New Formula 1 logo sparks similarity backlash

Posted 01/17/2018 - 12:01

When are two pieces of design more than just similar to one another?

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Savage Brexit stamps are the best of British

Posted 01/17/2018 - 11:32

The Royal Mail has recently been drawing fire from furious Brexit cheerleaders, incensed that there are no plans to mark the UK's planned withdrawal from the European Union with a set of stamps.Despite encouragement from foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who urged a commemorative stamp to mark the “monumental moment in British history”, the Royal Mail has confirmed it has no plans to issue such

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8 tax return tips for freelancers

Posted 01/17/2018 - 10:15

'Don’t let your tax return peck away at you' is the line that HMRC is running with in its latest marketing campaign to encourage people to file their tax return by midnight on 31 January. Quacking ducks bellow out “tax, tax” to remind people not to ignore the niggling feeling they might have as the deadline looms.

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How to draw with Affinity Photo for iPad

Posted 01/17/2018 - 09:08

Affinity Photo for iPad is a great photo editor, but how does Serif's app fare when it comes to creating illustrations from scratch? For this article, I've put the app through its paces while drawing and colouring a full comic page. 

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12 essential tools for graphic designers in 2018

Posted 01/17/2018 - 08:01

Whether you're taking your first steps in graphic design, or you're a seasoned pro looking to upgrade and expand your existing creative kit, this buying guide brings you the essential tools you need to work smarter and more creatively.Remember, being a good designer isn't about having the latest hardware or software: ideas and execution are far more important than shiny new equipment.

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Dive into web development with this JavaScript bundle

Posted 01/17/2018 - 07:23

Behind the websites and services that you see every day, there are gears turning and keeping everything running smoothly. One of the most important programming languages that makes those incredible sites and services possible is JavaScript, and you can learn the language with the Front End JavaScript with Vue.js Bundle, on sale now for just $36 (approx.

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34 graphic designers to follow on Behance

Posted 01/17/2018 - 06:00

Behance hit 10 million members in 2017. The online portfolio community is a great place to find new work, potential collaborators, and creative inspiration from top graphic designers and agencies.But, with so many portfolios to browse through, it can be difficult to know where to start.

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How the BBC builds websites that scale

Posted 01/17/2018 - 05:00

This article was originally published in net magazine in 2016.In 1948, the Olympic Games was broadcast live on television for the first time. Somehow, in post-war austerity with scarce resources and little money, the BBC broke technological boundaries.

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Review: Screenprinting: The Ultimate Studio Guide

Posted 01/16/2018 - 11:55

Screen printing is a welcome alternative for artists who want to take it slow and explore handmade.

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How to paint delightful miniatures

Posted 01/16/2018 - 10:56

The origin of miniature painting stretches far back to the medieval age, when miniature artists painted exquisite portraits in watercolour on vellum and ivory.

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The best keyboards for designers

Posted 01/16/2018 - 10:01

Whether you're kitting out your home office or making buying decisions for a whole studio's worth of people, it's unlikely that computer keyboards will be at the top of the priority list – but that doesn't mean they're not important.Along with a great mouse, the right keyboard can make you more productive, whether that's down to ergonomics, ease of use or built-in shortcuts.

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What the hell is blockchain?

Posted 01/16/2018 - 09:03

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you've probably heard the word 'blockchain' being thrown around recently. It seems to be one of the buzzwords of the year. And despite the fact we're frequently told it's going to be a game-changer, not many people seem to know what blockchain is. This guide is here to help.

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63 best free fonts for designers

Posted 01/16/2018 - 07:54

In this freshly updated free fonts for designers post, we bring you the world's best free fonts. We've filtered out the diamonds from the thousands of less perfectly designed free fonts available online, for you to use in your designs and illustrations.

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Secure important files with SpiderOak Cloud Storage

Posted 01/16/2018 - 07:01

Your devices are full of important files that you would be lost without. Instead of experiencing the panic that a sudden hard drive crash or malfunction can cause, rest easy knowing your data is safe in the hands of SpiderOak. Get a full year of access to 2TB of cloud storage, on sale now for just $39.99 (approx.

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The ultimate guide to user experience

Posted 01/16/2018 - 05:48

If you've not heard of the term user experience (UX), the clue's in the title. It's about creating a great experience for the users of your website.

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8 free apps for picking a colour scheme

Posted 01/16/2018 - 04:55

As a visual creative, colour is one of the most important tools at your disposal. But how do you go about creating the perfect colour scheme for your design?These apps can all help you pick the perfect palette, to make your design sing.

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How to get your first CG job

Posted 01/16/2018 - 03:00

When applying for a job, people often say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Well, we call BS on that. In our industry, talent and creativity are obviously paramount. But that’s a little vague, isn’t it? What are employers in the VFX business really looking for?

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Illustrator's Survey shows most got more work in 2017

Posted 01/15/2018 - 11:52

Pursuing a career as an illustrator is the dream of plenty of creative freelancers. More often than not it's a chance to follow an artistic passion and to produce work that you're proud of. But what's life as an illustrator really like?

