20 Best Free PDF and E-books on Graphic Design

Inspiration Feed

Just because you’re creative and innovative does not mean you can conquer the design industry. Thought these are among the most important ingredients, there’s a lot more to the recipe.

30 Fantastic Examples of Cookie Packaging Design

Inspiration Feed

Food is definitely one of the easiest things to market. As one of the most basic needs of humans, it is something that has the ability to sell itself.

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5 Tips on Creating Amazing Custom Eco-Friendly Boxes

Inspiration Feed

Global warming is rapidly causing a catastrophe in the world. We see massive bushfires, forests burning, tsunamis hitting countries, and wrecking everything that comes in the way, earthquakes shaking the lands and whatnot.

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O-Ring Material Reference Guide for Selecting the Right Product Design

Inspiration Feed

O-rings are critically important for a wide range of applications, from aircraft and automobile components to medical devices and scuba diving equipment.

What is an EPR, and Does it Even Work?

The Die Line

What if we made brands and manufacturers responsible for the packaging waste they create

Wolford And Vetements Launch Collaboration Inspired By Russian Criminal Tattoo Art

Design You Trust

Austrian hosiery manufacturer Wolford is teaming up with Vetements to launch a capsule collection. Comprising a pair of tights and a maxi knitted dress, the collection aims to redefine some of the wardrobe essentials every woman should have. More: Vetements, Wolford The idea?


Communication Arts

Beauvoir highlights the elegance of this hempcrete manufacturing company’s oeuvre with a minimalist digital home. Article

Fedrigoni 366: This year's calendar is an explosion of bright colour and marks 2020's leap year

Creative Boom

Following on from black and white renditions of the calendar, this latest edition, designed by TM , delves into the exciting world of colour, through the paper manufacturer's environmentally-friendly range, Woodstock.

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Art Projects at London Art Fair explores the impact of technology on our lives

Creative Boom

In her bright landscape paintings, Canadian artist Judith Berry at Art Mûr renders natural elements such as sticks, grass and vegetation to appear manufactured, posing the pressing question – what are the consequences of our interference with the natural world?

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Garry Winogrand: Color


For him, the industrially manufactured color film, which was used by commercial and amateur photographers, perfectly reproduced the industrially manufactured colors of consumer goods in postwar America.

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AZURE Talks: Made in Toronto at IDS Toronto

Azure Magazine

Toronto’s design scene is thriving : the city is home to over 24,000 designers and 4,300 manufacturing firms. What kinds of resources — from metal factories to advanced manufacturing tools — are these labels tapping into?

Get Ready! The 2020 AZ Awards Opens for Entries on Jan 2

Azure Magazine

The AZ Awards is a unique opportunity for architects, landscape architects, designers, students, clients and manufacturers to receive the international exposure and acknowledgement that their exceptional work deserves.

1960s Space Age Toy Rocket Shoes Simulate Walking On The Moon

Design You Trust

In the 1960s, toy manufacturers made a lot of space type toys as part of the Cold War rocket craze. They were to simulate moon walking. These rocket shoes are constructed of metal and plastic, and made to strap on to a kids shoes. The bottom have springs attached. h/t: vintag. Source.

10 Ways Stockholm Design Week Celebrates Nordic Style

Azure Magazine

Though the renowned Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune (celebrating their 25th anniversary this year) launched a number of new products this February, their adorable line of ultra-small pendants for lighting manufacturer Wästberg was the undisputed star.

Danimer And Genpak Announce Launch Of Sustainable Foodservice Packaging

The Die Line

To address the growing need and consumer demand for more sustainable food packaging, bio-materials manufacturer Danimer Scientific has partnered with food container maker Genpak to launch a new line of eco-friendly packaging for the foodservice market.

This Foldable Wall Desk Is Ideal For Small Spaces

Design You Trust

More: Michael Hilgers, Radis h/t: contemporist The desk, created for furniture manufacturer Radis, has a simple round shape when folded up, however when the desk is dropped down, it reveals a couple of shelves and a hidden light with an integrated motion sensor.

