October, 2020

Why Hire a Graphic Designer for Your Logo

Six Leaf Design

Your logo is the literal face of your business. It’s the first thing people see and the main visual image that they will remember. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that yours is making the right impression from the very beginning.

Top 13 Productivity Habits for Freelancers

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Alistair Knight. Being a freelancer can be extremely rewarding. You’re able to be your own boss and can work whenever and wherever you want. You can wake up early before the rest of the world or sleep in and hit the snooze button as often as you like.

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How to Easily Create Retro Landscapes with an 80s Aesthetic

Spoon Graphics

Sci-fi landscape scenes featuring Tron-style grids, mountain scenes, and a vibrant sunrise is a popular aesthetic that is associated with art and design from the 80s.

Be inspired by 10 graphic designers and illustrators who scooped an A' Design Award

Creative Boom

Celebrating and recognising some of the world's best artists, designers and other creative professionals, the A' Design Awards is an opportunity to get noticed in front of millions.

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.

Volta Pasta Makes Creative Use of Typography

Designer Daily

It’s not so often that you find some truly well designed packaging, so I was delighted to stumble upon this wonderful work done for Volta by Stamp.

Penny Dreadfuls & Murder Broadsides

I Love Typography

The Industrial Revolution mechanized printing and reduced costs, leading to explosive growth in publishing. At the same time, an unprecedented increase in literacy produced millions of new readers and sparked a reading revolution. But what were these new readers to read?

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2020 Black Friday + Cyber Monday Deals for Designers

Just Creative

Welcome to our massive compilation of the best 2020 Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Sales for graphic designers, web professionals, creatives, photographers freelancers and more. We will be updating this page frequently until all sales are over.

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Resize vs Resample: How To Properly Change Image Size and Resolution in Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

Resizing an image sounds like one of the simplest things you could do in Photoshop, but there are actually some common mistakes you should avoid. If you’re a professional designer or photographer, it becomes complicated when you need to factor in print size and resolution.

Why these top graphic designers moved into visual design & UX

Creative Boom

Do you consider yourself a 'graphic designer' or 'visual designer'? Many people will be surprised by that question ("Aren't they the same thing?"). Others might even get annoyed ("Can't I just call myself a designer?").

David Pearson’s Creative Covers For Penguin’s Great Ideas Series

Designer Daily

For its Great Ideas series, Penguin worked with book cover expert David Pearson , a graphic designer based in the UK. The designer took a type-based approach to nail the covers of these non-fiction books that feature no less than authors like George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, or Karl Marx.

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.

100 Amazing Graphic Designers to Follow on Instagram

Shillington

Instagram has come a long way since it was first launched a decade ago. If you scroll back through anyone’s timelines I’m sure their first posts are a selfie with a Sierra filter pasted over it.

Illustrator Spotlight: Peter Gehrman

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Peter Gehrman (previously featured here ). Peter Gehrman’s Website. Peter Gehrman on Instagram. Illustration editor pick illustration illustrator member peter gehrman submission

Best Photography Lighting Kits & Studio Lights for 2020

Just Creative

Some of the hardest-hit industries lockdowns have affected include those that gravitate towards creative work. For instance, several photographers, on-cam talents, and local film directors have had to put projects on hold to observe updated health regulations in the name of preventing Covid-19. .

Showcase of Creepy Illustrations Featuring Skulls and Skeletons

Spoon Graphics

With Halloween coming up this week, I figured it would be an ideal time to produce another morbid inspiration showcase featuring skulls!

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.

Cheng Peng combines geometry with heart and character

Creative Boom

Piggies, dragons and kiddies await as you enter the world of Chinese illustrator Cheng Peng. Based in Shenzhen, the creative works for Heizi, a brand design studio part of tech giant Tencent.

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This Guitar Teacher’s Business Card Teaches You Chords

Designer Daily

Doug Liddle is a guitar instructor who had the good idea to hire a creative graphic design to do his business cards. The design, Rory O’Sullivan , actually designed more than one card, as he used one side to teach Liddle’s contacts how to position their fingers to plays chords.

Medium’s rebrand by Collins uses typography as a “building block” for illustrations

Its Nice That

The identity refresh includes a new symbol inspired by the three-dot ellipsis and a redesigned word mark to “stand prouder”.

“Kavana” by Photographer Hannah Altman

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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

RetroSupply’s Most Popular Design Resources

Just Creative

In this article, we will look at RetroSupply’s most popular resources for design as well as offer an exclusive discount coupon code , which will get you an extra 10% off.

Video: How to Create a Retro Style Badge Design in Illustrator

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a retro badge style logo design featuring a simplified vector skull illustration and text elements that follow the circular outline of the badge container.

Witches brew comes to life with delightful fictional beer designed by Vanessa Lovegrove

Creative Boom

Rather than wait for her dream illustration brief to appear, Vanessa Lovegrove has crafted her own fictional beer brand, embracing her "running obsession" with witches and giving a spooky nod to the Halloween season.

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Design Deals for the Week

Designer Daily

Every week, we’ll give you an overview of the best deals for designers, make sure you don’t miss any by subscribing to our deals feed. You can also follow the recently launched website Type Deals if you are looking for free fonts or font deals. Trendy Bundle of 50 fonts and 100 Design Elements.

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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.

Shy Bird by Perky Bros

BP&O

Text by Richard Baird Shy Bird is a all-day café, rotisserie and bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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“Cowboy Kees” by Photographer Sabine Rovers

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Photo cowboy kees photographer photography sabine rovers The Hague the Netherlands

Best Printer for Design Agency? OKI LED Printers Review

Just Creative

Are you looking for the best printer for your graphic design agency? Listen up. Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry became world-famous for manufacturing the first telephone in Japan, only a year after Alexander Graham Bell’s invention in 1876.

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Nightmare Photoshop Actions for Access All Areas Members

Spoon Graphics

This week Access All Areas members have a new collection of high quality Photoshop Actions to download courtesy of Shutter Pulse. This set allows you to apply nightmare-inspired effects to your photos, with eerie colour casts and dark contrast, just like the colour grading of horror movies!

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.

Everyday British birds captured mid-flight in the wild by photographer Mark Harvey

Creative Boom

In his latest body of work, In Flight, acclaimed animal photographer Mark Harvey reveals incredibly detailed photographs of everyday British birds, captured mid-flight as they go about their daily business.

Why Web Design Client Referrals Aren’t a Slam-Dunk

Speckyboy Design Magazine

For a freelancer, referrals can be an essential ingredient to a successful web design business. Booking new clients this way can allow you to forgo at least some of the costs involved with traditional marketing.

LogoArchive Issue 8

BP&O

Inspired by a panel discussion that took place at London’s Somerset House in 2018 as part of the exhibition Print! the first issue of LogoArchive was conceived, designed and sent to print the following day.

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7 Photographers on Finding Your Voice

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Photo caroline tompkins finding your voice gioncarlo valentine Janet Delaney jason fulford kathya maria landeros mark steinmetz photographer photography q&a tommy kha

10 Best Trackpads & Touchpads of 2020

Just Creative

When you buy a computer, the standard piece of equipment that you would use to perform actions is a mouse, right? Well, did you know that there is another peripheral out there that allows you to do many of the same functions? Meet the trackpad.