March, 2021

How to raise your freelance rates, get paid on time and make more money

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Shutterstock / Olena Yakobchuk. 2021 will be a challenging year for freelancers in many ways. But even if the economy declines, it's not all bad news.

5 Indigenous Designers Breaking New Ground

Azure Magazine

In 2015, after almost a decade of work, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released 94 calls to action aimed at redressing the systemic disenfranchisement — past and present — of Indigenous communities across the nation.


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5 rules to design better posters

Designer Daily

If you are a graphic designer, or just a design lover that creates print work, you surely know how hard it can be to achieve satisfying work when working on a poster design.

15 Best Photoshop Alternatives (Free & Paid)

Just Creative

As the world continues to put a premium on good visuals and captivating designs, it makes perfect sense why more entrepreneurs and creatives are looking to explore new tools and instruments they can optimize to better produce profitable content.

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.

Download My Free Subtle Grain Photoshop Brushes and Patterns

Spoon Graphics

I have a new collection of textures for you to download today! It’s easy to get carried away with texturing, but sometimes just a subtle addition of grain is all that is required to give a clean digital design a tactile appearance.

Women of Letters

I Love Typography

Read the book, Typographic Firsts. Women of Letters is the first in a new series of short interviews.

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Illustrator Spotlight: Hel Covell


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8 Awesome Examples of CSS & JavaScript Polygons

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Polygons just seem to be a natural fit for web design. For one, they’re incredibly versatile. These shapes can both stand out on their own or be combined to create something altogether different. Whether you want to craft an element that is abstract or realistic – it’s within reach.

10 Best Manga & Anime Brushes for Procreate

Just Creative

Originating in Japan during the late 19th century, the term manga refers to both comics and cartooning. Since the 1950s, manga has become an increasingly important part of not only Japanese culture but the world as a whole as manga has increased in popularity over the years.

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Pin-Up Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a WW2 aircraft ‘nose art’ inspired image, featuring the classic ‘girl-riding-a-bomb’ style pin-up.

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.

Onomatopee is a visual exploration of sound through interwoven typography and illustration

Its Nice That

This delightful book by graphic designer Broos Stoffels and illustrator Lukas Verstraete brings noises to the printed page in unexpected ways.

Moving animated short shows how caregivers are helping to make history

Creative Boom

One of the silver linings of the Pandemic has been the way it's shone a light on the great and inspiring work done by the care profession. And yet, it's still all too easy to view the residents of care homes as generic and faceless "old people".

Illustrator Spotlight: Hugo Bernier


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How to Gain the Trust of Your Web Design Clients

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Trust is the foundation of a good client/designer relationship. It provides confidence and security to everyone involved. Without it, there is no means to achieve any sort of comfort level or positive productivity. Just about every freelancer has a story about an untrustworthy client.

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.

Top 25 Fonts for Comic Books and Cartoons (Free & Paid)

Just Creative

If you’re creating comic books or cartoons, a natural choice with their bold designs are comic and cartoon fonts, which are also a great choice for just about any design project. For some time, Comic Sans was one of the few fonts you could choose for a project that needed a comic book look.

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Video Tutorial: Torn Paper Collage Effect in Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a series of surreal ripped paper collaging effects that give the appearance of an image being ripped away to reveal a different image underneath.

The nostalgic pop aesthetic of motion designer Ardhira Putra

Creative Review

When motion designer and illustrator Ardhira Putra was a kid he often drew Son Goku from Dragon Ball as well as copying characters from other comics such as Astro Boy, Doraemon and the Adventures of Tintin.

Double Bill Posters that show a shared passion for graphic design and movies

Creative Boom

Director, Sofia Coppola © Double Bill Posters, 2021.

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

“Raised by Water” by Photographer Jiajun Wang


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Why Thinking Ahead Is Crucial in Web Design

Speckyboy Design Magazine

The difference between building a great website and a mediocre one is usually determined very early on. It’s often a matter of a web designer painting their project into a virtual “corner”. That’s where a design becomes inflexible and unable to accommodate various use cases.

Top 20 Best Graffiti Fonts for Graphic Design

Just Creative

While graffiti was originally intended to describe inscriptions during the times of Ancient Greece and Rome, in modern culture, graffiti has taken on more meanings as a sign of expression, protest, or simple to tell someone that “Killroy was here.”

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Video Tutorial: How to Replace the Sky in Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s video tutorial we’re going to take a look at a few different methods of replacing the sky within a photograph. You know how it is, you capture a great shot, but the weather at that particular moment results in a lacklustre grey, overcast sky in the background.

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.

Designing For The [Uncertain] Future

Graphic Design USA

Thanks to q30, while it waits for the day for the museum doors to reopen, the Ontario Science Centre is ready to welcome online visitors with a flexible, accessible, and engaging website.

Pop art-inspired designs by Thirst Craft in a juicy new identity for Brooklyn Brewery's Hazy IPA

Creative Boom

Glasgow studio Thirst Craft has just launched a new identity and packaging design for the world-famous Brooklyn Brewery 's new Hazy IPA, combining two of New York's icons: pop art and beer.

“Southern Route” by Photographer Tamara Reynolds


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Motion designer Nina-Lou Giachetti describes her creative process

Creative Review

Nina-Lou Giachetti is one of those creatives who works across several disciplines to create projects that are uniquely her own. Despite growing up on a remote farm in Brittany, France, Giachetti’s parents were heavily into art and gave her a solid cultural base.

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.

Top 20 Best Graffiti Fonts for Graphic Design, Branding & Logos

Just Creative

While graffiti was originally intended to describe inscriptions during the times of Ancient Greece and Rome, in modern culture, graffiti has taken on more meanings as a sign of expression, protest, or simple to tell someone that “Killroy was here.”

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Film Emulation Lightroom Presets for Premium Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a useful collection of Lightroom Presets to download this week, courtesy of Hydrozi. These Film Emulation presets are inspired by classic film stocks such as Kodak, Fujifilm and Agfa. They are designed to give your digital images an authentic colour film look.

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The Personal Process of Choosing the Right Design Tool

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Every chef has their favorite tool. Mine happens to be a wooden spoon I’ve had since forever. I call it “Suzie” (because I’m a weirdo). Some people actually keep their wooden spoons in the family for generations – talk about a collector’s item!

Jiaqi Wang's infectious positive energy

Creative Boom

© Jiaqi Wang. When asked about her style, illustrator and motion graphics designer Jiaqi (Jackie) Wang keeps it simple: "bright colour line art".

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Photographer Spotlight: Amina Gingold


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