7 Must-Sees at IMM Cologne 2020

Azure Magazine

The international furniture and design fair IMM Cologne – held annually in the eponymous German city – is set to run from January 13 to 19 and showcase a host of cutting-edge concepts, from the next generation of design thinkers to the latest offerings from trusted manufacturers.

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Shortlist announced for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2020

Creative Boom

Schwab’s diverse methods include tapestry, ceramics, embroidery, furniture, printmaking, video and more, unified by a consideration of collective manufacture.

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The Best Memory Cards for Photography

Just Creative

Manufacturer’s. Manufacturer’s. Manufacturer’s. Manufacturer’s. Card type: SDXC | Capacity: Up to 128GB | Read Speed: Up to 300 MB/s | Write Speed: Up to 299 MB/s | Warranty: Manufacturer’s | Suitable for: High-speed burst photography and video (including 4K).

The 2020 AZ Awards Is Now Open for Submissions

Azure Magazine

In 2019 – the biggest year yet – the AZ Awards received projects from over 1,000 architects, landscape architects, product designers, interior designers, students and manufacturers from 50 countries.

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Noted: New Logo and Identity for EQ3 by Wedge

Under Consideration / Brand

2001) " EQ3 is a Canadian retailer and manufacturer offering simple, clean, functional furnishings and home accents for every room. “Three’s a Crowd Pleaser”.

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Design in 2020 – what will retail design look like?

Design Week

They will start to adopt more circular approaches, meaning the entire life cycle of a product is better accounted for and communicated directly to consumers, from manufacture to distribution to sitting on shelf to shipping to being disposed of properly.

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Design in 2020 – what will product design look like?

Design Week

The increase in companies providing sophisticated and uniquely personalised services and products to users, particularly in the cosmetics and wellbeing markets is going to escalate in 2020, opening new doors to on-demand manufacturing capabilities in the process.

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Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Expograph by Brand Brothers

Under Consideration / Brand

Established in 1973, Expograph is a designer and manufacturer of signage, wayfinding systems, decoration, and visual communication for indoor and outdoor applications. “Expo Marks the Spot”.

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Everything Rust On This Poster In 30 Days… Except The Product

Design You Trust

Austrian manufacturer Tyrolit showcases the extreme durability and high performance of its product with a mysterious metal billboard. Executed in collaboration with ad agency Heimat Wien Austria, the marketing technique is meant to draw consumer attention to Tyrolit’s Iceline knives. Unlike traditional billboard-based campaigns, this one does not make a permanent imprint on consumer. Source. Design advertising billboard knife outdoor rust tyrolit

Best 17-inch Laptops for Designers & Creatives

Just Creative

Alienware is known for being a great manufacturer of laptops for gamers and this includes their 17-inch model which is one of the best options on the market in our opinion.

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Revealed: Top Upcoming Tech for Designers & Creatives in 2020

Just Creative

GPU manufacturers should be on notice in 2020 as Intel’s return to the graphics market is heralded by the release of their newest GPU built on a second-generation of Xe graphics. With 2019 now behind us, people are starting to look forward to 2020 and all of the tech the new year will bring.

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10 Best Smartphone Lenses for Incredible Photography

Just Creative

Thankfully, some manufacturers realized this and started making lenses to provide people with better options for taking quality photos. Sony is one of the best digital camera manufacturers in the world, always developing new technology to make the best photos possible.

Forget Me Not “Reversible” Blankets Collection


All their items are printed and manufactured by Europe’s finest craftsmen. For their latest Blankets collection “Reversible”, Forget Me Not used advanced Jacquard weaving techniques, bringing an original depth and texture to their design range.

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Introducing Decimal

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

The unique markings on watch dials, surprisingly consistent from one manufacturer to the next, evolved separately from typography: these are forms unconcerned with the needs of type designed for printing words on paper, and unmoved by the changing fashions of graphic design.

Best Apple Pencil Alternatives for Procreate

Just Creative

Adonit has quickly become one of the better names in the manufacturing of stylus for almost a decade and the Pixel is still one of their best products. Coming from a stylus manufacturer, the Mark comes with the precision you would expect all thanks to its smudge-free mesh tip.

