Diet Coke rebrands with slimline cans

Posted 01/10/2018 - 12:32

It's been an eventful year for Coca-Cola. Only a few days ago it celebrated its heritage with a bespoke typeface. Now its team of designers are already at it again with this new packaging design and rebrand for Diet Coke.In fact, this is the biggest product and design overhaul undertaken by Diet Coke in 36 years.

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Ikea print ad uses pee-responsive paper

Posted 01/10/2018 - 11:58

We've seen some weird and wonderful print ads on Creative Bloq over the years, but none of them are quite like this latest offering from Ikea. In an innovative move, the retailer has published a print advert for a crib that doubles up as a pregnancy test thanks to its pee-responsive paper. Seriously.

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8 best external hard drives and SSDs for Mac and PC users in 2018

Posted 01/10/2018 - 11:04

Choosing the best external hard drive or SSD for your Mac or PC is essential. As any creative knows, it doesn't take long for files to start filling up the internal hard drive of your machine – but there are a number of considerations to make before pulling out your wallet.First, the basics.

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Build a better personal brand

Posted 01/10/2018 - 10:14

Browsing the portfolio websites of design studios and freelance creatives, you can easily have a successful game of bingo.

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Make 2018 your best year ever with Computer Arts 275

Posted 01/10/2018 - 09:48

Quit your job. It’s a pretty empowering statement: if you’re not creatively rewarded, feel like you can’t reach your full potential, or are generally under-appreciated, don’t just sit there and take it: make 2018 the year to make your dreams a reality.
Buy Computer Arts issue 275 now!

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The 60 best infographics

Posted 01/10/2018 - 09:00

They say that every picture tells a story, but sometimes it takes a clever combination of words and pictures to tell a story quickly, concisely and in an entertaining fashion.The best infographics may look like they were simple to create, but designing an effective piece of data visualization is anything but.

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5 photography trends influencing designers in 2018

Posted 01/10/2018 - 08:10

Whether you're an editorial designer who often works with photographic images, or an enthusiastic hobbyist photographer, it's handy to have one eye on the biggest photography trends of 2018. But what does it mean to be a photographer in 2018? Once, it was at least in part a technical role, limited to those who could afford expensive equipment and had been trained to use it.

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Increase your productivity with Focus@Will

Posted 01/10/2018 - 07:02

Our days are filled with distractions. Wouldn't it be great if you could just plug in your headphones and have those distractions melt away? That's what happens when you turn on the sounds of Focus@Will. You can get lifetime access to this scientifically optimised music service on sale for just $59.99 (approx.

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How to start a side project: 21 pro tips

Posted 01/10/2018 - 06:15

Every designer should have a side project. But whether you're developing a world-changing startup, an enterprise to eventually replace your day job, or just something fun, you’ll inevitably be sacrificing your spare time. So it's important to make those precious hours count. How? Here's a series of tips to help you on your mission.
01. Start small and build up

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5 typography trends for 2018

Posted 01/10/2018 - 05:46

Typography trends – like graphic design trends, or colour trends – rarely appear out of nowhere. Instead, they evolve and grow as they move from the niche towards the mainstream.

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How to turn free work into paid work

Posted 01/09/2018 - 11:57

There's an old Yorkshire saying: 'If tha ever does owt for nowt, do it for thi sen.' For those who don't speak fluent Tyke, it translates like this: 'If you ever do something for nothing, do it for yourself.' These are words that all creatives should have tattooed on their drawing arm.Nothing you do as a designer is free. When you do free work, the person who pays for the work is you.

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6 ways to turn free work into paid work

Posted 01/09/2018 - 11:57

There's an old Yorkshire saying: 'If tha ever does owt for nowt, do it for thi sen.' For those who don't speak fluent Tyke, it translates like this: 'If you ever do something for nothing, do it for yourself.' These are words that all creatives should have tattooed on their drawing arm.Nothing you do as a designer is free. When you do free work, the person who pays for the work is you.

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Craft the perfect portfolio in a day

Posted 01/09/2018 - 10:58

Put your hand up if you haven't updated your design portfolio website for months. Maybe years? When you're working flat-out on final-year projects, freelance commissions or a consuming day job, sprucing up your portfolio can quickly drop down the to-do list. But it doesn't have to.

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Create better character animations in Maya

Posted 01/09/2018 - 09:27

Ant Ward will be one of our artists answering your specific questions at Vertex. 
What's the problem?

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3 huge colour trends for 2018

Posted 01/09/2018 - 09:08

Before analysing the big colour trends of 2018, first we’ll consider the last year. Green had its year in 2017. Not only did Pantone stamp its seal on Greenery for Colour of the Year, but a variation of the hue also won the people’s vote in GF Smith’s World’s Favourite Colour campaign. 

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The best new tech for 2018

Posted 01/09/2018 - 09:04

The last 12 months have been host to a wealth of new hardware launches and a veritable parade of impressive tech advances.

