December, 2019

Being a Freelance Web Designer Isn’t for Everyone

Speckyboy Design Magazine

So often, I write about the details and observations I’ve had while running a freelance web design business. It seems like so many web designers have taken this path that I tend to forget about those who haven’t. The truth is that being a freelancer isn’t all rainbows and unicorns.

A Guide to Storytelling for Designers & Business Owners

Just Creative

This article was contributed by Diana Adjadj. If you’re reading this, you’ve already done your homework and know very well that storytelling has a great potential to improve customer engagement. . So let’s cut to the chase: not only storytelling is nice to have in your digital marketing strategy.

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How To Easily Handle Any Graphic Design Research Challenge

Inspiration Feed

Just how essential research is in the design process can’t be emphasized enough.

Creatives share their biggest lessons of 2019 and how they'll be doing things differently

Creative Boom

December is always a time for self-reflection. On the things we've done well over the last 12 months as well as the mistakes we've made and learnt from. When you work in the creative industries, whether for someone else or as a small business owner, you'll undoubtedly share similar lessons.

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Brand Archetypes – Ultimate Guide with Examples

Just Creative

This is a guest article contributed by Loius Martin. Are you so fond of a particular company that it’s hard for you to buy from other brands? You just ‘connect’ with the company more than others.

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Creative Typography Design Ideas That Will Totally Amaze You

Graphic Mama

Creative typography is one of the top graphic design trends for 2020 and a huge source of inspiration for many designers and artists worldwide. In this article, we’ve gathered a lot of inspiring and creative typography design ideas that will make your imagination go wild.

Stay Updated With Creative Trends In 2020

Pixlr

From neon to glitch effects, creative trends in 2019 have evolved and are setting the path to creativity for next year. Now that we’ve surfed this year’s trend wave, here are the top creative and design trends we’re set to see in the coming year. Creative Trends To Watch Out For In 2020.

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The Best Color Combinations to Try in 2020

Graphic Mama

Are you looking for cool color combinations to try in your upcoming design projects? In this article, we’ve gathered and reviewed some of the trendiest color combinations in 2020 for web design, graphic design, and digital illustrations.

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8 Beautifully Illustrated Onboarding Screens in Mobile Design

Speckyboy Design Magazine

To understand the value of your application and enjoy its features, modern web programs need to have an onboarding process. It is not just a whim. It is a crucial element that provides a solid foundation for good user experience and ensures the success of the entire venture.

How To Create an Illustrated Cartoon Effect from a Photo in Adobe Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

It takes some real skill to draw realistic characters and portraits, but there’s a shortcut you can take by processing a photograph with various filters in Photoshop to give it a cartoon-like illustrated effect.

Supple's eye-catching 2020 calendar inspired by famous spectacle wearers and your local opticians

Creative Boom

This is certainly a sight for sore eyes: a charity wall calendar for 2020, inspired by famous spectacle wearers past and present, ranging from Gandhi to Ga Ga, Elton John to Audrey Hepburn.

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20 Common Branding Mistakes that Small to Mid Sized Businesses Make

Just Creative

This is a guest article contributed by Claire Newton. Branding is chronically misunderstood.

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The Geometer’s Compass

I Love Typography

The European Renaissance was obsessed with classical antiquity. For many of its intellectuals it marked a cultural and scientific golden age. Many classical authors, among them the likes of Lucretius and Cicero, were rediscovered and celebrated. And among the many subjects given a new lease of life during the Renaissance was geometry. A branch of […]. The post The Geometer’s Compass appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books renaissance type history

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Overlooked Black Rescue Dogs Shine in Emotional Portraits

Feature Shoot

Ollie. Ex stock broker. Made his millions in the Dotcom boom and now spends 6 months of the year on his yacht in Monaco. Henry. Enormous introvert. Loves football, has no idea about the rules he simply cheers for the winning team. Pronounced ‘D’ ‘O’ “double G’ as in Snoop. Impossibly cool.

50 Free Christmas Templates & Resources for Designers

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Christmas is just a few weeks away, and we know that all you designers will be starting to plan the design of your personalized Christmas cards, invitations, wallpapers and everything else in between that is Christmas or holiday season-related.

Spoon Graphics Greatest Hits: My Most Popular Posts of 2019

Spoon Graphics

To finish off every year I enjoy taking a moment to look back at my content from the past 12 months to compare how all my articles, tutorials, freebies and videos performed in terms of view counts.

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Candid street photography that shows the changing face of Sheffield

Creative Boom

In his latest body of work, Sheffield-based photographer Darren O'Brien documents two developing communities in his home city, as gentrification takes hold. The images reveal the changing face of Sharrow Vale and the city's Antiques Quarter as an influx of new people move to the areas.

4-Step Formula to Perfect Your Brand Storytelling

Just Creative

This article is from guest author, Ilya Lobanov. It’s harsh, but your customers don’t care about your business. Beyond how it can help them make their lives better or solve a problem they have. But it’s not all bad news. You can use that knowledge to your advantage by using the power of storytelling.