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Inside Aardman Animations

Posted 01/15/2018 - 11:00

A recent Frubes animated commercial shows two characters, animated yogurts, fishing on a frozen ocean. One tries to freeze the other by sawing a hole in the ice, only to end up falling in the water and freezing himself.

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Animate elements with GreekSock

Posted 01/15/2018 - 10:00

The GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP) is, as the name suggests, aptly suited to animation on the web. But it can actually do far more than that; GSAP can vary any numeric value over time.

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Get started with GSAP

Posted 01/15/2018 - 10:00

The GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP) is, as the name suggests, aptly suited to animation on the web. But it can actually do far more than that; GSAP can vary any numeric value over time.

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6 fantastic editorial designs and what we can learn from them

Posted 01/15/2018 - 09:37

Whether you’re designing a newspaper, newsletter, magazine or digital publication, the principles of good editorial design and layout are universal.

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A designer's guide to Instagram Stories

Posted 01/15/2018 - 09:04

Designers and creatives are increasingly using the ephemeral Instagram Stories – which disappear after 24 hours – to promote their brand, show off another side of their design portfolio, expand their reach and sell their products.There are now 300 million daily Story users, suggesting that around 60 per cent of Instagram's total users are using Stories, and people are spending more time than ev

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How to be the designer every agency wants to hire

Posted 01/15/2018 - 08:00

Creativity is an obvious quality to showcase in your portfolio, resume and applications and interviews for dream jobs; the cornerstone of every good graphic designer.

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Enhance your photos with these Photoshop plugins

Posted 01/15/2018 - 07:02

Photoshop is the not-so-secret tool for photographers looking to make their photos truly shine. This powerful app is the ideal program to enhance your photos to make them social media ready – and the StudioMagic Photoshop Plug-In Bundle can add even more tricks to your toolbox.

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Monday Typography Quotes 67

Posted 01/15/2018 - 06:31

Here we are again with new stuff from Monday Typography Quotes. As we tried to inspire you in the begining of the week, we now want to move on with that idea. Monday could be so hard starting while sitting on the table, getting all thesem ails and worrying about the bunch of tasks storming on you from all sites. Now is the time to take a little break and relax with our fancy quotes.

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The Guardian launches redesign with bespoke type

Posted 01/15/2018 - 06:09

Today sees the launch of The Guardian's redesign across print and digital formats. The newspaper's new look sees both The Guardian and The Observer switching from a Berliner to a tabloid size in print, complete with a redesigned typographic masthead that will also appear on the titles' updated digital platforms.

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The Guardian redesigns with new logo and font

Posted 01/15/2018 - 06:09

Today sees the launch of The Guardian's redesign across print and digital formats. The newspaper's new look sees both The Guardian and The Observer switching from a Berliner to a tabloid size in print, complete with a redesigned typographic masthead that will also appear on the titles' updated digital platforms.

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12 best pencils for designers and artists

Posted 01/15/2018 - 06:00

Whether you're creating a rough draft of an illustration, learning how to draw, or sketching out a mockup before hitting the wireframe tools, you'll need to know what the best pencils are to get your work looking great.

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6 great editorial designs and what they teach us

Posted 01/15/2018 - 05:10

Whether you’re designing a newspaper, newsletter, magazine or digital publication, the principles of good editorial design and layout are universal.

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Create custom rig controls in Maya

Posted 01/13/2018 - 03:00

The best rigs are the ones that are intuitive and simple to use.

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How to create custom rig controls in Maya

Posted 01/13/2018 - 03:00

The best rigs are the ones that are intuitive and simple to use.

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How to turn a 2D image into stylised 3D

Posted 01/12/2018 - 11:40

Sometimes an illustration or piece of artwork just demands to be rendered and turned into 3D art, and that was the spark that ignited Media Molecule's Emilie Stabell to spend a year adding an extra dimension to a beloved 2D image.Stabell is fan of illustrator Sam Bosma, and in particular his concept Stability. "When I showed his illustration to a friend, I joked: "Imagine if I made this in 3D.

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The best computers for video editing 2018

Posted 01/12/2018 - 10:52

You may have captured the most beautiful, unique or thought-provoking footage of a lifetime, but taking it home or to your studio with inadequate hardware can lead to enormous frustration.

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How to break out of your personal art bubble

Posted 01/12/2018 - 09:59

There's been a lot of talk about filter bubbles and echo chambers lately, but these don't just apply to politics and online: anybody can become stuck in an echo chamber – and that includes artists.

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5 best and worst brand identities of 2017

Posted 01/12/2018 - 08:59

Is it really 2018 already? It seems like only yesterday we were looking forwards to all of the opportunities and design trends that 2017 had to offer. In a year that will be remembered in terms of design for its retro fonts and advances in VR, there were also plenty of rebrands and new logos to enjoy.One person who knows all about branding is Armin Vit, the design doyen over at Brand New.

