50 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

Posted 12/04/2017 - 06:15

The internet is overflowing with awe-inspiring design portfolios and creative resumes. To stand out in this tough market, it's important to make your online portfolio as impressive as you can.

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Web animation: which is the best tool for the job?

Posted 12/04/2017 - 06:02

Animation has come a long way on the modern web, and users now have multiple choices of ways to make something move on screen. With so many options – such as CSS, JavaScript, SVG, the Web Animation API – how can you be sure which is the best choice for your project?Val Head is a web animation expert, author, and design evangelist at Adobe.

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Discover the new features in CorelDRAW 2017

Posted 12/04/2017 - 05:27

This artwork was created using CorelDRAW's Expression toolMuch as a painter would carefully consider which brush to use when creating a masterpiece, digital artists must choose wisely when it comes to software, ensuring it has all the correct tools to help bring your creative visions to life. That’s where CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 excels.

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The differences between designer and client revealed

Posted 12/04/2017 - 05:00

Everyone from the most seasoned creative director to a graphic design graduate fresh out of college knows that creatives and clients don't always see eye-to-eye.

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A corporate identity proposal for Young Designers’ Exhibition

Posted 12/02/2017 - 05:12

Designed by Shih Shu-Hsien and Yu-Shu Chien, two designers from Taipei, this corporate identity is a proposal for YODEX (Young Designers’ Exhibition) 2016. The graphic designers combined the art of Chinese calligraphy with a modern layout and perfect use of white space.

Above: an animated look at the optimization of the Chinese character’s shapes.

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11 great landing page designs

Posted 12/01/2017 - 12:00

The right landing page design can make or break a website – as this is the first thing your visitors will see, if you get it wrong, most people won't hang about.Landing page designs should clearly convey the unique selling point (USP) for the product or service, and focus on one call to action (CTA), such as getting the visitor to register their details or to make a purchase.

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Fresh ideas for building websites

Posted 12/01/2017 - 10:54

Think back to your latest digital project. It probably came about because something old had problems, or someone identified an opportunity to do something better. Almost all of our projects (excluding those for learning or fun) are borne out of a desire to improve. We want to make websites faster and more secure, with a UI design that makes them easier to use and great to look at.

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Review: The Story of The Face

Posted 12/01/2017 - 09:55

English comedian Adam Buxton recently described The Face (through the tongue firmly in his cheek) as a magazine which he “wasn’t allowed to buy” because he “wasn’t cool enough, and they were printed with special ink that burned you if you hadn’t taken enough drugs.”While reports of that particular design flourish are unsubstantiated, what is confirmed is that The Face has an enduring reputation

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Review: Huion GT-220 V2

Posted 12/01/2017 - 09:01

The GT-220 V2 is Huion's latest version of its GT-220 pen display, with the main new addition being over 8,000 levels of pressure sensitivity from its new pen, which has a soft touch rubber coating but remains rechargeable.

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11 spectacular winter images to make your projects shine

Posted 12/01/2017 - 08:39

Beautiful, relevant imagery can have a huge impact in creating strong designs, and tying your campaign’s imagery in with the season is a simple way to lend it a sense of timeliness.

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Master all things tech with Stone River eLearning deal

Posted 12/01/2017 - 07:56

Cyber Monday and the week of deals it brings might be drawing to a close now, but we've still got you a great daily deal on some top-notch tech training.Has it been bugging you that you’re missing that one additional skill that might take your work to the next level?

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Witty Spotify ads use our odd listening habits as 2018 goals

Posted 12/01/2017 - 06:49

Music streaming service Spotify is wrapping up 2017 with a witty advertising campaign that uses people's unusual listening habits to create potential 2018 goals. This isn't the first time Spotify has run a funny data-driven campaign.

