It’s a 100% zero-human-contact way to see how people are going crazy during quarantine times. When Lithuania went under quarantine, all my photography jobs in advertising were canceled, events postponed or canceled, and I was sitting without any job and. Source. Photography coronavirus drone isolation quarantine social

Cuore Espresso Cafe inspired by Innocence [Suwon]

Trendland

South Korean Design Studio Maoom has conceived a cafe inspired by the feeling of innocence and purity. A concrete ridge leads inside with fabric swatches swaying above your head. The terrace features a glowing moon and a couple of seats for visitors to enjoy their coffee next in a symbolic landscape, separated from the interior by clear glass. The space of the cafe is minimalist and raw, furnished with wooden tables and benches alongside white, sleek bar. maoom.com.

30 Best Responsive WordPress Themes For 2020

Graphic Design Junction

Responsive best WordPress Themes and best website templates for business, corporate, blog and magazine websites. Hand-picked best Responsive WordPress themes based on rating, UI and UX design, performance, loading speed and selling. All themes are fully responsive coded with HTML5/CSS3, Bootstrap and SEO Optimized. These best multi-purpose WP Themes are great solution for Entrepreneurs, blogs and all kinds of corporate businesses. .

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McDonald’s reimagines its logo for our new Covid-19 reality

Creative Review

McDonald’s isn’t afraid to use the power of minimalism to its advantage in its advertising. A recent campaign saw the fast food giant coopt its Golden Arches as a way of directing hungry motorists to its nearest outlet, while in another stunt it used nothing but a bit of clever typography to recreate some of its best known dishes.

Artist Reimagined Famous Paintings To See What They’d Look Like If They Were Painted During The Coronavirus Crisis

Design You Trust

Genevieve Blais is a photo-based artist earning great praise for her work involving art historical and theoretical narratives. The artist’s twisted representation of familiar subject matter characterizes her fantasy world. Her captivating yet sinister work draws on themes of sexuality, mortality and symbolism. Blais’ works have been commissioned by national institutions like the Royal Ontario. Source. Inspirations art classic coronavirus history

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Clément Thoby invites you in to his peaceful and atmospheric landscapes, devoid of any people

Its Nice That

The French illustrator has become a mastermind at his chosen subject. Here, he tells us about his softly composed scenes and his reasons for avoiding the depiction of any characters.

Haunting Colorized Photos Reveal The Devastation Caused By The Spanish Flu Which Killed At Least Fifty-Million

Design You Trust

A Kansas hospital during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that still lives large in people’s imaginations. Mediadrumimages These seldom seen photographs, colorized for the first time, graphically depict the scale of the pandemic. The images reveal how doctors and nurses fought to save Spanish Flu sufferers in 1918. They show community centers and sports halls in the US converted into makeshift. Source. Photography 1918 epidemy flu

Netflix's Altered Carbon 2 Key Illustration

Abduzeedo

Netflix's Altered Carbon 2 Key Illustration. AoiroStudio Mar 24, 2020 Since most of us are spending lots of time at 'home' and statistically speaking about 20% of the planet is in lockdown at the moment. How crazy is that? I hope you are finding the time to traverse new things and occupy all this time, maybe some Netflix? Speaking of that, did you watch the new Altered Carbon 2 Netflix series yet? We are featuring the key art illustration for the series designed by Dmitriy Glazyrin.

Matt Willey and Camille Walala among artists going circular for Earth Hour

Its Nice That

Some of our favourite illustrators and designers have created prints on a uniformly planet-shaped canvas for the collaboration between Evermade and WWF.

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Motion Design for DC Lottery "Roaring Cash"

Abduzeedo

Motion Design for DC Lottery "Roaring Cash". abduzeedo Mar 24, 2020 Inspired by the golden palette and art-deco designs of DC Lottery’s Roaring Cash game, LOOP. took the viewer on a ‘20’s thrill ride - playing with the idea that our ticket “opens the door” to thrills, excitement, and the Great Gatsby high-life. Motion Design Stills. Styleframes. Credits. Client: DC Lottery. Agency: MDB. Production & VFX: Aggressive / Loop.

Bored Dog Owners During COVID-19 Social Isolation Are Creating Dogs With Human Hands

Design You Trust

Since dog owners now spend so much time inside home with their dogs because of COVID-19 social isolation, they have started to create dog-human hybrids. h/t: Source. Animals coronavirus dogs humor isolation

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Photographer Spotlight: Suzie Howell

Booooooom

Photo london photographer photography suzie howell

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Gracias a Dios Agave Gin Honors Mexico's Vibrant Culture

The Die Line

The illustrations provide historical context to the packaging, while the bright colors honor Mexican culture.

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What Is Cloud Storage?

