2021

The 3 Most Important Pieces of Information That Your Website Needs

Six Leaf Design

Everyone needs a website at this point. If you don't have one for your business, chances are that you're missing out on a good number of opportunities.

The Ultimate Guide to Brand Strategy

Just Creative

When big brands decide to reinvent not only themselves but also their brand strategy, it can make for some big news. Think of it this way, in the late ‘90s, Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy. Thanks to their biggest competitor, Microsoft, they were saved from going under.

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4 Tips For Finding The Graphic Designer To Enhance Your Website

Designer Daily

Regardless of the kind of business you run, there’ll be a time that you’re going to need a graphic designer to improve your website. Typically, having a website is essential because it gives your consumers a place to get to know your brand better and learn more about your products or services.

Are Mockup Designers the Most Influential Designers of Our Era?

Eye on Design

When trying to understand how cities work – how they develop over time and how their social lives have come into existence – urbanists often look at infrastructure.

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Guide to Inclusive Design: 6 Ways to Design for Everyone

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. If you work as a creative, inclusive design is a phrase you've probably heard at least a few times. And it's a term that, refreshingly, means just what it says.

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12 Graphic Design Portfolio Essentials (Top Tips for Landing Clients)

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Hanson Cheng. In graphic design, looks are everything. No truer is this mantra than when you want to impress potential clients with your portfolio.

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6 Web Design Trends Creatives Need to Prepare for in 2022

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. In normal times, web design tends to evolve at a subtle and gradual pace. But these are nothing like normal times. The global pandemic and resulting lockdowns have brought huge cultural and societal shifts that have reverberated everywhere.

9 Reasons To Choose Graphic Design As A Career

Just Creative

This article has been contributed by Tracy Sparks. Sometimes finding the right road to travel down can feel like standing in front of a spaghetti junction. With so many paths twisting and turning up ahead, which one do you choose? Where do they all lead?

10 Tools and Accessories Every Graphic Designer Needs

Designer Daily

Working as a graphic designer comes with certain challenges. Early on, you might struggle with finding your rhythm, and these issues could be the result of lacking certain tools and accessories commonly used among graphic designers.

How to Create a Retro Logo Design with Texturing Effects

Spoon Graphics

I recently came across the website Junk Type , which is a compilation of nostalgic labels and packaging designs from various antique household products.

30 awesome illustrators to follow for inspiration in 2021

Creative Boom

Olivia Waller. Whether you're looking for an illustrator to team up with or want a dose of visuals to inspire you, where's the best place to look? The Directory of Illustration of course.

Jiayue Li's surreal illustrations ignite sparkles of thought and excitement

Creative Boom

For New York-based illustrator and designer Jiayue Li , drawing is a meditative activity that offers her a way to find inner peace. And in her colour pencil drawings, she creates enchanting visions that invite viewers to interpret and reflect on their own unique experiences.

Inspiring student work by graphic design's next generation, made during the pandemic

Creative Boom

Branding for Writers' Museum by Lin Loke. Want to see some eye-catching, fresh and original design work?

5 websites that showcase the latest big design trends

Creative Boom

Zipeng Zhu, creative director of Dazzle Studio. For most of us, the global pandemic has been the biggest thing to happen in our lifetimes – not least because it's affected absolutely everything. Yes, even web design.

10 fresh illustrators specialising in editorial to inspire

Creative Boom

Colin McElwaine. On the lookout for some inspiration from the world of editorial illustration, or perhaps you're on the hunt for a new artist to collaborate with? Whatever your needs, The Association of Illustrators is bursting with top talent.

A graphic design handbook reinvented online to support creatives worldwide

Creative Boom

Seeking to be inspired by exceptional design work? Us too. It's why we're big fans of The Indigo Design Award , a global contest that aims to reward rare talent in the fields of graphic, digital, mobile design, design for social change and branding.

Discovering Syrian Graphic Design And Type Through The Syrian Design Archive

Designer Daily

Unfortunately, Syria has become identified by the horrible war that has been going on for a very long time. Some people, however, don’t want to forget the rich ancient and modern history of that beautiful country.

