September, 2023

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8 things I wish I'd known before breaking into the creative industry

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock Learn from the mistakes of others, and it might save you years of frustration and poor direction. We gather the best advice from creatives that they wish someone else had shared back in the day. "If I'd known then, what I know now." It's a common refrain from older people, full of regret for the mistakes they've made, the opportunities they've failed to capitalise on, and the wrong paths they've gone down.

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10 excellent books for illustrators to inspire and help refine skills

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock Boost your abilities and raise your earning power with the best art books on the market. We present a curated list to help you develop your illustration practice. Building your skills as an illustrator is mainly about practice, practice, practice. But you have to know the fundamentals first. And even if you've had years of experience and success, it's easy to forget some of those fundamentals or realise that you may have missed a few lessons the first time.

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Move over Photoshop! Microsoft Paint now has layers and transparency

Its Nice That

Users will be able to manage layers, open and save transparent PNGs and “truly erase content”, replacing the eraser that paints artworks white.

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Entrée by Saint Urbain

BP&O

More than three years since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, we’re in a strange situation when it comes to all the things that flourished due to lockdown – grocery delivery services like Getir, et al; streaming services that poured literally billions into what once seemed like a never-ending gold-rush of content-consumption; flashy home-centric lifestyle brands like Peloton.

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Lets 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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Cat Tree House: A Modern Home Designed With a Cat’s Perspective in Mind

Design Milk

Located in the historic and lush city of Kamakura, just an hour outside of Tokyo, stands a pretty unique house , named A Cat Tree House. It’s a feline paradise designed for a couple in their thirties and their two beloved cats. Architect Tan Yamanouchi of AWGL has redefined what it means to design a home by taking inspiration from the clients, the four-legged kind, who don’t speak human language.

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25+ Best Handwritten Script, Signature and Brush Fonts

Graphic Design Junction

The best handwritten script, signature, and brush fonts offer a wide range of possibilities for graphic designers and creatives alike. These fonts have the power to infuse designs with personality, emotion, and style. Whether you’re aiming for a rustic, vintage look or a contemporary , professional vibe, there’s a font in these categories that can help you achieve your desired effect.

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Print's not dead: the best magazines for graphic design inspiration

Creative Boom

Spread from the latest Type 01 magazine. Image courtesy of publisher Sit back, relax and reacquaint yourselves with the joys of devouring a beautifully designed print magazine. We present a selection of the best titles on sale today. When was the last time you read a printed magazine? For most of us, even some of us who work in the media, the answer is probably: "I can't remember.

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (September 2023)

HONGKIAT

Welcome back to the September edition of our monthly roundup , where we showcase valuable resources for web developers. In this installment, we mainly focus on Next.js and its surrounding ecosystem. We have handpicked a variety of tools, libraries, and updates that will elevate your Next.js projects and keep you ahead in the realm of front-end development.

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Departed Spirits by Marx Design

BP&O

Maybe it’s been ‘silly season’ summer; maybe there’s a lack of risk-taking/imagination/budget; maybe I’m just jaded, but it’s felt as though recent months haven’t exactly seen a wealth of particularly exciting branding and packaging projects. That’s not to say there hasn’t been a steady stream of good work, but I’ve personally not felt hugely ‘wowed’: there’s been work that’s strong, The post Departed Spirits by Marx Design appeared first on BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion.

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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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An Eames of Your Own Aims to Demystify Collecting Design Objects

Design Milk

Ray and Charles Eames have become almost singularly synonymous with a certain style of approachable and playful mid-century design that perseveres in popularity today, in no small part to the various projects and partnerships that have kept their names relevant across generations, occasionally to the chagrin of purists. No surprise, the dynamic duo’s designs have also become immensely sought after amongst collectors and the general public alike.

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Crafting Powerful Messages: A Playful Typography Journey with Dani Molyneux

We And The Color

Dani Molyneux’s online course on playful typography for powerful communication is a refreshing dive into the world of visual expression through words. As a budding graphic designer, I found her approach not only enlightening but also inspiring in turning life’s challenges into messages of hope and positivity. Take the course at Domestika Dani’s course content is well-structured and comprehensive, covering the fundamentals of typography and how to infuse creativity into it.

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Hot Type designs a variable sans serif type family for Sofascore, inspired by raw data

Its Nice That

For a rebrand of the go-to app for football scores and stats, the studio focused on the appearance of numbers and how the type may translate on different screen sizes.

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Studio zur Strassen gives fantasy football brand Kickbase a leg up

Creative Boom

Kickbase, one of Europe's biggest fantasy football manager games, has some big ambitions and needed branding to match. Yannick zur Strassen explains how his studio developed a new visual identity and strategy. After several years working in London for DesignStudio and Accept&Proceed, German brand designer and strategist Yannick zur Strassen recently returned to his home country and launched his own practice, Studio zur Strassen , in Munich.

