May, 2020

11 lessons from those who've made it on how to become a great motion designer

Creative Boom

Across the creative industries, motion design is one of the most in-demand skills right now. So if you're a designer or illustrator who wants to broaden your horizons, work on cool projects and boost your salary significantly, it's a great area to get into.

Best Remote Working Tools for Marketing Teams

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Vartika Kashyap. The coronavirus pandemic shows us how something microscopic can have such a humongous impact on the world. The ripples have reached us all, and it’s time to adapt your teams to the telecommuting or remote work regime. Managing a remote team isn’t easy and the transition can take a while. This feat is even harder for marketing teams, who need constant communication and work primarily on feedback.

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Top 5 UI Design Tips Every Designer Should Know

Graphic Design Junction

A successful website or app must have user interface design at its core. To do this, developers and designers must put themselves into the minds of the people they are designing for. The following are some user design tips every designer should know. Be Familiar with Your Audience. You cannot design something to meet the needs of your audience if you do not understand what those needs are. This means that user research and user interface design go hand-in-hand.

The Best 15 Places to Find Web Design Agencies

Graphic Mama

Web Design and Web Development Agencies often get confused and regularly are lumped together. Understandably given the fact that many Design Agencies also are Development Agencies and occasionally throw web marketing into the mix.

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 Run A Brand Strategy Workshop

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Ivio Agency. Any successful business starts with an effective branding strategy. A brand strategy is a long-term plan that affects all facets of your business. This can be overwhelming to put together when you are new to the game. But have no fear, if you are starting your brand from scratch, use the help of a brand strategy workshop to get the job done! Related: Best Brand Strategy Courses and Resources. Take Your Time. First, don’t jump the gun!

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Help save the planet in this inspiring design contest

Creative Boom

There are lots of design competitions out there, but Art for Planet Earth , the first of a series of bi-annual contests, has really caught our imagination, for three big reasons. Firstly, because there's a great cause behind it.

Fun with Fonts

I Love Typography

Today I launched two short multiple choice quizzes. The first starts at the beginning with Gutenberg, with questions about his life and his famous Bible. Some of the questions are pretty easy; others you might find rather difficult.

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Illustrator Spotlight: Oleksandra Balytska


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Northzone by Ragged Edge


Text by Richard Baird. Northzone is an early stage venture capital fund with the insight necessary to cut through the hype of funding and recognise strong teams doing good work.

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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.

2020 Logo Design Trends & Inspiration

Just Creative

Earlier in 2020, I posted an article on the latest logo design & branding trends and now 6 months on, the official 2020 logo trends report has just been released by Bill Gardner of LogoLounge.

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Video Tutorial: Vintage Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Spoon Graphics

I’ve been admiring the lettering work on vintage insurance maps lately. These old documents were originally drawn up by hand by master penmen, who illustrated the title page with ornate lettering and detailed embellishments. Painstakingly illustrating artwork like this by hand is a dying art form that would have taken years of training to become a master of penmanship, but we can create similar text styles with the help of digital fonts and modifications in Adobe Illustrator.

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Huawei launches global design contest with $300K prize fund

Creative Boom

Smartphone brand Huawei has launched a competition that offers designers and artists a chance for global recognition, plus some big money up for grabs. The 2020 Huawei Global Theme Design Competition features a top prize of $20,000, and several other special treats, with an overall prize pot of $300,000. Which is impressive enough, but that's not all.

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Granjon’s Beautiful Bastard

I Love Typography

When books began to be printed in the fifteenth century, scribes were not immediately made redundant. The rich still commissioned them to produce deluxe manuscripts, governments and local authorities still required secretaries and copyists for administrative documents, and even printed books left spaces for decorated initials and other elements to be added in by hand. […]. The post Granjon’s Beautiful Bastard appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books type design

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.

?The Home Stayer? by Illustrator Luis Mendo


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Vessel Floats by Order


Words by Richard Baird In the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Greenpoint sits Vessel Floats, a new flotation and deprivation therapy spa that draws on the continuing interest in concepts such as mindful living and wellness. Through considered interior design and visual identity, the latter developed by New York-based studio Order, Vessel Floats intends to further develop and bring […]. The post Vessel Floats by Order appeared first on BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion.

