Pencil drawing techniques: Pro tips to sharpen your skills

Posted 08/16/2019 - 10:01

These pencil drawing techniques from top artists will help you take your drawing skills to the next level, whether you're using graphite pencil or coloured pencils. For many artists, pencil drawing is the skill that introduced them to the art world, and even if you've moved on to a different medium, understanding how to draw with a pencil can help you improve your skills elsewhere.

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Artists are LOVING these notes on how to draw a hand

Posted 08/16/2019 - 07:56

Drawing a realistic-looking human body is difficult. Our guide to how to draw covers the essentials, but hands are so tricky that it's always useful to pick up extra advice.

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3D sculpting: How to sculpt with style

Posted 08/16/2019 - 06:36

3D sculpting is a pivotal stage of the 3D model creation process – it’s where artists’ ideas quite literally take shape.

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5 pro Sass tips for better CSS

Posted 08/16/2019 - 06:35

Unbelievably it is over thirteen years since the CSS preprocessor Sass was released. Since then it has grown to be one of the best-known and best-loved CSS tools in a developers toolkit – see our post on What is Sass to learn more.

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Spice up your projects with these affordable vectors

Posted 08/16/2019 - 05:56

If you work in graphic design, you're no stranger to the fact that having access to a wide range of high-quality vector designs is a crucial timesaver. The only problem is that the most affordable vectors available tend to be low-quality - and most high-quality ones are impractically expensive.

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4 ways to make a creative statement without being preachy

Posted 08/16/2019 - 04:51

Online campaigns and advertising can be hugely effective in tackling social and political issues. But finding a way to get your message across in a way that people actually want to pay attention to, without making your audience feel like they're being preached to, is incredibly difficult. Two creatives that have absolutely nailed it are designer Zeynep Orbay and writer Macie Soler-Sala.

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21 fonts every graphic designer should own

Posted 08/16/2019 - 04:50

Massimo Vignelli, renowned Italian designer who created the classic American Airlines logo, once said that designers use far too many fonts. There are a few classics that Vignelli has put his stamp of approval on, like Garamond, Bodoni, Helvetica, Univers, Futura, Caslon and Baskerville – between them spanning three centuries of type design history.

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Students get at least 60% off Adobe Creative Cloud (and everyone else saves 40%!)

Posted 08/15/2019 - 12:01

Companies are falling over themselves to offer back to school discounts for students, and Adobe is getting fully involved with this fantastic offer.

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Fun new font captures the playfulness of cats

Posted 08/15/2019 - 11:07

If the number of videos and amusing pictures on the internet are anything to go by, it looks like people love cats.

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The evolution of social media logos (and what you can learn from them)

Posted 08/15/2019 - 08:00

Social media logos are tricky.

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Problematic chicken box campaign angers just about everyone

Posted 08/15/2019 - 07:10

A campaign from the Home Office that aims to tackle knife crime with messages on fried chicken boxes has sparked a furore online.

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5 massive brands that are no longer with us

Posted 08/15/2019 - 06:53

A strong brand can feel like an immortal entity; something that will be with us forever. When you think of brands such as McDonald's, Apple or Coca-Cola, it feels inconceivable that they should ever fail.

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Explore data visualisation with p5.js

Posted 08/15/2019 - 06:36

p5.js is the most recent JavaScript implementation of the famous desktop creative coding environment Processing. It takes much of the power and ease of use of Processing and puts it into your browser.

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The best new typography books of 2019

Posted 08/15/2019 - 06:05

When it comes to learning typography and refining your skills, there are plenty of excellent typography resources online, not least on this very site (check out our Typography tab to see the full range of articles).  But if you’re serious about your typography, nothing beats a good book that's properly researched and written to the highest standards by an authoritative source.

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How to make a magazine cover stand out

Posted 08/14/2019 - 11:53

Designing magazine covers for newsstand titles is harder than it used to be, mostly as the declining industry is plagued with tumbling circulation figures and title closures.Limitless digital content available in a split-second makes the monthly print cycle of magazines look ever more anachronistic and irrelevant, and the corresponding decline in revenue from print ads only hastens print’s down

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Spider mouse is the creepiest accessory we've seen

Posted 08/14/2019 - 11:28

Arachnophobes, you might want to look away now. That's because we've found a computer mouse supplier whose tools come with built-in creepy crawlies, including the infamous eight-legged terrors.

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Snapchat's Spectacles 3: hot new item or just a gimmick?