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Fine Lines and Dotwork Form Surreal Monochromatic Tattoos by Michele Volpi

Colossal

Italian artist Michele Volpi tattoos highly detailed conceptual pieces using black ink and the negative space of her clients’ skin.

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How to Launch Your Blog or Portfolio in 2020 (3,500+ Word Start to Finish Guide)

Inspiration Feed

The graphic design industry is tough. No matter where you go, you’ll see amazing talent through the work of other designers in the field.

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Creative Photo Manipulations Of Animals By Indonesian Digital Artist Aditya Aryanto

Design You Trust

23-year-old Indonesian digital artist Aditya Aryanto (previously) photoshop animals in a creative way. Every animal has different characteristics and patterns and emotions, Aditya likes to show those in his creations. More: Instagram. Source. Inspirations animals creative photomanip

Video Tutorial: Photoshop Floating Glass Sphere Effect

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Photoshop tutorial I show you a few simple steps to create a surreal glass sphere floating within a photograph. This cool effect is perfect for creating interesting album covers, or just to transform your landscape photos into abstract art pieces.

Past Lives in Kodachrome: Anonymous family photographs from the midcentury

Creative Boom

Back in the midcentury, before Instagram, Snapchat or even smartphones, people used 35mm cameras, loaded with colour film to document the monumental and the mundane moments of their lives.

Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020: Generate More Traffic

Just Creative

This article was contributed by Roman Daneghyan. Is SEO important for every business, or just selected ones need it? Should you invest in SEO, or can you get by without it? Most online startups ask questions like these. .

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‘Classic Blue‘ is Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Graphic Mama

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 is officially announced: Classic Blue! In 2020, we’ll be enjoying the classic elegance of the Classic Blue color hue interpreted into beautiful creations and combinations in all design niches.

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Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Media Design School by SomeOne

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“Spark Side of the Moon”.

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This Guy Can’t Stop Photoshopping Animals Into The Most Random Things

Design You Trust

I love animals so much I literally see them everywhere.” That’s the description one will find when one stumbles across @animalsinthings on Instagram. I first came across the photoshop wiz’s work on reddit last week and now here we are.

Tiny Ice Crystals Simulate a Halo Around the Sun in Photograph by Michael Schneider

Colossal

Photo by Michael Schneider, shared with permission. On a November trip to the Arosa mountains in the Swiss Alps, Michael Schneider snapped a photo using his iPhone 11.

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Stanley Donwood reveals the creative process behind Radiohead's iconic artworks

Creative Boom

If you're a fan of Radiohead, you'll already be familiar with Stanley Donwood , regarded as one of the most important visual artists of his generation and the genius behind the band's iconic art.

18 Best Social Media Tools to Succeed in 2020

Just Creative

The most perplexing question that bothers every marketing professional in the competitive digital marketplace is how to create an effective social media strategy and use the right tool that would skyrocket conversions and facilitate business growth.

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20 Amazing Websites with Illustrations that Will Steal Your Heart

Graphic Mama

Searching for amazing websites with illustrations to inspire you? Check out this collection! Websites with illustrations are probably the most creative ones since they combine the artistic side of illustrators and graphic designers’ precise eye for functionality.

3 Photography Trends To Adopt In 2020

Pixlr

Are you getting ready for a new year and fresh creative trends? Here’s my take on the top photography trends that will boost your portfolio and visual skills in 2020. Vibrant Colors. Don’t be shy with your photography focus in 2020!

Love Like Blood: The Superb Macabre And Gothic Artworks Of Abigail Larson

Design You Trust

Abigail had ambitions of becoming an opera singer and joining the circus while growing up, and although neither of those ended up working out too well, she has been able to find a more suitable career for herself in the world of illustration.

Aerial Embroidery Showcases the Hidden Patterns of Cultivated Farmland

Colossal

Humble fields become abstracted artworks in thread paintings by Victoria Rose Richards. The artist uses a combination of tight, straight lines and lush French knots to emulate the rural patterning of closely-cropped fields divided by hedges and woods.

Illustrations by Katie Hicks that explore self-destructive tendencies and creative burnout

Creative Boom

Toronto illustrator and comic artist Katie Hicks produces work that is bright and energetic full of colour, sparkle and abstract shapes. Inspired by the cartoons and anime she grew up with, she strives to bring a feeling of happiness into both her professional and personal work.

Best USB-C Monitors for Creatives

Just Creative

If you work primarily from a laptop every day, you know the struggles of having a limited amount of room to get any work done. Because of this, many creative professionals use an external monitor for more screen space.

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Amazing Black-and-White Illustrations that Don’t Need Color to Impress

Graphic Mama

Get inspired by a beautiful collection of black-and-white illustrations: fantasy and abstract, posters of people and portraits, animal artwork, and simplified illustrations.

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