2017

A Color Story: Using Curves for Outdoor Photos

A Beautiful Mess

When figuring out the curves feature on A Color Story , it can be confusing. So we’re having Arielle Vey share what she knows about curves and how they can make your photos pop! Hey, everyone! It’s Arielle, photographer and creator of the Weekend pack in A Color Story. I’m jumping in today to start a series of tutorials on curves and how to use this tool to its fullest potential.

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How To Manage Inspiration Overload

Telepathy

Written by Telepathy Design Manager, Brad Soroka, this article originally appeared on the Trello blog. There’s never been a better time in history to search out and uncover creative inspiration. In fact, the internet is uniting us like never before: it’s giving us all information overload. Regardless which professional field you’re in, access to (and accelerated growth of) online sources of ideas makes it even harder and more necessary to stay on top of trends, industry news, and more.

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UCreative’s Graphic Design Reading List

You The Designer

We asked a few designers, marketers, and advertising professionals who’ve worked with UCreative to give us their recommends. These books and compilations range from fresh releases, to classic tomes.

How to Make Memes

Design Wizard

The Meme Effect. There have been many internet crazes since the inception of the World Wide Web in 1989. Most are short-lived and seem to blow up overnight but fade almost as quickly. Some of these fleeting fads include the ice-bucket challenge, planking and the outrageously obnoxious supermarket-based spectacle that was gallon smashing. . But other online crazes have proved far more steadfast. Some have even earned a permanent place in the hallowed halls of internet phenomena.

Building a Global Community of Typographic Practice

Typographica

In 1928, Vincent Steer, the self-described “advertising typographer” behind the book Printing Design and Layout (1934), established the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) in the UK. Steer’s aim was “to bring together in friendship and mutual help, all those with a love of the printed word”.

Teaching at the SVA Summer Residency

Anna Raff Illustration

This week brought to a close another June of teaching Illustration at the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency. Now in it’s tenth year, the residency gives artists a chance to immerse themselves in the New York illustration world through a rigorous program of coursework, as well as visits with professionals, organizations, and exhibitions. Focusing on narrative illustration, my class guides students through the creation of a series of images inspired by a text of their choosing.

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The Font Series: Times New Roman

Design Roast

Times New Roman is a font that is familiar to most people and has a rich and varied history. Most people have used Times New Room, also affectionately abbreviated TNR, at one time or another. For many, it is a default font in their word processing or email program. College professors and publications often require […]. The post The Font Series: Times New Roman appeared first on Design Roast. Typography font graphic design typography

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STYLE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

FSketcher

Archeologists and historians have explored many fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt, thanks to survived artifacts left by this extraordinary civilization. The ubiquity and abundance of beauty products bring a big question. On the one hand, it is likely that the Egyptians had a strong admiration for a superficial look, much as most of us today. Possibly, they even set the standards for our modern perception of beauty.

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What Designers should know When Designing Digital Magazines for eCommerce Websites

Inspiredology

Whether you are a designer, a marketer or an entrepreneur, when you work on starting up an eCommerce website, the first thing that comes into your mind is how to sell, where to promote your products and to whom you are addressing your offers.

5 Ways to Inspire Confidence in Investors with Brand Identity

Creative Live

When you’re at a party with new people, you don’t get balance sheets with everyone’s statistics and track record. You don’t form impressions based on their “friendship retention percentage” or “personal growth projections.” You decide who you like and don’t like based on their personality — their identity — because that’s just what humans do. So why would you think brands are any different?

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Fujifilm X-T2 Review

A Beautiful Mess

I have been receiving a lot of of requests for a review on my Fujifilm X-T2. As some of you may know, I’ve had progressively nicer Canon SLR cameras since I was switched over from film (augh! yes- I used to shoot film exclusively as a necessity and not a novelty). I went through three or four (can’t remember for sure) models in over the past decade and I absolutely love those cameras! So, you’re probably thinking, why did you switch to a smaller, less powerful camera?

