2018

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The Drone We Use and Love

A Beautiful Mess

Drone photography has gotten more and more popular, and earlier this year Trey and I decided we wanted to give it a try. We got a few recommendations from friends and after doing a little more research, we decided to buy the DJI Mavic Air (with the Fly More combo). We’ve taken it on a few vacations this year already and have also used it at home.

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Fluid Typography

Design Wizard

Fluid Typography =equals= Responsiveness of the Future. When the term responsiveness first entered the vocabulary of marketers and web designers, we used it to describe the future of email and website design. Web designers in particular were faced with a big challenge – creating websites that provided mobile, tablet and desktop users with a website that not only fit their screens but delivered an enjoyable experience.

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10 Best Cities in the United States for Startups and Entrepreneurs (2018)

crowdspring

Silicon Valley has dominated the U.S. startup ecosystem for many decades. Despite repeated efforts, only a few cities outside the Valley (New York and Boston) have historically had the critical mix of VC funding, network, and talent to fuel vibrant startup centers. Best startup city rankings have reflected this truth for a long time. But this is becoming less true today, as more and more entrepreneurs find their way across the U.S.

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Notes on working for free

Lisa Maltby

If you choose to regularly create artistic work, whether it’s your main source of income or knitting scarves in front of the telly, you will likely have been met with comments such as “ooh, could you do me something like that?” “Could you whip me up a quick logo?” or “Could you draw my portrait?” (and the list goes on). It is a constant issue – and although I hate to say it – I don’t think it’s going to go away anytime soon.

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Let's Talk Trends: Designing for Maximum Impact

Speaker: Amber Asay, Creative Director and Founder of award-winning design studio Nice People

Understanding what trends are happening and how they’re impacting the competitive landscape is crucial to providing top dollar design strategy to your clients. With so many trends coming and going, it can be overwhelming to determine which ones you should capitalize on and which ones might not be worth the trouble. In this exclusive webinar with Amber Asay, we’ll explore graphic design trends that need to die, trends that are starting to pick up and why, trends that have come and gone, and how t

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A DIY Web Accessibility Blueprint

A List Apart

The summer of 2017 marked a monumental victory for the millions of Americans living with a disability. On June 13th, a Southern District of Florida Judge ruled that Winn-Dixie’s inaccessible website violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This case marks the first trial under the ADA , which was passed into law in 1990. Despite spending more than $7 million to revamp its website in 2016, Winn-Dixie neglected to include design considerations for users with disabilities.

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Goodbye, little home of mine

Marloes De Vries

After living in my little apartment (45 m2) in Rotterdam for over 5 years, it’s time to say goodbye. In January I will be moving into a new house. I knew I had to leave one day because, well, it’s quite small if you live and work in the same place. But it is my place. When I moved in here I made it my home immediately. It was the first house I was going to live in by myself, without family, partner or room-mate.

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Calcula

Typographica

If typography is writing with preformed and reusable letters (or, to put it more conceptually, with the instructions for making those letters) that can be combined and recombined into arbitrary texts, then there is no aspect of typography that hasn’t been challenged, undermined, or expanded by digital type. In this context, much has been made — and rightly so — of the significance of the OpenType Variable format , but Shiva Nallaperumal ’s Calcula shows us how fluid the l

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Collaborate and Create: Top 10 Summer and Fall Design Conferences

Creative Live

Whether you spend days designing in a home office with no one to talk to but your cat, or continually rework ideas alongside a team, design shouldn’t be a lonely endeavor. Bouncing ideas off other designers, taking tips from industry leaders and socializing with like-minded creatives can create serious kindle to bring that creative spark into a roaring flame. .

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The Best Alternatives to the 10 Most Popular Fonts

Envato Tuts+

We see them on a daily basis—these popular fonts are everywhere! Check out this article to find hand-picked alternatives to some popular fonts. Alternatives to the 10 Most Popular Fonts. If you're into fonts, you’ll know that the most popular ones can become ubiquitous. Thankfully, Envato Elements and GraphicRiver have some great alternatives. We looked at the characteristics of these popular fonts and found their matches.

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CREATE YOUR OWN EXCLUSIVE FABRIC: 10 SELECTED HAND-PRINTING TECHNIQUES

FSketcher

I’ve always been curious about printing fabric designs by hand at home. The idea of creating your own colored or patterned fabrics with dye is certainly attractive, whether you’re a fashion designer or a textile artist. So I decided to gather 10 fundamental techniques in one place.What could be cooler than having a meaningful, sustainable, hand-printed piece in your collection?

