June, 2024

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9 social media tips for illustrators, graphic designers and creatives

Creative Bloq

Graphic designers and illustrators have to be social media savvy these days. Learn from design and illustration professionals about how to build your social media presence and stay on top of best practice and priorities.

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Koto boosts youth-oriented fintech brand with super-colourful Gen-Z visuals

Creative Boom

The agency's work for the collaborative earning app Fluz is keenly targeted at a young audience looking to save money. In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, many people are looking for ways to stretch their money further. Enter Fluz, a collaborative earning app that amplifies spending power by offering cashback on everyday purchases. To help spread their message far and wide, Fluz recently teamed up with Koto , a brand and digital agency with studios in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York a

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Designing Agency: Lisa Landrum on Inclusive Architecture Education

Azure Magazine

While universities often stake their reputations on historical pedigree and tradition, Toronto Metropolitan University is a testament to evolution. Established as Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1948, the school expanded to a Polytechnical Institute 18 years later, before becoming Ryerson Polytechnical University in 1993, and then dropping the “Polytechnical” shortly after the turn of the millennium.

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Award-Winning Design Meets Fashion at the Museum at FIT by Lily Liu

Designer Daily

Award-winning graphic and UX/UI designer Lily (Ziqi) Liu has taken her unique blend of traditional and digital design techniques into the fashion world with her award-winning rebranding of the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). As an innovative graphic and UI/UX designer, Liu brought a new twist to the museum’s brand using her digital design skills and an eye for fashion.

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Let's Talk Trends: Designing for Maximum Impact

Speaker: Amber Asay, Creative Director and Founder of award-winning design studio Nice People

Understanding what trends are happening and how they’re impacting the competitive landscape is crucial to providing top dollar design strategy to your clients. With so many trends coming and going, it can be overwhelming to determine which ones you should capitalize on and which ones might not be worth the trouble. In this exclusive webinar with Amber Asay, we’ll explore graphic design trends that need to die, trends that are starting to pick up and why, trends that have come and gone, and how t

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Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Moron

I Love Typography

Read the book, Typographic Firsts Steven Heller takes a closer look at the Moron font family from Barnbrook Fonts. The post Steven Heller’s Font of the Month: Moron appeared first on I Love Typography.

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RSPCA by JKR

BP&O

It’s often the launch of major charity rebrands that puts the gulf between how the design world views something, and how the rest of the world might, into sharp relief. Countless headlines abound bemoaning the £££millions ‘spent on a new logo’, as if that’s just about all there is to it, and now the children/animals/elderly etc will directly suffer as The post RSPCA by JKR appeared first on BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion.

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Penguin Books reveals the winners of its 2024 Cover Design Award

Creative Boom

The winners of Penguin's 2024 Cover Design Award Competition was once again fierce for this year's prestigious awards by Penguin Books. We reveal the winners of its annual prize where creatives get a remarkable opportunity to showcase their talents. Today, Penguin Books has announced the winners of its popular Cover Design Award , which sees aspiring designers and illustrators reimagine the covers of bestselling Penguin titles.

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Fuel Your Creativity: Fresh and Free Graphic Design Resources

Graphic Design Junction

Every designer, seasoned or just starting out, faces the challenge of keeping their creative wellspring flowing. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but sometimes you need a spark to ignite a new idea. Here’s where free graphic design resources come in – a treasure trove of tools to fuel your creativity and elevate your projects. Buckle up, because we’re diving into a world of fresh, free PSD files, mockups, icons, and templates to jumpstart your design journey.

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Discover Your Perfect Font with our AI Font Finder at ChatGPT

We And The Color

Choosing the right font in graphic design can make or break your project. Whether you’re a graphic designer, a content creator, or a branding expert, the importance of typography cannot be overstated. This is where the AI Font Finder by WE AND THE COLOR at ChatGPT comes in. Our AI-powered tool is designed to help […] The post Discover Your Perfect Font with our AI Font Finder at ChatGPT appeared first on WE AND THE COLOR.

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The Ontario Science Centre: Now, Then and What Comes Next

Azure Magazine

The closure last week of the Ontario Science Centre came as a shock. Though there were clear indications the Ontario government has long been planning to shutter the beloved institution, this final, decisive and cynical move – on a Friday afternoon just before the Premier departed for summer vacation – felt like a stinging insult to everyone who is fighting to save the Brutalist icon as well as a tactical move in a much larger political plan.

