2018

The Illusion of Control in Web Design

A List Apart

We all want to build robust and engaging web experiences. We scrutinize every detail of an interaction. We spend hours getting the animation swing just right. We refactor our JavaScript to shave tiny fractions of a second off load times. We control absolutely everything we can, but the harsh reality is that we control less than we think.

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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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).

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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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.

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? Two reasons. One is that the work of an artist is their livelihood and needs to be respected in order for them to earn a living.

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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.

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? A Kirkus Starred Review for UNIVERSE!

Anna Raff Illustration

I’m over the moon! Yes, it’s still about three months until THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD blasts off into bookstores, but author Allan Wolf and I got some great news this week— Kirkus gave it a starred review! You can read the full piece here , but this quote sums it up: “A giddy ride through our stellar neighborhood and beyond.”

Fonts for Complex Data

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

Type designers work with a diverse clientele, and yet common themes always seem to emerge in our conversations. This seems to be the season of complex typography, in which designers everywhere are faced with the challenge of presenting different and competing kinds of information to readers.

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Tips For Working With A Digital Marketing Agency

Graphic Design USA

Here are some tips for cultivating an effective relationship with a digital marketing agency to get the results you expect. Blog agency deadlines design digital feedback graphic designer hook agency marketing SEO strategy transparency

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? Before you start hand-printing your fabric, remember to PREWASH and IRON it.

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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.

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.

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. Responsiveness is not a new trend, but it is a very important one.

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. For example, the photo above was something Trey wanted to try, and we took it just in our front yard.

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. These were pulled from Timothy Samara’s book on that subject.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

The Font Series: Brody

Design Roast

Finding the perfect font for your design isn’t always easy. That’s why we created the font series to introduce you to some of the most usable and interesting fonts available. If you’re looking for another font that is quite versatile, the Brody font is a good choice. Brody falls into the category of a handwritten […]. The post The Font Series: Brody appeared first on Design Roast. Typography font typography

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14 Tips I Wish I Knew About Graphic Design When Starting Out

Logo Geek

The following is a guest blog post contributed by Lexie Lu of Design Roast. One of the best things about the modern age is that you can truly forge your own path as a creative. If you’re a writer, you can simply write. And if you’re an artist, you can sketch or create. So many […]. The post 14 Tips I Wish I Knew About Graphic Design When Starting Out first appeared on Logo Geek. Graphic Design

Conversational Design

A List Apart

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Erika Hall’s new book, Conversational Design , available now from A Book Apart. Texting is how we talk now. We talk by tapping tiny messages on touchscreens—we message using SMS via mobile data networks, or through apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. In 2015, the Pew Research Center found that 64% of American adults owned a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in 2011.

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.

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

Crowd Spring

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.

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! Film cameras .

Web Design Tips: What All New Designers Need To Know

Creative Live

Andy Pratt and Jesse Arnold are leaders in the new frontier of web design. Andy has worked with organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, Samsung, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Wenner Media, Lego and Turner Broadcasting, and Jesse’s resume lists names like New York University, Conde Nast, and the Jim Henson Company.

Nona The Ninth for Goof Comic launch

Emmeline Illustration

Well pals, it is a TREAT to share this with you: I'm officially creating a monthly story for Goof! comic ! My comic is called ' Nona The Ninth ' and features a strong, young lead character called Nona who is an aspiring scientist in Victorian era England. She's also the youngest of nine siblings (hence the name Nona, which is a classic Latin name meaning ninth!).

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.

Nickel

Typographica

It is easy to understand how a few shapes created for a banknote can inspire a whole typeface; the bold big characters need to stand out in a complex composition of ornaments, fine-tuned illustrations, and geometric patterns. I am curious to see the 1918 Chinese banknote that inspired Nickel. The long triangular serifs make me think of those Latin typefaces that appeared in the second half of the nineteenth century, rather than a Glyphic style.

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How a Photographer Can Use Digital Marketing to Make Some Extra Cash

Inspiredology

Are you a photographer who is pursuing his passion? Is your photography not getting the attention it deserves? We live in the digital age. There’s so much noise on the internet and it’s getting hard to get noticed. Most of you are great photographers and do a really good job with your camera.

SVA Summer Residency 2018

Anna Raff Illustration

This month marks my fifth summer teaching in the School of Visual Arts Residency. Each year, a diverse group of students from around the world gather to immerse themselves in the New York illustration scene. As usual, this year's crop produced a stunning array of work. Here is just a small sampling from this terrific group. Links to their instagram pages can be found with each image

No More Labels - a project about mental health

Lisa Maltby

In the light of Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to create some work that challenged and provoked attitudes towards mental health. There are a lot of 'labels' placed upon the people who experience mental illness, and that in itself is part of the problem because it feeds into the stigma that having a mental illness is somehow a weakness. It makes it harder to reach out for help.

Mr Toad In Court

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Mr Toad In Court' watercolour and gouache 51 x 39cm Last week I completed this complicated scene from 'The Wind In The Willows'. Mr Toad has been brought in front of a judge to hear his sentence for stealing a car and driving recklessly. My rough drawing. Compared with the finished painting you can see I made some changes, especially on the faces. I followed all the usual procedures on the creation of this illustration.