April, 2020

10 Beautifully Designed, Minimal & Name-Centric Business Cards

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Sometimes all you need is a name. It is a powerful thing. It always has a meaning and, even more, it has a subtext and undertone. A name can speak for itself. It can elicit trust in potential clients and quickly establish the proper atmosphere. As a rule, this name is the one associated with a company. It lies at the heart of the brand and serves as a source for inspiration when it comes to creating a visual identity.

How To Build An Online Presence With Sustainability At Its Core

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Rodney Laws. In 2020, sustainability permeates everything we do. It’s in the news every day, climate change marches occur around the world, and environmentalism is being taught in schools everywhere. In short, sustainability matters.

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Classic book and album covers brought to life in gorgeous, hypnotic animations

Creative Boom

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see what some of our favourite vintage book and album covers look like in motion? Well, wonder no more, as Henning M. Lederer has animated some absolute classic graphics for your viewing pleasure. Called Books & Sleeves , the project is something the German freelance designer and motion graphics artist began in 2015. "As As a graphic designer, I was of course fascinated by the design itself, the use of colours, shapes and typography.

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Shining Examples of Medical and Healthcare Branding

Canny

Shining examples of medical and healthcare branding are admittedly hard to find. Because everyone seems to take the most obvious route possible. And it’s hard to blame them! In these uncertain times, people are looking for: Safety. Trust. Professionalism.

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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.

30 Gorgeous Examples of Korean Graphic Design

Inspiration Feed

There’s something absolutely fascinating about the Korean culture. It has taken over the entire world, with Korean pop stars, Korean makeup, Korean fashion, and everything else Korean dominating the scene everywhere you look.

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The Most Dangerous Book in the World

I Love Typography

On a cold morning in early autumn of 1536, in a small town on the outskirts of Brussels, William Tyndale was led from a tiny prison cell, then chained to a stake, strangled and burned. His crime? Daring to challenge the Catholic Church and his insistence on translating the Bible into English.

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Top 30 Logo & Branding Design Kits for Designers

Just Creative

Sometimes, having the right tools can help make the process of designing a logo or even a brand much easier and with this list of the top Logo & Branding Kits for designers, you can have the tools you need to produce high-quality work every time.

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Lessons of Lockdown: What creative freelancers will be doing differently when things return to normal

Creative Boom

Over the last two weeks, our entire world as we know it has been turned upside down in a bid to protect the NHS and save lives. Although we're happy to do our bit, it's especially tricky for freelancers and small businesses in the creative industries, as often the first thing to be cut is marketing.

Illustrator Spotlight: Sam Alden

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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.

Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Blood Cancer UK by Pentagram

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“B Still my Beating ♥”.

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All The Vintage Logo Template Designs You Could Ever Wish For!

Spoon Graphics

Creating vintage style designs for company brands, T-shirts, packaging designs, book covers, window signs, and countless other graphic design project scenarios has never been easier with this huge bundle of 200 editable logo templates from Heritage Type Co.

Medieval Road-trips & the Invention of Print

I Love Typography

We don’t know for sure what prompted Hans Gensfleisch to leave his hometown of Mainz in western Germany for Strasbourg in the south but leave he did, probably in the early 1430s.

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20 Best Free & Professional Photoshop Brushes

Just Creative

If you could look at the tools that a graphic designer uses daily like opening a toolbox, one of the biggest tools you’re likely to see is Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is a Swiss Army knife that helps graphic designers the tools they need to create amazing logos, designs, and branding for their clients.

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.

Surreal illustrations by Mariano Pascual inspired by the 'crazy reality' of life in lockdown

Creative Boom

The panic buying of toilet roll. Not being able to leave our homes. The reliance on alcohol, maybe just a little too much. These are just some of the things we've come to accept as the "new normal" following weeks of lockdown, and they've been illustrated for a new series by Mariano Pascual.

Illustrator Spotlight: Austin Rossborough

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31 Remarkable Lettering and Typography Designs for Inspiration

Graphic Design Junction

I’m a big lover of good typo and lettering designs. This is the collection of best lettering and typography quotes design by professional Instagram artists and designers. Typography is always inspiration for those who know the importance of words.

Spoon Graphics Turns 13 Years Old — Traffic Down, Subscribers Up!

Spoon Graphics

It’s that time of year when Spoon Graphics gets a little older, with 2020 marking 13 years of tutorial creating, freebie sharing and article writing on what started as a blog that was attached to my portfolio website in 2007.

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

20 web design principles to follow

Canva

Web design is a highly individual process. In order to create truly unique and impactful compositions, designers must let go of their preconceived ideas of what a website should look like.

30 Bulletproof Marketing Strategies for a Thriving Business

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Abhishek Talreja. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or just starting out, an essential way to grow your business is to be consistent with your marketing efforts.

Maltese-inspired, minimalist art prints of 'usually busy places' during lockdown

Creative Boom

To help us through these challenging times, illustrator and designer Scott Schembri has created a series of Maltese-inspired art posters depicting usually busy places as deserted during the lockdown.

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Photographer Spotlight: Brenda Bingham

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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.

LogoArchive Issue 6 (Preview)

BP&O

LogoArchive was conceived, designed and sent to print in a day. It was inspired by a panel discussion at Somerset House as part of the exhibition Print!

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Retro Camping Badges & Outdoor Patches for Premium Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a great collection of camping and outdoors themed patch and badge designs to download this week, courtesy of Evgen Radchenko from JeksonGraphics.

Noted: New Logo and Identity for Keeping Forests by Matchstic

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“Grow, Forest, Grow!”. 2016) " Keeping Forests was created as a broad regional initiative with a focus on maintaining the long-term economic and ecological viability of southern forests.

Top 20 Illustrator Brushes (Free & Paid)

Just Creative

Adobe Illustrator is used by millions of professional and hobbyist graphic designers all over the world. It is the industry-standard vector graphics software and while the tools that the program normally comes with can make some of the most beautiful artwork in the world, one of the best parts about Illustrator is the ability to add custom brushes.

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.

Happiness is Easy: Rainbow-coloured oil paintings of woven animals by Ewa Pro?czuk-Kuziak

Creative Boom

Contemporary artist Ewa Pro?czuk-Kuziak czuk-Kuziak is telling us that happiness is an achievable state in her latest rainbow-coloured series of oil paintings that combine still life, nature and fantasy.

“Esmerelda” by Photographer Parker Stewart

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How Do Professional Designers Work From Home?

Creative Market

Working from home is a concept that’s still foreign to many people. However, as a consequence of COVID-19, work from home has suddenly become a reality for more and more professionals of all industries all over the world.