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Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Cervélo by Concrete

Under Consideration / Brand

Established in 1995, Cervélo is a Toronto, Canada-based manufacturer of racing and track bicycles founded by Dutch and Canadian engineers Gerard Vroomen and Phil White. “Molto Bello”.

Bring Your Designs to Life with This Bundle of Mockup Templates for Just $29 (99% Off!)

Spoon Graphics

Mockup templates are wonderful resources that allow you to simulate how your design would look when applied to various types of objects, such as a professional prints, manufactured packaging, or positioned in situ with other complementary objects.

For Ligne Roset, 160 Years of History Light the Way Forward

Azure Magazine

Founded in 1860, the French furniture company is building on over a century and a half of history to foster a spirit of innovation in technology and manufacturing, not to mention design. Ligne Roset looks great for 160.

Pentagram gives AI company “playful and human” identity

Design Week

Retaining a “human aspect” Powell and Hudson Powell say: “Covariant didn’t want the human aspect of their offer to become lost in an identity that only focused on manufacturing and robots.”

It’s All in the Details: Thom Fougere’s New Line for Mjölk Quietly Dazzles

Azure Magazine

Since leaving his position as creative director of EQ3 , a nine-year tenure he capped off by spearheading the design and building of the Canadian manufacturer’s New York City showroom, Thom Fougere has already had a busy schedule as an independent designer. All of the pieces in Fougere’s line are made in Toronto by various manufacturing shops (the daybed’s cushions, crafted in Calgary, are an exception).

Durex’s “sex positive” rebrand introduces One Night Sans typeface

Design Week

British condom manufacturer Durex has undergone an “activist” rebrand, in a bid to “challenge the unrepresentative and damaging sexual conventions prevalent throughout society” Led by ad agency Havas London, the new visual identity for the 91-year-old brand includes a new typeface, communications and logo, and will accompany a new brand strategy. “Building on quality and trust” Used across the updated visual identity is a slightly more pared back version of the previous Durex logo. According to Lorenzo Fruzza, head of design at Havas London, the idea behind the minimal change was to keep the brand familiar. “[The logo and the colour] were two aspects that were linked to the product, and [we knew] we could build on the quality and trust that that they stood for,” he tells Design Week. Taking inspiration from the well-known logo, Durex’s brandmark – the so-called “Lozenge” – features across communications. It can be found in both “story” communications, which use photography so that Durex “can hold up a mirror” up to its audience, and across subtly updated packaging designs. One Night Sans. While the logo and packaging themselves have received relatively minor updates, Fruzza says elsewhere a “complete overhaul” was needed to bring Durex’s visual identity into line with its new positioning. “The Durex strategy is to liberate good sex for all, to normalise conversations around sex,” he says. “The Identity Design was intrinsic to bringing this mission to life and give us a visual system that would allow us to talk to everyone, everywhere, outside the watershed, about the topics that matter in a disruptive and engaging way.” Among the bigger changes is the adoption of a new bespoke typeface, One Night Sans. The font was designed by London-based typographers Colophon Foundry and intends to be “characterful”, while also being flexible enough to work across a range of “verbal and visual tones”, according to Fruzza. One Night Sans can be found across a host of Durex communications, from billboards and tube posters, to the packaging itself and even sexual health information leaflets created in partnership with the NHS. Cutting through the “crowded landscape of love” Ultimately, Fruzza says, the new visual identity is designed for versatility. Alongside an adaptable typeface, and photographic imagery, this is also achieve through an “intelligent colour palette” which adapts according to place and message. “In creating this flexible brand identity, we can talk to local markets with the sensitivity of someone who understands them, but paired with the trust that a global sexual wellbeing brand can in-still,” he says. Launched to coincide with Valentine’s Day and cut through the “crowded landscape of love”, Fruzza hopes the redesigned identity will resonate with “real people and real scenarios” “I genuinely hope it helps people to feel empowered to discover and celebrate what good sex is for them.” The post Durex’s “sex positive” rebrand introduces One Night Sans typeface appeared first on Design Week.

