March, 2024

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The creatives' guide to finding happiness

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock If your creative work is causing you to feel down, do something about it. We share advice from the Creative Boom community to help you feel more optimistic. Finding happiness in the ever-demanding world of the creative industries can often feel like it's just out of reach. We pour our hearts and souls into our work, often grappling with the pressures of deadlines, self-doubt and the relentless pursuit of perfection.

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Gustini by Koto

BP&O

Like many a geriatric millennial, a lot of my childhood was joyfully spent in front of the telly absorbing cultural pillars like Zig and Zag, Stoppit and Tidyup, and, of course, Wales’ finest export after Charlotte Church, Fireman Sam. Alongside the titular Sam, the show starred icons including ‘Naughty’ Norman Price (fun fact – my dad once mended the boiler The post Gustini by Koto appeared first on BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion.

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100 Tiny CSS Tools & Apps for Web Designers

SpeckyBoy

Each of these free web-based tools and apps have been built by web designers for web designers. They all offer a time-saving solution to some of those monotonous or even complex CSS tasks you may need to perform from time to time. Without needing to install anything, all you have to do is bookmark, and save them for that day when required. From assessing your website’s accessibility to generating sophisticated flexbox or grid layouts, refining typography, choosing the perfect color scheme,

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Setting the stage: Should there be an Oscar for title design?

Its Nice That

Art of the Title’s Lola Landekic speaks to the graphic designers behind titles and posters for some of this year’s biggest films, exploring the process and changing landscape for these creatives setting the tone of films through typography.

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Let's Talk Trends: Designing for Maximum Impact

Speaker: Amber Asay, Creative Director and Founder of award-winning design studio Nice People

Understanding what trends are happening and how they’re impacting the competitive landscape is crucial to providing top dollar design strategy to your clients. With so many trends coming and going, it can be overwhelming to determine which ones you should capitalize on and which ones might not be worth the trouble. In this exclusive webinar with Amber Asay, we’ll explore graphic design trends that need to die, trends that are starting to pick up and why, trends that have come and gone, and how t

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F5: Hadiya Williams on Connections, a Love of Old Objects + More

Design Milk

Hadiya Williams spent 20 years in the world of graphic design before discovering a full-force passion for clay. What began as an innocent hobby in 2017 turned into a full-time job when design studio Black Pepper Paperie Co. was established, with Williams as the founder and creative director. Based in Washington, DC, she now spends her days creating decorative art referred to as terrestrial and generative, ceramic objects, and surface designs.

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10 of the best ergonomic office chairs to save you from the curse of back pain

Creative Boom

RH Logic 300 by Flokk. Image courtesy of Flokk Working at a desk can result in years of agony. But it doesn't need to be this way. Protect yourself and invest in your future health and happiness with one of these comfortable and ergonomic chairs. As creatives, we often find ourselves completely immersed in our work, sitting still for hours on end to bring our visions to life.

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Quality Experience (QX) by &Walsh

BP&O

Even the most fleeting scan through &Walsh’s portfolio makes it wholly unsurprising how Jessica Walsh’s semi-eponymous studio has achieved such a brilliant reputation. While Walsh herself has garnered countless design press column inches – as partner at Sagmeister & Walsh; one half of the 40 Days of Dating project; a creative conference regular; and an advocate for women in design The post Quality Experience (QX) by &Walsh appeared first on BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion

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The best Dune art covers a stunning mix of styles

Creative Bloq

From the first novel to the Dune Part 2 movie, Frank Herbert's world has inspired wildly different interpretations.

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How can illustration be used as a tool to educate and inspire? Maisy Summer shares her wisdom

Its Nice That

The London-based freelance illustrator explains why educational visual material often calls for close collaboration with the intended audience.

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The Democratization of Design: Giving Creators & Marketers the Tools to Succeed

Brands must create and share impactful content to thrive, but they have less people, tighter budgets, and fewer resources to do so. Learn how to publish and market digital content with the same professionalism as organizations with million-dollar budgets.

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Buitenverblijf Nest: A Modern Cabin Escape Among the Treetops

Design Milk

Tucked away in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in the Netherlands lies a unique haven – Buitenplaats Koningsweg – for artists and visitors alike. The former barracks site has been transformed into a vibrant community where dozens of creatives live and work. Now, as part of an innovative project by the municipality of Arnhem, a series of 11 “follies” have emerged within the woods, offering an opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the forest.

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Agnesi Pasta Gets a Charming Bicentennial Makeover Worthy of a Wes Anderson Movie

The Die Line

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Thisaway incorporates shapes of the sport into Padel Social Club’s identity

Creative Boom

Padel Social Club's aim is to increase padel's popularity in the UK by championing "originality and authenticity" through its brand identity. Bath-based branding agency Thisaway has collaborated with startup Padel Social Club on its new identity as it looks to bring the sport of Padel to the UK. Padel was launched in the 1960s in Mexico and is a cross between tennis and squash, played by four players.

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Oddval Text Typeface: Enhancing Typography & Font Design

Abduzeedo

Oddval Text Typeface: Enhancing Typography & Font Design abduzeedo 0313—24 Explore Oddval Text, a font family improving legibility for web and print, supporting over 220 languages with advanced typography related features. In today's digital landscape, typography remains a cornerstone of design, blending aesthetics with practicality. Among the latest innovations, Oddval Text emerges as a noteworthy addition to the Oddval Font Family.

