Wed.Sep 30, 2020

Top tips from leading illustrators on adapting style for different clients

Design Week

A distinctive illustrative style can be a blessing and a curse – on the one hand, it can instantly signify to others when you’ve been involved in a project, but adapting that style to fit different commercial contexts can be difficult.

A movie-type identity for a Barcelona production firm is inspired by a love of cinema

Creative Boom

Barcelona studio Full Circle Karma has taken inspiration from the world of cinema to craft the new identity for BLUA , a local production company.

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15 Best Ink Brushes for Procreate in 2020

Just Creative

First appearing as part of the Tang Dynasty, ink painting, or ink wash painting as it is also known, has a long storied history. Since those days though, with advancements in technology, the days of having jars of ink on your desk are long gone.

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Illustrator Roberto Blefari aka Hikimi dishes up bright illustrations to 'make us feel good'

Creative Boom

If you're looking for something to make you smile today then please turn your attention to Roberto Blefari, a freelance illustrator from Turin, Italy.

Design Thinking Strategies for Facilitating Growth and Performance

Speaker: Carrie Cousins, Founder and Freelancer Writer & Designer at Carrie Cousins LLC

Design thinking is at the root of creative success. Seriously! But do you know how to shift your mindset and creative process – as well as that of your team – to create and ideate in ways that are truly innovative? The most inspired and innovative teams and individual designers need to be a part of a culture that enables forward-thinking, acceleration, and efficiency. It’s a combination of creative, analytical, and collaborative approaches that produce results.

“A Small Pool of White Light” by Photographer Jesse Boyd-Reid


Photo a small pool of white light jesse boyd-reid melbourne photographer photography

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IDS Vancouver 2020 Gets Virtual – in a Vivid Way

Azure Magazine

Like many design weeks around the world boldly forging ahead, IDS Vancouver has transitioned its annual showcase into a URL-meets-IRL program.

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Terry Hearnshaw's 'joy of painting nothing' helps him to turn off, tune out, and nod off

Creative Boom

London-based graphic designer Terry Hearnshaw turns to art when he needs to completely relax. In fact, he says the "joy of painting nothing" is something that helps him cope with the ups and downs of everyday life.

8 WordPress Plugins for Translating Your WordPress Website

Speckyboy Design Magazine

In theory, the web knows no borders. This means that, inevitably, some visitors will speak a language that is different from your website. Depending on the demand, it may make sense to provide your content in multiple languages.

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A Shark Swimming in a Heart-Shaped School of Salmon Tops 2020 Drone Photography Contest


“Love Heart of Nature” by Jim Picôt. “In winter, a shark is inside a salmon school when, chasing the baitfish, the shape became a heart shape.” ” All images © the photographers, courtesy of 2020 Drone Awards, shared with permission.

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Now More Than Ever: Why Communication is Essential For Your Business

Speaker: Danielle Hughes, Chief Personality Officer, More Than Words Marketing

In this presentation, you'll hear from Danielle Hughes, a copywriting and branding expert, on how you can use your personality to connect with your clients and stand out from the clutter. On how being vulnerable and real will create stronger connections and affinity, and how knowing your brand and your audience makes messaging easier for you and more relatable for them.

Gaze Into the Eyes of Animals Through Stunning Macro Shots

Design You Trust

Dog Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan ( previously) decided to explore in his ongoing macro photography series of stunning animal eye portraits.

Neural Networks Create a Disturbing Record of Natural History in AI-Generated Illustrations by Sofia Crespo


All images © Sofia Crespo, shared with permission. Sofia Crespo describes her work as the “natural history book that never was.”

David Adjaye Awarded RIBA’s Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

Azure Magazine

Acclaimed British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates , has been awarded one of the discipline’s highest and most prestigious honours by the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA): the Royal Gold Medal.

Pack of the Month: Marx Design Celebrates The Joys Of 1980s Computer Graphics With StrangeLove Waters

The Die Line

We talk with Marx Design about their inspired work for our September Pack of the Month, StrangeLove Water

Recession Proof Your Business

Speaker: Ean

Facts fight fear. This presentation will outline specific actions you can take to protect your cash manage debt to increase your chances of success in an economic downturn. Suitable for all size businesses (side hustle to C-Corp) with any bookkeeping system.

Sascha Lobe’s latest signage project accentuates architecture through typography

Its Nice That

Developing a uniquely precise system for Bibliotheque Nationale Du Luxembourg, the Pentagram partner's new project showcases his love of wayfinding.

