10 Reasons Why I Hate The New Google Logo

Design Roast

Google changed their logo. To many folks, this would register as a big, “So, what?” ” However, to web designers and folks who don’t like things to change (present company included), it is a big deal. This isn’t the first time Google has fixed something that wasn’t broken. Anyone remember Google Lively? Of course you don’t. […]. The post 10 Reasons Why I Hate The New Google Logo appeared first on Design Roast. Graphic Design logos

Useful Pinterest advice for designers and illustrators

Ohn Mar Win

A few days ago I made a short video on Periscope about Pinterest, tall pins and foodie illustrations. As these videos are only around for 24 hours I've decided to blog about the main points I mentioned, as many folks found it very useful. I'd like to point out one important aspect of Pinterest: approx 80% of pins on Pinterest are repins, so the image has kind of been 'recycled' over and over which is great as that's how your work is spread, and found in searches.


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Stewart Scott-Curran Explains How Sprite Markets To Very Different Demographics

Creative Live

Stewart Scott-Curran wears more than one hat—he’s an art director, graphic designer, and illustrator. Currently he’s he art director at CNN digital, and he hosts Creative Mornings in San Francisco, where creatives of all walks of life share their experiences with a group of like-minded individuals looking for inspiration and the motivation to take the next step in their careers.

Woodland Party "Behind The Scenes" Final Instalment

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

For my previous posts click here, Part 1 and Part 2 Below are a series of progress photographs taken as I worked my way through the painting. Moving on from basic blocking in of colour. You can see here I am starting to get past the local colour stage and really moving into finding form using colour. For example look at the fox playing skittles.

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.

Illustrating Autumn Faries with The Big Draw & The RSC

Emmeline Illustration

Every so often, I'll stop for a second and be hit with the realisation that I haven't drawn anything in ages. It can be surprising how little physical drawing time can go in to running an illustration business sometimes! Yesterday was one of those days, and I fancied a little bit of a warm up before delving in to some serious work. You may have seen The Big Draw floating around on social media or the news recently - they're, very basically, a huge campaign to get people drawing.


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The great Mort Drucker is famous for drawing funny, not sexy. Yet, if you look back at his stories for MAD Magazine, you'll see they were often packed with beautiful women: At the recent annual conference of the National cartoonist Society, Drucker was awarded the first NCS Medal of Honor for his lifetime achievement. I had the good fortune to interview him before the ceremony and he remarked that beautiful women were the most difficult subject for him to draw.

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Black Bear Recognizes 10 New Trends in 2015 Logo Design

Black Bear Design

Black Bear Design - Atlanta Web Design, Web Development, SEO, Internet Marketing, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Social media. From the days of hand cut letterforms, through the wave of digital technology and into current day, logo design has wonderfully transformed, adapted and shape-shifted. What logo design trends lie ahead in 2015? If you’re in the process of changing your logo design, or planning a re-fresh of your existing brand for your business, then you’ll love today’s post!

Instant Gratification

Fifi Lapin

I have always been a fan of old school photography. You know the sort; the one that involves taking a leap and committing to pressing the shutter button and seeing what fate has dealt you instead of composing 100 shots on your phone and picking the best. Some don't always work out but the ones that do seem to be more special somehow. Perhaps it's because you have the actual photographs in your paws to show friends or put on your noticeboard?

Stop doing s**t you don’t like

Paul Jarvis

Many emails I receive start with, “I hate doing X, but…” and go on to explain that the sender wants to figure out how to force themselves to do something they don’t like in order to achieve something


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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.

Making it to 30 ILLUSTRATED RECIPES and WHY do I draw so much food?

Ohn Mar Win

I've just submitted my 30th illustrated recipe for They Draw and Cook, so they can consider publishing them in a book. It's been a true labour of love and far trickier than I anticipated. The trade off is I've received much work from clients seeing my ideas, and I hope they continue to check in on the TDAC site. Here are the last two recipes, for easy baguettes and Christmas gingerbread. I think this is also a good opportunity to explore the background of my food mania.