Telepathy Rebrand: The Complexity of Simplicity

Telepathy

Intro to the rebrand. Last week we launched the most complex rebrand we’ve ever done. We infamously put this project off for many years, due to the energy and resources that would be required to do it right. This wasn’t solely a new website and logo, this rebrand included a new direction with our company name and much of our design/brand system. At the same time, it had to embody where we came from and how we’ve evolved over the last 16 years.

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20 Free Chalkboard Fonts

You The Designer

Experimenting and exploring new typefaces provides you a lot of design possibilities that can improve your design in terms of aesthetics. That is why having a great collection of fonts is a necessity for us designers.

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EBook Cover Art Top Tips

Design Wizard

The popularity of eBooks amongst consumers and B2B audiences continues to rise. Whether your eBook is distributed as a a content upgrades on your websites, a self-publishing platform such as Wattpad or commercial publishing site such as Amazon Kindle the one thing your eBook has to have is a cover that stands out on the digital shelf. Here are my top tips for creating irresistible eBooks your audience can’t wait to read: Stand out on the shelf.

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The Pyte Foundry

Typographica

This is not a typical typeface review. It’s a review of a whole foundry. I don’t know why I took it upon myself to review fifty-two typefaces instead of just one, but I feel it’s necessary to review them together. These fifty-two typefaces gave me much joy in 2016, and I want to give some of that back to their creator. The Foundry. Stefan Ellmer (also known as Ellmer Stefan, following the Austro-Hungarian name order) is an amazing designer.

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What's News with Me…

Anna Raff Illustration

What's news with me? I guess, a lot, since it's been a while since I updated this page. The late summer and early fall have kept me plenty busy. It's that time of year again! As with past Octobers, I'm participating in #Inktober—the month of ink drawings shared on social media—with my own spin in the form of #Oinktober. If you'd like to follow my pigs' progress, check out my Instagram for a new pig drawing each day.

Papersmiths

Inspo Finds

As you may or may not know, we at InspoFinds LOVE us some stationery! A trip to Bristol saw us visit Papersmiths , a brilliant new concept store for the stationery lovers. Now with a store in London, we couldn't resist writing a little post about what's slowly becoming one of our favourite stores! Designed by Studio B the founder, Sidonie Warren, (who is also the director and designer at Studio B), set up the space to celebrate and inspire creative pursuits.

The Font Series: Roboto

Design Roast

Writing can be traced all the way back to ancient times. Even before there was even an alphabet. Think back to drawings on cave walls. It is little surprise that over the centuries writing has advanced to the point that there are a wide variety of fonts for any occasion and mood. Throughout this series, […]. The post The Font Series: Roboto appeared first on Design Roast. Typography font typography

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10 TIPS TO KICKSTART YOUR FASHION ILLUSTRATION CAREER

FSketcher

The new year is here and it is time to evaluate your fashion illustration career and make a mega-plan of action for 2018. It is time to move to the next level, commit yourself to your creative job and stretch yourself artistically. Here are 10 tips to kickstart your illustrator’s career. Be intentional If you want to improve at anything, first of all, you have to decide to do it. You need to make a commitment and even schedule regular time in your week and/or your day to pursue drawing.

What Is Typography?

Envato Tuts+

Welcome to our Design in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a new design skill, feature, or technique in just a minute! What Is Typography? Typography is more than just a cool font. It's the complete visual aesthetics of any written word.

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Typographic Doubletakes

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

Avoid the Obvious. When reaching for a different weight, turning to a sympathetic but distinctively different typeface can add drama to a design. Sentinel and Archer are two slab serifs with very different origins — one a nineteenth century ‘Antique,’ the other a twenty-first century invention full of circular ‘ball terminals’ — but using them together adds visual interest to an otherwise muted composition.

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Fujifilm X-T2 Review

A Beautiful Mess

I have been receiving a lot of of requests for a review on my Fujifilm X-T2. As some of you may know, I’ve had progressively nicer Canon SLR cameras since I was switched over from film (augh! yes- I used to shoot film exclusively as a necessity and not a novelty). I went through three or four (can’t remember for sure) models in over the past decade and I absolutely love those cameras! So, you’re probably thinking, why did you switch to a smaller, less powerful camera?