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Discover new colour and light skills in ImagineFX issue 156

Posted 12/01/2017 - 06:01

Discover new ways to work with colour and light in your art with ImagineFX issue 156 – on sale now.Inside the latest issue, our cover feature artist Maria Poliakova shares how she paints with vibrant colours to create decorative illustrations. Her tutorial explores how to stop your illustrations from looking flat, as well as taking a look at when to deploy shadows for maximum impact.

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How to generate new ideas for character designs

Posted 11/30/2017 - 12:01

Creating your own video game characters means you can push yourself and go crazy with the design idea, as long as the concept still works as a video game character.

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How to create new character designs in Photoshop

Posted 11/30/2017 - 12:01

Creating your own video game characters means you can push yourself and go crazy with the design idea, as long as the concept still works as a video game character.

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Why it pays to be creatively restless

Posted 11/30/2017 - 11:23

Branding and creative agency DixonBaxi’s diverse staff are creatively restless – that is, they're passionate about continually evolving and improving, and have the curiosity and drive to make new ideas a reality.

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Advent calendar delivers daily web design treats

Posted 11/30/2017 - 10:52

UXmas is back for a fifth year running to bring festive cheer to the hearts of UX practitioners all around the world – starting, of course, tomorrow.

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How to mix a gouache palette

Posted 11/30/2017 - 09:07

Gouache is more forgiving than watercolour paint, but decisions you make early on can still affect the rest of the painting, so planning your colour choices in advance will ensure you get a pleasing palette with harmonious colours.Although it may be tempting to dive in to start painting right away, this usually results in a lot of mistakes and tedious backtracking.

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Always have the stock photos you need with this deal

Posted 11/30/2017 - 08:16

Stock art is an essential tool for any creator. Having the right image to fit a project is important, and you can always find the exact image you need with Stock-Graphics' massive library. For a limited time, you can get a lifetime subscription for just $19 (approx. £14) thanks to a special price drop.No matter what your project calls for, Stock-Graphics has exactly what you need.

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How to design responsive and device-agnostic forms

Posted 11/30/2017 - 07:01

Whether it is a signup flow or a multi-view stepper, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design – so you need to design them so they work effectively on mobile devices. Here's how to design forms for mobile devices, including a quick look at how to use Flexbox.
01. Design for vertical scroll

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20 pro tips for creating inspirational mood boards

Posted 11/30/2017 - 05:54

When trying to convey a design idea to win pitches and get an early sign-off, moods, feelings and visions can be difficult to communicate verbally.

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Scott Ross to talk at Vertex

Posted 11/30/2017 - 05:01

Vertex is offering an incredible opportunity for its Access All Areas ticket holders: one of the most respected people in VFX over the last three decades, Scott Ross, will be sharing his wisdom at the event in London on 13 March 2018.

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12 mighty Maya tutorials to try today

Posted 11/29/2017 - 12:00

Autodesk Maya is one of the go-to packages for serious 3D artists, with its advanced tools and high-end plugins, this software is capable of creating some incredibly impressive 3D art to add to your design portfolio. The Maya tutorials on this page will help to demystify its core features and improve your skills.

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Review: Rosemary & Co Pocket Watercolour Brushes

Posted 11/29/2017 - 10:55

With so much inspiration for artists around every corner, it's a shame to shut yourself away indoors.

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Review: Rosemary & Co Pocket/ Reversible Watercolour Brushes

Posted 11/29/2017 - 10:55

With so much inspiration for artists around every corner, it's a shame to shut yourself away indoors.

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How to get your pricing right

Posted 11/29/2017 - 10:00

At the AOI, we advise on pricing on a daily basis, covering everything from the smallest private commission to the biggest advertising campaign. We see illustrators being offered fair – and often generous – amounts of money every day.

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An introduction to frontend testing

Posted 11/29/2017 - 09:00

Testing frontend code is still a confusing practice to many developers. But with frontend development becoming more complex and with developers responsible for stability and consistency like never before, frontend testing must be embraced as an equal citizen within your codebase.

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Choose your price for this awesome coding bundle

Posted 11/29/2017 - 08:00

Knowing how to code is an invaluable skill.

