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.

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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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.

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

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.

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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IPSE Magazine Cover Illustration

Emmeline Illustration

Heyo! I made the cover of IPSE magazine! This one's extra special as I was commissioned to create an illustrated self-portrait (always tricky!) to celebrate my Freelancer of the Year award in June. Exciting. It's a great alternative to the usual winner's photo as it lets me show exactly what my work is like (rather than trying to describe it, which is always a little complicated), and, well, it sidesteps a little bit of an Emmeline blush seeing giant pictures of my real-life face in print.

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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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.

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.

'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!

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.

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.

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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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.

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!),

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

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].

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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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.


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.

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

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

60+ Time-Saving Print Templates for Adobe InDesign & Photoshop

Envato Tuts+

No time? No problem! These ready-to-edit print templates are professional and convenient. and great value to boot. The Malina Trifold is one of the most popular flyer templates on Envato Elements. Whether you’re a relative beginner to graphic design or just need to save time, these print templates are fantastic for allowing you to get started with the fun stuff more quickly. Scroll down to find our top picks of print templates for magazines, flyers, business stationery, menus, and packaging.

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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.

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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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.

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!