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Why creative freelancers should never work for free

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock When clients ask you to graft for nothing in return for "exposure", be very wary. We explain the downside of working for free. It's a great time to be a creative freelancer. The rise of the digital age, the 'Great Resignation' following the pandemic, and the increased focus on branding for all types of big businesses means demand for designers, illustrators, writers, and other creatives has surged, providing numerous opportunities.

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The New Johnson & Johnson Logo

I Love Typography

Read the book, Typographic Firsts The new Johnson & Johnson logo is more than a typographic blunder. It’s also a massive branding gamble with a high risk strategy. The post The New Johnson & Johnson Logo appeared first on I Love Typography.

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Veronica Castro on the V&A's Diva exhibition and why it's a word we need to reclaim

Creative Boom

Cher, Elton John and Diana Ross at Rock Awards Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 1975; Various Locations; Mark Sullivan 70's Rock Archive Photo: Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images As London's Victoria & Albert Museum puts costumes for Cher, Elton and Marilyn Monroe on display, project curator Veronica Castro explains why divas have been culturally important from the 19th century to the modern day.

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Mental Health Photography: Personal Stories from Photographers Coping with Depression

Feature Shoot

© Susan Borowitz As she entered mid-life, Susan Borowitz had her first experience with clinical depression. “My particular trigger came in the form of small airplanes that flew near my house from the nearby airport,” she remembers. “Whenever I heard them, I would tense up, my anxiety would skyrocket, and I would go deeper into despair.” She also remembers laying down on the floor of the shower and letting the hot water run over her: it was one thing that helped her t

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Let's Talk Trends: Designing for Maximum Impact

Speaker: Amber Asay, Creative Director and Founder of award-winning design studio Nice People

Understanding what trends are happening and how they’re impacting the competitive landscape is crucial to providing top dollar design strategy to your clients. With so many trends coming and going, it can be overwhelming to determine which ones you should capitalize on and which ones might not be worth the trouble. In this exclusive webinar with Amber Asay, we’ll explore graphic design trends that need to die, trends that are starting to pick up and why, trends that have come and gone, and how t

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New logo for GB surfing by FORM Brands Studio captures the perfect wave

Creative Boom

A good logo catches the eye, sums up a brand in seconds, and evokes an atmosphere. Here's a great example for the national body taking charge of elite surfing. When you think about surfing, images of sun-drenched beaches in California and Hawaii come to mind. But true surfers don't care about picture-postcard weather: it's all about the quality of the wave.

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Benton Sans Std Font Family by Font Bureau

We And The Color

Unveiling the Timeless Elegance of Benton Sans Std Font Family: A Font Bureau Masterpiece The Benton Sans Std font family stands as a timeless testament to the enduring beauty of sans-serif fonts. Crafted by Morris Fuller Benton in 1903, and later revitalized and expanded upon by Tobias Frere-Jones and Cyrus Highsmith in 1995, Benton Sans has established itself as an icon of 20th-century design.

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A Poetic Dance of Three: Unveiling the Branding and Visual Identity of "Three Girls"

Abduzeedo

A Poetic Dance of Three: Unveiling the Branding and Visual Identity of "Three Girls" abduzeedo 0917—23 On the ever-evolving stage of brand design, a new star emerges. "Three Girls," a home lifestyle brand, unveils a tapestry of visual identity where curtains aren't just fabric – they're a narrative. At the heart of their brand essence is the mantra "Experiencing Beautiful Moments," a sentiment reminiscent of those unexpected joys we stumble upon daily.

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8 CSS & JavaScript Snippets for Creating Blur Effects

SpeckyBoy

Adding blur effects is a surefire way to make a surrounding design element stand out. For example, adding a bit of haziness to a background photo will draw attention to the layered text on top. Crafting this look used to require photo editing software. But that’s no longer the case. You can add stunning blur effects using CSS and JavaScript. And it’s easier than you may think.

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ES Klarheit Plakat

Design Everywhere

Design Everywhere is a blog focused on showcasing carefully selected graphic design works and beyond around the world. These daily dose of visual inspirations are collected by Preston Tham. All works displayed here are rightfully credited to their respective owners.

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The Democratization of Design: Giving Creators & Marketers the Tools to Succeed

Brands must create and share impactful content to thrive, but they have less people, tighter budgets, and fewer resources to do so. Learn how to publish and market digital content with the same professionalism as organizations with million-dollar budgets.

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Teemu Suviala on why today's brands are too bland, and should take more risks

Creative Boom

Teemu Suviala Too many brands are playing it safe right now, believes the chief creative officer at Landor & Fitch. He explains why that's a bad thing and what they should do instead. Do you ever get the feeling that brands are playing it safe in 2023? Can you remember the last time you saw a big brand truly take a risk and do something game-changing?

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An Autobiographical Narrative of Paolo Finazzi’s Inner Turmoil Expressed Through Digital Composites

Design You Trust

Paolo Finazzi, better known as “Dogma Artworks,” is a renowned Graphic Designer and Digital Artist hailing from the esteemed Libera Accademia di Belle Arti in Brescia, Italy. He is currently engrossed in a project that serves as an unflinchingly honest autobiographical narrative, expressed through meticulously crafted digital images. This project, aptly named Dogma, stands as a testament to his personal struggles, providing a refuge from reality and a haven for his deepest torments.