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How to Increase Your Brand’s Social Media Engagement

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Jack Paxton. Social media engagement is the new currency for business success. Brands that are looking to perform well on social media measure their performance on the amount of engagement they receive on their social media accounts.

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Video Tutorial: Vintage Letterpress Poster Design in Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Adobe Photoshop video tutorial I’m going to take you through my process of creating a vintage style advertisement poster with letterpress print effects. We’ll start by laying out the design with a selection of fonts inspired by the era of wood type, along with some hand-drawn graphic elements using a limited 3-colour palette.

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

Get creative advice from your heroes with Adobe Live

Creative Boom

Fancy watching your design heroes sharing invaluable tips, tutorials and walkthroughs of their creative process, live? Well, you can now do so every day, completely free, via Adobe Live.

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An on-going Lettering Series Project of Famous Logos Designed by Rafael Serra aka FAEL

The Logo Smith

The post An on-going Lettering Series Project of Famous Logos Designed by Rafael Serra aka FAEL appeared first on The Logo Smith All Content © 2020 |. Lettering Series Designed by Rafael Serra aka FAEL.

Photographer Spotlight: Miranda Barnes


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Tangent GC Organic Detergents by Carl Nas Associates


Words by Richard Baird Tangent GC began as a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intended to increase the life of clothing and footwear, and entered the organic skincare market in 2016. The longevity of skin being an understandable extension of that original intention. The company’s graphic identity, a typographical system designed by Essen International […].

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 World?s 20 Most Recognisable Logos & Their True Meanings

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Andrew Simon. It is impossible to ignore the significance of a brand’s logo. You will see their logo everywhere, from their website and printed collateral to advertising and staff clothing.

Showcase of Vintage Logo Designs with an Ornate Victorian Style

Spoon Graphics

Branding and signage from the 1800s are the quintessential ‘vintage’ designs. More generally known as the Victorian era, visual traits that are associated with this style include ornate typography and decorative flourishes. Unlike modern logo designs that are designed to be simple and versatile icons, vintage logos are extremely detailed lettering pieces often accompanied by intricate embellishments.

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World's largest design contest, the A' Design Awards, announces 2020 winners

Creative Boom

Established to promote awareness of good design practice around the world, the A' Design Awards aim to incentivise designers, companies and brands to come up with better products, services and systems that benefit humankind. The latest edition of the awards, the largest and most diverse design contest in the world, attracted entries from 107 countries in 105 different design disciplines.

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25 Best High Quality Photoshop Brushes

Graphic Design Junction

Massive collection of Photoshop brushes sets with more than 1500+ high quality brushes for Adobe Photoshop. All brushes are super detailed and very easy to use to make a realistic brushes effect. Brushes for Photoshop can be useful in the way it could make your work easier and have a good design result at the same time. There are different kinds of brushes like watercolor , splatters, flourishes, explosion, halftone, grunge, abstract Bokeh brushes , lighting and retro brushes.

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.

Artist Spotlight: Giorgiko


Giorgiko (pronounced jee-OR-jee-koh) is the product of a collaborative experiment between Darren and Trisha Inouye melding minimal, expressive character illustration with large-scale classical painting. Giorgiko. Giorgiko’s Website. Giorgiko on Instagram. Art artist Duo Giorgiko illustration los angeles painting

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Inside Lottozero by Studio Mut


Text by Richard Baird. Inside Lottozero was an exhibition of international artists that covered a wide-range of artistic disciplines. It was conceived by Arianna and Tessa Moroder and curated by Alessandra Tempesti. The exhibition took place at Lottozero / textile laboratories in Toscana, Italy and ran until November 20th, 2016. Under the concept of “Non-stop Fruition”, the exhibition […].

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Top 20 Photoshop Actions (Free & Premium)

Just Creative

Photoshop is an amazing program that can help you create amazing pieces of artwork. One of the great things about the program is the support that other creators give the program with actions they’ve created and share with other designers. With that in mind, we wanted to take a closer look at the Top 20 Best Premium & Free Photoshop Actions.