How To Manage Inspiration Overload


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.

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 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


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”.

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.

UCreative’s Graphic Design Reading List


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. Graphic design is a wide and increasingly specialized field, so we tried to keep recommendations as general as possible. There are hundreds (ok, maybe just dozens) of truly great design books out there, so please give us the title of your recommended books in the comments.

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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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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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.

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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Designing A Realistic Chronograph Watch In Sketch

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Designing A Realistic Chronograph Watch In Sketch. Designing A Realistic Chronograph Watch In Sketch. Nikola Lazarevi?. 2017-10-05T19:57:42+00:00. 2019-10-16T18:36:56+00:00. While Sketch is undoubtedly an excellent UI design tool , it can be used as a powerful illustration tool as well. So, in this tutorial, we’ll be walking through the process of creating the iconic Heuer Autavia wrist chronograph, all in vectors. Taking A Closer Look At Sketch. What really sets Sketch apart from the rest?

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.

Telepathy Rebrand: The Complexity of Simplicity


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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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?

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


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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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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Fresh Pickin's

Inspo Finds

Fresh Pickin’s is a new Organic Vegetable juice brand, designed by South African-based illustrator and animator Fran Labuschagne. A totally organic juice made from only the freshest of produce from a local family-run farm. The playful, changeable typography leads the brand’s modern, clean look, followed by Fran’s brilliant illustrations which depicts the different tastes depending on the season. Fran’s illustration style is a dynamic mix of geometric shapes with an obvious organic touch.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition)

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition). Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition). Cosima Mielke. 2017-08-31T17:57:51+00:00. 2019-10-16T18:36:56+00:00.

Millennials are changing the user experience of finance


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.

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.

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?

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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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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12 Best Free Fonts From Behance Designers


As a graphic designer, you can never have enough fonts. Seems like a lot of graphic designers, me included, have a habit of hoarding a lot of fonts in their respective computers. Admit it though. You have only used three or four of your typefaces and you’re still waiting for the right time you are going to use those other fancy letters. In any case, there are a lot of free fonts from the internet that you could download for free.

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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.

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.

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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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.

Introducing Peristyle

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

So many of a typeface’s attributes have obvious associations for readers. Extreme weights can suggest delicacy or strength; extreme widths can be bustling or contemplative. Even the size of the lowercase sends a quick signal to the reader: a small lowercase can read as precious, and a large one can feel gentle and good-natured.

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It's Pancake Day and 'Flipping Good' book launch

Ohn Mar Win

Soon after I worked on the Healthy Hedonist cover ( see my last post) I was again approached by Kyle Books to illustrate another front cover. This time it was for a book about pancakes written by Sudi Pigott , and illustrations would also be needed for chapter openers. These would appear at the beginning of each chapter to introduce breakfast & brunch, snacks and nibbles, main meals, teatime and desserts recipes of each section.