Farmers in Focus – FW Awards 2017 photography

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Organising forty-five portrait shoots all over the UK using seven different photographers can be quite challenging but also very rewarding. Farmers Weekly Awards 2017 is my third year in charge of this project and has proved a success again. The aim of the Awards is to showcase the best of British Farming so my brief is […]

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Bad Design, Good Design

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Good design is everywhere. Many everyday objects are so perfectly suited to their task that we don’t appreciate their simple design. That is until we compare good design with bad design. In her project The Uncomfortable, Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani has deliberately created everyday objects that, with just a small change, are no longer fit for purpose. She originally used 3D rendering to create […]

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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 […]

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WordPress javascript tutorials

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In Matt Mullenweg’s 2015 State of the Word address, he gave the entire WordPress community a homework assignment – “Learn JavaScript, Deeply.” That focus, along with developments like Calypso and the REST API, is why Elegant themes just published a basic JavaScript tutorial post for beginners to get started with JavaScript.

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2017 Tableau Visual Analytics Forum@HK

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It was a great experience attending the 2017 Tableau Visual Analytics Forum in Hongkong last week. There were more than 700 Tableau users joined this event. Here are some highlights to share. Four sections of the conference -Visual Analytics and Innovative Thinking Two interesting case studies shared by TC Gan, APAC Presales Director First set of […]

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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:

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No connectivity story

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One of the very first things to do when travelling abroad is buying a SIM card to stay connected. But what if you didn’t? Or even better — what if you don’t take a phone with you in the first place? As an experiment, after crashing a phone’s glass, I decided to spend 14 days […]

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Another great Tableau infographic

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Amazing use of Tableau – i think they must be linked up to a database for this – an a lot of time put in to creating this.   Each tree has an id number and you can search street by street of New York city  

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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 […]

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Getting the most out of email

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Email is both a gift and curse. Messages can be sent at the speed of light around the world to several recipients with a time stamp marking it to the very second the send button was hit. This speedy method of communication means that many people feel it is now expected of them to reply […]

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Walmart web style guide

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A lot of work has gone into creating this, its massive but well worth it

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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 […]

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Wes Anderson’s Color

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2005, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2007, Hotel Chevalier 2007, The Darjeeling Limited 2009, The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2012, Moonrise Kingdom 2013, Castello Cavalcanti 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel  

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Design Heroes: Paula Scher

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  With a shining career in graphic design spanning four decades, Paula Scher is responsible for many iconic brands. She is most associated with a bold use of typography in her designs and with all the work she’s done creating brands associated with the city of New York, especially for public theatres, parks and museums. She also […]

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infographic – excellent

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one of the best I’ve seen – clear, impactful, genuinely interesting. Doesn’t indicate the pressure or density variation by elevation, but at each altitude it does show the composition – the Space Station has to be given a little boost regularly, because that bit of trace atmosphere slows it down. Source is https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/helium-balloons-offer-low-cost-flights-stratosphere_en.html?utm_source=HORIZON&utm_campaign=e5bef53b3f-News_Alert_20170623&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bdcf6f64ca-e5bef53b3f-121325569&mc_cid=e5bef53b3f&mc_eid=cab3a9e062

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A combination art of Chinese and Swiss

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Some harvests of Shanghai creative garden                

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TEST maps with Tableau

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

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New York Times new web design and newsletters

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A more joined approach with desktop and mobile design and how newsletters can increase engagement

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Guggenheim Art Library now online

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I would love to fill bookshelves with beautiful books on art that I can go to for inspiration. I lack the space and money to invest in a good art library of my own. The good news is that the Guggenheim Museum in New York has digitised over two hundred of out-of-print art books and exhibition programmes and made […]

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WordPress plugins for print CMS

These are quite old now so I’m sure there’s better ones now The Zoninator, which allows you to order content on your website by hand instead of chronologically. Edit Flow, which allows you to manage your workflow within WordPress through custom roles, statuses, and a ton of other features. Co-Authors Plus, which allows you to […]

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Design heroes: Florence Nightingale

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Florence Nightingale is a hero. In the nineteenth century, she revolutionised healthcare by developing the role and training of nurses as primary caregivers and highlighting the importance of cleanliness. Many people are familiar with the picture above of her as “the lady with the lamp” as she did her nightly rounds of the wards of a field hospital during […]

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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.  