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The Democratization of Design: Giving Creators & Marketers the Tools to Succeed

Brands must create and share impactful content to thrive, but they have less people, tighter budgets, and fewer resources to do so. Learn how to publish and market digital content with the same professionalism as organizations with million-dollar budgets.

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Can you ever really own an aesthetic? Creatives discuss what happens when your style becomes a trend

Its Nice That

We constantly tell young designers and illustrators to develop their own unique style. But what happens when that style becomes widely adopted and even copied? Our US editor-at-large considers the impact on both individual creatives and the industry as a whole.

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“Bird in Hand” by Photographer Finn O’Hara

Booooooom

A series documenting the bird banding at the Long Point Bird Observatory by UK-born, Toronto-based photographer Finn O'Hara.

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Should you ditch Photoshop with immediate effect?

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock Adobe is requiring everyone to sign new terms and conditions before they can log in to Photoshop and other Creative Cloud apps. But many are refusing. Should you do so, too? This is a headline I never thought I'd write. But creatives around the world have been opening up Photoshop this week and getting so vexed that they're refusing to log in.

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32 Creative Stationery Mockups That Will Make Your Brand Stand Out

Graphic Design Junction

The Power of Presentation: How creative stationery mockups elevate your corporate branding! For graphic designers working on corporate branding, a logo and color palette are just the beginning. A truly cohesive brand identity extends to all touchpoints, including the seemingly small detail of business stationery. But how do you effectively showcase your vision for letterheads, envelopes, and business cards to a client?

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Rethinking Creative Workflows: Increasing Efficiency in the Design Process

As the design industry evolves, teams are facing new challenges and a need to produce more outstanding creative work than ever. Leaders must learn how to adapt their processes to solve today’s—and tomorrow’s—unique design challenges. In this e-book, you’ll learn how to establish your creative workflow and leverage the power of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite to streamline the entire design process, from start to finish.

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Matte Painting Online Course: Learn to Create Photorealistic Worlds in Adobe Photoshop

We And The Color

Master the Art of Creating Incredible Landscapes with Photoshop In digital art, the ability to create stunning, photorealistic landscapes is a coveted skill. Whether you’re a seasoned illustrator or a passionate photographer, the online course by Carles Marsal, “Learn to Create Incredible Landscapes with Photoshop,” is your gateway to mastering this art form.

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5 Must-See Summer Pavilions Around the World in 2024

Azure Magazine

The summer pavilion is one of the most effective ways of communicating the inspiring possibilities of architecture to the general public. Whether they are designed primarily as gathering spaces or as follies that invite individual reflection, these types of installations present new ideas for shaping space in often novel materials and with nascent technologies.

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A history of colour is a history of us: Inside the new Taschen book on four centuries of colour theory

Its Nice That

From its rooting in scientific advancements to the first illustrated book on colour being made by a woman, art historian Alexandra Loske presents a four centuries survey in The Book of Colour Concepts.

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Illustrator Spotlight: Jiyung Lee

Booooooom

Korean illustrator Jiyung Lee travels between France and Korea working on various projects including installation, publishing, and printing.

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Creative Insights: Data-Backed Trends to Help You Design Successful Content

In today’s competitive markets, how do you make sure that your content not only stands out but performs well? How can you predict whether certain design choices will result in clicks, engagement, downloads, and other drivers of ROI? Shutterstock’s Creative Insights Report (Q3) is your window into the hottest trends that are transforming the creative world.

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Almighty's branding for Joonbyrd redefines wellness with a nostalgic charm

Creative Boom

Blending magical moments, science, storytelling and a hint of nostalgia, Almighty's designs position Joonbyrd at the forefront of the beauty and wellness industry. Headquartered in London, Joonbyrd is a company focused on creating skincare, wellness, and lifestyle products that promote emotional wellbeing alongside physical benefits. Founded by dermatologist Dr Alexis Granite, it aims to create a new category called "Affective Wellness", which combines beauty and skincare with emotional and ment

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Amazing Digital Illustrations by Hala Mohamed

Graphic Design Junction

Hala Mohamed is a distinguished graphic designer and digital illustrations artist from Egypt, whose work embodies the vibrancy and complexity of contemporary Egyptian culture. Her art is a confluence of traditional motifs and modern techniques, making her a prominent figure in the art world both locally and internationally. Her journey into the world of art began in her formative years, nurtured by a rich cultural heritage and a passion for visual storytelling.