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Communication Arts

With clean, modular type design, this Leicester, UK–based type foundry affirms the importance of typography for brand voice.

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Spanish Artist Juan Carlos García Infuses Emotion into Everyday Scenes through Digital Collages

Design You Trust

Juan Carlos García, a Spanish artist, is renowned for his mastery of Digital Collage. This art form, with roots dating back centuries, made a significant resurgence in the early 20th century and has since maintained its novelty. For as long as he can recall, Juan Carlos has been captivated by collages. He views Digital Collage as an exceptional medium for storytelling and the depiction of an imagined reality.

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From Visualization to Execution: Exploring Our Strengths as Designers

Speaker: Sean Adams, ArtCenter College of Design

Thomas Edison once said “Vision without execution is hallucination.” This statement applies not just to invention, but to graphic design. One of the greatest strengths of graphic designers is the ability to first develop a concept and then execute it to make it real. From visualization and ideation all the way through to actuation and execution, each step of this process takes skill and expertise.

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Born #illustration #drawing #typography

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Saved by Ashley Buerkett (@buerkett).

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The Visual Explanation of The Ladies’ Dress Shoes in the Nineteenth Century

Design You Trust

The evolution of clothing manufacturing is a fascinating journey that intertwines with the advent of factory sewing machines and the emergence of a middle class, eager to acquire and flaunt an ever-changing wardrobe. This digital presentation, which will continue to expand, offers a glimpse into the daily operations and design inspirations of one of the few manufacturing sectors that still flourish in New York City, drawing from two complementary library divisions. h/t: vintag.es The images feat

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HipCityVeg Closed Sign by Mike Smith

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The Intricate Surrealist Paintings of Mike Davis

Design You Trust

San Francisco-based Mike Davis is a self-taught modern surrealist painter who began his artistic journey in 1997. His artistry is influenced by a diverse range of elements, from his mother’s woodworking and hand-tooled leather home projects to the art of the ancient world, surrealism, and the Northern Renaissance’s Flemish masters. Davis’ works are intricate surrealist compositions filled with symbols of mortality, folly, and hubris.

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Rethinking Creative Workflows: Increasing Efficiency in the Design Process

As the design industry evolves, teams are facing new challenges and a need to produce more outstanding creative work than ever. Leaders must learn how to adapt their processes to solve today’s—and tomorrow’s—unique design challenges. In this e-book, you’ll learn how to establish your creative workflow and leverage the power of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite to streamline the entire design process, from start to finish.

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YIMMY'S YAYO™ #blast #space #stars #rocket #awesome

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Saved by Ferdinand-Noel Bacani (@xariusound).

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Metra tickets, 1990–1991

Fonts in Use

Contributed by Florian Hardwig Source: www.c82.net C82 / Nicholas Rougeux. License: All Rights Reserved. January 1990, ft. an unidentified rounded sans Source: www.c82.net C82 / Nicholas Rougeux. License: All Rights Reserved. February 1990 ft. Italia Bold C82 is the website of Nicholas Rougeux, a Chicago-based designer and data artist.

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ALPHABATTLE – P — LetterCult #typography

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Saved by ookie (@ookie).

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October Email Newsletter Guide: Ideas and Examples

Designmodo

This post is originally published on Designmodo: October Email Newsletter Guide: Ideas and Examples October invites us into the full swing of autumn. The heat is over, and cold, chilly weather comes into play.

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Creative Insights: Data-Backed Trends to Help You Design Successful Content

In today’s competitive markets, how do you make sure that your content not only stands out but performs well? How can you predict whether certain design choices will result in clicks, engagement, downloads, and other drivers of ROI? Shutterstock’s Creative Insights Report (Q3) is your window into the hottest trends that are transforming the creative world.

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Great 3d type #dark

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10 free must download Halloween fonts

Creative Nerds

Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays around the world. Its popularity has given rise to a wide range of Halloween-themed design projects and events. To help you with your Halloween-themed design projects, we have compiled a collection of free fonts that are perfect for use in creating festive designs. These free halloween fonts […] The post 10 free must download Halloween fonts first appeared on Creative Nerds.

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Bernharda Xilko #drawing #weird

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Saved by Maciek Wolanski (@foolhearted).

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15+ Must-Have 1980s Fonts for Graphic Designers

Inkbot Design

15+ Must-Have 1980s Fonts for Graphic Designers The 1980s were a time of bold colours, big hair, and experimental typography. Graphic design in the '80s pushed boundaries and took risks, moving away from the clean, minimalist look that had dominated the previous decade. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the eclectic, expressive, and outright wacky font designs that defined the visual culture of the 1980s.

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How to Create Stunning Typography With the Corel Type Tool Kit

Download this free eBook to learn how you can create stunning typography, using the basics, such as placing text, to advanced controls like ligatures, variable fonts, effects, tracking, range kerning, and everything in between. Learn how to: Use Character Control to add variety to your font styles. Use Paragraph Control to manage spacing, alignment, justification and more.