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.


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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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?The Home Stayer? by Illustrator Luis Mendo


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Free Pack of Wood Grain Textures with PNG Transparency

Spoon Graphics

Download my new pack of textures to add detailed wood grain effects to your designs. After processing each photograph of wooden paneling to straighten and equalize the texture, the wood grain pattern was then extracted and exported as PNG files with transparent backgrounds.

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.

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

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.

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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Illustrator Spotlight: Oleksandra Balytska


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Top 15 Premium & Free Textures for Photoshop

Just Creative

The difference between traditional and digital artwork usually comes down to the texture that either image has. Your digital artwork will stand out without a canvas behind it but by adding texture to the image in Photoshop, you can help give your artwork a little bit more realism.

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.

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.

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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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35 Examples of Vintage and Retro Typography You Need to See


A good designer knows that you’ve got to look beyond the now to produce the best designs. This means looking toward the future to predict what is coming, but just as importantly looking back to the past for reference and for inspiration.

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.

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.

“Lockdown Collages” by Artist Nico Krijno


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10 SVG Fonts for Designers (Free & Premium)

Just Creative

The days of fonts being created by hand are long gone.

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ColorWash Faded Photoshop Actions for Premium Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a useful set of Photoshop Actions to download this week, courtesy of FilterGrade. This ColorWash product adds colorful washes and fades to your images, using the same tints and light leaks you see in professional advertising campaigns.

Laura Bee on overcoming adversity, fighting to survive in New York, and realising illustration is her passion

Creative Boom

Laura Bee , aka Bohill, is an illustrator and commercial artist originally from Durham who started her career in graphic design before realising where her true passion lies. Since graduation, she's only ever worked for herself as a freelance illustrator.

Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for OLX by DesignStudio

Under Consideration / Brand

“Multiple Choice”. Established in 2006, OLX (short for On Line eXchange) is a leading classifieds platform that allows users to buy, sell, or exchange used goods and services.