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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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Solino by Fol.: An Exemplary Display of Branding and Visual Identity

Abduzeedo

Solino by Fol.: An Exemplary Display of Branding and Visual Identity abduzeedo 0909—23 The world of branding and graphic design is ever-evolving, but certain projects manage to stand out with their sheer brilliance and creativity. 'Solino by Fol.' is one such marvel from the reputed design studio, Fol. , based in Istanbul, Turkey. At the core of this brand's visual identity is a harmonious and impactful color palette.

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Designing Democracy: A Tribute to Raymond Moriyama, 1929-2023

Azure Magazine

A few steps east of Yonge Street, the Toronto Reference Library serves as the city’s public living room. Its red-carpeted lobby unfurls into a grand atrium, where students, parents and seniors of all backgrounds and ethnicities might mix with multimillionaires and the unhoused. Above, the tranquil upper floors look onto a cosmopolitan interior architecture inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and out to the verdant valley landscapes immortalized by the Group of Seven: This is downtown’s b

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Ovenecká 33: A Prague Apartment Where Art Meets Architecture

Design Milk

Ovenecká 33 is a unique apartment in Prague, Czech Republic, where the design is approached as an art installation, like an immersive experience designed by creative Tereza Porybná and Objektor architekti. Porybná has always been fascinated by the art of connection, whether it’s connecting people or exploring the boundaries between different realms, all while pushing the limits.

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Download A Well-Designed Resume and Cover Letter Template

We And The Color

Check out the artistry of the perfect resume and cover letter template by graphic designer Danny Aldana. In the tumultuous sea of job applications, your resume and cover letter are the lighthouses guiding potential employers to the treasure that is you. But why settle for a mundane piece of paper when you can wield a masterpiece, crafted by the virtuoso of design, Danny Aldana ?

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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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Early Black Friday computing deals: what to expect

Creative Bloq

Black Friday is this November, but we're already preparing ourselves for some fantastic computing deals now.

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10 best artist and illustration agents in New York City

Creative Boom

Bertrand Aznar, represented by Illustration Division Whether you need representation or are looking to hire an artist or illustrator, these are the best places to head to in New York City. With the rise of digital tools both for making art and sending it around the world in an instant, in one sense, it's now easier than ever to make money as a freelance illustrator.

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Rule of Thirds: The Definitive Guide & Examples

Interaction Design Foundation

Picture this: You want to design a stunning graphic or capture a momentous photograph. You want to ensure that your visuals resonate deeply with your viewers, leaving a lasting impression. Many design techniques and photography rules can help you achieve the results you desire. One such principle that has stood the test of time is the renowned 'Rule of Thirds’.

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Pol-Edouard Flores illustrates retro characters and games with his spontaneous approach to drawing

Its Nice That

With a touching journey that recounts his struggle with mental health and developing his style while hospitalised, the France-based illustrator now talks about his arrival at a more colourful oeuvre and life.

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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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The Mlynchik Residence: A Vibrant Oasis Outside of Kyiv

Design Milk

Nestled in the picturesque town of Villago, a short distance from the heart of Kyiv, the Mlynchik Residence , designed by Sivak+Partners , is a vibrant interior full of colors, patterns, and unique decor. The architects created a one-of-a-kind living experience that showcases the personalities of its owners and the craftsmanship of local artisans. The journey of the Mlynchik Residence began in October 2019 when Sivak+Partners took on the challenge of transforming the interior of one of the ident

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A Customizable Minimalist Resume Template

We And The Color

Crafting a standout impression in Adobe InDesign with this minimalist resume template. There’s an undeniable elegance in simplicity. Minimalism, as an artistic movement and lifestyle choice, emphasizes the beauty of simplicity, showcasing the essence of what truly matters. This ethos extends to professional realms, including resume design. Enter More Profesh ‘s minimalist resume template designed with precision and finesse using Adobe InDesign.

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Life Expectancy of Pets

FlowingData

When looking into getting a pet, it’s important to consider life expectancy. You probably don’t want to accidentally sign up for a twenty-year commitment with an impulse adoption at the pet store. That’s a bad deal for you and the animal.

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32 affordable tools to keep costs down when you first go freelance

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock Freelancing is great, but at the start money can be tight. Here are 32 creative tools that won't cost the earth but still deliver the powerful features you need. As the summer sun sets and the warm holiday glow fades, it's time to return to the daily grind. But is going back to your steady job making you excited and motivated?

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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?