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Cara, the AI-Skeptical Artist Portfolio App, Skyrockets to Hundreds of Thousands of Users

Colossal

All images © the artists and Cara “I want AI to do my laundry and dishes so that I can do art and writing, not for AI to do my art and writing so that I can do my laundry and dishes,” author Joanna Maciejewska recently wrote post on X (formerly Twitter) that quickly went viral. Generative AI has developed as a type of deep-learning technology in which new content, like text or imagery, can be created based on the data it has collected.

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MAUD: Redefining Branding and Visual Identity

Abduzeedo

MAUD: Redefining Branding and Visual Identity abduzeedo 0614—24 Discover MAUD's innovative approach to branding and visual identity, focusing on boosting talent and fostering innovation. Renan Ramos presents a compelling new project titled "MAUD: Not a Consultancy," created during the ID Lab 2 workshop by Marcelo Kimura. This design venture aims to revolutionize the approach to branding and visual identity, focusing on optimizing processes, boosting talent, and fostering innovation.

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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. From visually impaired users who rely on assistive technology, to people with a temporary injury such as a broken arm, tech users are forever diverse and beautifully unique. The products we design can, and should, reflect the extremely wide range of human experiences and needs.

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A24 zine celebrates the extravagance of old multiplexes – especially their carpets

Its Nice That

Designer Shira Inbar and illustrator Julia Dufossé join for Dream Theater, exploring the loudness and “liminal stillness” of the multiplex.

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“You Can’t Go Home Again” by Photographer Stephen Joyce

Booooooom

A project documenting photographer Stephen Joyce's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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How one animation company is fighting AI by returning to the roots of motion pictures

Creative Boom

We've all seen the new Toys R' Us spot , and many of us are horrified by its implications and the increasing rise of AI. Animation studio Tentacle Media has decided to remind us of the wonderful human touch of creativity with the launch of its first physical product. Tentacle Media , a UK-based animation studio, has launched a handheld animation device called the Mini-Mutoscope.

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Understanding Image Masking: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

Graphic Design Junction

The world of image editing offers a vast array of tools to manipulate and enhance your photos. One of the most powerful yet approachable techniques is image masking. Mastering masking unlocks a treasure chest of creative possibilities, allowing you to isolate objects, change backgrounds, add special effects, and achieve precise edits in your photos.

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From Visualization to Execution: Exploring Our Strengths as Designers

Speaker: Sean Adams, ArtCenter College of Design

Thomas Edison once said “Vision without execution is hallucination.” This statement applies not just to invention, but to graphic design. One of the greatest strengths of graphic designers is the ability to first develop a concept and then execute it to make it real. From visualization and ideation all the way through to actuation and execution, each step of this process takes skill and expertise.

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Repurposed Utensils Perch and Preen in Matt Wilson’s Metal Bird Sculptures

Colossal

All images © Matt Wilson, shared with permission Matt Wilson ( previously ) has transformed found utensils into recycled metal sculptures for the last 15 years. Bending, welding, and mounting segments of cutlery upon one another, spoon bowls evoke plumage and fork prongs resemble sprawling quills. Encompassing the distinctive crown variations of birds’ heads, Wilson utilizes the unique decorative details that adorn handles of silverware.

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How Poor Client Relationships Can Derail Your Design Career

HONGKIAT

As a designer, you’re much like a chemist. Each day in your “lab,” you explore and devise the perfect solutions to meet your clients’ critical needs. This isn’t just professional skill – it’s akin to alchemy, where you transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. This transformation, often perceived as magical by clients, turns their complex design challenges into seamless solutions.

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Yi Hua Lin’s graphic posters are inspired by the seas and mountains of Taiwan

Its Nice That

The Taipei-based designer takes from the sounds of indigenous Taiwanese music and views from the natural world to construct her playgrounds of shape and colour.

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Paolo Merlini Unveils a Compact Mid-Rise in Central Porto

Azure Magazine

For design enthusiasts, the Rotunda de Boavista is a landmark destination. Fronting the circular park, the asymmetrical polyhedron form of the Rem Koolhaas-designed Casa de Música announces one of the most distinctive buildings of the early 21st century, described by New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff in 2005 as the project to cement the OMA founder’s status as “one of the world’s great designers as well as the profession’s mightiest thinker.” And

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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. If my business can’t pay its bills, can my creditors come after my personal assets? Do I have to pay the rent on my co-working space or office? Can my clients cancel signed contracts? Can I cancel contracts for things I no longer need because my business has slowed down?