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Super Realistic Pencil Drawing Examples

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 7th 2013
Super Realistic Pencil Drawing Examples

Pencil drawings depend mainly on graphite pencils that have different shapes and manufacturers, though some artists use graphite and other pencils, such as charcoal pencils in the same artwork. Generally, the materials used in pencils vary from graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, carbon pencils, colored pencils, and watercolor pencils. Before we dig into some of the most amazing pencil drawing artwork, let us learn some fun facts about pencil drawings that some of us already use without knowing the rule... CONTINUE READING

Communications Designer Darrin Crescenzi on the Importance of Brand Positioning

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on May 31st 2013
Communications Designer Darrin Crescenzi on the Importance of Brand Positioning

Darrin Crescenzi’s portfolio is spectacular, with particularly striking designs from his time spent with Nike. The impressive ‘Sigils of the Houses of Westeros’ poster also stands out; this re-brand of fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’ was named one of the ‘Best Branding Projects of 2012’ by Fast Co. Design. In addition, Crescenzi’s other projects include pieces for contemporaries such as designer, director and illustrator Adam R Garcia. We wanted to find out more about the inspiration behind Darrin Crescenzi’s... CONTINUE READING

“The Creativity Workshop” Impact on Graphic Designers: An Interview with Founder, Shelly Berc

By: Matt Cannon on May 30th 2013
“The Creativity Workshop” Impact on Graphic Designers: An Interview with Founder, Shelly Berc

She believes that creativity is a common denominator of humanity and she is passionate about educating individuals and organizations about how to develop this uniquely human gift. Berc emphasizes that many of the creative thinking processes that a scientist, a CEO, and an artist go through are extremely similar, even though the outcomes are as different as can be. In 2000, she left academia to dedicate herself wholly to The Creativity Workshop, which she founded in 1993 with Alejandro... CONTINUE READING

Don’t Miss Out! HOW Design Live Creative Freelancer Conference 2013

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 29th 2013
Don’t Miss Out! HOW Design Live Creative Freelancer Conference 2013

The 2012 Creative Freelancer Conference (CFC), held in Boston made a huge impact on me as well as many of the people I spoke with (readers can get the recap here) as evidenced by the number of them who were repeat attendees. This year CFC is set to take place in San Francisco, CA and promises more of the proven advice, inspiration and networking opportunities attendees have come to expect. We spoke with Ilise Benun; founder of Marketing Mentor... CONTINUE READING

Is Your Head in the Cloud?

By: Neil Tortorella on May 23rd 2013
Is Your Head in the Cloud?

Adobe offers a variety of subscription levels for Creative Cloud. The 30-day free trial provides 2GB of storage, but allows for only limited access to the array of applications. Its standard $49.99 US/month “Complete Individual” subscription provides full versions of Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Acrobat®, and more, along with full access to services to help subscribers create mobile-ready content and apps; 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration. It does, however, require an annual commitment that is billed... CONTINUE READING

Beyond Perfect: Typography Master Alan Kitching at Monotype

By: Evan Johnston on May 21st 2013
Beyond Perfect: Typography Master Alan Kitching at Monotype

“This has no foundation to it, it just appears,” said Alan Kitching, holding up an elegant poster near the podium where he spoke. He was talking about the type on the poster, which had been set, like almost everything in the last twenty years, on a computer. Kitching spoke as part of Monotype’s Pencils to Pixels series—a lecture series which talked about the history and future of graphic design, although he said in referring to his work, “Pencils to... CONTINUE READING

LIVESTRONG Foundation Drops Lance from their Logo

By: Matt Cannon on May 16th 2013
LIVESTRONG Foundation Drops Lance from their Logo

The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America’s top cancer non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating... CONTINUE READING

C J Hancocks Interview: Creative Juice and Learning Curves

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on May 15th 2013
C J Hancocks Interview: Creative Juice and Learning Curves

Charlotte’s creative projects include York University Freshers’ Week 2012 branding and publicity campaign, a set of autumn wedding stationery and most recently, the logo and website for the Mat Davis Foundation. We wanted to find out more about Charlotte’s progression from design student to professional freelancer and web-developer… Tell us about yourself- when did your graphic design journey begin? I’m a graphic/web designer and self-proclaimed design addict. I love designing all sorts of things from logos to posters but... CONTINUE READING

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