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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.

4 Design Business Mistakes Keeping you from Dream Clients & Consistent Income

Just Creative

The realization that your business isn’t quite working out the way you’d planned isn’t a fun one. You might look back at your last few projects and see that the clients weren’t the type you want to be working with.

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Leveraging the Power of Sushi to Improve Your Designs

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Sushi has been popular in the Western world since the 1970s, when it was introduced to diners in the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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15 Best Acrylic Brushes for Procreate

Just Creative

Created initially as acrylic resin in 1934, acrylic paint is a water-based paint that is made up of pigment particles that have been dispersed in an acrylic polymer emulsion. We don’t know about you but that’s a lot of technical terms. Painting using acrylic paints can be fun.

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.

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.

Photographer Spotlight: Sergiy Barchuk


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Tender, debut portraits by artist Paul Gervais are inspired by Lucian Freud

Creative Boom

Portrait of Richard Wilson, oil on linen, 2020 © Paul Gervais.

Top 40 High-Resolution Illustrator Brushes (Free & Paid)

Just Creative

Adobe Illustrator is used by millions of professional and hobbyist graphic designers all over the world.

5 Things We Learned from NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver

Azure Magazine

When urban planning students across North America returned to their studies amid a global pandemic, all classes had moved online and opportunities for invaluable co-op placements providing real-world experiences were drastically reduced.

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.

“American Dreams Real Estate” by Photographer Will Cox


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Eileen Cooper on illustrating Angela Carter for a magical new edition of Nights at the Circus

Creative Boom

Eileen at work. The acclaimed British artist talks illustrating her first novel in a Creative Boom exclusive, as The Folio Society releases a new edition of a 20th-century classic resplendent with Eileen's art.

10 Useful Website Prototyping Tools for UX/UI Designers in 2021

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Jenn Pereira. Web designers are often confronted with numerous challenges, many of which can involve miscommunication with clients.

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Flore Chemin constructs “runny landscapes” decorated with “grotesque and unsettling beings”

Its Nice That

The illustrator’s work blissfully flits between scenes, animals, objects and people.

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

“Sunrise” by Illustrator Evan M. Cohen


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An ode to cassette players, vinyl and the retro boombox: Enter the kaleidoscopic world of animator Ardhira Putra

Creative Boom

Electronic producer and 'groove master' Englewood has just released the official animated music video to his hit single Crystal Dolphin, created by Indonesian illustrator and animator, Ardhira Putra.

30 Best Free & Professional Photoshop Brushes

Just Creative

If you could look at the tools that a graphic designer uses daily like opening a toolbox, one of the biggest tools you’re likely to see is Adobe Photoshop.

10 New Books Pushing the Boundaries of Design

Azure Magazine

For Azure ’s editorial team , being passionate about design means being equally passionate (if not more so) about books on the subject.

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.

20 Amazing Logo Templates for Photographers

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Capture their interest before you even capture a photo! Berenice Abbott once said that photography helps people to see.

Motto creates 'first of a kind' aluminium-bottled wine packaging

Creative Boom

Dallas- and New York-based branding agency Motto has created the branding and packaging for Revelshine, billed as a "first-of-its-kind line of sustainable wine bottled in unbreakable, infinitely recyclable aluminium vessels".

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Best Procreate Brushes for Line Art

Just Creative

With a history that stretches back 73,000 years, line art is one of the oldest forms of art known to mankind. While it has most certainly evolved since then (and thankfully, so have we), our knowledge and appreciation have grown as well.

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Cutting, printing and working with spaghetti: Ine Meganck blends analogous design techniques with the digital

Its Nice That

The Ghent-based graphic designer talks us through her recent commissions, including a logo design for Gaar, conceived through playing around with pasta shapes.

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.

Turin’s Houses of Cards Push the Possibilities of Granite

Azure Magazine

One of the first questions that comes to mind when you see Houses of Cards, a pair of dwellings designed by Elastico Farm in a suburb of Turin, is: Who are these daring clients?

Love Letters for Harlem: Photographs that capture and celebrate the New York neighbourhood

Creative Boom

Pattern Cut, House's Barber Shop © Jeffrey Henson Scales. In Upper Manhattan, New York City lies Harlem, a neighbourhood that has seen many shifts under boom-and-bust cycles over the years, and the result is a fascinating melting pot of life and culture.

10 Best Branding, Identity & Logo Design Courses on Domestika

Just Creative

If you are looking to View Course about branding and logo design, there are so many different courses, classes, videos, and tutorials available online that can make it difficult to choose the right one for you. To help, we’ve compiled the best branding and logotype courses on Domestika.

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The Right Way to Add Recurring Revenue to Your Web Design Business

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Booking new projects is a key revenue driver for any freelance web designer. But a lot of time and effort goes into both finding projects and getting the details hammered out. Then you still have to do the actual work. It’s not always an efficient process.

Intricate Paper Animals Spring from Textured Sculptures by Artist Calvin Nicholls


All images © Calvin Nicholls, shared with permission. In Calvin Nicholls ’s sculptural forms, feathered and furry creatures are meticulously crafted from small pieces of white paper.