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40 Top businesses using WordPress

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Do you want to know which big name brands are using WordPress? One of the common misconceptions about WordPress is that since it is open source, it may not be good enough for big brands. To disprove this myth, we have created a list of most notable big name brands that are using WordPress on […]

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55 most wanted WordPress tips

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This article is a 6300+ words of pure gold mine

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Using negative space to create shapes in photography

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I love this ad campaign for an animal adoptive charity in India. It is unusual to see this imaginative use of negative space in photography. The eye-catching campaign was created by McCann Worldgroup India, Mumbai for World For All.  

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The Times of London says focus on editions has driven digital growth

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The Times’ focus on editions has produced ups and downs for the paper over the past year. It shared a number of numbers meant to highlight its successes: The Times said the number of subscribers that pay for app and website access increased 20 percent, usage of its smartphone app grew 30 percent, mobile website […]

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Improving productivity

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There are only a certain number of hours in the day and we all have a lot to achieve in that time and yet our best intentions can sometimes get in our way. This article in the New York Times website (be sure to scroll past the adverts that spring up half way through), busts common […]

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Dear Data project

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Dear Data is a year-long, analog data drawing project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, two award-winning information designers living on different sides of the Atlantic. By collecting and hand drawing their personal data and sending it to each other in the form of postcards, they became friends. Each week, and for a year, we […]

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Flourish

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You may have seen an article called ‘This Google-Backed Data Viz Platform Was Designed For Non-Coders’ doing the rounds on social media recently. Intrigued?

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Airbus Beluga mega-transport

This is a new version of a special aircraft used to transport pieces of in-assembly aircraft between factories. Nice, simple, clear – but lacks any comparison with other cargo craft.

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Malofiej 25

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The 25th Malofiej Infographics World Summit recently took place in Pamplona. The event also includes the presentation of awards, which serve as a feast for visual inspiration…

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Tableau

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This Tableau infographic is one of the better ones I’ve seen, and does give inspiration as to what can be achieved, as most of the visualisations have been bland. Save

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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 […]

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Design Heroes: Christoph Niemann

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Christoph Niemann is a German illustrator who has built a reputation for a modern kind of quirkiness. Although I was familiar with his cover artworks for the New Yorker magazine, it was an episode of a documentary on him that really got me excited about his work. The documentary is part of a series called Abstract […]

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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.

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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

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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 […]

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Rainbow House

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Rainbow House Gorgeous color geometric patterns, Okuda logo hand-painted design, so that the house to re radiate new luster and vitality.

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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 – […]

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Never let an artist drink coffee!

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Indonesian artist Ghidaq al-Nizar had a habit of drinking a cup of coffee every day, began to draw on the leaves. Russian illustrator is a clever blend of coffee and cat pictures together. She said that each coffee cat has its own character, like every kind of coffee has its own flavor. Chinese artists in […]

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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.

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Some infographic works in 2016

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There are some infographic works which I did in 2016.

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Colour me inspired

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Looking for some colour palette inspriation? One website to start on is Colour Me Curious which is a tumbler of colour palettes submitted by designers. The latest trends seem to involve a lot of teal and pastels.  

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How to use color more effectively in your photos

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In the span of human and cultural evolution, the human brain not only evolved with the need to recognize and differentiate color, it formed an emotional symbolism with regards to the concept of color. Throughout history, people have used color to illustrate and symbolize moods and traditions. As a species, we’re not only drawn to […]

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