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The Democratization of Design: Giving Creators & Marketers the Tools to Succeed

Brands must create and share impactful content to thrive, but they have less people, tighter budgets, and fewer resources to do so. Learn how to publish and market digital content with the same professionalism as organizations with million-dollar budgets.

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Photographing the Northern Lights

A Beautiful Mess

I shared a little about our recent vacation to Norway earlier this week, so if you read that then you already know why we choose to go to northern Norway in the winter: hoping to see the northern lights!!!! Before we went, I had read a few articles online about the Aurora Borealis and generally what to expect (or not expect). I also read from other photographers about their experience photographing this natural phenomenon because, as a photo junky myself, I was really hoping that if we were luck

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The Complete Guide to Image Optimization for SEO

Design Wizard

Search Engine Optimization is definitely a task at hand. What really differentiates the most effective SEO strategies from the rest of the half-baked ones is their tenacity at locating all the right moves that others might miss. Since so many online SEO help resources are available, we bet a large number of website owners know all these moves. But, do they follow them all?

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5 Tips for Starting a Successful Clothing Brand: The Definitive Guide (2018)

crowdspring

Many people want to start a clothing brand or clothing line. After all, how difficult could it be? The truth is that successful clothing brands become successful in part because they’re created by people who are passionate about clothing. But, a clothing brand needs more than just exquisite apparel design to create a lasting business. It needs all the trappings of a successful business as well.

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Once Upon a Time: Chatsworth Christmas leaflet design

Lisa Maltby

If you go to Chatsworth House over Christmas you will see it transformed for their ‘Once upon a time’ themed trail. This year is all about the love of stories – from Cinderella to Mary Poppins – with lots of fun things to find along the trail. I was commissioned to create the A5 trail handout leaflet and so I created it as an old storybook, with the inner page spread giving the illusion of an open book.

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Rethinking Creative Workflows: Increasing Efficiency in the Design Process

As the design industry evolves, teams are facing new challenges and a need to produce more outstanding creative work than ever. Leaders must learn how to adapt their processes to solve today’s—and tomorrow’s—unique design challenges. In this e-book, you’ll learn how to establish your creative workflow and leverage the power of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite to streamline the entire design process, from start to finish.

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The Cult of the Complex

A List Apart

’Tis a gift to be simple. Increasingly, in our line of work, ’tis a rare gift indeed. In an industry that extols innovation over customer satisfaction, and prefers algorithm to human judgement (forgetting that every algorithm has human bias in its DNA), perhaps it should not surprise us that toolchains have replaced know-how. Likewise, in a field where young straight white dudes take an overwhelming majority of the jobs (including most of the management jobs) it’s perhaps to be expected that web

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Copyright: using images you found online

Marloes De Vries

Let’s talk about copyright infringement guys! I’ve already written a post on what to do when you’re work gets used (stolen) without your permission last year, but as it still happens to me and other illustrators so many times I think it’s time to bring this topic up again and dive in a bit deeper. Why I am writing this blog post?

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Vivid Fashion Illustrations in Pen by Janelle Burger

Ape on the Moon

Janelle burger takes the vibrant qualities of marker pens and infuses them into her portraits and fashion illustrations to create simple yet dominating images. The thickness of the lines she uses, the fevered movements of the shading, and confident colour choices all help to create a sense of strength in her work. Janelle compliments these visually strong elements with finer areas of detail and pattern and a dynamic use of negative space.

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29LT Riwaya

Typographica

Arabic texts for storytelling are ordinarily long and continuous. Their accessibility is at the core of texts’ legibility that engages the readers and sustains their interest in contents. The readers need to see, discern, and identify letterforms and words. Part of the designer’s response to the readers’ needs includes the selection and use of a practical and intelligible typeface with a character and a voice. 29LT Riwaya is such a typeface, bringing clarity and accessibility to lengthy and encu

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Creative Insights: Data-Backed Trends to Help You Design Successful Content

In today’s competitive markets, how do you make sure that your content not only stands out but performs well? How can you predict whether certain design choices will result in clicks, engagement, downloads, and other drivers of ROI? Shutterstock’s Creative Insights Report (Q3) is your window into the hottest trends that are transforming the creative world.

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Drawing for Graphic Design: 6 Exercises to Sharpen Your Skills

Creative Live

When talking about drawing for graphic design projects, we’re very often talking about a digital process. We’re so used to sitting in front of our computers, plugging away at pixels in Photoshop and Illustrator, that we sometimes forget to step away, grab a pen or pencil, and just draw. Here, we provide six simple drawing practice exercises that revolve around drawing for graphic design.

