Touch – Hong Kong International Poster Triennial 2017

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Touch ― Hong Kong International Poster Triennial 2017 25 November 2017 – 9 April 2018 The Triennial competition was conducted in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of the International Council of Design. Designers were invited to submit posters that fit into four categories: Ideology, Promotion of Cultural Events, Commercial and Advertising, and Thematic – […]

Maps of cities

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I’m inspirited by this Chinese Illustrator – Jing Zhang. Her current project is about the cities. I am following her as what she said City has its own colour palette, flavour, sound, and personality. The difference between our culture is what makes our cities so wonderful. Love it! More about her and her projects https://www.behance.net/mazakii http://www.mazakii.com

Working in colour

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Colour is one of the keystones of design theory. I think it is a mistake to think of it as the easiest to master – no matter how much you think you know, there are always surprises. Sometimes going back to the basics helps reset our preconceptions and aids discussions about colour with clients. A […]

Design heroes: William Morris

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According to Wikipedia: “William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist.” But even that seemingly incongruous list of roles barely covers the depth and breadth of influence Morris had in both the arts and politics of Victorian Britain and beyond. Morris’s design work and business (Morris and Co) are closely associated […]

Predicting the future

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The future of people’s tastes and personal preferences might be hard to predict but it doesn’t stop various bodies giving it a go. While fortunetellers may have used crystal balls and tea leaves in the past, these days it’s all about combing search data on websites. Here are links to a few Top Trends for 2018 […]

“Carsten Nicolai: Parallax” Exhibition Catalog”

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Catalog design for the Carsten Nicolai: Parallax Exhibition. This design utilized a piece that visualized sound called a spectrogram as the cover image. In order to give the impression of light from a monitor, this design was printed on iridescent paper, and the changing appearance depending on the angle expresses the parallax concept. https://www.ndc.co.jp/en/works/carsten-nicolai-parallax_201711/

Covers with special font design

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Font design is important and could be very attractive.

Saving lives with graphic design

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Whether it’s helping patients navigate hospital corridors or trying to influence the public to adopt certain behaviours, graphic designers have a key role in shaping our lives and wellbeing. I recently visited The Wellcome Collection‘s current temporary exhibition – “Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?”. It explores the role of visual communication in our health services. The exhibition includes […]

How to … create your own original lettering

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In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of typefaces and fonts available to designers. Perhaps as a reaction to the stark and predictable digital fonts, watercolour fonts and handlettering are big trends in design this year. To get you started, here is a guide to handlettering. Or if you prefer to work […]

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A test for colour blindness of orange and green spots

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Thoughts on paper

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There are some truly talent artists out there working on paper. There are others that work with paper as their medium. Here are some examples. Peter Rahmen – Pop Up sculptures Nguyen Hung Cuong – Origami   Tiffany Turner – paper flowers Patrick Cabral – Paper cuts Other artists work digitally but apply paper filters and shadows to add an illusion of […]

Creating a bold identity with 3D graphs

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I love work in 3D as you might remember from my blog post on Irma Gruenholz’s modelled illustrations and Wellcome Collection’s 3D type. And I enjoyed the post last year by Scarlett on the 3D printed infographics by Belgian design studio Soon. Those infographics (see above) were created for the 2015 annual report of pharmaceutical company Ablynx. Well […]

Comparing Illustrator to Photoshop

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There are advantages to both Illustrator and Photoshop, but are you sure which one is best for your next project? Design shop Desket has put together this article detailing the pros and cons of each application and which is suited to different projects. Here’s their cheat sheet comparing the two applications:

Adding stripes in Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator has so many tools I think it would take me years to learn them all.  I recently discovered how to use this Blend Tool in the tool bar and it is my new favourite.   Here’s a video from Adobe Creative Cloud’s Youtube channel’s one minute How To series about how to use […]

Visual design for the visually impaired

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My Dad is colour blind. When I was a kid, he bought a tie to wear to his office with a brilliant pink splash of colour through the design. He had no idea and no one had the heart to tell him of his fashion faux-pas. This article from UX Booth, looks at simple ways […]

TEST maps with Tableau

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Some examples using ICIS palette and fonts. It is a good start!  

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Minimalist logo designs

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Logos that use minimalism are stripped back and simplified in terms of colour, shape and typefaces which emphasises white space and adds gravity. Design resource website iBrand Studio have published a blog explaining the use of minimalism in logos and listing their top 75 minimal logo designs which I recommend browsing for inspiration.  

A check list for handing over Illustrator files

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Illustrator images are elegant and sophisticated. Illustrator files can be complex and unwieldy with additional image files embedded or placed and elements locked on hidden layers, which can make handing over a graphic to a colleague or client problematic. Designer Aaron Draplin has put together a “hand-off checklist” for Adobe Illustrator files to help avoid issues […]

Design better by leveraging context

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No design exists in a vacuum, just as no company exists on an empty playing field. That means that every product and website design lives in the context of hundreds of other products and websites that our customers and prospects interact with every day.

Is your commute worth the pain? The real cost of getting to work

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Find out how six world cities rank by commuter ‘drag’ — time, cost and punctuality – interesting infographic by Financial Times supplied by Dan Thisdell, features editor of Flight International

What does the client want?