Pantone unveils new shade of red to tackle stigma around menstruation

Design Week

Pantone has released a new shade of red which aims to address the stigma around menstruation. The colour, called Period, has been launched in partnership with Swedish period care brand Intimina, as part of its new campaign Seen + Heard.

Say Hello to Eight Lil’ Kitties and One Perky Pug [Brown Paper Stitch Dispatch]

Brown Paper Bag

This article is brought to you by Brown Paper Stitch , my business that makes your wardrobe pawesome by embroidering your pets on clothing. I didn’t do a lot of stitching this past week.

Uninspirational Posters For People Who Hate Inspirational Posters

Design You Trust

You are bound to see the occasional motivational poster whenever you look through your Facebook or Instagram feed, but this account ( previously) is for people who practically shudder at the sight of these uplifting quotes.

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Practical Financial Advice for Creatives in Crisis

Speaker: Jason Blumer, CPA

This webinar provides practical and honest financial advice for those running creative businesses in crisis. The economic disruption brought about by the spread of the coronavirus has caught us all by surprise. Come learn how you need to act now in areas of cash, finances, tax, and the financial side of your business. There will be a time for Q&A as well

This Craft Beer Concept is Surreal: 530 Craft Beer

The Die Line

530 Craft Beer is a trippy 70’s inspired design that uses curved lines to create a surreal brand experience

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Pantone Just Released A Period-Colored Paint and It’s Called “Period” Red

Design You Trust

What do you get when you combine an intimate healthcare brand with a paint company? Period blood color, the perfect shade to represent periods. The Pantone Colour Institute just partnered with Intimina to release a custom Pantone red color to represent menstruation.

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Design inspiration: the best projects from September

Design Week

Living Cocoon, by Bob Hendrikx. Courtesy of Bob Hendrikx There have been plenty of design solutions to the funeral industry’s sustainability crisis , from liquid cremation to biodegradable burial pods.

Toeing the line between film and photography, Hart Lëshkina’s latest project is an emotional performance

Its Nice That

Titled Show Me How To Feel, the duo – Tati and Erik – have created a photographic exploration into the meaning of identity.

Web Design for All: Accessibility, Inclusivity and Beyond

Speaker: Eden Spivak, Design Expert and Editor at Wix & Nir Horesh, Accessibility Lead and Senior Product Manager at Wix

When we design products or websites for people like ourselves, there are many others who are, as a result, left out. In this webinar, we’ll delve into why accessibility matters. Yet however well-intended, website accessibility is too often seen as a checklist to be marked off at the end of the design process. Our goal is to shift the discussion around accessible design from accommodating the needs of a small minority group to creating better, more inclusive interfaces for us all - no matter our identity, background, knowledge, or ability.

Best MAC Accessories

Just Creative

Macs have created a class of its own when it comes to laptops and computers. But does having a Mac alone is enough? We believe that with the right Mac accessories, you will have a lot better experience.

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Inspired by Geography, Camber Coffee Bags Are A Marbled Marvel

The Die Line

We've long marveled at how coffee occupies this beautiful, delicate space between nature and humankind

How to become a freelance Instagram marketer? The Ultimate Guide


Looking for a way to work on your mobile phone while scrolling Instagram? Well, why don’t you try to become an Instagram freelance marketer? All you need is a mobile phone, the Instagram app, and some skills which I’ll explore in the following article.

Simone Steenberg explores female energy, beauty and power through her subject, her grandma Eva

Its Nice That

The Garden of Eva series is a celebration of older years, channelling the photographer’s passions for performance art and fashion through a fun shoot that reveals her grandma’s nuanced personality.

What in the World is a Force Majeure?

Speaker: Michele Berdinis

This session will answer business law questions that people are asking most during the pandemic.

Menstruation Now Has A Pantone Color, And It's Part Of Period Positivity Campaign

The Die Line

Pantone launched the new red along with Intimina to dispel taboos around menstruation

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Wix unveils custom, digital-first typeface designed with Dalton Maag for users to deploy on their websites

Its Nice That

Madefor is created for web and versatile at nine weights, with a subtle character shown in the slight flare of some letterforms and its wide geometric proportions.

These 'Hocus Pocus' Wines Will Put A Spell On You

The Die Line

Hocus Pocus wines, just in time for the Halloween season

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