Playing with 'Creative Playgrounds'

Ohn Mar Win

Some of you know I take part in daily arty challenges. Last August it started with month of hand lettering daily, then a month of food, then desserts and biscuits. There was no major thought process behind them, it was to keep up with my drawing skills without engaging my brain as to its final use, if any.

'FEAST' - They Draw and Cook's NEW feature

Ohn Mar Win

It was with great delight I welcomed the news that They Draw and Cook were now accepting ANY foodie related images to their site. Yes for 'Feast' images can be submitted without a recipe!! Some of you may have seen snippets on IG of my work in progress based on food over the last year. I do have entire food themed collections in the Surface design part of my website now.

Woodland Party "Behind The Scenes" Continued

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

See my previous post here. My drawing was approved so it was time to start work on the painting. The process to get the finished drawing on to stretched watercolour paper can be a bit tedious but it has to be done. Firstly I enlarge the scanned rough drawing in Photoshop and then I print the image on A3 layout paper. The layout is just thick enough to go through my printer and thin enough to act like tracing paper.

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.

Creating Monsters with Sam Boucher

Creative Live

After seeing these screenshots from his upcoming game, we had a few questions for Sam Boucher. He’s the creator and designer of GNOG : a wondrous journey through a universe of playfully interactive monster heads. Tell us a little bit about yourself. When and how did you become a designer? In 2009 I finished my multimedia degree in college and went to work at a design agency as an intern in Montreal.

School Playground

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

School Playground' Watercolour & Gouache 66 x 50cm After working on other jobs and taking a week off to teach a summer school course, I have finally finished 'School Playground'. I'm pleased with the overall result but I do think I could have developed the relationship between the characters and first school further. Maybe by depicting a young animal going through the doorway or a few heads poking out of the windows?

Artist Appreciation Month

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

August Is Artist Appreciation Month Recently, I was informed by the folks at Patience Brewster about a project called 'Artist Appreciation Month,' in which artists are invited to talk about an artist(s) who has inspired them to create. Patience is an artist as well and designs ornaments and unique gifts for Christmas and year round décor.

Branding a Bakery: A Logo Case Study

Creative Live

Entrepreneur and baker du jour Jason Sigala wanted to open his own bakery in Southern California, offering quality, old-fashioned American desserts made from scratch. He wanted his shop’s branding to have a decidedly mid-century East Coast look and feel. Tim Frame was commissioned to create the brand identity for this foodie start-up, that would be called Towne Bakery.

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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

Woodland Party "Behind The Scenes"

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I have recently completed a very complicated watercolour painting featuring a multitude of British wild animals having a good old 'knees up'! I thought I would show you the various stages I went through in creating the scene. To begin with the sketching stage. I began with thumbnail sketches, I think I did only eight in total before I found a suitable viewpoint.

Christmas Lists & Childhood Inspiration

Emmeline Illustration

Christmas is juuuust around the corner now, and so you may have seen my Christmas gift guide pop up on my blog earlier this week. Putting the gift guide together made me feel incredibly nostalgic for the late nights scrawling my childhood Christmas lists and (our little family tradition) sticking them halfway out of the letterbox for the robins to collect for Farther Christmas!

Keeping It Vintage With Shawn Khemsurov, Design Director Of Homage

Creative Live

The one thing all successful apparel brands have in common is a strong point of view, a unique perspective that informs every one of the many details that go into creating a garment: concept, silhouette, materials, graphics, presentation, and so forth. Few brands do a better job of articulating their point of view than Homage , largely driven by Design Director Shawn Khemsurov’s taste for design that’s a little odd, naive, and off-kilter.