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How to manage CSS classes with JavaScript

Posted 01/09/2018 - 08:01

When developing simple web projects that involve user interaction, how best to manage changes of state in CSS becomes food for thought. When the user expands an accordion or toggles a menu, how should the CSS style changes be applied? One popular solution involves stateful classes, a naming convention which uses class names such as is-active or is-expanded as style hooks. 

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Coca-Cola celebrates heritage with bespoke typeface

Posted 01/09/2018 - 07:08

Coca-Cola has unveiled a new bespoke typeface for the first time in its corporate history.

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Review: Photoshop CC 2018

Posted 01/09/2018 - 06:59

It’s 28 years since Photoshop was released into the world. In that time, Adobe has built the software into the ultimate image manipulation tool, used daily by professionals and hobbyist creatives alike – many of whom could count Photoshop keyboard shortcuts as their second language. The latest update, Photoshop CC 2018 (version 19), dropped in October 2017.

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Master new skills in 2018 with this bundle

Posted 01/09/2018 - 05:50

It's just not true that you can't teach a dog new tricks. It's never too late to learn a new skill. Whether you're hoping to further your career or just want to pick up some skills for fun, the eduCBA Test Prep and Certifications Lifetime Subscription Bundle has the courses you need to pick up new talents that you've always wanted.

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The 22 best places to find free vector art online

Posted 01/09/2018 - 04:51

You know that feeling when you're busy in the office or working from home but that piece of work just isn't coming together? You don't have the time to sort something from scratch so you decide to search for some free vector art online – but it's not always easy to find what you're looking for.

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Make your web design dreams come true in 2018

Posted 01/08/2018 - 11:59

It's easy to tell when you're looking at a well-designed app or website. They simply stand out in a sea of others that just aren't up to snuff. With the Learn to Design Bundle, you won't just be able to spot those great designs – you'll learn how to build them yourself. Grab this deal on sale right now for just $29 (approx.

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The designer's guide to the Golden Ratio

Posted 01/08/2018 - 10:00

There's a common mathematical ratio found in nature that can be used to create pleasing, natural looking compositions in your design work. We call it the Golden Ratio, although it's also known as the Golden Mean, The Golden Section, or the Greek letter phi. Whether you're an illustrator, art director or graphic designer, it's well worth considering the Golden Ratio on any project.

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10 of the best notebooks for designers

Posted 01/08/2018 - 09:00

Few creative tools are as useful to creatives as a trusty notebook.

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10 social media tricks you didn't know about

Posted 01/08/2018 - 07:57

Struggling to make your social media posts stand out from the crowd? Did your Tweets and statuses once funnel big numbers towards your site's landing page but now you find that they're just attracting bots? Chances are you need to tweak how your posting on social media platforms.The trouble is that social media algorithms are changing all the time.

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60 best free fonts for designers

Posted 01/08/2018 - 07:28

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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6 secrets to creating outstanding infographics

Posted 01/08/2018 - 06:23

In the Instagram and Snapchat era, audiences are increasingly visually oriented. But sometimes an image alone isn’t enough: you need a clever combination of words and graphics to tell a detailed story in a way that can be grasped quickly and easily. Cue the infographic.

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5 cross-browser testing tools to try today

Posted 01/08/2018 - 05:55

There was a time in the past when web standards were a mess, with numerous features either supported by some browsers but not others, or differing greatly in their implementation. Today the picture is a lot better, but you still need to do cross-browser testing.

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How to network successfully: 19 pro tips

Posted 01/08/2018 - 05:00

Carving out a career as a successful creative isn't just about doing great work and building up an impressive design portfolio, you also have to make sure the right people see it. Getting your name and face known is central to building your career.

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5 tips to improve your VR creations

Posted 01/06/2018 - 03:00

Vertex workshop leader Glen Southern shares his top tips to help you improve your VR sculpting.Virtual reality isn’t new. It’s been tried many times before and failed a fair few of those times. Sculpting in VR on the other hand is a different story.

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Should you be worried about Meltdown and Spectre?

Posted 01/05/2018 - 11:27

If you've been paying any attention to the news over the past couple of days then you're bound to have noticed that there's a pair of serious new computer vulnerabilities out there.Meltdown and Spectre are critical CPU exploits that make it possible to steal passwords and sensitive data from privileged memory – including the supposedly secure kernel – with a bit of malicious JavaScript in the b

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How to paint a zombie in Clip Studio Paint

Posted 01/05/2018 - 11:07

In this drawing tutorial, you'll learn how to draw and paint a zombie using Clip Studio Paint, the digital painting app available from Smith Micro Software.

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Trends that will shape app design in 2018

Posted 01/05/2018 - 10:02

2017 is over and it’s time to consider the future of app design. Apps are being adopted more and more in the workplace, and with every success and failure we are starting to notice certain successful trends appearing. These trends have risen to prominence in past months and will continue to shape the world of app design in the coming year. Want to know how to make an app in 2018?

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The best broadband deals for designers and studios in 2018

Posted 01/05/2018 - 09:00

You may feel aggrieved at having to dedicate a portion of your budget to simply connecting to the internet, but choose the wrong broadband deal and you could be left with a painfully slow service or paying too much for a package you just don't need.And then there's the precious time it will cost you to hunt around for the perfect deal for you or your business.