Finalists announced in the world's funniest animal photograph awards

Creative Boom

Don't worry, be happy © Axel Bocker. If you haven't yet heard of The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards , then it's definitely one to put in your calendar.

25 Best Handwriting Fonts for Graphic Design, Branding & Logos

Just Creative

While many of us fully believe that we have good penmanship, the truth is that when it comes to using it in the world of graphic design, we might as well have the penmanship of a doctor. Not exactly the best choice when you’re working on the branding or a logo for a new client.

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Frank William Miller Jr on the five books that have helped chart his creative path and passions

Creative Boom

Frank William Miller Junior has enjoyed quite a varied career so far, navigating the worlds of culture, music and social good, and working with everyone from Tribe Called Quest and Nike to Rockstar Games. Here, we chat with Frank about the five books that have helped shape his creative path.

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Retro Superhero Comic Text Effect in Illustrator

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a retro text effect, inspired by the title art for the Superman comic books.

How to win your first graphic design project as a freelancer

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. So you're setting our on your own as an independent graphic designer. Maybe you've previously been working as an employee, or you might be straight out of college.

Amazing graphic design portfolios created at an online bootcamp

Creative Boom

Build Yourself Up Lego Campaign by Alejandra Diaz. With every challenge comes new opportunities. And in 2020, Shillington , one of our favourite providers of short and intensive design courses rose to that challenge.

Why You Shouldn't be Afraid to Call Yourself a Graphic Designer (Whatever Stage You're At)

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. It might sound strange, but many people who do graphic design feel embarrassed to call themselves a graphic designer. You may be one of them. The reasons are many and varied.

Why core graphic design skills are no longer enough

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. It might sound weird to say it. But the core graphic design skills you learned at uni will only get you so far.

How to Find Your Next Creative Direction After Realising You and the World Have Changed Forever

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. There's been much talk amongst creative friends about how the pandemic has left many of us feeling a bit, well, adrift.

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70 of the best blogs and platforms for creative inspiration in 2021

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Many times, we suffer creative block, struggling to figure out what to draw, design, or make next. No matter what our creative field, we all need regular inspiration to help us on our way.

The logo Archive is back with a Playful Issue

Designer Daily

Logo Archive is a series of small books that are regularly published to give designers an overview of what’s going on in the industry regarding logo design and iconography.

Illustrator Victoria Manzanilla embraces imperfection to help tell strong stories

Creative Boom

Born and raised in Venezuela, Victoria Manzanilla is an illustrator and animator interested in art from a very young age. Having settled in Bangkok in 2018 after studying in Barcelona and Paris, she embraces imperfections and her heritage when creating her story-focused art.

10 Best Manga & Anime Brushes for Procreate

Just Creative

Originating in Japan during the late 19th century, the term manga refers to both comics and cartooning. Since the 1950s, manga has become an increasingly important part of not only Japanese culture but the world as a whole as manga has increased in popularity over the years.

Seductive photographs of LA's liquor stores celebrate the city's poetic beauty

Creative Boom

Bogie's Liquor, Los Angeles, 2017 © Ben Hassett. When you visit Los Angeles for the first time, there are often three things that immediately stand out: the endless blue skies, the lack of pedestrians on its pavements, and liquor stores on every corner.

Photoshop Halftone & Engraved Effects for Premium Members

Spoon Graphics

Access All Areas members have a new premium download this week! This collection of Photoshop Actions and Smart PSD allows you to easily generate halftone and engraved effects within your design work.

The Creative Boom 2021 Christmas gift guide for creatives

Creative Boom

Felt wool decorations by Elliot Kruszynski, and Cari Vander Yacht via Wrap. Tis the season to be. stressed about shopping. Let's face it, it's not always easy to get the right presents, especially in this time of collapsing supply chains and global shortages.

Chi Michalski's animated illustrations find beauty in our strange new reality

Creative Boom

It's not an understatement to say the last year has been massively unusual. To help us see the bright side of the strange new world we've found ourselves in, thanks to the pandemic, Seattle-based illustrator and art director Chi Michalski has thought outside the box with her animated illustrations.