A Beautiful Mess Favorite Camera Gear!

A Beautiful Mess

As you can probably imagine, we get a lot of questions here at the blog about what our favorite camera gear is.

4 Tips from a New Skillshare Teacher

Ohn Mar Win

Last month I launched my first ever Skillshare class entitled 'Food Illustration: Design your Favourite Fruity Recipe' I will admit it sure was a challenge and a long journey, before I hit that final 'publish' button. Here is the intro video to this class. You can access the class HERE These are my points to remember if you are considering becoming a Skillshare teacher TIP 1 - DO NOT BE DAUNTED BY THE CLASS NOTES Do follow the step by step approach laid out by the Skillshare team.


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10 Creative Ways to Design Your 'Save the Date' Cards

Envato Tuts+

If you’re planning a wedding, either for yourself or someone else, one of the nicest gestures you can make for your guests is to send a beautifully designed ‘Save the Date’ card.

5 Top Tips To Help You Create Inspirational Social Media Posts

Design Wizard

“We Love the Internet! Long Live the Internet!” ” we whoop and cheer to all and sundry. (OK, OK, so this only happened once and hyper-caffeination may have been a factor.). But the reality is, online followers respond well to positive vibes and that’s why inspirational social media posts have become a significant part of customer engagement in recent years.

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Past and Present U.S. Presidential Campaigns

Design Roast

If politics is an industry, then politicians are its products. While public servants have grown more comfortable with the slow-burn of viral marketing and endless news cycles, there’s still nothing quite like solid logo design for making that all-important first impression. It’s the logo, more than anything, that adheres most easily to bumpers and billboards. And […]. The post Past and Present U.S. Presidential Campaigns appeared first on Design Roast. Graphic Design

Introducing Operator

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

About two years ago, H&Co Senior Designer Andy Clymer proposed that we design a monospace typeface. Monospace (or “fixed-width”) typefaces have a unique place in the culture: their most famous ancestor is the typewriter, and they remain the style that designers reach for when they want to remind readers about the author behind the words.

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The Top 6 Design Moments Of 2016

Creative Live

2016 was an interesting year for sure – one dominated by politics and controversy. However, for design, we kept ourselves busy making the world just a little more beautiful whenever and wherever we could. Here are some of the top trends and moments we saw this past year. Color Overlays. This treatment appeared on photos everywhere. Some of the many examples include NYC’s Pride 2016 site (below) and MailChimps Year in Review (also below). All things reminiscent of the 80’s.

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What Your Business Card Says About You

Black Bear Design

Black Bear Design - Atlanta Web Design, Web Development, SEO, Internet Marketing, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Social media. Your business card is your first and sometimes only opportunity to make a good impression. Not having a business card at all is no longer an option. In a world of endless networking opportunities, we need to have a seamless way to exchange information. More than anything, you want your business card to reflect who you are and what your business represents.

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450+ Adobe Illustrator Patterns


The Adobe Creative Suite has to be one of the more popular design packages. Illustrator is specifically a great tool for any project including website layouts, vector art, illustrations, logos, and so much more. One resource many designers utilize are patterns for backgrounds.

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5 Examples of Incredible Designer Resumes

Graphic Springs

When sending out a resume, you want to stand out from the crowd. In our competitive economy, this is more true in 2016 than ever. Graphic designers have the advantage of having the creativity and skill-set to create memorable resumes. Check out these 5 inspiring examples.

Introducing: Everyday Photography—52 Weeks of Documenting Life!

A Beautiful Mess

We are beyond excited to introduce to you all today our latest e-Course— Everyday Photography: 52 Weeks of Documenting Life. We are constantly amazed by how BUSY life can get sometimes! Before you realize it, a whole year can pass by, just like that. It’s important to slow down, to notice and appreciate the everyday little things. And it’s even more important to make some time to document them so you can preserve and share these memories for years to come.

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One image - 2 jobs - licensing and packaging illustration

Ohn Mar Win

Last week I was proud to announce the launch of a cutting board set by gift manufacturer Demdaco. This particular root vegetable illustration had been found on Pinterest and rearranged to fit this product artwork. In fact this image has been referenced again and again when a new brief comes through from clients for commissioned work.

Quick Tip: How to Create Pantone Colors in Your Designs

Envato Tuts+

Creating spot colors to use on your print designs needn’t be a headache. This quick tip will show you how to create Pantone color swatches quickly and easily, and how to share your Pantone color palettes with other Adobe programs. What You'll Learn in This Quick Pantone Color Palette Tutorial.

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'Circus Parade' Work In Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

For the last six days I have been working intensely on this large 90 x 50cm watercolour painting. It might not be a mural but it's large enough for me! Fuzzy photo time! Still using the drafting I was given when I was a school boy. You can see I returned to the usual sepia tonal under-painting to maintain a warm hue throughout the image. I decided if all the action is inside a tent lit by gas lamps, without natural light, then all the shadows are going to be warm. Fuzzy / wonky photo!

Logos: Past, Present and Future

Design Roast

Your logo is arguably the most important visual aspect of your business. It’s often the first thing people see and judge. Logos express the tone, style and professionalism of your brand. Logo design trends change over the years, much like the businesses themselves. Certain styles that were popular years ago may be seen as outdated […]. The post Logos: Past, Present and Future appeared first on Design Roast. Graphic Design business cards logos motion graphics

How to Use Clashing Fonts

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

As powerful as typography can be in setting a reader’s expectations, it’s often the dialogue between typefaces that most effectively communicates how information is meant to be understood. Dictionaries use bold Antiques and delicate Ionics to distinguish their headwords and definitions; wayfinding systems use different fonts to identify routes and destinations.

