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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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.

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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Stay Updated With Creative Trends In 2020


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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15 Examples of SVG Animations for Web Designers

One Extra Pixel

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) has a number of advantages compared to other image formats used on the web. First and foremost, SVGs are scalable therefore can adapt to any. The post 15 Examples of SVG Animations for Web Designers appeared first on Onextrapixel. Inspiration

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.

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.

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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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.

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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“Parallel Vision” by Illustrator Wenkai Mao


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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

10 trending color combinations for 2020


When it comes to crafting a visual identity for a brand, the color scheme is often the first decision a designer makes. This lays the foundation for the overall mood and personality of the branding, and guides the rest of their design choices.

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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.

Paintings by Keita Morimoto of teenagers in Toronto at twilight, inspired by Edward Hopper

Creative Boom

In his new body of work, Garden of Light, Japanese artist Keita Morimoto continues to explore the theme of Edward Hopper's masterpiece, Nighthawks. But this time, he focuses on the stillness and solitude of twilight.

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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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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.

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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Glasgow Shop Front Drawings by Illustrator Christine Berrie


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20 Best Free PDF and E-books on Graphic Design

Inspiration Feed

Just because you’re creative and innovative does not mean you can conquer the design industry. Thought these are among the most important ingredients, there’s a lot more to the recipe.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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Illustrator Spotlight: Raman Djafari


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Color Theory In Graphic Design?Brief Guide for Non-designers


There are few things in the design that are more important than color. Color can evoke reactions, emotions or even action all without using words. So how do we know which colors look good together? The answer is color theory in graphic design!

Free Wallpaper for December 2019

Six Leaf Design

Happy December + last month of the decade! I can remember my dad hanging up our Christmas lights every year outside our house. My mom loved the sleek looking strings of all white lights but dad always liked those huge, colorful lights that were real popular in the 80s. I’m with you, Dad!

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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.

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Albert Oehlen Book by Zak Group


Opinion by Richard Baird. Albert Oehlen is a German contemporary artist. Working with canvas, he brings together a bricolage of figurative, collaged, abstract and computer-generated elements, with a particular focus on process and self-imposed parameters such as limited colour palettes.

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