'Investing In Stockport' Animation Design

Emmeline Illustration

Towards the end of last year I was asked to work on my very first animation for a client! Chog Zoo Animation wanted me on board for a commission to work on an animation for Stockport Council - and I jumped at the chance to work as part of a team, and see my characters in motion! The animation was based around the not-so-nice proposed budget cuts, and the idea of working with the local community to hear their opinion on moving forwards.

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.

Draw North West Poster Illustration

Emmeline Illustration

As a great little warm up project for the start of 2015, I was asked to illustrate this month's Draw North West poster. You may have seen my post about DNW a few months ago, and hopefully you've popped down to one yourself, but in the simplest form: Draw North West is a Manchester meet up for creatives to chat, drink and scribble silly things. I've been going to DNW since the first meet a good few years ago, and I've met so many brilliant people so far.

The Museum Of Wigan Life: Kids' Art Trail Illustrations

Emmeline Illustration

Last week I received copies of this arts trail booklet I've been working on with The Museum Of Wigan Life. It's been one of those smooth little projects that flows nicely from sketch to final, and it's been a pleasure to work on. I absolutely love museums (learning's cool!).

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Considerations for Tall Pins and (one) Easy Way to create them

Ohn Mar Win

Since folks found the last post about tall pins useful I've added a few more details you may want to be mindful of. 1 - Try to keep the essence of the original illustration/ pattern. This was for the Feast aspect of They Draw and Cook - the normal layout spread.but now rearranged first to this.but also this to make best use of viewing in different social media platforms and devices. 2) Create in 'squarish' and 'tallish' formats.

New Card Range For Ohh Deer

Emmeline Illustration

I've been with Ohh Deer since their launch in 2011, but over the last few months I've been working hard with them to put out a brand new range of products ! These two are the first of a big batch that should be trickling out over the next year. I wanted to keep things simple and graphic with these two Save The Date and Congratulations cards; opting for a focus on colour palettes, floral designs and hand drawn typography.

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.

Porter McKnight of Atreyu on design, photography, and directing his first music video

Creative Live

Art and music have always gone hand in hand, and some of my favorite memories are listening to a new album while poring over the artwork at the same time. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that most bands seem to have at least one graphic designer/photographer in their ranks, who usually ends up being their defacto art director. In the case of Orange County metalcore legends Atreyu , that person is their bassist Porter McKnight.


Emmeline Illustration

Happy National Kissing Day, lovebirds. This was just a quick ink sketch inspired by the theme, with a dash of digital colouring. I really love drawing coiffured, tattooed, leather-jacket-donning biker-rockers, so I had a lot of fun with this! couple emmeline pidgen emmeline pidgen illustration grey cool illustrated illustration ink sketch june 19. kissing love national kissing day purple rockers romance tattoos

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Tank Instructor 1984

Emmeline Illustration

I often float around on Reddit, and once in a while a post will pop up and spark a hit of inspiration. That's exactly what happened with this photo posted by u/danabre in Old School Cool. The photo shows his mother working as a tank instructor in 1984, and it's pretty awesome. There's just so much character in the photo, and it inspired me to create this quick sketch.

What Emmeline Wore In July - Day 10 - Poppy England

Emmeline Illustration

It's a perfect Summer's day, so it was just the right time to put on this beautious Poppy England dress. Poppy England are a lovely little company inspired by picture books, making dresses for little'uns and grown ups (I've been a fan for ages!). They sent me this Beatrice Boats dress to feature in this project, along with a teeny tiny illustrated book that comes with each item. I went out for a walk on my lunchbreak today and snapped a couple of pictures.

Desktop Wallpaper Download: Hand-Lettering For Summer Time

Creative Live

Ready for summer time? Letterer Martina Flor is, too. “For this wallpaper I worked on a flower power inspired design, using letter shapes with organic forms that remind to the movement of water,” says Martina. “As usual, I shared a hand-sketch with Creative Live’s design team, and once we were all happy about the direction I moved onto the vector drawing, improving shapes, curves and proportions, and working within a color scheme that works with the concept.”