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Rethinking Creative Workflows: Increasing Efficiency in the Design Process

As the design industry evolves, teams are facing new challenges and a need to produce more outstanding creative work than ever. Leaders must learn how to adapt their processes to solve today’s—and tomorrow’s—unique design challenges. In this e-book, you’ll learn how to establish your creative workflow and leverage the power of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite to streamline the entire design process, from start to finish.

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Creating a whole world with Jellyfish Pictures

Creative Bloq

New creative director Archie Donato discusses the VFX and animation studio’s philosophy, leading a team, and the joy of creativity.

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Here’s Why You Should Always Log Out of WordPress

SpeckyBoy

We may think we know WordPress security. But we can’t underestimate the task at hand. It seems that surprises lurk around every corner. Consider a recent report from the security firm We Watch Your Website, for example. The report claims that 60% of hacked WordPress sites stem from stolen session cookies. I sure didn’t see that one coming.

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Unveiling Francis House: An Office of the Future for Edelman UK

Design Milk

When Ruth Warder, CEO of global communications firm Edelman UK and EMEA Brand Chair, came across an old warehouse from the 1900s, she knew it was the ideal home for the company to grow. “We knew it was the perfect blank canvas to bring to life the vision we had for a post-pandemic workplace,” she shares. Working with Gensler , that vision became a reality – one that occupies 45,000 square feet, eight mezzanines, and five floors.

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Sober-Curious Fans of '80s Pop Art Will Love Begin Zero's Funky Mocktails

The Die Line

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Creative Insights: Data-Backed Trends to Help You Design Successful Content

In today’s competitive markets, how do you make sure that your content not only stands out but performs well? How can you predict whether certain design choices will result in clicks, engagement, downloads, and other drivers of ROI? Shutterstock’s Creative Insights Report (Q3) is your window into the hottest trends that are transforming the creative world.

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Aardman creates cute stop-motion films that focus on the 'things we love' about the BBC

Creative Boom

For those fond of Aardman's classic Creature Comforts, a new campaign by BBC Creative involving six new films will bring back happy memories. The vox-pop style shorts highlight the 'things we love' about the public service broadcaster. It was 1989 when Nick Park introduced Creative Comforts to Britain. Cast in a documentary style, the charming film featured a cast of loveable wild animals and pets made out of clay, matched with human voices to great effect.

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Riken Yamamoto Wins 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Azure Magazine

Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto has been announced as the laureate of the 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize , recognized by the jury for a “long, coherent, rigorous career” that has integrated uncommon sensitivity to place and culture into a diverse and wide-ranging international portfolio of built work. “By the strong, consistent quality of his buildings , he aims to dignify, enhance and enrich the life of individuals — from children to elders — and their social connections,&

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Artist in residence: Concept artists Boyuan Ryan Shi and Xiaoxue Snowy Zhang

Creative Bloq

The artists invite us into their studio to explore a trove of treasures from an antique typewriter to old school cameras.

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Branding & Packaging Design for Braw Liquor Club Cocktails

Abduzeedo

Branding & Packaging Design for Braw Liquor Club Cocktails abduzeedo 0325—24 Explore the expert branding and packaging design behind Braw Liquor Club Cocktails, showcasing premium Scottish ingredients and unique flavors. In the bustling world of spirits, the Braw Liquor Club emerges as a beacon of innovation and craftsmanship. This small batch cocktail brand prides itself on its locally sourced, expertly crafted offerings, utilizing premium Scottish ingredients to introduce a "braw" twist to

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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. From visually impaired users who rely on assistive technology, to people with a temporary injury such as a broken arm, tech users are forever diverse and beautifully unique. The products we design can, and should, reflect the extremely wide range of human experiences and needs.

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Guests Commune With Swedish Craft at Persona Restaurant

Design Milk

Restaurant interiors are tasked with setting the table, so to speak, for a dining ritual that complements the cuisine as much as the chef’s ambition. But the über-stylish, effortlessly chic Swedish restaurant, Persona , in the covetable Stockholm neighborhood of Östermalm, moves the needle on dining culture in a digital age where people are increasingly isolated and often more concerned with relishing in social media likes than savoring their meal.

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Funky Vintage Design Will Make Balholm's Lemonade the Toast of Your Next Picnic

The Die Line

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Rothko versus The Robots: How I learned how to stop worrying about AI killing our creativity

Creative Boom

Illustration by Paul Blow , represented by Handsome Frank Are you worried about the impact of AI on an artist's ability to earn money? So was Jon Cockley, a co-founder of illustration agency Handsome Frank. But recently, he's started to feel more optimistic. In this insightful piece, he explains why and shares his views on this controversial topic. As an illustration agent, the question that I'm constantly asked right now is, am I worried about artificial intelligence?

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JKR Gives Manischewitz a Comforting New Look

The Dieline

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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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. If my business can’t pay its bills, can my creditors come after my personal assets? Do I have to pay the rent on my co-working space or office? Can my clients cancel signed contracts? Can I cancel contracts for things I no longer need because my business has slowed down?