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.

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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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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.

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.

17 Rebranding Failures and How Much They Cost (Updated: March 2021)


If a company ends up on our list of rebranding failures, chances are the financial repercussions for that said company have been huge. Branding any company is a huge challenge. Rebranding one of the world’s biggest companies is a project that many a design or branding agency would love to take on.

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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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Illustrator Spotlight: Hugo Bernier


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Top 24 Trendy Fonts For Design in 2021

Design Wizard

Trendy Fonts In 2021. 2020 was a different kind of year. As people have been spending more time at home, they seem to have developed a few nostalgic feelings. This has affected several mediums of creative and cultural exchange. It’s also led to a new list of trendy fonts that are resurging.

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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.

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.

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.

Darren Shaddick on 1970s movies, exploring new techniques and letting go of perfectionism

Creative Boom

He's the graphic designer and illustrator who has crafted whimsical and joyful illustrations for the likes of Polo Ralph Lauren and Bandcamp – all from "The Sticks" of South West England.

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

3 Reasons Why Starting Your Own Business Is Difficult For Designers

Graphic Design USA

Haddad is Founder & Creative Director of Haddad & Partners and Co-founder and Chief of Operations for 321 Ignition. Here are his thoughts on why starting a business is extra-challenging for graphic designers.

“Sunrise” by Illustrator Evan M. Cohen


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15 High-Res Watercolor Brushes for Adobe Photoshop

Just Creative

Used in some of the most famous paintings in the world, watercolor is one of the oldest mediums, dating back to paleolithic Europe. These days, some incredible artwork can be created with the right watercolor tools such as Photoshop from Adobe.

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.

“Say it with a flower” shooting for Lia Di Gregorio


Words Mariana Bettinelli. Art director and stylist Elisabetta Bongiorni drew inspiration from botanical illustrations for the shoots of Lia Di Gregorio's jewelry. STILL LIFE jewelry Still Life Photography

A powerful 90-frame animation that features the work of 90 female illustrators from around the world

Creative Boom

Illustration by @bobbythebigbird. London studio This Thing of Ours is marking International Women's Day (IWD) with the launch of a short and powerful animation featuring the work of 90 talented female illustrators from around the world.

Integrating A ‘PHD’ Strategy Across Brand Channels

Graphic Design USA

Ryan Schmidt of Landor & Fitch contends that now is the time for brand leaders to reconsider how brand experiences truly integrate the physical, human, and digital to deliver authenticity and truth.

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“Raised by Water” by Photographer Jiajun Wang


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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.

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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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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25 Best Facebook Tools For 2021

Design Wizard

Edit in Design Wizard. Facebook – The king of social media. Facebook still reigns supreme in the world of social media. With over 2.3 million monthly active users, it is still a major source of traffic and brand engagement for businesses all over the world. .

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Pentagram designs a new global identity for Fedrigoni

Creative Boom

Pentagram is behind a new brand identity for Fedrigoni.

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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.