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Master the world of brand and content strategy

Posted 11/29/2017 - 06:55

For a long time companies forgot to think about the needs of their users. Companies only focused on their priorities and what they wanted to express. That changed with user-centred design – people started digging into the needs of different audiences. But there’s a risk that an organisation can lose itself in exclusively paying attention to users.

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Smart new Photoshop CC tool detects objects with one click

Posted 11/29/2017 - 05:57

Adobe has released a video that shows off an intelligent new selection tool coming to Photoshop CC soon, called Select Subject.

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Master ZBrush with issue 229 of 3D World – out now

Posted 11/29/2017 - 05:08

The new issue of 3D World magazine is out now, and it's as packed as ever with expert 3D tutorials, VFX secrets from the titles you love, and industry insights and inspiration.Secrets from the production of smash-hit movie Blade Runner 2049, and a celebration of Firefly as the show turns 15, kick off our features this month.

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14 free resources to improve your illustration skills

Posted 11/29/2017 - 04:54

When it comes to developing your illustration skills, your first stop of course should be this very site. Within our illustration, art and digital art sections, you’ll find a range of features, tutorials and software reviews to help develop your abilities. But if you’re looking for something specific, you may need to look elsewhere.

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Get a MacBook Air for less than $500 with this Cyber Monday deal

Posted 11/28/2017 - 11:00

This year's Cyber Monday may be over, but there are still plenty of great deals to make the most of if you know where to look – including this astonishing offer on a refurbished Apple MacBook Air for just $419.95, which goes to show It's not only the latest devices on offer.Slashing a whopping 57% off the Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch RRP, this eBay deal is a great place to pick up a powerful dev

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21 free ebooks for designers

Posted 11/28/2017 - 10:55

There has always been a healthy market for commercial books written by experts, and this isn't likely to change any time soon: our 5 must-read books for design students and 26 books every graphic designer should read prove that sometimes there's just no substitute for splashing your cash and getting high quality content in return. That said, there's a growing movement towards free and freemium

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Formula 1 ditches its negative space logo

Posted 11/28/2017 - 10:14

The world's premier racing championship, Formula 1, unveiled its first rebrand for 23 years at the close of the Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

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The best Amazon Cyber Monday deals on creative gear 2017

Posted 11/28/2017 - 09:46

Amazon has decided to keep running its Cyber Monday deals all week – as well as releasing new ones each day. So there's still a bargain to be had! In this post we've rounded up all the best Cyber Monday deals at Amazon for designers, illustrators and creatives – and we'll be updating this list around the clock, all week. 

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10 Sketch plugins you need to know about

Posted 11/28/2017 - 09:24

With the introduction of Sketch Cloud, a rethought file format and subscription-based pricing model, Sketch has had an exciting run.

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Manage social media easily with SMhack Business

Posted 11/28/2017 - 07:52

While many of the fantastic Cyber Monday deals for creatives are still hanging around for the rest of the week, we've got you a fresh new deal on a great social media tool.Managing social media accounts for your business is a necessity in the modern economy. It's also a total pain.

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How to paint a dreamlike fantasy forest scene

Posted 11/28/2017 - 07:09

The 18th century Rococo painters used imagination, dreamlike palettes, romantic atmosphere and lively brushwork to create a wonderful atmosphere of enchantment. This period was one of the first times in art history when painters sought to truly transport us to different worlds and fantastic places.In this workshop we’ll discuss how to illustrate a scene in oil that has this classical, Rococo se

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How to model a complex 3D city scene in Blender

Posted 11/28/2017 - 05:59

Creating a complex 3D city scene is no small undertaking, and a project such as this one requires a significant amount of repetitive modelling actions. To explain the process behind creating this, the following steps and tips should guide you through my workflow in Blender. They should also come in handy for users of various software – and prove to be more than just a Blender tutorial.

