January, 2021

9 Reasons To Choose Graphic Design As A Career

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Tracy Sparks. Sometimes finding the right road to travel down can feel like standing in front of a spaghetti junction. With so many paths twisting and turning up ahead, which one do you choose? Where do they all lead?

Alternative New Year resolutions from creatives for a better 2021

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Shutterstock / By mentatdgt. It was the year that we'd gladly erase from memory. But now 2020 is firmly behind us, what can we learn from our collective experience? We've spoken to creatives worldwide and draw out some common themes in the following article.


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Getting Started with SEO

Six Leaf Design

So, you’ve taken the plunge and invested in a shiny new website for your business to take things to the next level. But what good is even having a website if no one can find it? That’s where SEO comes into play.

How to Stop Getting Burned by Your Design Clients

Speckyboy Design Magazine

It seems like every designer has a horror story or two (or seventeen) about getting ripped off by a client who refuses to pay. Once it happens, there’s not too much you can do. It sucks, but it’s the simple truth.

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.

How to Create a Colorful Retro-Style ‘Rainbow’ Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Spoon Graphics

Follow along with today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a colourful text effect, which comprises of a stack of text elements that transition through the colour spectrum to produce a rainbow effect.

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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. The Old Harbour Vintage Font Collection.

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30 awesome illustrators to follow for inspiration in 2021

Creative Boom

Olivia Waller. Whether you're looking for an illustrator to team up with or want a dose of visuals to inspire you, where's the best place to look? The Directory of Illustration of course.

My Favorite Typefaces of 2020

I Love Typography

Read the book, Typographic Firsts. After a decade, ILT's annual Favorite Fonts list is back.

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“Reliving Girlhood” by Photographer Andriana Nativio


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Download My New Set of 10 Dirty Surface Textures for Free

Spoon Graphics

I love adding dirty textures to my designs to eliminate the clean digital appearance of computer-generated artwork.

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.

Design News: Edition Of January 7, 2021

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. The CIA has a trendy new logo. Critics are not impressed. As a general rule, the CIA tries to stay out of the news.

10 Best Charcoal Brushes for Procreate

Just Creative

Charcoal is a great medium to create life-like portraits. It equips an artist with the perfect option to highlight the effects of light and shadow with shading. Charcoal sketches also work great to distinctively elaborate the gradients on a hand-drawn surface.

Pastel-coloured, dreamy travel photographs by Teresa Freitas to brighten your day

Creative Boom

All images courtesy and copyright of Teresa Freitas. To add a little sunshine to your grey and wet January, take a look at the gorgeous, soft pastel-coloured work of Portuguese photographer Teresa Freitas who loves to give her images of the world a slight cinematic twist.

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Design Firm Brings Mobile Office To Remote Workers

Graphic Design USA

Design Agency CEO DJ Haddad of Haddad & Partners has taken an unorthodox approach to navigating through the pandemic, bringing a mobile office to the 70+ employees working at home.

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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.

“Languor” by Photographer Donavon Smallwood


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Video Tutorial: How to Create a Stained Glass Window Effect

Spoon Graphics

Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to create a stylized illustration with the appearance of a stained glass window, where the artwork is segmented into several coloured shapes.

World Eye: Latest Design From Collective Arts Brewing

Designer Daily

Collective Arts Brewing is a craft brewery from Canada. Hamilton, Ontario, to be more specific. What’s special about them? They combine their beer crafts with the talent of artists by inviting them to submit their work twice a year in calls for art.

Most Common SEO Mistakes Made By Beginners (And How To Avoid Them)

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Jyoti Roy. So, you have created a new website and now you want to monetize your blog. Not a problem – it can be a straightforward process.

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

Kat Tzingounakis illustrates like a modern Dr Seuss

Creative Boom

Teaching English abroad to kids is often a nice gap year away from one's career and daily routine. In Kat Tzingounakis ' case though, it helped find her voice as an artist. "I I landed a job as an ESL teacher in Beijing, China teaching pretty cool kids," the Vancouver-based creative reveals. "I

Toronto’s DesignTO Goes Digital: A Guide to 2021’s Must-Sees

Azure Magazine

Thanks to a number of digital interventions, the 11th annual DesignTO – Canada’s largest design festival – is still a go for 2021.

“Federal Triangle” by Photographer Mike Osborne


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Distressed Halftone Textures Pack for Premium Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a useful set of textures to download this week, courtesy of Shapeshift.

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.

The Burger King rebrand celebrates its design history and irreverent personality

Its Nice That

The fast food chain’s first redesign in over 20 years brings back a 60s logo and introduces a brand font inspired by the shape of its burgers, with a rich new colour palette, to create a more digital-friendly identity.

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15 Best Calligraphy Brushes for Procreate

Just Creative

Calligraphy is a beautiful art form whose history stretches back to Ancient China and has been used for centuries by many different types of people.

Neglected Utopia: Photographer explores the forgotten modernist estates of Paris

Creative Boom

All images courtesy and copyright of Laurent Kronental. On the outskirts of Paris lie the Grands Ensembles, large housing projects that were built from the 1950s onwards to address a housing crisis, urban migration and the addition of thousands of migrants.

The Joy of Illusion

Spine Magazine

Optical illusions can be puzzling, amusing and headache-inducing (often all at the same time).

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.

“Learning My Father” by Photographer Christian Rodriguez


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Save up to 50% off Brushes, Fonts, and Add-ons for Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

Spoon Graphics

A free online Adobe event kicked off earlier this week at Design Cuts featuring live sessions with top designers and discounts of up 50% off various products for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more.

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Universal Design: Transforming How We Think About Accessibility

Azure Magazine

What is accessibility? As a 3’5” scooter user with no arms, for me accessibility means barrier-free access to all the world has to offer. It’s a simple principle, but one not often seen in our public spaces.

Best Cameras & Memory Cards for Beginners in 2021

Just Creative

Taking up photography can be a very enjoyable and maybe even lucrative hobby to start. The problem is that when you’re first starting, it can get a little overwhelming at the sight of all the gear that’s out there.

Polly Nor's affecting lockdown animation will get you through a new one

Creative Boom

The UK is in another lockdown, and no doubt it'll inspire creatives to create great work just like the last one did. Case in point: Polly Nor's first short story animated film, as created completely during quarantine with animator Andy Baker. Titled How Have You Been?