February, 2020

3 Types of Logos & Which is Right for You

Six Leaf Design

There are three main categories that I typically group logo designs into: illustrative, iconic, and typographical. All three have many great attributes, and each also has drawbacks. But the best way to know which is the right one for you is to figure out how you will mostly be using your logo.

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8 Creative Ways To Improve Your SEO (Search Rankings)

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Adam Petty. It’s 2020. The online world is bigger than ever. With so much information out there it can be hard for your customers to find you, let alone spend their precious time engaging with your content.

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Looking Outside of Web Design for Inspiration

Speckyboy Design Magazine

It makes perfect sense: If you want to design a compelling website, find other sites out there that inspire you. And, while this works, it’s not necessarily the best way to create something original. Increasingly, the web is becoming homogeneous.

Why you should approach magazines to feature your work (and insider tips on how to get published)

Creative Boom

You might think an interview or article about yourself in a magazine won't directly result in some paid creative work, but you'd be wrong. Raising your profile in lots of different places helps to build your brand and put you in front of many relevant people.

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.

What Should New & Inexperienced Designers Be Learning?

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Today I’m speaking to those just getting started in design. Maybe you just graduated from design school, or you’ve read through all the fundamental lessons offered here and on other design blogs, and you feel you’re ready to start taking on clients.

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How to create a moodboard and get your creative juices flowing

Canva

If you’re interested in design, chances are you’re always looking for inspiration. Which makes you the perfect candidate for building a mood board to get your creative juices flowing. You notice well-designed food packaging while wandering grocery store aisles.

The Importance of Storytelling in Design

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Several years ago, I worked as an in-house copywriter and designer for a prominent marketing firm. When I first applied for the job I didn’t have any of the credentials my employers were looking for, and yet I got the job anyway, out of a pool of more qualified competitors.

The Knockout Method is my New Favourite Photoshop Technique

Spoon Graphics

No matter how long you have been a Photoshop user, there are always new tips and tricks to learn! I recently came across a new technique that has transformed the way I work.

Fonts in Focus: two

I Love Typography

For the first in this new series of Fonts in Focus, we visited the New York offices of Hoefler & Co.

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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.

50 of the best graphic design blogs for inspiration in 2020

Creative Boom

No creative can exist in a vacuum. We all need to keep in touch with the latest trends and check out the work our fellow professionals are producing. It's not about copying others, of course.

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Print Peppermint: the Online Printer that Goes for Quality over Quantity

Designer Daily

If you are a graphic designer who regularly needs to print his work, you know how frustrating it can be to work with some online printers. Most just have the price as their top-selling point. Print Peppermint made other choices.

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The Best Laptops for Graphic Designers in 2020

Just Creative

Technology changes every day and what was the best option out there even six months ago can suddenly be yesterday’s news. With 2020 in full swing, we wanted to make sure that we provide you with the best tech available so you can be successful all year long.

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Illustrator Spotlight: Jee-ook Choi

Booooooom

A selection of recent work by Jee-ook Choi from South Korea (previously featured here). See more images below. Jee-ook Choi’s Website. Jee-ook Choi on Instagram. Illustration illustration illustrator jee-ook choi south korea

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

Video Tutorial: Distressed Halftone & Engraved Photo Effect

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Photoshop video tutorial I’m going to show you a combination of filters that produce distressed halftone effects, which gives an image a high-contrast, newsprint-style appearance.

The Best Design Examples for 2020 Part I: Infinite Inspiration

Graphic Mama

Looking for some great design examples in 2020? Read on. Towards the end of any year, predictions abound about the next 12 months, what will be in? What will be out? What will suddenly come from nowhere to be the next big thing? Even more so when it’s the start of a new decade.

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Designers, illustrators and photographers: This is your last chance to enter this year's A' Design Awards

Creative Boom

You chose a creative path and work hard to make something special every day. You don't always get the chance to create something brilliant, but when you do – you should proudly shout about it.

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Photoshop Tutorials: 30 New Tutorials From 2020

Graphic Design Junction

Fresh free Adobe Photoshop tutorials from 2020. There are 30 new tutorials to learn exciting manipulation skills and learn how to create Photoshop Actions and how to convert boring photos into dashing portraits, photo editing and much more.

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.

Best Graphic Design Tablets in 2020

Just Creative

Way back in 2018, which these days can be considered ancient history, we shared with you what we considered to be the best Graphics Tablets for Graphic Design. While our picks certainly great, technology is a lot like cars where the newest tech becomes dated quickly.

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Photography Tips from A Color Story

A Beautiful Mess

Did you know that A Color Story has a huge section of photography tips and tutorials on its website? It’s pretty rad, so I wanted to highlight a few for you here in case you hadn’t seen them yet.

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40 Punchy Designs and Illustrations with a Boxing Theme

Spoon Graphics

I have made inspiration showcases for all kinds of design subjects, but one theme I least expected to provide such a variety of artistic styles was the sport of Boxing!

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Photographer Spotlight: Matthew Carroll

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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.

A bold, yet distinctly Scandinavian identity for a food festival inspired by seeing farmers as 'rockstars'

Creative Boom

Scandinavian Design Group is behind some striking new branding for Matstreif , the largest food festival in Norway.

20 New Fonts Free for Graphic Designers

Graphic Design Junction

Fonts download 100% free available for graphic designers. These best fonts are perfect for any project. There is a collection of script fonts , handwritten fonts , brush fonts and bold fonts which can make your heading and headlines great look.

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11 Creative Ways to Make Money Online in 2020

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Abhishek Talreja. Hardworking and smart business owners seldom have to worry about making money. Several platforms offer online entrepreneurs a way to explore their skills to the fullest.

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50 Best Design Blogs You Have To Read (2020 Update)

Shillington

No creative can exist in a vacuum. We all need to keep in touch with the latest trends, and check out the work our fellow professionals are producing.

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Video Tutorial: Retro Text Effect with Concentric Stripes

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Adobe Illustrator video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a retro text effect with colourful concentric stripes.

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Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for The Coronet Theatre by North

Under Consideration / Brand

“System of a Crown”. Established in 2010 as the Print Room, The Coronet Theatre presents a risk-taking, eclectic program of theatre, film, dance, music, poetry, and visual art in London, UK.

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Duncan Brazzil's ongoing experiment with kinetic typography is a must for type lovers everywhere

Creative Boom

Of all the work we come across, it's often the side projects we love the most; like this Kinetic Typography Experiments by Portland-based designer, Duncan Brazzil.

30 Examples of Creative Typography that Will Blow Your Mind

Graphic Design Junction

If you wanna blow your mind just step in and see yourself, how much hand-lettering creativity can improve simple words in dashing and memorable sentences. Today I’ shared best examples of lettering and typography designs that will blow your mind.