May, 2021

Why core graphic design skills are no longer enough

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. It might sound weird to say it. But the core graphic design skills you learned at uni will only get you so far.

Examples of websites that do web typography properly

Designer Daily

Typography has become fundamental in web design projects. It makes the copy clear, legible, and appealing to readers as it’s considered an art of arranging text and letters. Typography assists in providing an excellent experience for users before they even click a button or read.


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10 Vital Elements of Art That Make a Good Design

Graphic Design Junction

Creating a good print design can be quite a challenge.

Showcase of Designs and Illustrations of Witches & Witchcraft

Spoon Graphics

I recently did a search for witch themed graphics for a little project I’m working on and discovered there’s an entire sub-genre of art styles dedicated to witches and witchcraft. Become bewitched by this inspirational showcase of wicked designs and illustrations with a witchy aesthetic.

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.

Talking about type

I Love Typography

Read the book, Typographic Firsts. After more than 50 years, the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) chose to dump the Vox-ATypI font classification system. Why the breakup? And does it really matter? Is there anything to be gained by devising replacement systems?

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5 websites that showcase the latest big design trends

Creative Boom

Zipeng Zhu, creative director of Dazzle Studio. For most of us, the global pandemic has been the biggest thing to happen in our lifetimes – not least because it's affected absolutely everything. Yes, even web design.

10 Stunning Examples of Text Distortion Effects in Web Design


We all love typography. And when type is set in motion, we love it even more!

27 Artists Reveal Who Inspires Their Work



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Video Tutorial: How to Design a Holographic Sticker Using Photoshop & Illustrator

Spoon Graphics

In today’s tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of designing a sticker using Photoshop & Illustrator, but more specifically, I’ll show you how to set up your print artwork file to create cool sticker effects with a colourful holographic finish.

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.

23 Fresh Free Fonts For Graphic Designers

Graphic Design Junction

New fresh free fonts collection for typography lovers. The fresh fonts are perfect for graphic design, print design, logos and t-shirt designs. The following fonts are ideal to create branding and best for logo fonts, business cards, mockups, packaging design and any other web and graphic projects.

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Graphic designer Dan Polyak talks us through working with the visual world of drag queens in the “drag renaissance”

Its Nice That

Based in Chicago, Dan is a go-to name for drag queens looking to diversify their graphic art, logo design, art direction, photography, and more.

Class of 2021: A guide to all of the UK's degree shows this summer

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Some might be virtual, others are happening in real life – if all goes to plan.

Lipman: How the Internet Ruined Design…

Graphic Design USA

Gregg Lipman of CBX on why design is a process and a craft, not a software-driven deliverable, and is best left to design professionals. All Posts Top Stories cbx CPG design GDUSA Graphic Design blog Graphic Design News Graphic Design USA Gregg Lippman How The Internet Ruined Design

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.

“Reaching for Dawn” by Photographer Elliot Verdier


Photo elliot verdier france paris photographer photography reaching for dawn

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Distressed Letterpress Print Effect in Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to add grungy, distressed, ink stamped effects to your type, logos, or illustrations. The effect resembles the letterpress printing style, or any other impact print method, like a rubber stamp, or an old typewriter.

21 Best Modern Fonts For Graphic Designers

Graphic Design Junction

New highest quality modern fonts with unique typefaces that will make your design looks hi-tech and modern. You can use these fonts for any purpose, especially to make logotype and t-shirt design. All fonts are modern, classy serif typeface.

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The 20 Best Photoshop Actions for Creating Retro & Vintage Effects


Lace up your boots and let’s travel back in time! We don’t even have to travel far. Vintage and retro are coming back, big time. More and more photographers, designers, and clients are charmed by the appeal of vintage aesthetics.

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

Neon-filled, Blade Runner-style photographs of Dubai at night by Xavier Portela

Creative Boom

From the series, Dubai Glow © Xavier Portela. It was following a trip to Japan in 2014 that Xavier Portela began his fascinating Glow series , images of different cities at night, brought to life with a supercharged neon, post-production vibe immersing everything in a Bladerunner-style theme.

GDUSA Poll: Designers Expect 2021 Economic Rebound

Graphic Design USA

The vast majority of creative professionals expect an economic recovery in the second half of 2021 and an attendant rise in demand for graphic communications. .

Photographer Spotlight: Guttæ


Photo angelo guttadauro florence guttæ italy photographer photography

The Biggest Brush Sets Made Specifically for Affinity Designer

Spoon Graphics

I receive requests for design resources for the Affinity creative software more and more frequently from Spoon Graphics subscribers.

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.

Creative Business Card PSD Templates (25 Print Ready Design)

Graphic Design Junction

Beautiful business card templates excellent & good for any type of business and personal use. A modern and stylish business cards with creative design and easy to customize in photoshop.

Why Web Design Is Never Simple


When watching a great athlete perform, they often make it seem effortless. Demonstrating great speed, coordination and agility is just what they do. Yet, what our eyes don’t see is all of the hard work that went into making those amazing moments possible.

Jun Lin's Slow Forage shows a considered love of language, art and graphic design

Creative Boom

Los Angeles-based graphic designer Jun Lin has spent much of the pandemic experimenting and pushing the boundaries of her creative work.

The Complete List of Branding Services and Deliverables (Updated May 2021)


Branding services and branding deliverables can get ridiculously confusing. When you’re approaching a branding agency to work with, you need to know exactly what you’re looking for. But it’s not that easy, when everyone you approach is simply going to recommend “you need the whole package.”.

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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.

“Non so dare un nome a quell’estate” by Photographer Leandro Colantoni


Photo italy leandro colantoni non so dare un nome a quell'estate photographer photography sicily

Vintage Lightroom Presets for Access All Areas Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a useful collection of Lightroom Presets to download this week, courtesy of Hydrozi. These Vintage Lightroom presets are designed to make a photo feel more emotional and nostalgic by giving the image an old-fashioned appearance.

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Web Design Quotes: Wisdom Inside

Template Monster

Why do people like quotes so much? The answer is pretty clear. Web design quotes can precisely and definitively express what we know, recognize, feel, believe, think, accept, imagine, hope, fear, desire, acknowledge, and/or have experienced as a life truth.