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Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo

Fonts in Use

Contributed by Quentin Schmerber Source: [link] © MASH-ROOM Co., Ltd. / Kodansha Ltd. License: All Rights Reserved. Cover of the paperback collection vol. 1, displaying the famous Akira logotype. First printing: Sep. 21, 1984. Akira (Japanese: アキラ), often stylized as AKIRA, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… December (2018 Wallpapers Edition)

Smashing Magazine Graphics

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… December (2018 Wallpapers Edition) It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… December (2018 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2018-11-30T08:01:00+00:00 2024-04-15T18:04:54+00:00 What are you looking forward to in December? Spending time with family and friends during the holidays, watching the birds gather in your snowy backyard, or celebrating “Bathtub Party Day” maybe?

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Film Photo Challenge

A Beautiful Mess

One of my big goals for 2018 was to take film photos. It may seem like a smallish/novelty goal to some, but it’s one that has been incredibly rewarding to me this past year! With the year wrapping up, I thought I would share some of the high points from our year of film photos and hopefully it will inspire some of you to begin your own challenge in the new year!

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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. From visually impaired users who rely on assistive technology, to people with a temporary injury such as a broken arm, tech users are forever diverse and beautifully unique. The products we design can, and should, reflect the extremely wide range of human experiences and needs.

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20+ Social Media Image Maker Templates for Instagram, Facebook + More

Envato Tuts+

Visual content is king on social media. Whether you’re an individual or brand, if you want to establish your online identity and get noticed, you need to use eye-catching and engaging social media graphics. . In this post, we'll look at some important elements of successful social media graphics, and then we'll look at some simple ways to make them with social media image templates. 7 Elements of Awesome Social Media Graphics. 1.

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Logo Design Inspiration For Travel and Leisure Branding

Inspiredology

Branding is a vital part of growing a business into a successful company, and logos remain at the heart. A powerful logo speaks to a brands products, services, mission, and goals, all in one aesthetic statement. “People are literally, physically interacting with those symbols in a way that they never did,” Michael Bierut, partner of design firm Pentagram told Fortune.

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Worker Coffee Branding

Lisa Maltby

Worker coffee is a company that is rooted in traditional industry, with the founder’s background in engineering. The company prides itself in good honest coffee that is crafted with care and has impeccable taste – premium coffee that has a nod back to the past. Originally named ’Yorkshire Coffee Company’, we changed this to a name that was more reflective of the company’s ethos and ’story’.

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Create Zine

The Book Design Blog

A while back we interviewed Alicja and Jules, the creative duo behind Create Zine, a publication they send out free to creative industry commissioners showcasing awesomely talented artists, designers, illustrators and photographers. They recently got in touch to tell us about some changes they’ve made to the zine, specifically changing from newsprint to recycled stock.

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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. If my business can’t pay its bills, can my creditors come after my personal assets? Do I have to pay the rent on my co-working space or office? Can my clients cancel signed contracts? Can I cancel contracts for things I no longer need because my business has slowed down?

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Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes

A List Apart

No matter your role, if you’ve ever been involved in a digital design project, chances are you’re familiar with wireframes. After all, they’re among the most popular and widely used tools when designing websites, apps, dashboards, and other digital user interfaces. But they do have their problems, and wireframes are so integrated into the accepted way of working that many don’t consider those drawbacks.

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Behind the Scenes: Time-Lapsed Process

Anna Raff Illustration

For the past several months, I've been experimenting on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. While it has sped up my sketch process considerably, I'm still trying to figure out how and if I'll use it for final art. That decision is far down the road, but in the meantime, I'm having a great time exploring applications like Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Procreate as I consider ways to recreate the look of my analog illustration digitally.

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Export

Typographica

Though typeface designs are traditionally based on written letters, which themselves are comprised of strokes, the practice of typeface development is premised on contours instead. Open a standard font-editing application today and you will see nodes and handles that can be manipulated to determine contours, the shape of the edge where black meets white.

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The Detailed and the Surreal with Annelie Carlström

Ape on the Moon

In outstanding detail, Annelie Carlström creates her character-driven illustrations that easily inhabit the realms of both the surreal and the highly realistic. Whether through a play with proportions or perspective, Annelie takes away any overly serious tone that might come with exceptionally beautiful pencil drawings, and adds in element of fun and playfulness.

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From Visualization to Execution: Exploring Our Strengths as Designers

Speaker: Sean Adams, ArtCenter College of Design

Thomas Edison once said “Vision without execution is hallucination.” This statement applies not just to invention, but to graphic design. One of the greatest strengths of graphic designers is the ability to first develop a concept and then execute it to make it real. From visualization and ideation all the way through to actuation and execution, each step of this process takes skill and expertise.