Millennials are changing the user experience of finance

Telepathy

Millennials are poised to become the largest demographic group in the world by the end of the decade. That’s less than 3 years away, folks, and as the stats start rolling in, we’re seeing that they have a very different approach to managing their finances.

Why Should Your Business Use Automated Contract Management System?

Inspiredology

Are you a business owner? If you are, you must understand that every business needs some kind of contract to keep it going. A business of any kind can’t survive without contracts. Contracts can thus be called the lifeline of any business.

Brilliant E-book Cover Art Tips For Wattpad

Design Wizard

Why Wattpad? Wattpad gives people from around the world access to an audience of millions, and connects them with content they can’t find anywhere. With an audience of 55 million monthly users there Wattpad provides businesses to authors with a uniquely social way to interact with your audience and grow your readers base. To date more than 375 million stories have been added to Wattpad.

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Kakadu

Typographica

Designing something directly on a computer, like many people do these days, risks letting the computer dictate the forms of the thing you design. It’s easier to draw a perfectly straight line in a font editor than it is to draw an organic-looking almost-straight line. Kakadu finds inspiration in the rigid vectors used in early technical computer fonts, and takes them as a challenge.

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Working in Deep Space

Anna Raff Illustration

In the beginning, there are many circles. These days you’ll find me in deep space as I complete final art for my next picture book collaboration with Candlewick Press. THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD is a collection of humorous poems about space by poet, performer, and educator, Allan Wolf. Of course, sharing art at this stage is verboten, but here are a few details from my desk. sometimes with a dash of salt. Virtually every one of my illustrations starts off on paper.

POOM CLAP

Inspo Finds

Studio Ouam have designed a colourful, exciting and interactive identity for POOMCLAP. An independent record label and booking agency based in Nice and Rennes. The 'young tri-colour house distinguishes itself with its records based on Nu Disco, Future Funk and French Touch'. Studio Ouam have created a bright and energetic brand: the colours are strong, bold and colourful; pinks and oranges.

The Font Series: Didot

Design Roast

When it comes to fonts, you probably know most of them are descendants of older typefaces designers have adapted for use in today’s digital world. Understanding where each of these fonts, like Didot, initially originated and how they have evolved over the years can help you choose which type of font you want for your […]. The post The Font Series: Didot appeared first on Design Roast. Typography font typography

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VELVET IN FASHION | ABOUT FABRIC

FSketcher

In this post, I’d like to focus on one of the most glamorous fabrics of all times, Velvet, which has experienced a revival in popularity over the last few years. Velvet has been used for ages to create some of the most splendid eveningwear imaginable. From royal robes through to the most recent haute-couture dresses, all have utilized velvet fabrics as their main material.

Typography: The Anatomy of a Letter

Envato Tuts+

The more we communicate, the closer we become. Typography inspires us by reminding the world of a simpler time without connection. As designers and artists, we can carry that fascination into our work by studying the makeup of letters.

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Uncharacteristic Characters

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the third annual Typographics conference, an event organized by the Type@Cooper program at The Cooper Union, to share a new project with fellow designers. While visually this new typeface would be unlike anything we’ve ever done before, in many ways it’s the quintessential H&Co project, taking on many of the themes that have characterized our work over the past twenty-eight years.

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France passes law that says Photoshopped images must have a disclaimer

David Airey

The law means that any models appearing in commercial photography whose bodies have been made thinner or thicker using image software must be labelled with “Photographie retouchée” (edited photograph). Lady Gaga called out Glamour for Photoshopping her cover image. France isn’t the first country to legislate on image editing in advertising ( Israel did so in 2012), but it’s good to see more awareness on the issue.

Failure to Launch: How UX design can save the Internet of Things

Telepathy

Smart devices that collect & use data in the real world could transform our lives—but first we’ve got to figure out how to actually use the darn things. Hey, psst! I don’t mean to make you paranoid or anything, but I heard that all your smart devices have been talking with each other about you, behind your back… You two-faced little mofos don’t fool me for one second….