December, 2020

Want to know the difference between graphic design and visual design?

Creative Boom

Photo by Anthony Shkraba from Pexels. As a graphic designer, have you ever thought about getting into visual design? Maybe you've heard the term and wondered how it's different from graphic design, or whether it has anything to do with creating for the web.

LogoArchive: A Graphic Design Laboratory

BP&O

LogoArchive is a series of booklets dedicated to the modernist logo-making of the mid-century. It can be enjoyed as is and just for that.

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5 Key Branding Aspects of Web Design

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Dave Schneider. Brand authenticity is an essential factor for 86% of consumers , often determining the brand they end up working with and supporting.

A Lovely Nuts Packaging Shaped As A Squirrel

Designer Daily

As a designer, you may sometimes wonder how useful it is to publish concept designs on the Internet. Of course, you get to display your skills and build a portfolio, but will it just disappear in the depth of the Internet or will it have a use at all?

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.

Showcase of Designs & Illustrations of Samurai Warriors

Spoon Graphics

Samurai warriors are one of the coolest icons of Japanese pop culture!

Our 50 Favorite Web-Based Tools for Web Designers from 2020

Speckyboy Design Magazine

All released this year, each of these free web-based apps offers a time-saving solution to many of the web design tasks you will need to perform from time to time. Without ever having to install anything, all you have to do is bookmark and save them for that day when they will be called upon.

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I Love Typography

Read the book, Typographic Firsts. For more than a thousand years the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphs was completely lost. For centuries, many assumed that they were magical symbols that might never be understood by mere mortals.

50 Logo Design Inspiration, Tips & Resources

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Jack Leo. A logo is an important mark that represents the story and meaning of your business. Although designing an attractive and effective logo sounds easy, in actuality, it isn’t. Whether you are a designer or not, you can still design your logo.

Comic-strip Identity For A Speciality Coffee Company By Jamhot

Designer Daily

For some reason, craft beer and specialty coffee companies tend to get better and more creative branding than the average company. The identity designed for Hokum by Jamhot , a creative studio from Glasgow, is no exception.

Video Tutorial: How To Create a Vintage Movie Title Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s video tutorial I’ll show you how to create a vintage movie title text effect with the help of Photoshop’s 3D tools. This style of classic film titles is reminiscent of old black and white movies from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

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.

Fav Photos Found in 2020: 75 Photos by 75 Photographers

Booooooom

Photo a year in photos adrian octavius walker alan-michael duval andré viking billy cress Brendan George Ko cheryle st.

An 'absurdly joyful' zine by Jack Snelling reminds us of our favourite summer munchies

Creative Boom

To keep those winter chills at bay, take a look at Jack Snelling 's cheerful Summer Munchies, a zine that's an artistic tribute to all the food he loved to eat during the summer months.

Neebinnaukzhik (Neebin) Southall

Typographica

Neebinnaukzhik (Neebin) Southall (she/they/he) is a designer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. The Chippewa, also known as Ojibwe, is one of the tribes belonging to the larger Anishinaabe people.

10 Best Tablets for Graphic Design, Drawing & Art 2021

Just Creative

As a graphic designer, there are many times when the project you’re working on may require you to flex your artistic muscles and pulling out sheets of paper and pencils is unlikely to satisfy the clients’ needs and unless you get it right the first time, is not going to make editing easy.

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.

Design News: 18th Of December 2020 Edition

Designer Daily

The interesting news of the past week if you are a graphic designer, web designer, product designer, or pretty much anyone that has an interest in design. How to estimate the ROI of design work?

Spoon Graphics Greatest Hits: My Most Popular Posts of 2020

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. This is my greatest hits collection for 2020, broken down into individual roundups for each category.

Call to Submit: New Booooooom Photo Book “Magic Hour”

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Marco Oggian's illustrations get moving to the music

Creative Boom

We love a little Marco Oggian at Creative Boom, the Spain-based artist who's a dab hand at geometric faces and figures. Above you'll see his stellar shapes moving to music in a transfixing fashion, as produced for a video promoting Italian health charity Dialogica.

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

2020 Web Design Year in Review

Speckyboy Design Magazine

A year “like no other” is about to come to a close. 2020 was certainly unique for everyone – web designers included. And it challenged us on several levels.

Best Christmas Gifts for Designers in 2020

Just Creative

To say that 2020 has been a tough year would be a cinch to win the Understatement of the Year award. With all of the things that have been going on around the world, we’ve finally reached that time of year where people can start thinking of the best gifts to get the ones they love.

Stamp For Art

Designer Daily

Stamps are a particular challenge in terms of design. Working on such a tiny surface forces the designer to be very impactful with limited space. This is the type of challenge that Vicky Chong took upon himself when realizing his Stamp for Art project.

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Polaroid Picture Mock-up Templates for Premium Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a great collection of picture mockups to download this week, courtesy of Creative Veila. This set of Polaroid Snapshot Picture mock-up templates contains 6 high-resolution Polaroid-style photo frames in various combinations and compositions.

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.

“What Has Been Will Be Again” by Photographer Jared Ragland

Booooooom

Photo Birmingham Jared Ragland photographer photography what has been will be again

Pentagram's identity for The Moholy-Nagy Foundation uses the Bauhaus leader's own processes

Creative Boom

Marina Willer's team at Pentagram's London studio has worked on the new design system and visual identity and system for The Moholy-Nagy Foundation.

Gordon Kaye: Thoughts On Our 57th Design Annual

Graphic Design USA

As we try to cope with pandemics, politics and protests, our 57th Design Annual suggests that out of the crucible we can expect an even more influential graphic design profession to emerge.

Top 5 Online Marketplaces to Sell Graphic & Web Design Products

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Sandra Brooke. There’s nothing like earning money doing something that you love. You may even be lucky enough to turn your creativity into an additional source of money.

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.

Designer News: Edition of December 2, 2020

Designer Daily

The interesting news of the past week if you are a graphic designer, web designer, product designer, or pretty much anyone that has an interest in design. A new home for Ivan Chermayeff’s design archives.

Video Tutorial: Adobe Illustrator ‘Futuristic Gradient Speed Lines’ Text Effect

Spoon Graphics

I’m not entirely sure what to call the text effect I’ll be showing you how to create in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, but it’s the kind of futuristic text style you might see on old VHS tapes, old sci-fi movie titles, or maybe even classic sports or tech brand logos.

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“Cap de fibló” by Photographer Lluís Tudela

Booooooom

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Katie Griffin loves making that homey art

Creative Boom

Katie Griffin lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where they work as a graphic designer at a branding agency. The artist practices illustration outside of the day job as their creative outlet, and we think they've already carved out a distinctive style, somehow both homey and effervescent in feel.

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8 Ways for Bringing Creativity to Hyperlinks with CSS & JavaScript

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Since the beginning of the World Wide Web, the venerable hyperlink has been a crucial feature. Remember the amazement when you found out that a single click could take you anywhere in the world? OK, maybe that gee-whiz moment has passed. But links are still as important as ever.