How to market yourself as a freelance designer: 7 top tips

Posted 11/20/2017 - 12:00

In the busy freelance world, how do you make yourself stand out from the pack and attract those clients you've always dreamed of having on your books?Whatever design discipline you're in – be it web design, graphic design, digital art, illustration, 3D art, VFX or other creative fields – there are some tricks that can help your freelance business to take off.

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5 tips to give you the edge when job hunting

Posted 11/20/2017 - 11:00

While gaining a higher education qualification may be required to become a doctor, teacher, social worker or solicitor, it’s definitely not required to become a web designer or developer – or indeed, a professional in any creative discipline.Having a degree might not necessarily qualify you for a well-paid job, so here are five steps to consider when looking for a job.

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Creatives aren't backing the new Kickstarter logo

Posted 11/20/2017 - 09:59

This weekend saw creative crowdfunding site Kickstarter roll out a surprise rebrand that flies in the face of recent design overhauls.

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How to encourage diversity in the design industry

Posted 11/20/2017 - 09:15

Design is dominated by white, able-bodied men. But it doesn’t have to be. What discourages people from entering the industry? And what can we all do to encourage more inclusivity?A recent report issued by the UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport made for rather depressing reading.

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Find something really cool at Vectorplace

Posted 11/20/2017 - 08:45

Every good designer knows that at the heart of any creative is a strong visual component; one vital image can provide the key to an entire project. To kick off this creative process, Vectorplace – an extensive online collection of top-quality vector illustrations – is a great place to start.

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Make user-friendly sites with this UI/UX Design Bootcamp

Posted 11/20/2017 - 07:45

If you've seen our Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 early deals pages, you'll know we're working hard to bring designers, illustrators and artists the best bargains on creative tools as we gear up for the big day this Friday.

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How to make responsive web apps with container queries

Posted 11/20/2017 - 07:01

Responsive web design has been around for years now, and in that time we’ve seen a drastic shift in how we approach website development. Media queries let us write CSS based on a variety of conditions, such as resolution, media type and – most popularly – browser viewport dimensions. 

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The 40 best Photoshop plugins

Posted 11/20/2017 - 06:00

In this article we've lined up some of the best Photoshop plugins available for Adobe Creative Cloud's photo editing giant.

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8 great graphic design portfolio sites for 2018

Posted 11/20/2017 - 05:03

Whoever your graphic design portfolio site is aimed at, you have to remember that people’s time and attention is limited. Employers, to take one example, may look at dozens of portfolios in the space of 10 minutes. So you only have a few seconds to really grab their attention and enthuse them.You don’t want to go too crazy, though.

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Stop waiting, start that new creative project today

Posted 11/20/2017 - 04:00

Got a winning idea for an app, children’s book or new business venture? Or do you want to diversify your skillset to help you aim big in your next career move?

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The 60 best free Photoshop brushes

Posted 11/18/2017 - 14:00

Photoshop brushes are a fantastic time-saver as they enable you to quickly create rich artwork without having to draw all the individual design elements. (The other important time-saver is having access to the best possible creative hardware and software.

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The best Wacom tablet deals for November 2017

Posted 11/18/2017 - 07:11

We’re firmly into Black November now – and it’s a fantastic time to grab a cheap Wacom tablet deal if you’re in the market for a nifty new graphics tablet. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our selection of the best drawing tablets of 2017. It’s packed with all the info you need to make the right purchase decision for your needs.

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The best monitors for designers 2017

Posted 11/18/2017 - 03:42

Choosing the best monitor for graphic design, illustration, 3D, photo editing and more can be a bit of a minefield.

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5 ingredients of a killer idea

Posted 11/17/2017 - 12:00

It's a problem that daunts even the most seasoned of creative directors: how do you know a good idea when you see one?

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The best Christmas gifts for design students

Posted 11/17/2017 - 11:03

That November pay day is getting closer, so we've rounded up the best Christmas gift ideas for design students and junior designers. We've got gifts in four ranges – under $25, under $75, under $125, and (for the more generous), over $125.Books are always a safe bet, so we've got a stack of them – about type, about icons, about the best young designers in the country.

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New Harry potter movie logo uses typography as teasers

Posted 11/17/2017 - 10:01

The Harry Potter franchise continues to rumble on with the upcoming release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series.

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How to get started with TypeScript

Posted 11/17/2017 - 08:59

TypeScript is one of a group of languages that use the JavaScript runtime as execution environment: .ts files containing TypeScript code are compiled into normal JavaScript, which can then be run by the browser.

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Make your photos shine with this Photoshop bundle deal

Posted 11/17/2017 - 07:58

If you've seen our Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 early deals pages, you'll know we're working hard to bring designers, illustrators and artists the best bargains on creative tools this November. And here's another one on a game-changing Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC course bundle.Adobe has set the gold standard for photo editing and so much more with Photoshop.

