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Ideas Designers Can Steal From Great Children’s Books
Children’s Books Are a Source of Endless — and Relevant — Inspiration Kid-less designers: You are beating me hands-down on sleep, gym, social, reading and movie time. Your minds are likely wonderfully clear of logistical tangles like scrounging up non-terrible snacks from a 7-11 in a pinch, or wrangling your kid crosstown rapidly without a carseat handy. But you are missing out in a single, enormous way. You’re missing out on all the great children’s books as a source of design inspiration.
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Filling in the Blanks of a Cryptic Brian Eno Album Cover
Prolific musician and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Brian Eno's work spans genres and decades. But no matter the sounds, the sights are the same: his album covers are always spectacles. This article ranks 10 of his best.
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Seeing the Invisible: A Q&A About Creativity With Painter Jinn Bronwen Lee
Jinn Bronwen Lee explores tonal nuance in old black and white monster movies and texture as a means for discovery. In this interview with Jude Stewart, they talk about being a Frankenstein but really being the monster, roadkill as inspiration, and why she paints images that can't be pinned down.
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Best Advice? At HOW Design Live, Be a Sponge
HOW Design Live is intense. Thousands of attendees. 80 speakers. Four days. But ask any experienced HDL-er, and they'll tell you: the best thing you can do is be a sponge. Soak it in, live it up, and be ready for whatever comes your way in May!
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6 Designers Turned Tattoo Artists to Follow on Instagram
Designers turned tattoo artists use their Photoshop skills to make inked magic.
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Mike Quon and A Lifetime’s Worth of Work
Mike Quon's been there, done that, and still wants to do more. His career as art director, designer, firm owner, and painter feels like it's barely getting started....even though he's got enough work for a gallery retrospective. Steven Brower talks with Mike Quon about what comes next.
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80s Design is Alive, Well, and Living in 2019
The 80s are taking us back to the future. With pastels and paper texture looks, bouncy typography, bold, bright, boisterous designs, 80s as inspiration is bodacious.
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Shantell Martin on design drawing, success, storytelling
Shantell Martin will take the main stage at HOW Design Live and takes some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about illustration, keeping it grassroots and what to do about project pitches that go unanswered.
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Convince Your Boss | HOW Design Live
Here's what we could do: we could give you a full list of why you should attend HOW Design Live in Chicago on May 7th. We'd talk about how it's a great opportunity to hear from industry leaders, to make connections, and to renew your connection to design. That's all great (and true, by the way) But here's really why you should go to HOW Design Live: because you actually totally, absolutely want to. Trust yourself on this one. See you in Chicago!
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At HOW Design Live, One Moment Can Make Magic
In its nearly 30-year history, the HOW Design Live conference has seen a couple thousand speakers, countless “aha” moments, tens of thousands of attendees and an undisclosed number of free drink tickets. Among all the numbers associated with HOW Design Live, we might argue that the most important is: 1. As in, the one meaningful, career-changing connection with another designer that you can make during the event.
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The Best Letterhead Examples We Could Find
The Best Letterhead Examples We Could Find We found some stellar company letterhead examples that showcase the KISS principle, creative thinking, and precise execution of brand identity. These designs reveal how to create a letterhead that embraces brand identity and draws the attention to the actual correspondence. #printmag #letterhead #greatdesign
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What’s at Design Miami/ This Year? Experimental Design
Coverage and inspiration straight from Design Miami 2018. There will be no tropical colors or beach themes in this edition. But you will find plllllenty of experimental goodies. #experimentaldesign #designmiami #design2018
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What’s A Dollar Worth These Days?
A roundup of wildly imaginative, conceptual art "dollars" from Richard and Judith Wilde and their design students. #printmag #makingmoney #literally #graphicdesign #100cents
Peter O. Zierlein's quirky, conceptually based illustrations never fail to delight. His editorial art has also graced the pages of the NY Times, The Washington Post, Berliner Zeitung, The Boston Globe and myriad others. Over time Peter, who signs his work POZ, has moved onto the streets and into the third dimension, with street installations.   #streetart #publicart #installationart #illustration #poz Commercial Illustration, Public Speech, Play Poster, Arte Doodle, Protest Posters, Protest Art, Editorial Art, First Amendment, Social Art
POZ Takes On the World!
Peter O. Zierlein's quirky, conceptually based illustrations never fail to delight. His editorial art has also graced the pages of the NY Times, The Washington Post, Berliner Zeitung, The Boston Globe and myriad others. Over time Peter, who signs his work POZ, has moved onto the streets and into the third dimension, with street installations. #streetart #publicart #installationart #illustration #poz
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John Gall and the Art of Collage
10 Years of Innovating with the Medium Hot off the press is a new book, John Gall Collages 2008–2018, from Aprilsnow Press, South Korea. Gall, who often employs collage in his design work, turned to the medium ten years ago to refresh himself creatively and explore the form deeper. #collage #artcollage #designcollage #johngall