July, 2020

Getting started with packaging design

Designer Daily

Packaging – for many brands, it’s something that’s left to the last minute. For designers, it’s an uncommon blank canvas to work on. But the truth is that designing packaging presents multifaceted challenges that test even the most resourceful graphic designers. Graphic designers need to work on different materials, in a variety of shapes to achieve a variety of different outcomes, depending on the role the packaging has to play.

Graphic Design Dictionary | Print Basics

Six Leaf Design

If you missed it on the blog earlier, I created a post called Graphic Design Dictionary to help explain some of the terms that I use in my daily life that may not be common knowledge to everyone. In the post I defined some basic web terms that you should know if you have or plan on having a website. This month I'm switching to another main form of graphic design and explaining some basic print terminology.

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3 Designers Reflect on their Evolving Creative Roles


I’m Cathy Sison , a full-time teacher in New York and I wanted to explore deeper into the creative job roles of a senior graphic designer, art director and creative director. Have you wondered what the day to day looks like or the pros and cons of these roles? I’ve been fortunate enough to interview three talented creatives who shared some insights about what they do. When I was starting out as a junior designer, I remember coming across these roles and feeling really intimidated by them.

The Web Design Hack Hall of Fame

Speckyboy Design Magazine

We web designers have always been a crafty bunch. If there’s a specific look or functionality we need to achieve, we can usually piece together a solution. That’s the case even when there isn’t a specific standard or tool to guide us. This is where the concept of the web design hack comes into play. Hacks are creative, often roundabout methods for making a website look or work in a certain way. Sometimes, they carry a negative connotation.

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.

Inventing Posters

I Love Typography

The modern poster first appeared in France in the 19th century, but its antecedents can be found in Renaissance printmaking. Woodcut, engraving, etching, and drypoint were techniques used by the likes of Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch, and Raphael, while printmaking publishers like Hieronymus C**k, helped popularize the print and expand it into a burgeoning industry. The post Inventing Posters appeared first on I Love Typography. typography printmaking typographic firsts

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10 Top Display Fonts for Graphic Design & Branding

Just Creative

As a graphic designer, you might be hired for all kinds of projects from branding, logo design, or even designing a website. These might be small or large projects depending on the client.

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Download My Free Collection of Organic Turing Patterns

Spoon Graphics

Add detailed organic patterns to your design work with this free collection of seamlessly repeating vector pattern graphics.

Photographer Spotlight: Mark Elzey


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LogoArchive Issue 7


LogoArchive Issue 1 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!

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.

Black Print

I Love Typography

An introduction to early African American print culture; its authors, editors, journalists, printers and publishers in America. From protest pamphlets to the first Black newspapers and books. The post Black Print appeared first on I Love Typography. typography america typographic firsts

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David Vanadia's bold and minimalist illustrations that fuse graphic design with art

Creative Boom

French artist and illustrator David Vanadia is on a quest to find "meaning" through his minimalist artworks, full of bold graphics and human emotion. Working with mediums such as engraving, collage or digital, his practice is based around people and philosophy. The "sacred and divine link that unites us with nature" also has a great influence on his work. "My My intention is to reach people through a minimalist graphic approach while trying to incorporate a message," David tells Creative Boom. "I

25 Best Procreate Brushes for Illustration

Just Creative

While there are many illustration apps available for the iPad, the Procreate App stands alone as one of the most popular for professional and hobbyist illustrators. Companies such as Pixar and Disney use Procreate.

How to Create a Fantasy Map of Your Own Fictional World

Spoon Graphics

Follow along with today’s Photoshop tutorial to create your own fantasy world, just like the fictional story settings of Neverland, Middle-Earth or Westeros. We’ll use Photoshop’s built-in tools to establish the landmass and sea, then construct hills, mountains and deserts with some simple filter combinations, before finishing off the artwork with a vintage paper texture and place names to simulate an old world map.

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.

Photographer Spotlight: Darryl Richardson


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Reviewed: New Logo and Packaging for King Arthur Baking Company by Little

Under Consideration / Brand

“The King is Bread, Long Live the King!”. Established in 1790, originally as Henry Wood & Company, later Sands, Taylor, & Wood Company, followed by The King Arthur Flour Company, and, as of this week, the King Arthur Baking Company is the oldest flour brand in the United States and one of the most used today.

A Client’s Role in Website Accessibility

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Among the top priorities for web designers is in making sure that the websites we build are accessible. Everyone should be able to navigate and consume content – with or without assistive technologies.

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50 Inspiring Iranian Women, a book beautifully illustrated by Roshi Rouzbehani

Creative Boom

Within just 12 hours of launching her Kickstarter campaign to bring her book to life celebrating 50 remarkable Iranian women, London-based illustrator Roshi Rouzbehani more than reached her target. The illustrated biography pays tribute to Iranian women who have played significant roles in art, science, sport, education and philanthropy. "I

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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

How To Improve Your Photography Brand to Get More Clients

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Jayce Redford. Photography is an art form made possible by technology. But unfortunately, the rapid digitalization of photos is slowly devaluing what was once a highly regarded means of capturing images.

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Video Tutorial: How To Create Seamless Turing Patterns

Spoon Graphics

In today’s video tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a series of detailed, organic patterns, which have become generally known as ‘Turing Patterns’ Based on the research into reaction-diffusion patterns in nature by mathematician Alan Turing, these graphics are made up of intricate stripes, spots, and spirals.

Photographer Spotlight: Tonje Thilesen


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Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for HumanForest by South

Under Consideration / Brand

“Ride, Forest, Ride!”. Launched in 2020, HumanForest is London, UK's first free, shared, electric bike scheme.

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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.

Pay Attention: The Art of Noticing


Welcome to 99U’s monthly Book Club , where we look at book releases that challenge us to think deeper, explore new perspectives, and spark a better understanding of the nuances of a creative career from leadership and community building to productivity and everything in between.

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Alexandra Francis creates bright and observational digital illustrations inspired by her fine art charcoal drawings

Creative Boom

Manchester-based graphic designer and illustrator Alexandra Francis creates bright, observational artworks mixed with bold hand-lettering.

Best Slab Serif Fonts for Logos & Branding

Just Creative

If you own a business, two of the most important things you can do to help your business grow is to invest in a quality logo and go through a complete branding process.

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Video Tutorial: How to Create a Gold Foil Effect in Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you a handy technique for creating a gold foil effect that looks just like the hot foil stamping printing finish that adds luxurious embellishments to printed products. We’ll first create a shiny gold texture, then apply it to some text with the help of a mask. To simulate the appearance of real foil stamping, we’ll finish it off with subtle effects like a paper texture and minor edge distortions. ?

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.

Photographer Spotlight: Brendan Freeman


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The Indigenous Hub in Toronto Promises a Brighter Future

Azure Magazine

Two sinuous buildings hug a lush, raised landscape in the newly revitalized east-downtown Toronto neighbourhood known as the Canary District. One is wrapped in a façade of concrete “birch trees,” the other is ensconced in a metal shawl with a swaying fringe.

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Reviewed: Follow-up: New Name, Logo, and Identity for TGI Fridays UK by SomeOne

Under Consideration / Brand

“Friday Night Stripes”. Twenty-one years after TGI Friday's was established in the U.S.,

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