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Positive stories from freelance creatives to boost your mood in a recession

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock Feeling grim about your prospects? We help lift your mood by sharing positive stories from creatives about the moments that make life worth living. On a bit of a downer? Well, that's not surprising. The global economy is currently on a downturn, and people are feeling the strain across the world. And even if you're still managing to keep on top of the rent, there's no shame in feeling a little down about your prospects for continuing success as a freelancer.

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20 Weird and Wacky Websites To Inspire Creative UX Strategies

Inkbot Design

20 Weird and Wacky Websites To Inspire Creative UX Strategies A website is built every three seconds. With more online users, tricks, and tools than ever, any brand can create a website with just a few clicks. As we welcome AI-powered website builders , formatted WIX and WordPress templates and a digitally native generation to the mix, it is becoming more challenging than ever to create a website experience that is well remembered.

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Michelle Wagenaar's joyful posters capture the sad and fun aspects of life

Creative Boom

Netherlands-based freelance illustrator Michelle Wagenaar taps into social media-induced angst to create bright, playful posters that acknowledge the sad sides of life. But far from being all doom and gloom, they are a fun and honest reaction to struggles that everybody in the online world deals with. It's all too easy to feel overwhelmed when scrolling through social media.

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (February 2024)

HONGKIAT

Welcome to our February collection in the Fresh Resources series! As the new year unfolds, what better moment to explore new tools and resources? This edition is packed with exciting finds for both designers and developers. We’ve got everything from a site that guides you on creating components across different frameworks, to a brand new JavaScript package repository, a tool for diving deep into color spaces, and insights on CSS specificity.

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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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Founders, Freelancers & Rebels: new book dispels the fear of going solo

Creative Boom

Graham Nolan by Billie Charity We explore coach Helen Jane Campbell's excellent new book and what it can teach independent creatives. Whether you're a founder or freelancer, creative entrepreneurship is hard. Not only do you have to constantly battle with self-doubt, but you also feel the need to show a face to the world that's the exact opposite. Consequently, many independent creative founders and freelancers share a longing for connection, reassurance and motivation.

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Movie Night!: Matt Partridge's latest animation is an Easter egg-stuffed wave of nostalgia

Creative Boom

Take a trip back to a time before streaming services in Matt Partridge's latest animated short, Move Night! Bursting with subtle nods to iconic films, this short feature is a warm, nostalgic nod to an era of home rental videos. It may sound crazy to younger readers, but there was a time when movies were not available to watch at home at the push of a button.

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Egypt's Smoochy Wants to Be the Willy Wonka of Mochi

The Die Line

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (February 2024)

HONGKIAT

Welcome to our February collection in the Fresh Resources series! As the new year unfolds, what better moment to explore new tools and resources? This edition is packed with exciting finds for both designers and developers. We’ve got everything from a site that guides you on creating components across different frameworks, to a brand new JavaScript package repository, a tool for diving deep into color spaces, and insights on CSS specificity.

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This Funky Supplement Brand Has Some of the "Gutsiest" Typography We've Seen in a Minute

The Dieline

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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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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Hey, Maybe You Should Get Rid Of That Dead Lion Logo: Lyle's Golden Syrup Redesigns After Nearly 140 Years

The Die Line

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Silencio NYC Continues 2024’s Fascination with David Lynch

Azure Magazine

Now that we’re two months into 2024, some early design trends are emerging. And if there’s one cultural tastemaker defining this year’s visual direction thus far, it’s David Lynch. The first major Lynchian development came when Milan’s Salone del Mobile announced that the film director is designing a pair of feature installations for this year’s fair.

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Body Vodka Turns a Smartphone Case Into a Flask

The Dieline

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Exploring the Uncanny: The New Typeface by Esther Rou Jiao

We And The Color

Esther Rou Jiao’s project, “The New Typeface,” is a fascinating exploration of the intersection between human creativity and artificial intelligence. Using Midjourney, an AI platform known for generating intricate patterns, Jiao embarked on a journey that challenged traditional notions of typeface creation. Please read more below. The New Typeface – An Experimental Work With Midjourney by Esther Rou Jiao What sets Jiao’s approach apart is the decision to not merely

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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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Exploring Free LMS Options: Finding the Right Fit

Graphic Design Junction

In today’s era of learning, Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become a part of education and training. Whether you’re an educator seeking tools to enhance your classroom experience or a business in search of a platform to train your employees, it is crucial to choose the LMS. This article aims to delve into the LMS options in the market and guide you in finding the ideal fit for your needs. [ Hide ] Table Of Content The Advantages of Choosing a Free LMS Assessing Your Requiremen

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Osborne Macharia Spans Geologic Phenomenon and Beauty in ‘Daughters of the Rift’

Colossal

All images © Osborne Macharia, shared with permission Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia traverses the realms of Afrofuturism and Eastern African geography through his newest series, Daughters of the Rift. Macharia’s work references the Great Rift Valley, which spans Eritrea to Mozambique. Over thousands of years, major tectonic activity has shaped the geographic marvel, as the Somali plate pulls away from the Nubian plate.

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Thorntail's Stylish Hard Agave is Perfect for Your Next Desert Picnic

The Dieline

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Alexis Trice Treads the Line Between Beauty and Brutality in Otherworldly Oil Paintings

Colossal

All images © Alex Trice, shared with permission Prismatic pools, strings of pearls, seashells, and elemental interactions characterize the work of Alexis Trice , whose oil paintings illuminate both the beauty and the brutality of nature. Sly predators take the form a spirits or totems in a dreamlike world, their tears gushing into oyster shells or glowing bodies of water. “(This series) is about energy: emotional and molecular.

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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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How Leonie Bos changed her illustration style, and why it brought her new creative energy

Its Nice That

Previously well known for her clean-cut architectural pieces, the illustrator is finding new freedom in anthropomorphic abstraction.

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Sequoia Display Font Family by Rachel Kick

We And The Color

There are fonts that whisper and fonts that shout. And then there’s Sequoia – a typeface that doesn’t just speak but sings with the nostalgia of a bygone era, echoing the spirited strokes of the W.P.A. National Park posters from the 1930s. Crafted by the talented Rachel Kick, the Sequoia Display font family is a delightful ode to the golden age of poster artistry.

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Are Livia De Magistris’ 3D creations people, machines, or animals? It’s up to you to decide

Its Nice That

To make her fun artworks, Livia De Magistris non-stop hops between analogue and digital methods.

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake - 'breathing life and depth' into a cult classic

Creative Bloq

How Unreal Engine 5 is enhancing a game design classic.

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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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The Rise of Powdered Beverages AKA The Modern Day Kool-Aid

The Dieline

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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This whisky maker's AI packaging design feels weirdly off-brand

Creative Bloq

The Glenlivet has found a strange selling point.

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Liquid Death’s New Powdered Beverage ‘Death Dust’ Doesn’t Come In a Can. Is That a Problem?

The Die Line

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Target Announces Value-Orientated Sub-Brand Called 'dealworthy'

The Dieline

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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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.