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Sometimes it feels as if our colleagues in the editorial teams are speaking a different language. We go back and forth with instructions, designs, feedback, more visuals, more feedback until we get a result everyone is happy with. Surely there is an easier way? This article from the Creative Market blog, is by a freelance graphic […]

Graphic Design Games

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Method of Action has created some online games to help people master Bezier curves, colour theory and kerning. Have fun! In the colour game, move the black circles around the colour wheel to match the colour in the centre. From simple colour picking you move on to contrasts, analogous and triadic. But be quick – […]

Design trend predictions for 2017

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Need some fresh ideas for 2017? In this article, the writer Ryan McCready looks at design trends for the year ahead. Below is a summary of his predictions but you can read his full explanation here: This infographic was made with the graphic design tool Venngage.

Draw an abstract geometric structure in Adobe Illustrator

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When it’s time to refresh the visual identities of Adobe software, we look to Behance for artists and artwork. Recently, Laurent Bompard’s illustration experiment caught our eye, and it’s currently the identity for Adobe Animate CC. Here, Bompard, an art director and graphic designer living in Vienna, Austria, explains in his own words how he created the design.  […]

Artist Hoekzema Douglas from Miami

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Artist Hoekzema Douglas from Miami (also known as Hoxxoh), he painted an incredibly beautiful, ever-changing street mural. After a layered process with a different color of the fill color, he can put an ordinary wall into a hypnotic masterpiece, looks like if you stand too close, you may be sucked in at any time! What? […]

Interview with graphic artist Kahori Maki

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Tokyo-based graphic artist Kahori Maki is renowned for her sensitive, fascinating visuals, which frequently take their inspiration from plants and human forms. She can create worlds of her own in just one powerful image. She’s also known for her flexibility: Maki works in a wide range of disciplines, from illustration and graphic design to videos and large-scale […]

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田中 一光 / Ikko Tanaka

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Born in Nara, Japan in 1930, Ikko Tanaka created a style of graphic design that fused modernism principles and aesthetics with the Japanese tradition. As a child he studied art and as a young adult he was involved in modern drama and theatrical study groups. In 1963 he formed Tanaka Design Studio where he worked […]

Creative logo design

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We often say, “this is a phrase with a double meaning” language, visual graphic language is such. Two kinds of meanings, such as the art technique into the design of logo, gives the logo graphic unlimited imagination, increase the connotation and rich taste: Save

72 quotes on design & creativity

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Some great quotes from the design community…

Use Optical Illusion in Design

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15 optical illusions that will blow your mind Source: http://www.designer-daily.com/15-optical-illusions-that-will-blow-your-mind-51985 Sometimes the human brain gets confused with the illusions at a first glance. Below we have 15 optical illusions which will appear something else if you keep staring continued. Have a look at them below! 1. Giant 3D globe It seems like a giant 3D globe, […]

Infographics: The importance of the rough sketch

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Adolfo is an infographic designer,He thinks preliminary sketches is the most important part of his job,these allow him to develop the ideas quickly and have a complete view of the infographic look before it is finished.I like hand sketch too, It help me to value composition,distribute elements on the graphic.Let’s see some of the infographics […]

Blog and resources at the Creative Market

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I just want to draw your attention to Creative Market – an online marketplace for independent designers. In addition to selling fonts, icons and tutorials, it also offers free resources each week and has a playful blog on design. A couple of articles on the blog I have found interesting and challenging are: How to […]

UEFA EURO 2016 Poster Series

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A series of posters created for each country represented at UEFA EURO 2016 in France, using elements from their respective flags.I am very appreciate with color and pattern. Save

Rebranding

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Branding is a tricking thing – creating a visual identity for a new company from scratch is a daunting task, but not necessarily without fun. Rebranding an established company presents its own challenges with words like “refresh” and “relevant” being bandied around and getting sign-off from multiple levels of management. Consequently, not every rebranding exercise […]

Beating designer’s block

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Those hours—or days—where you’re working on a project and just can’t seem to make any progress or come up with ideas? Thank designer’s block for that. We’ve all been there. Sometimes no amount of coffee, walks around the block, or cat videos can help you shake the feeling that it’s just not happening. And that’s […]

Ink Catalogues

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A pair of 200-page catalogues for two exhibitions that ran concurrently featuring two highly esteemed artists, Beauty Beyond Form—Wu Guanzhong and After The Rain—Chua Ek Kay. The two books obeyed the same layout system because of the similarities in both artists but the also sought to bring out their differences. Custom type was created for the covers and […]

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some magazines for designers

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1.Cereal: The photography style of this magazine is amazing 2.Gallery: The best graphic design magazine of the world 3.IdN: A magazine introducing various artists and designers 4.Wallpaper*: The world’s most influencing design life magazine 5.Design 360: Mainstream design magazine of Asia 6.kinfolk: This magazine integrates different aspects of art and design 7.Monocle: The most popular life style magazine of the world […]

Infographics

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Infographics, or information graphics, are nothing new. For years, society has harnessed the power of visual representation to logically interpret cause-and-effect through diagrams, timelines and flowcharts. From newspapers and magazines to city maps, scholarly work and textbooks, infographics in many ways are a staple in modern communication practice. In traditional public relations practice, infographics are […]

How typography can save your life

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An interesting article about how the right typographic approach can make a difference between life and death. Seriously!

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Vintage Travel Posters

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An interesting website is sharing some vintage travel posters around the world. http://vintagetravelposters.info

Handmade leather carving

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A chance opportunity to see a leather carving works, I am fascinated by its production process and effect. Handmade leather carving is an art form of manual sculpture . Made from high quality of the whole piece cowhide leather carve picture with ‘paper’. These are all handmade. Through traditional techniques. Make it has stereo feeling. […]


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