Posted 08/14/2019 - 10:17

The big Snapchat story this week may be the angry user reaction to the new Snapchat icon, but right now Snap Inc. is more focused on something entirely different: the brand new version of its weird sunglasses/camera combo.The first two versions of Snap's Spectacles – why on earth couldn't they call them Snaptacles? – haven't exactly set the world on fire.

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McDonald's coffee chain gets a (very) subtle makeover

Posted 08/14/2019 - 07:31

To celebrate 10 years of serving coffee, McCafé US has given its branding a refresh. The coffee chain, which is owned by McDonald's, is set to get a bright new identity this month, and it's one of the subtlest logo changes we've ever seen.This is probably a wise move on McCafé's part.

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Learn all you need to know about Adobe Creative Cloud with this bundle

Posted 08/14/2019 - 06:50

Whether you use the Adobe Creative Cloud programs or something comparable for your graphic design needs, there always seems to be more to know and more tricks to learn.

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Push your character designs further with this workout

Posted 08/14/2019 - 06:28

At the heart of any creative project is communication and storytelling.

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The 13 best iPad apps for designers

Posted 08/14/2019 - 04:48

The iPad apps for designers that work best enable creatives to work just as well as they would on a laptop. But knowing which apps you should add to make your life as a creative professional better is key, which is why we've put together this list of suggestions.

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8 of the best design ideas in the world (and 3 of the worst)

Posted 08/14/2019 - 04:39

Great design is often invisible to people. And that’s not surprising. Unlike art, which aims to grab attention and provoke people’s imaginations, design is primarily about serving a function and solving problems.

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New campaign aims to fix design's inclusivity problem

Posted 08/13/2019 - 11:30

Despite the best efforts of many within it, the design industry is still very much a predominantly white, male and middle-class edifice, and one that needs to check its privilege.

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The best antivirus software in 2019

Posted 08/13/2019 - 09:30

Welcome to our guide to the best antivirus software in 2019. It might not be the sexiest of subjects, but having a quality antivirus system is vital if you wan to keep your creative work safe.

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Why has Heinz released Ed Sheeran-themed ketchup bottles?

Posted 08/13/2019 - 08:20

You might think that a meal isn't complete unless it's doused in a healthy dollop of Heinz Ketchup, but you're probably not as big a fan of the sauce as Ed Sheeran. The music megastar likes the red stuff so much that he even has a tattoo of the brand's label on his arm.

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The 10 best audio logos and why they work

Posted 08/13/2019 - 07:55

Audio logos might seem like an odd concept. After all, when you think about logos, you probably think of something visual. But branding is not just about what we see, but what we hear, too.

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BMW reveals the truth behind its logo

Posted 08/13/2019 - 07:51

What does the BMW logo mean to you? Lots of people believe that it symbolises a propeller, but is this really the case?

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10 free design resources to bookmark today

Posted 08/13/2019 - 07:05

Whatever area of design you work in, it's always useful to have some free design resources within easy reach.

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Build a client portal with WordPress

Posted 08/13/2019 - 05:30

Having an area that allows users to login and download or view documents has become expected by consumers, from phone contracts to utilities. When designers work with their clients, however, everything can quickly break down into a muddle of emails, links to mockups and attachments.This tutorial will show how to extend WordPress into a client portal capable of storing documents, videos and draw

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The best photo apps and photo-editing software

Posted 08/13/2019 - 04:55

Photo apps can make a good picture great. There's more to taking a great photo on your smartphone than simply tapping the capture button. And chances are you've looked at other people's glamorous pictures and asked yourself how they caught them.

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Google Maps to get idiot-proof AR update

Posted 08/12/2019 - 12:32

When you're visiting a new place, chances are you're going to rely on Google Maps to help find your destination.

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The 21 best iPhone apps for designers

Posted 08/12/2019 - 11:13

Despite some strong competition, the iPhone continues to be one of the best smartphone for designers. Apple's pocket-sized marvel can be a pretty handy design tool. Combined with the best iPhone apps, it can pack some real punch in the studio – and more importantly, out of the studio.

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The best art jobs in August 2019

Posted 08/12/2019 - 10:32

Are you looking for your next art job? Whether you're a traditional, digital or a games artist, we've got your next job move in the bag with our new art jobs listings.

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The best web design jobs in August 2019

Posted 08/12/2019 - 10:32

If it's time for you to find a new web design job to get you moving on up the career ladder, Creative Bloq can give you a push in the right direction.

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The best graphic design jobs in August 2019

Posted 08/12/2019 - 10:32

Is it time you found a new graphic design job? If so, you'll want to find out what exciting opportunities are around. We've partnered with Lovedesignjobs to handpick the very best new graphic design jobs and bring them to you on a plate.You might want to stay close to home, or have an adventure elsewhere.

