2021

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

Kulsum Karolia's Positive Work Shows Why it Pays to be a Multidisciplinary Designer

Creative Boom

Manchester School of Art graphic design graduate and illustrator Kulsum Karolia has been blending mediums and disciplines to create work that leaves a positive impact.

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.

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.

Zitong Zhao on recycling daily observations to create meaningful graphic design work

Creative Boom

Now graphic and motion designer at Meat Studio , Zitong Zhao has worked her way up through a variety of agencies, including DTE Studio, Gretel, and Dazzle thanks to her expressive work that challenges the received wisdom of the industry.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

9 of the best new arts and photography books to inspire you creatively

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock. While we couldn't live without our devices, there's nothing that can replace holding a physical book in our hands.

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

Illustrator and animator Ellis Tolsma hopes to remind us of the 'magical madness' of childhood

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Describing her style as vibrant, colourful and whimsical with a dash of retro, Ellis Tolsma creates work that shows a love of graphic lines and shapes, along with a "little bit of weirdness", as the Dutch illustrator and animator puts it.

Animalgam: Jay Cover's animal hybrid colouring book raises funds for neurodiverse artists

Creative Boom

Animalgam, the latest series of prints by artist and illustrator Jay Cover sees animals combined into bizarre new creatures.

Gabrielle Salonga builds candy-coloured worlds inspired by dreams and daily life

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A View From The Top © Gabrielle Salonga. The London-based 3D artist, photographer and filmmaker hopes her audience will experience a form of escapism from looking at her works, "as much as it's escapism for me when I create these worlds".

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.

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.

Artist Rhox combines old with new in nostalgic series of motion covers for music playlists

Creative Boom

For those of you nostalgic for actual physical music – whether vinyl, cassette or CD – then you'll enjoy WAVES, an ongoing project by the artist Rhox. He pays tribute to vintage album design and creates motion graphic artworks in the theme of curated playlists or favourite songs.

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Examples of websites that do web typography properly

Designer Daily

Typography has become fundamental in web design projects. It makes the copy clear, legible, and appealing to readers as it’s considered an art of arranging text and letters. Typography assists in providing an excellent experience for users before they even click a button or read.

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.

How to Create a Vintage Logo T-Shirt Design in Photoshop

Spoon Graphics

In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to easily create cool looking vintage logo designs by combining antique illustrations with some visually interesting text styles and layouts.

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.

Yurie Takashima pays tribute to Ukiyo-e and woodblock prints in her 36 Days of Type

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36 Days of Type © Yurie Takashima. In a recent personal project that follows the popular '36 Days of Type', Japanese graphic designer Yurie Takashima turned to the ancient art Ukiyo-e as inspiration.

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Duairak Padungvichean's magical illustrations are a whimsical wonder

Creative Boom

Distinctive, playful, and populated with a menagerie of strange creatures, Thai-born freelance illustrator Duairak Padungvichean's art is a quirky joy to behold. Calling to mind the fantastical worlds of Maurice Sendak, her work spans animations, 3D pictures, and even rugs. "My

50 motion design resources that creatives actually use

Creative Boom

Image credit: Andrius Vizbaras. The web is full of free resources that can help motion designers, from free plugins to informative podcasts. But there's a lot of rubbish out there, and you don't want to waste your time. So we decided to ask real-world motion designers for their recommendations.