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How To Create A Website Design That Converts – Guide for Small Businesses

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Aslam Multani. First impressions matter. The first interaction a potential customer has with your brand is usually on your website. The way you design and develop your website can make or break your conversion rates.

How Can Solopreneur Designers Make Their Business More Efficient?


Becoming more efficient is something every business can benefit from. It helps you to work faster and more accurately, ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget.

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How to Create Smoky Brushes and Type in Illustrator

Tuts Plus

What You'll Be Creating I've always been fascinated by smoke and have experimented a lot with it. So in this tutorial, I'll explain how to create a realistic smoky texture, make it into a smoke vector brush, and use it for type.

Illustrator Roberto Blefari aka Hikimi dishes up bright illustrations to 'make us feel good'

Creative Boom

If you're looking for something to make you smile today then please turn your attention to Roberto Blefari, a freelance illustrator from Turin, Italy.

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.

David Pearson’s Creative Covers For Penguin’s Great Ideas Series

Designer Daily

For its Great Ideas series, Penguin worked with book cover expert David Pearson , a graphic designer based in the UK. The designer took a type-based approach to nail the covers of these non-fiction books that feature no less than authors like George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, or Karl Marx.

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15 Best Ink Brushes for Procreate in 2020

Just Creative

First appearing as part of the Tang Dynasty, ink painting, or ink wash painting as it is also known, has a long storied history. Since those days though, with advancements in technology, the days of having jars of ink on your desk are long gone.

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A movie-type identity for a Barcelona production firm is inspired by a love of cinema

Creative Boom

Barcelona studio Full Circle Karma has taken inspiration from the world of cinema to craft the new identity for BLUA , a local production company.

Illustrator Spotlight: Ana Miminoshvili


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Nightmare Photoshop Actions for Access All Areas Members

Spoon Graphics

This week Access All Areas members have a new collection of high quality Photoshop Actions to download courtesy of Shutter Pulse. This set allows you to apply nightmare-inspired effects to your photos, with eerie colour casts and dark contrast, just like the colour grading of horror movies!

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.

Who invented the news­paper?

I Love Typography

News has been around as long as humans have. From word of mouth to handwritten newsletters to printed newspapers in the early 1600s, the news has always captivated us. It has evolved from an expensive and bespoke service for an elite few into a major part of today's mass media.

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Coventry Design Festival launches to support local graduates, freelancers and creative studios

Creative Boom

Graphic designer Chris Sanders is the unstoppable force behind the new Coventry Design Festival , which has launched this month (with a gorgeous identity) to celebrate the city's creative heritage and place it firmly on the design map.

Free Wallpaper for October 2020

Six Leaf Design

I opened the front door of our house this weekend to feel the crisp air and smell the cool scent of fall on the breeze. It’s refreshing after a ridiculously long, hot summer here in Denver and I’m looking forward to what I’m sure will be a short autumn before winter hooks it’s claws into us.

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Artist Spotlight: Steph Lau


A selection of personal and commissioned work by artist Steph Lau. While Lau’s personal work involves drawing in physical mediums like sketchbooks and textile pieces, the things she creates for herself usually end up fuelling the 2D and 3D digital pieces she gets commissioned to do.

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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.

Looking at an Online School Through a Web Designer’s Eyes

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Like so many families around the globe, ours has had to make some difficult decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most agonizing was what to do about school. Should we send our daughter back to traditional school, or should we opt for an online school?

Cat Finnie, Goran Factory, and Rebecca Mills are just some of the illustrators to create October-themed beer bottle labels

Creative Boom

We first introduced you to the delightful Drip For Drip project by Wijtze Valkema back in 2016. Which is essentially "curated coffee cup trades with illustrator friends". The first edition dates back to 2014, when the swaps were one-for-one, always with initiator Wijtze.

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Faster than Light – Neon effect in Photoshop & The Most Eye-Catching Examples


Using the neon effect in Photoshop may sound a little too simplistic for experienced Photoshop users but the effect it can have on your design is certainly not so simple. This fun design effect turns the design process into an experimental and vibey journey.

Photographer Spotlight: Rodrigo Oliveira


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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

The Top 40 Free Lightroom Presets

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Most web and graphic designers use Photoshop on a daily basis as one of the main tools of the trade. Photoshop is incredibly powerful for designing and for photo editing, but Adobe also has Lightroom, which can be used for processing/editing photos and for the organization of photo files.

Sleepless in Soho: Neon-lit, stylish photographs of London's entertainment district at night

Creative Boom

For three years, British photographer Joshua K. Jackson walked the lamp-lit, neon-filled streets of London's Soho, turning to photography as a way to escape the frustrations of insomnia.

Illustrator Reuben Dangoor’s quick-witted take on Britishness

Creative Review

With an observational outlook and sharp wit to match even the most established political cartoonists, Reuben Dangoor is a name to take note of.

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Photographer Spotlight: Kemka Ajoku


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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. 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.

Get to Know Jeff Starr, WordPress Author and Entrepreneur

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Jeff Starr is not the first person to serendipitously find his way into the WordPress community. After all, many of us have discovered and since fallen in love with the CMS. But he has become one of its most prolific and recognizable members.

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Lachlan Goudie on escaping with art, his love of Scotland, and staying creative during a pandemic

Creative Boom

Bringing fairy tales to life, Scottish artist and broadcaster, Lachlan Goudie , will unveil a new series of paintings at Edinburgh's The Scottish Gallery, inspired by places that may have recently felt far far away.

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Base Design creates identity for the forthcoming Bob Dylan Center

Creative Review

Next year, the Bob Dylan Center is set to open in the Tulsa Arts District in Oklahoma, US. The institution will be one of the only public venues for the musician’s archive and is set to exhibit a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning Dylan’s career.

Photographer Spotlight: Adrian Octavius Walker


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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.

The 10 Best HDR Effect Photoshop Actions

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Often an HDR effect is a desired look for professional photographs. But what if you lack the equipment to achieve this? That’s where Photoshop actions come in. With just a few clicks, it’s possible to add an HDR effect to your photos and give them incredible depth.

Melancholy photographs of abandoned office plants after the first lockdown was lifted

Creative Boom

As life and work stood still for many of us earlier this year, one thing we forgot to look after was our beloved plants left behind in offices and creative studios across the UK. It was something photographer Ricky Adam realised when he returned to work and discovered loads of neglected greenery.

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IDS Vancouver 2020 Gets Virtual – in a Vivid Way

Azure Magazine

Like many design weeks around the world boldly forging ahead, IDS Vancouver has transitioned its annual showcase into a URL-meets-IRL program.

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