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5 top tips for young animators

Posted 11/28/2017 - 05:13

If you're a young animator it can be hard to know what you should do in order to secure your first real studio job. Here, Milo Targett and Lana Simanenkova from animation studio Animade, who work at the cross-section of design and animation, share their biggest challenges and offer their best advice to junior creatives.
01. Spend time on your showreel

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The best Cyber Monday deals under $50/£50

Posted 11/27/2017 - 12:26

There are still a good few hours of Cyber Monday deals to go, and if you've made it thus far without succumbing to any hot deals then we reckon we might be able to twist your arm a little.Rather than parade a load of expensive gear in front of you, here we've collected together some of the best bargains available for under $50 or £50, so there's no excuse for not snapping up a sweet deal.Don't

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Up to 40% off Wacom tablets in huge Cyber Monday deal

Posted 11/27/2017 - 11:18

It's Cyber Monday and we're seeing amazing deals for designers and illustrators everywhere – not least from Wacom, which has smashed the 35% savings we saw over Black Friday with an incredible set of new Cyber Monday deals. We’ve got them all here, below – and to sweeten the deal, all purchases from Wacom's stores above £50/$50 get free shipping.

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The best Cyber Monday 2017 deals for designers, illustrators and artists

Posted 11/27/2017 - 11:08

Cyber Monday is now here for UK and US shoppers. Cyber Monday is your last chance to get a great deal on that thing you've been meaning to buy, or some early Christmas presents if you're feeling organised.We’re here to help designers, illustrators and artists find the best Cyber Monday 2017 deals on all the things we like to use for work and play.

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E-on announces top 3D CG environment artists

Posted 11/27/2017 - 11:04

With a judging panel of leading 3D experts and over $30,000 worth of tools and resources up for grabs, E-on's annual 3D CG Environment Competition 2017 attracts the most talented digital artists around. Read on to find out who snagged the hotly contested top spots this year, and see the paintings that caught the eyes of the judges.

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Stock up on fresh Moleskines with 15% off today

Posted 11/27/2017 - 10:48

Today only the creatives’ favourite fancy notebook maker, Moleskine, is offering 15% off everything you buy on its US site – from special edition notebooks, to 2018 planners, to smart notebooks, to bags, pencils and even design books.Vying for a place as one of the best Cyber Monday deals for creatives, the offer applies to its full range making the store a great place to start stocking up on s

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Save 45% on an iPad Pro with this big Cyber Monday deal

Posted 11/27/2017 - 09:52

If you missed out on the best Black Friday 2017 deals for designers, don't worry! There are plenty more savings to be had thanks to Cyber Monday.

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Get $900 off a Surface Book with this Cyber Monday deal

Posted 11/27/2017 - 09:44

If you've been holding out until Cyber Monday to get an epic deal on a Microsoft Surface Book, now's the time to pounce.

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The best MacBook Cyber Monday deals 2017

Posted 11/27/2017 - 09:36

There are plenty of Cyber Monday deals jostling for your attention today, so to make shopping a little easier, here's our round-up of the very best MacBook Black Friday deals for 2017 – which we'll be adding to around the clock. 

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Become an expert in web design with this bundle

Posted 11/27/2017 - 07:50

As well as all of the fantastic Cyber Monday deals for creatives coming out today, we've got you a great daily deal on a web design course bundle.There's never been a better time to be a web designer. It's a field that is expanding quickly and now is the perfect time for you to get in.

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The best Amazon Cyber Monday deals 2017

Posted 11/27/2017 - 06:47

Amazon Cyber Monday is here! We've rounded up all the best Cyber Monday deals at Amazon for designers, illustrators and creatives – and we're updating this list around the clock. Although we're busy curating the best Cyber Monday deals, there are some Amazon Black Friday deals still running, which you can check out here.

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The best Cyber Monday mobile phone deals 2017

Posted 11/27/2017 - 06:40

Cyber Monday is here at last, and the Cyber Monday deals have rolled in – including some great offers on smartphones.

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