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Design jobs: find your dream role with Creative Bloq

Posted 08/12/2019 - 10:31

The creative industries are thriving, however, in such a competitive market, landing that dream job has never been more challenging. The good news is there are plenty of amazing design jobs up for grabs – and we've got details of them right here. 

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Funny flowchart reveals how to save your images – and when to burn your logos

Posted 08/12/2019 - 09:40

It's all too easy to save an image using the default file type option your computer suggests. But if you want your assets to look their best and function efficiently, you're going to want to make the extra effort and save them in the correct format.

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Snapchat updated its icon and everything's ruined

Posted 08/12/2019 - 07:17

A big redesign is the perfect way to get internet blood boiling, but nothing could have prepared us for the howls of online anguish this morning over Snapchat's new app icon.Twitter is currently awash with angry young things voicing their displeasure over the new icon, which started turning up on people's iPhone and Android apps last night with the latest update.

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Captivate your audience with these presentation templates

Posted 08/12/2019 - 07:00

Every designer will agree that when it comes to giving a great presentation, few things are more important than having great visuals.

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31 books every graphic designer should read

Posted 08/12/2019 - 06:01

There are hundreds of fantastic graphic design books out there, offering words of wisdom, design inspiration, and refreshers on key principles and techniques. Whether you're looking to swot up on design theory, learn some new skills or just recharge your creative batteries, you'll find a title for you here.

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How to draw a wolf

Posted 08/12/2019 - 05:07

If you've mastered how to draw a dog, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd easily be able to draw a wolf too. While being able to sketch a passable version of Fido will stand you in good stead when approaching how to draw a wolf, there are more differences between these canine breeds than you might think. All of these make a huge difference to the accuracy of your drawing. 

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Concept crocs logo gives 'ugly' shoe brand a smart new look

Posted 08/11/2019 - 14:30

Designers reimagining classic logo designs is nothing new. A brilliant way to hone your design skills, taking on an instantly recognisable logomark with a new concept design is no easy feat.

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Logo swap is surprisingly disturbing

Posted 08/09/2019 - 07:39

What would happen if rival brands decided to collaborate and combine their logos?

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5 steps to better projects with monday.com

Posted 08/09/2019 - 06:36

Everyone dreams of a project that runs completely smoothly from start to finish, but as we all know, the reality is that this never happens.

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How web design can affect your health (and what to do about it)

Posted 08/09/2019 - 05:35

Although most of us enjoy what we do, work still can negatively impact our health in myriad ways, both mentally and physically. Whether health problems are brought on by our working practices or are existing conditions that need to be managed, we need to tune in to the signs our bodies are sending us and adjust our routines accordingly.Web design jobs are no exception.

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Build an SEO-friendly head component for NextJS/React

Posted 08/09/2019 - 05:16

While React is a powerful JavaScript library, it does not include all of the pieces you need to build a simple, functioning website layout. NextJS is a React framework that lets you build server-rendered applications and websites with ease. NextJS also includes a number of tools and features right out of the box like Webpack, Babel, dynamic routing, and prefetching.

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8 essential courses to refine your digital design skills

Posted 08/09/2019 - 05:15

Every job, every client and every day is different as a designer. The need to keep growing and adding new skills to your repertoire? That's a constant.

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17 imaginative web comics to inspire you

Posted 08/09/2019 - 05:02

Web comics are an entertaining pastime, and the imagination and creativity at work is inspirational. Due to their accessibility on your mobile device, it's easy to find new ones whilst on the move so they're a great alternative to endlessly scrolling down your social media feed. To top it all off, web comics are also free so there's no excuse not to peruse the awesome examples out there.

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The best children's books of all time

Posted 08/09/2019 - 02:36

Looking for the best children's books of all time? We've got them right here. And as it's National Book Lovers Day, there's no better time to stock up on some classics.

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Survey reveals how much freelancers are really charging

Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:47

Pricing is one of the hardest things to figure out as a freelancer. Do you go high in the hope that people will associate a high cost with high quality? Pitch yourself low so you don't put people off? Or aim for the middle ground, and end up wishing you'd asked for more? Having an idea of what others are charging can be a great help.

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3 times big brands tried to be woke and failed miserably

Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:46

Being woke is all the rage. Seemingly every brand these days thinks it's woke, and wants to convince us to get woke.

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The best trackpads in 2019

Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:33

The best trackpads are hard to come by these days, with many creatives opting for the more common mouse as their go-to PC accessory.

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