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8 ways to make more money in 2018

Posted 01/05/2018 - 08:00

Got your post-Christmas credit card statement yet? Worried you’re going to spend all year sacrificing the good things in life in order to pay it off? Well, it doesn’t have to be this way.There are multiple ways you can earn extra income from your design skills.

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10 ways to avoid cross-browser compatibility issues

Posted 01/05/2018 - 07:06

The prospect of cross-browser testing is unlikely to fill anyone with joy, but it's the essential last step of any web build that you can't afford to get wrong.You might be packing the latest in responsive web design and parallax scrolling tricks, but one little slip in your testing could see a whole load of potential users locked out of your swanky new site.

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50 top typography tutorials

Posted 01/05/2018 - 06:00

The web is brimming with typography tutorials, but many are low quality and others are very out of date. So we’ve trawled the internet to uncover the diamonds in the rough, in the form of 50 top-quality typography tutorials, to bring your knowledge and skills up to speed.

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5 logo design trends for 2018

Posted 01/05/2018 - 05:00

A great logo, now more than ever, must cut through an awful lot of noise. The art lies in working out exactly how you do that.

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How to create a believable character

Posted 01/04/2018 - 12:00

Character design belongs to many areas of concept art and illustration, whether they're main characters or simply a small figure in the distance.

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9 tools to make graphic design easier in 2018

Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:00

We all get used to the tools in our kit, and quickly know them inside out. But with innovations coming thick and fast from the major players and startups in design software, it’s worth out trying some new tools.

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How to add texture to your pastels with primers

Posted 01/04/2018 - 09:59

Using pastel primers to create surfaces for your art means you can build a more textured surface to work on than paper, which holds more layers of pastel.

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The best Wacom tablet deals for January 2018

Posted 01/04/2018 - 09:03

If you're thinking of buying a nifty new Wacom graphics tablet, you've come to the right place. We'll update this post with all the best discounts and offers to help you get a great price. If you’re not sure it is a Wacom you want, take a look at our selection of the best drawing tablets of 2018. It’s packed with all the info you need to make the right purchase decision for your needs.

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5 trends that will dominate digital in 2018

Posted 01/04/2018 - 09:00

It’s that time again when industry experts, including the team at Code Computerlove, predict what will be the key trends in the year ahead.

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9 responsive typography tips

Posted 01/04/2018 - 08:05

It stands to reason that responsive web design requires responsive typography to suit. But what does that actually mean, and how do you implement it? Font size, spacing and layout should work together to create an elegant, legible text setting in each viewport. But how?

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Master Microsoft Excel with this bundle

Posted 01/04/2018 - 06:55

If you think of Microsoft Excel as boring old spreadsheet software, it's time to look closer. This program is way more powerful than it might appear at first glance; there is a reason it's trusted in just about every workplace, after all. Learn your way around the essential piece of software with the Microsoft Excel and Advanced Excel Bundle of courses.

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Promote your brand with content marketing

Posted 01/04/2018 - 05:54

Content marketing can play a big role in helping to promote your business as a brand, and can be a key part of crafting a killer self-promo campaign. By sharing content that others find value in, you can build brand awareness and help others – and at a low cost, to boot.One of the wonders of the web is its low barrier to entry.

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10 rules for making user-friendly web forms

Posted 01/04/2018 - 05:00

Despite the evolution of human-computer interaction, forms still remain one of the most important types of interaction for users. People who use your application or website have a particular goal, and often the one thing standing between the user and their goal is a form.

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5 tips to kickstart your 3D career

Posted 01/04/2018 - 04:00

Starting out in 3D can be daunting, with a bewildering array of choices to make, from which software to use, Mac or PC, where to get feedback and so many more. 3D World veteran expert Mike Griggs is on hand with these invaluable insights into how to put your best foot forward, either as a newcomer or as a seasoned pro looking to re-establish yourself.
01. Ask the basic questions

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The best iPad deals for January 2018

Posted 01/04/2018 - 03:21

If you’re looking to pick up a hot iPad deal, then you’ve come to the right place. While Apple itself rarely takes much, if anything, off its flagship iPad models, there are brilliant bargains to be had right now from retailers – and we've got the best ones right here. 

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The best HP ZBook deals for January 2018

Posted 01/03/2018 - 12:20

If you're looking for the best ZBook deals on the internet, then you've come to the right place. We've collated the best deals from the most reputable retailers for HP's powerful range of mobile workstations, right here.

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10 inspired alternatives to Helvetica

Posted 01/03/2018 - 10:57

It's the eternal quest for graphic designers the world over: Something like Helvetica, but not Helvetica.Of course, the giant of Swiss typography – which started life as Neue Haas Grotesk, designed by Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann in 1957 – is ubiquitous for a reason.

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Pencil drawing in 6 simple steps

Posted 01/03/2018 - 10:04

The humble pencil is a ubiquitous and versatile drawing tool.

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