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The secrets of 3D scanning

Posted 11/17/2017 - 07:00

Whenever you see a comic book hero flying through space or crashing through a wall, chances are they're a digital double of a real actor expertly crafted by a visual effects studio.But how is an actor's likeness captured with such absolute photorealism?

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8 design industry trends for 2018

Posted 11/17/2017 - 06:06

We all like to think we’re immune to trends. And it’s certainly true that we shouldn’t follow them blindly. By and large, clients are looking for original and inventive solutions, not me-too copyists.But neither can design agencies exist in a bubble.

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The best early Black Friday deals 2017

Posted 11/17/2017 - 01:02

Black Friday 2017 is now one week away – and with it thousands of Black Friday deals for savvy designers, illustrators and artists. 

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The designer’s guide to using colour in branding

Posted 11/16/2017 - 12:00

Colour sells. Whether you’re working with a product, service or space, the ‘right’ combinations of colours can influence how someone feels, thinks and behaves – with powerful results.According to a study by Loyola University Maryland, colour is registered by the brain before either images or typography.

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The best iPad deals for November 2017

Posted 11/16/2017 - 11:51

If you’re looking to pick up a hot iPad deal this November, then you’ve come to the right place. Apple's unlikely to take much, if anything, off its flagship iPad models on Black Friday or Cyber Monday at the end of the month, but there are bargains to be had right now from retailers – and we've got the best ones right here. 

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Choose the right words for your interfaces

Posted 11/16/2017 - 11:01

Most of us use interfaces every day; the apps on our smartphones, train departure boards, maps, chatbots and even the control panels on our microwaves.

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The best cheap laptop deals for creatives

Posted 11/16/2017 - 10:40

Try this little experiment... think of a creative industry that doesn't rely on a laptop computers as an essential tool. We've racked our brains and can't think of a single one.

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The best Adobe deals for November 2017

Posted 11/16/2017 - 10:26

Looking for an Adobe CC deal?

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CSS tricks to revolutionise your web layouts

Posted 11/16/2017 - 10:00

If you’ve been working in the web industry for a couple of years, you may feel that you're always coding or designing the same website layout. Although trends come and go, the majority of sites still look the same: almost every one of them uses a 12-column grid, two and three-column, boxed layouts and similar shapes.

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How fan art can get you paid

Posted 11/16/2017 - 08:54

Creating fan art is a popular way for artists to show their appreciation for a subject they love. You only have to glance at sites like DeviantArt or ArtStation to see plenty of inspiring tributes to pop culture icons. Reimagining famous characters is more than just a good way to keep your artistic skills sharp, though.

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Get into web design with this bargain course bundle

Posted 11/16/2017 - 08:01

If you've seen our Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 deals pages, you'll know we're working hard to bring designers, illustrators and artists the best bargains on creative tools this November. And here's another one on a great web design course bundle.There's never a better time to get your start as a web designer.

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12 tips for realistic 3D lighting

Posted 11/16/2017 - 07:02

Lighting is fundamental in any 3D art project you work on. At the most basic level, it’s a way of making objects visible. But cinematographers will tell you how lighting is much more. Lighting enables you to bring mood to a piece and set the tone. It allows you to subtly manipulate the viewer to look where you want them to.

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Generate New York is back for 2018

Posted 11/16/2017 - 05:59

We’re delighted to announce that Generate New York, the event for web designers and developers, is back in 2018.Generate returns to the Big Apple between April 25-27 and promises to be bigger and better than even before.

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Volume: a new publishing platform for lovers of print

Posted 11/16/2017 - 05:23

With the appearance of the Internet, the world of publishing has totally changed in a few decades. Some publishers disappeared within a decade, others have adapted and continue to do so.

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28 inspiring examples of vintage posters

Posted 11/16/2017 - 05:00

Back in the 1870s, the world of designing posters for advertising began.

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48 free tattoo fonts for your body art

Posted 11/15/2017 - 11:55

In recent years, tattoo-style typography has become a big influence on all areas of design. As a result, there are now hundreds of tattoo typefaces available online for use in your projects, and many won't cost you a penny!But how do you find free fonts in a tattoo style that rock – the diamonds among the rough? We've scoured the web to find you the top free tattoo fonts for designers.

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The best Christmas gifts for illustrators

Posted 11/15/2017 - 10:58

For this special round-up, I took a look at my own holiday shopping list, and I asked fellow artists and illustrators what was on theirs.