Noupe

It’s hard to run a business these days without hearing about cloud services. You can do your books in the cloud, find employees in the cloud, sell your services in the cloud, and store your files in the cloud. Cloud storage has boomed over the last decade, and now almost three-quarters of all businesses either use cloud storage or plan to migrate to it soon. Cloud storage seems to be everywhere, but what is it?

Product Designer Portfolio: Karolina Szczur

Abduzeedo

Product Designer Portfolio: Karolina Szczur. AoiroStudio Mar 24, 2020 I recently discovered fellow designer Brian Lovin and his useful and inspiring product design portfolios. I definitely do recognize a few names in that list and wanted to feature a few on Abduzeedo. Let's meet Karolina Szczur. Obviously, she is a product designer and has worked on projects for Calibre Design System and Help Scout Rebrand. I love the look of her personal site, it's simple, clean and easy to navigate.

How I Work: Rob Biddulph

Creative Review

Author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is renowned for his witty and charming picture books for children. Here he shares his creative process and how he keeps readers coming back to his books. The post How I Work: Rob Biddulph appeared first on Creative Review. How I Work

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Designers come together to shine light on Earth Hour

Design Week

Brighton-based studio Evermade and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have joined forces with an international group of 26 creatives to raise money and awareness for Earth Hour. Creatives including artist and designer Camille Walala, Pentagram’s Matt Willey and photographer partner Giles Revell and illustrator Marylou Faure have been enlisted for the cause, each producing a piece in their own style.

Wessex Gin Distillery Launch Transports You To An Apothecary

The Die Line

Boundless designed a bespoke bottle to hold this mythical elixir, taking inspiration from ancient apothecary bottles and using a range of unusual colours that glow through the faceted bottle

Photographer Andre D. Wagner on chemistry and chance

Creative Review

Black and white images might call to mind the street photography masters of decades past, but Andre D. Wagner’s monochrome portraits feel distinctly contemporary. That said, like an old timer, he still enjoys the ritual of hunkering down in his Brooklyn studio to develop and print his films.

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Graphic Journalism

Communication Arts

Graphic journalists are combining the power of words and images to explain tough topics, as Susan Hodara reports. Article

Using Tracing Paper and Rice Water, Designer Pao Hui Kao Creates a Sturdy Furniture Collection

Colossal

All images © Pao Hui Kao. When Eindhoven-based designer Pao Hui Kao realized she was allergic to some of the pigments and coatings used in household furnishings, she decided to construct her own minimalist collection. The result is a line of tables, seats, shelves, and a light fixture made almost entirely of tracing-paper tubes soaked in rice water. To ensure the sturdiness of her mostly-white designs, Hui Kao varies the size of her paper rolls.

Linked: All is Wales and Good

Under Consideration / Brand

Visit Link. In-depth look at the design of the stunning Cymru Wales type family, designed by Smörgåsbord and Colophon Type Foundry as a key part of the Wales Nation brand, commissioned by the Welsh Government

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Jackson Krule opens a window into Jewish life in his latest series capturing Siyum HaShas

Its Nice That

Work

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The Best Online Learning Platforms in 2020

Graphic Mama

Troubled times lead to all sorts of novel methods. If you suddenly find yourself without classes and unable to teach in your usual way, one option is an online learning platform. They are nothing new, different ones have been around and used for years for remote and web-based learning in different circumstances. The questions we are asking ourselves is what can we do to offer some form of education to the people, young and old who are missing out on their school classes or other courses.

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“Evolution of Sleep” by ManvsMachine for Purple

Trendland

The bed-in-a-box wars started with the success of Casper in 2014, now few mattress (and bedding) companies are competing on the same market, like the guys at Purple, who hired the London creative studio Manvsmachine, to ramp up their trademark and advertising game by turning the products into CG art. In this beautiful video, the goal was to visualize the feels you feel from their Purple Grid mattress and pillow tech. The resulting campaign was a series of ultra-tactile ‘no-stress […].

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Need Something to Do? Download My FREE ‘Kitty Heart’ Embroidery Pattern!

Brown Paper Bag

Are you finding that you have extra time on your hands? (I I think we all do right now.) To help make your time at home more fun, I’ve created a free embroidery pattern for you to download and sew. It’s called Kitty Heart, and it’s a beginner-level pattern that features a smiling kitty surrounded by snake plant leaves. Download the free Kitty Heart embroidery pattern here! The pattern includes two variations—a tuxedo cat and a brown kitty.

Stay Home & Keep Dreaming

Trendland

We are all in lockdown by now, and I am writing this article from Brazil, with mostly empty streets outside – it is the beginning of autumn in the southern hemisphere and with all the isolation and time – finally time – we have, there is one thing that we can all do in abundance: to dream. The human spirit is something very beautiful, a sort of tool to achieve great positive changes in the world and now that the […].