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7 game-changing web design tools for 2018

Posted 01/12/2018 - 08:04

With plenty of new web design tools coming onto the market each day, it's difficult to know what's worth your time. As a result, it's tempting for studios and freelancers to just keep using the same tools and processes, rather than exploring something new. However, pick the right tool and it could totally revolutionise your workflow.

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Become your own boss with freelance mastery bundle

Posted 01/12/2018 - 07:05

Freelancers don't just have to be good at the services they offer, they also need to know how to market themselves. Being your own boss can be a rewarding experience, and now the Professional Freelancing Mastery Bundle can give you the tools you need to make your dream a reality.

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How to use images more effectively in annual reports

Posted 01/12/2018 - 05:48

Designing an annual report is part of the bread-and-butter work for many designers. Some may see it as relatively dry, but – as the examples here show – annual reports can provide an opportunity to turn staple work into an imaginative, enticing and attractive design to enhance your design portfolio.Imagery is a useful tool in this endeavour.

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15 Cinema 4D tutorials to up your 3D skills

Posted 01/12/2018 - 05:00

Maxon's Cinema 4D is one of the CG industry's most popular 3D modelling, animation and rendering applications. Boasting a designer-friendly interface and powerful toolset, Cinema 4D has become a favourite among digital artists wanting to create show-stopping 3D art. Want to create some 3D artwork of your own?

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Friday Free Font 123

Posted 01/12/2018 - 03:00

Just not believe but here we are again with our friday free font. And today we feature a very nice one called Sonder and publushed by Andrew Herndon. Andrew is a silly designer from Jonesboro currently changing from New York, to Portland to LA. Sonder comes with both slab and sans serif. It is perfect for some poster and flyer projects.

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Say hello to CSS Scroll Snap points

Posted 01/12/2018 - 03:00

Anyone who has tried to create some kind of scroll locking, snapping or manipulating will know how tricky it can be.

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10 stress relief gadgets

Posted 01/11/2018 - 12:00

January can be a tough time; all that festive partying, darkened afternoons and chilly weather means that inspiration and motivation can often be more difficult to keep hold of than usual. This tends to lead to stress – and a lot of it – which, in turn, renders you unable to focus.

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10 skills graphic designers need to get ahead in 2018

Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:00

Graphic design is a fast-paced, ever-evolving industry – and the road to career advancement isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can feel as though you’re producing excellent work but not being rewarded. That could be because, while you’re strong on core graphic design skills, you might be neglecting other areas employers are focused on.

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15 ways to improve your photography skills

Posted 01/11/2018 - 10:00

Whether your interest is professional or you simply like taking pictures for fun, solid photography skills can be extremely useful for designers and illustrators (as is a decent camera and knowledge of the latest photography trends.)At the very least, you'll be able to take better portfolio pictures of your work – and you might well find your client work being enhanced, too.

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The 5 biggest UX design trends for 2018

Posted 01/11/2018 - 09:02

2017 was a big year for the tech industry, with voice-first gadgets and virtual reality (VR) among some of the major highlights. This year will be all about usability: taking these technologies and making them accessible and enjoyable for the everyday user.

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16 imaginative annual report designs

Posted 01/11/2018 - 08:00

Annual reports are the staple diet of design work the world over. They're seen by some as part of the dry, bread-and-butter grind that pays the bills and paves the way for more exciting, imaginative work. But annual reports don't have to be dull, as demonstrated by the stunning Digital Cinema Media annual report by Human After All, above, and the beautiful examples below.

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Become a developer with the help of this course bundle

Posted 01/11/2018 - 06:57

Web developers have a very important job. They keep the gears turning behind the scenes on all of your favourite applications and sites. It's a career that rewards structure as much as it does creativity, and you can join their ranks by working your way through the Ultimate Front End Developer Bundle. It's on sale now for just $39 (approx.

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How to create a video game character in ZBrush

Posted 01/11/2018 - 06:01

Here I'll be talking about the process of creating ReY, a character that I made for the Beyond Human challenge (real-time) on ArtStation. I decided to develop my own character design, and here I will take us from concept art to final render.

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5 simple tips for painting beautiful skies

Posted 01/11/2018 - 05:02

Skies are one of the most beautiful things you can witness in nature, and are often a great source of inspiration for artists – but how do you paint them with oils?A common mistake when painting landscapes and cityscapes is to treat the sky as the last step of the painting, as an afterthought, which makes it look like it doesn't belong with the rest of the scene.

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Level up game characters with Creative Assembly

Posted 01/11/2018 - 04:00

With a huge variety of fearsome creatures and characters to create, working with Games Workshop to translate Warhammer miniatures into Total War video game characters has been one of the most satisfying professional experiences for the team at Creative Assembly. In this step-by-step tutorial, we'll reveal the process we went through, including the tricks we used to speed up the creation of the

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Inscription and Erasure

Posted 01/11/2018 - 03:20

The project was titled ‘Inscription and Erasure’ and was focused to obsolescence spaces, where history is rewritten in different levels, sometimes hiding the trace of time, some other times, evoking the old days nostalgia.

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