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5 things you didn't know you could do with HTML

Posted 11/15/2017 - 09:42

Let’s face it, web development can easily become a mess. HTML, CSS and JavaScript have all evolved from humble origins over many years, and are largely equivocal in terms of how you should use them. As a result, it’s all too easy to build an unmaintainable mess.

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How to know when to take the right risks in design

Posted 11/15/2017 - 08:48

Sometimes, with the right brand and the right client, the opportunity arises for you stick your neck out and take an audacious creative risk. Get it right and the sky's the limit, get it wrong and... well, try not to get it wrong.

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The 7 best logos by design agencies in 2017

Posted 11/15/2017 - 08:19

Many big brand logos are crafted in-house, and it’s often difficult to find out who worked on the design and what it involved.But, of course, many are also created by external design agencies.

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Escape Studios turns 15

Posted 11/15/2017 - 08:13

A recognised centre of excellence for the creative industries, Escape Studios specialises in turning passion into studio-ready skills – and this year the studio is celebrating its 15th birthday.To celebrate turning 15, the academy is showcasing the latest crop of incredible talent by releasing four new showreels across VFX, Games and Animation.

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The best Black Friday tech, gaming and design deals

Posted 11/15/2017 - 08:05

With Black Friday now less than two weeks away, it’s time to take a look at where – and how – you can dig out the best deals. We’ve got you covered on the creative side. We’re already bringing you the best pre-Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals for designers, illustrators and creatives on hardware, software, books and more.

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Customise sites with these responsive WordPress themes

Posted 11/15/2017 - 06:58

If you've seen our Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 deals pages, you'll know we're working hard to bring designers, illustrators and artists the best bargains on creative tools this November. And here's another one on WordPress themes...When launching your website, there's no platform better than WordPress.

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Customise your site with these responsive WordPress themes

Posted 11/15/2017 - 06:58

If you've seen our Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday 2017 deals pages, you'll know we're working hard to bring designers, illustrators and artists the best bargains on creative tools this November. And here's another one on WordPress themes...When launching your website, there's no platform better than WordPress.

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7 pricing models – and which you should choose

Posted 11/15/2017 - 05:54

Pricing your creative and design services effectively is a difficult business. After you have calculated your shop rate, you have a baseline number for all of your pricing calculations. Using this number, you can determine what it takes to complete a project.

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10 big Photoshop mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Posted 11/15/2017 - 04:52

Working in Photoshop CC is such an ingrained feature of our lives that much of what we do becomes automated and subconscious. There are lots of brilliant Photoshop resources around to help us keep on top of things, including handy Photoshop tutorials.

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How to add drama to your pastel artworks

Posted 11/14/2017 - 10:07

Great artists such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio inject their artworks with a bit of drama and intensity, creating pieces reminiscent of the beauty and intensity of stage lighting. Pastels are a wonderful medium to capture this sort of intensity, particularly as you can work lights over darks, so that your subject emerges from deep shadows.

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Say hello to the new Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted 11/14/2017 - 08:51

Later this evening, some of the brightest minds in the industry will come together for Adobe’s Creative Meet Up – and it looks set to be spectacular. Visionary photographer Nick Knight, prolific art director Kate Moross and artist and print designer Kelly Anna are among the speakers to take the stage in what will be a creative night to remember. And you can be there too as we’ll have all the ac

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Create great websites with this developer course

Posted 11/14/2017 - 07:54

We're working hard to bring designers, illustrators and artists the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals on creative tools in just under two weeks, but in the meantime, we've got you a great daily deal on a web developer course.Web development is a rapidly growing field, and there's plenty of room for you to get involved.

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8 free tools for creating infographics

Posted 11/14/2017 - 06:58

Done right, infographics can be a great way to make sense of complex data. The best infographics transform complex information and data into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but.

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Getting more from the grid

Posted 11/14/2017 - 06:00

Design agency Graphical House demonstrates how a simple set of carefully-placed elements can be engaging and elegantAs a student of design, I didn’t have much time for grid theory. I perceived grids as being restrictive and counter to the aspirations of an emerging designer.

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10 top tips for project delivery

Posted 11/14/2017 - 04:59

The success of any project – whether in web design or other disciplines – hinges on the maturity of the delivery processes and practices at play within the organisation. So what are the fundamentals of a good delivery and how can you go about achieving them?

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How to work with HTML video

Posted 11/13/2017 - 11:58

Move over YouTube... with the <video> element and a little JavaScript, you can start to create your own video site.

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UV mapping for beginners

Posted 11/13/2017 - 11:07

Known as the most tedious task in 3D, especially for beginners, UV mapping is also the glue that binds models, bakes and textures together. It's a crucial task, too, as a bad set of UVs and their resulting output can make a great model look awful. Whether you love or hate UVs, there's no escaping them – they are essential to understand.

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