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.

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.

How to Build Your Personal Brand as a Freelancer

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Diana Adjadj. Have you checked the latest figures on the freelance workforce? It’s getting very crowded out there. According to the latest figures by Statista , there are almost 60 million independent workers in the U.S. alone.

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.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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.

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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50 Free Wireframe Templates for Mobile, Web and UX Design

Speckyboy Design Magazine

In the initial stages of a project, when ideas aren’t quite fully formed, it’s good practice to wireframe the layout of your mobile app or web project by stripping away all design elements and flourishes to help define and better communicate the information hierarchy of the layout and plan for functionality and user flow.

Dice visualises sound, and fandom, in energetic rebrand

Its Nice That

Creative director Patrick Duffy explains how and why they made the glitchy graphics (with a Chladni plate), the punk-inspired typography and fan-focused photography.

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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Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Guta by M -- N Associates

Under Consideration / Brand

“A Breath of Fresh Chair”. Established in 2018, Guta is a chain of coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, that combines the tradition of Vietnamese street coffee culture with the variety of contemporary coffee shop offerings (e.g., drinks with whipped cream on top).

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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Best Monitors for Graphic Design in 2020

Just Creative

Back in 2018, we provided you with the best monitors you could use as a designer to do your best work. And today, we circle back and update our selections so that this year if you’re looking to upgrade your tools you can choose from the best of the best.

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25 Tutorials For Getting More Out of Adobe Indesign

Speckyboy Design Magazine

When it comes to print design, there is no better tool than Adobe InDesign. Once you master the basics, however, you need to upgrade your skills and learn new tricks that will quickly turn you into an InDesign pro.

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A Hanging Mobile of Bronze Hand Sculptures Casts Playful Silhouettes of Animals

Colossal

“Os Pássaros e o Lobo” (2017), bronze, steel cables, metal bars, and light projector, 200 x 200. Image © Casa Triângulo. A bronze piece by Brazilian artist Albano Afonso uses multiple sets of dangling hands that mimic shadow puppetry.

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.

Our 2020 Photography Competition Now Open!

Communication Arts

Announcing our 2020 Photography competition! We’re looking for the best recent commercial and experimental photography to celebrate and publish in our upcoming Photography Annual. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 6th. Message

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Kurppa Hosk's smart typographic designs for new awesome synthesiser Superlative

Creative Boom

Iconic analogue synthesisers like Korgs or Rolands usually boast the kind of typography that would make most graphic design geeks salivate.

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Best Apple Pencil Alternatives for Procreate

Just Creative

With recent articles on JUST Creative about the Procreate app for the Apple iPad and the best brushes for the app , we started to think that even though the Procreate app is an amazing tool for artists and graphic designers, not everyone likes to use the Apple Pencil on their iPad.

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The 10 Most Popular Open Source Front-End Web UI Kits

Speckyboy Design Magazine

You can save loads of development time by working with frontend UI kits. The most popular is Bootstrap although far too many homogeneous sites rely on that framework. To give you some variety I’ve curated my pick of the best newer open source UI frameworks out there.

Moss, Coral, and Lichen Inspired Embroidery Hoops Stitched by Hannah Kwasnycia

Colossal

All images © Hannah Kwasnycia, shared with permission. Canadian artist Hannah Kwasnycia stitches embroidery hoops inspired by moss, lichen, coral, mold, and bacteria cultures. Colorful strands are layered to form three-dimensional representations of living organisms.

10 Valentine’s Day Designs for Access All Areas Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a collection of beautiful Valentine’s Day themed designs to download this week, courtesy of Freepik. These 10 illustrated designs feature a range of cute graphics, each drawn in a colourful, textured style.

Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for STC by Interbrand

Under Consideration / Brand

“Push Forward”. Established in 1998, Saudi Telecom Company (stc) is a telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia providing cable, landline, mobile, internet services, and computer networks for residential and business customers.

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Anxiety Empire is the free, no-adverts mag exploring the dangerous impact of the media

Creative Boom

It's about time someone made it clear that mental health isn't just a simple, and individual issue, but a societal one. New mental health magazine Anxiety Empire does just that and practices what it preaches by working to a model that means the print publication is free. "We

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The 15 Best Brushes for Procreate 

Just Creative

The Procreate app is quickly becoming one of the most popular programs for creating art that the iPad offers. By turning the iPad into a drawing table, it opens up the possibilities for any artists who might not consider the iPad a viable design option.

The 10 Best Web Design Podcasts for 2020

Speckyboy Design Magazine

If you’ve worked as a web designer for any length of time, one thing you might have figured out by now is that learning never ends. New technologies are developed, styles come into favor and fashion, and UI features change, necessitating the ability to stay abreast of these changes.

Six-Year-Old Tulip Navigates a Wooly Garden in a New Animation by Andrea Love

Colossal

Andrea Love ( previously ) is back with a new heart-felt animation detailing the journey of a six-year-old girl named Tulip.