Picks of the month: the best design events to catch in January

Design Week

From manufacturing to branding to designing, the world is exciting but ever-changing — and its practices are often obscure. Exhibition: George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain.

Map showing damage caused by Amazon Echo scoops Designs of the Year 2019 prize

Design Week

The winning design Displayed as a graphic map, the project charts the life of Amazon’s device, from the manufacturing process through to its arrival in customers’ homes, signposting “issues” and “hazards” along the way.

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Snøhetta and Vestre’s Peace Bench is Bringing its Smile to Oslo

Azure Magazine

Created in collaboration with outdoor furniture maker Vestre and aluminum manufacturer Hydro , the playful bench is designed with a social mandate. The Peace Bench is a symbol of unity, not a means of manufacturing it.

Napapijri’s Digital & Sustainability Led Interactive Event to launch the Circular ‘Infinity’ Jacket


Circular and 100% recyclable, Napapijri’s Infinity jacket is the first of its kind, manufactured from former waste including plastics and fishing nets, treated and repurposed for a second life and beyond.

From sausage factories to CERN: photographer Alastair P Wiper’s new book

Creative Review

Most of us wouldn’t automatically associate the term ‘beauty’ with the stark lighting and never-ending production lines of factories, the industrial manufacture of sausages, or power stations – but photographer Alastair P Wiper has long used his superbly framed, thoughtful documentation of such spaces to showcase their aesthetic, as well as production, possibilities. The Copenhagen-based photographer first became fascinated with this subject matter in 2009 when he saw some images by photographers from the 1950s and 60s of power stations and factories and “fell in love with it straightaway,” as told us in 2018. His approach to capturing such vast, strange and occasionally dystopian-seeming sites – that have previously included a spam factory, a Danish waste incineration plant and a factory producing adidas shoes in Indonesia – is reminiscent of the work of filmmaker Wes Anderson in its soothing sense of stillness and possibility. This is augmented through his use of symmetrical framing and his apparent predilection for uncovering the softer tones of such spaces. Wiper brings out the softness in the pink tones of pig corpses hanging in a slaughterhouse in a way that on first glance really does feel beautiful, until that sense of wonder turns, for many of us, into disgust when we take in what we’re truly looking at. A new book published by Hatje Cantz entitled Unintended Beauty draws together Wiper’s work in this realm, and subtly documents the development of technical and digital technologies in ways that few do – aligning the huge complexity of industrial machines and computers alongside the people who work there. “These machines tell the story of what it is to be human: our needs and desires, our hopes and follies, our visions for the future,” says the publisher. Through his capturing of spaces few will ever see inside, let alone grasp how they operate, we’re given an insight into them. But ultimately Wiper’s images further underscore their vastness, despite their supposed orderliness and symmetry. Wiper’s work is impressive both for its aesthetic qualities and its unveiling of unseen industrial worlds; which it’s taken a while for him to gain access to. “I started off calling the Toyota company hotline and saying, ‘hey, can I come and photograph your car factory?’ and they were like, ‘no way’,” Wiper said. “I’ve learned who to approach and convince them it’s worth letting me in. My idea originally was that I would be let in places, and sell them the pictures afterwards because they would be so impressed. I don’t think that happened many times.” He’d previously worked in fashion photography and black-and-white street photography, working from a dark room in his apartment and struggling to find paying work. Since finding his niche in this industrial realm, things turned around – not just career-wise, but also in terms of what he sees as beautiful. “I’d discovered a whole new world by going to these places – just being there and seeing what people were doing, and the buildings and infrastructure,” he said. “The amazing intellectual capacity that goes into making these things was the most amazing thing for me. Being in these places is about seeing these things that other people don’t see, which I think is pretty sexy actually.” alastairphilipwiper.com. The post From sausage factories to CERN: photographer Alastair P Wiper’s new book appeared first on Creative Review.

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Inventory Management


David Altemir, principal and inventory management consultant at Altemir Consulting, adds that inventory management requires effective stock planning and accurate inventory counts to drive your purchasing and/or manufacturing efforts. What is inventory management?