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Illustrating Small Business Saturday 2016

Emmeline Illustration

For Small Business Saturday last year , I wanted to create a series of illustrations representing the amazing diversity of this country's small businesses. I got in touch with the Small Business 100 (which I was lucky enough to be part of last year), and asked for real-world inspiration to give the project a collaborative edge! I had such brilliant feedback from the project last year (you can spot the illustrations framed in the Small Business Saturday office!),

You Can Be a Designer: Start With These Fundamentals

Creative Live

Become the designer you know you can be – learn the Fundamentals of Graphic Design from an industry-leading expert. Timothy Samara is a New York-based graphic designer and educator. He has taught design at the college level for nearly 15 years. As the author of eight graphic design books , his academic reach spans the globe. All of his books have a common thread—they address the fundamentals of graphic design.

Creating Masterpieces Requires a Solid Creative Process

Black Bear Design

Black Bear Design - Atlanta Web Design, Web Development, SEO, Internet Marketing, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Social media. We’ve all been there. We’re staring at the ceiling, flipping a pen through our fingers, deleting and retyping what we just wrote in search of something better. Something catchier. Oh, writer’s block, you truly are a pain! But what about other creatives? How do they handle a creative block, what’s their creative process?

The Content Dilemma – Executing and Scaling Your Campaigns


The concept of Content Personalization is to show a customized message to the right person with the hypothesis that this will lead to higher revenue/engagement/[Insert KPI here].


Illustration Art

This extraordinary drawing by John Cuneo has already been selected for inclusion in both of the upcoming annual collections of illustration art: The Society of Illustrators' Annual of American Illustration and the American Illustration Annual. So why bother reproducing it here? Because the drawing is immense but the annuals will reproduce it at a size that makes the figures look like an ant colony and you'll miss the entire point.

To See Clearly: Technology Excess and Selection, by Jonas Lundin


About the never-ending stream of new technology innovations, and the relevance of them. By thinker & doer Jonas Lundin , based in Stockholm. Today we live in a time of great promise; hardly a day passes without some new technological innovation being unveiled.

Toronto Waterfront Artisan Market

Ohn Mar Win

I really need to ask a really big favour for folks who are in Toronto area. I worked with The Toronto Market Company again for another foodie based event. Artwork was needed for promotional material and banners for an artisan market that would be held along Toronto's waterfront. The booths would be a mixture of food, crafts, jewelry and plant stalls. And the opening of the the event would coincide with the launch of a new cycle route along the waterfront.

Share the Love With 49 Valentine's Day Templates, Flyers, and Cards

Envato Tuts+

Valentine's Day is a day for love! So celebrate your love for your special partner, friends, and family with something they can treasure forever. And to kick off that romantic time of the year, we're bringing you 49 amazing Valentine's Day-inspired templates.

Solo Exhibition Pound Arts 4 March - 23 April

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

If you are in the area please visit, entry is free. Below is a video by the wonderful Corsham TV all about the exhibition. Animals Chris Dunn Illustration Corsham Exhibition painting Pound Arts Centre Prints watercolour Whimsical

Best of 2016: Book Cover Designs

Crowd Spring

It's been a great year for bold book covers. Here are some of our favs. Design Graphic Design Print Design

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Introducing Office Fonts from H&Co

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

You know this company: their logo’s in Gotham, their website’s in Gotham, there’s Gotham in their outdoor advertising and their television spots. There’s Gotham in the window of every branch, and inside, Gotham on the in-store displays and the printed brochures.

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Instagram Latest

Emmeline Illustration

After finally joining Instagram at the start of the year, I've been using it to share some sneak peeks at my new work, behind the scenes sketches, secret projects, adventures and personal snapshots! I'll admit this month I had to refrain from posting a million snaps of my trip to Orkney (it was so incredible!), but head over to my Instagram for a bucketload of July's inspiration and sketch updates!

Burberry Prosum

Fifi Lapin

Darlings! I completely forgot to show you my latest designer purchase. My beautiful Burberry Prorsum polka dot gauze dress. Isn't it just dreamy. Sonny was suitably impressed of course. Especially with my shapely pins. No Photoshop needed here thank you very much. bunny kisses Fifi Lapin xxx. burberry prorsum

Flat & Handmade: 2016 Logo Trends

Black Bear Design

Black Bear Design - Atlanta Web Design, Web Development, SEO, Internet Marketing, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Social media. Golden arches. An apple with a bite out of it. A rainbow peacock. Chances are, McDonald’s, Apple and NBC came to mind when you saw those words. Because these brands have memorable logos that aren’t easily forgotten. And while these logos are classic and not likely to change anytime soon, the world of design is constantly evolving.

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How to Design a Profitable Landing Page


Good design of a Landing Page (LP) is not just about the emotions you experience when looking at it – it’s actually a much wider concept and the main goal of it is to solve business tasks.


Illustration Art

Hundreds of talented illustrators are never mentioned in the history books on illustration. For example, Life Magazine employed an average of 25 different illustrators every week. In Life 's first 50 years, they produced over 60,000 illustrations. Yet who can remember more than a handful of their names? Many of these "forgotten" illustrators were terrible and are better forgotten, but some did excellent work.

Follow your passion

Paul Jarvis

I’m pretty sure I found my passion too. It was hiding at the back of my fridge the whole time, behind a jar of pickles. The reason I hadn’t been able to follow my passion sooner is because a jar of p


Tiny steps to 'They Draw and Cook' book

Ohn Mar Win

As soon as Nate sent me a link to 'The Most Gorgeous Cookbook Ever' on Amazon I ordered several copies and waited eagerly for their delivery. And they did not disappoint, I was overwhelmingly excited and proud to see my work in print. It had been a long time in coming. Lets take a look at my first submission though from March 2014. As you can see I hadn't quite found my style and I was still working out the finer details of PS.