Graphic & Web Design Archives

One of my favorite projects to work on is designing book covers. They're always a very rewarding challenge. It's often an opportunity to express my creativity at its full potential which makes it fun. I recently designed two book covers, and for one of the books I also did the entire layout. The other one is Paul Boag's second Smashing Magazine Book 'User Experience Revolution'. Today I would like to share a bit of the process behind this design.

All about icons…

05 Apr 2017
In many of the projects I create there’s an important role for icons. They are everywhere and in almost every application or website we use (especially outline icons). Sure you can custom create them but that’s not always useful or practical. I only do this for the special ones that need a more personal or specific approach. So instead of trying to re-invent the wheel I turn to my always expanding icon library. I’m always on the lookout for the best icon resources. Here’s are the latest additions to it.
As a graphic designer, I have a lot of textures, patterns and backgrounds collected over the years. I actually have a whole library of them, but it’s something you never have enough of. You always end up needing something you don’t have yet.
If there is one application that has a role in everything that I create it would be Adobe Illustrator. The program just celebrated its 30th birthday. If one of the inventors of Postscript (John Warnock) wouldn’t have been married to a graphic designer, the app would have been very different probably. Without Postscript and the Macintosh, there wouldn’t have been desktop publishing.
As a designer you know that presentation is everything. When you put your creation in a real scenery it’s easier for the client to get an idea of how it will turn out once finished. You could schedule a professional photoshoot or shoot it yourself, but even then you would be spending hours digitally superimposing your artwork into place. That’s where having a mockup library comes into play.
In case you haven't noticed I've started a weekly newsletter. It was a much requested item that was on my 'todo' list. I'm ashamed to say that it goes back to the time that Google Reader was discontinued and people asked for a possibility to receive links & posts via email. The truth is that I never got around to it.
Back in 2010, I wrote this same tutorial, but back then Illustrator didn't have a Pattern 'tool'. The possibilities to create patterns was way more limited. The option I suggested then was to create a Symbol from the pattern fragment and then use instances of this symbol to cover the entire space. Today we have Pattern Mode to play and experiment with. It's one of Illustrator's features of I'm rather fond of.
Before diving back into Craft CMS I wanted to take a creative break to play around with the Font Lovers Bundle that I bought recently. More after the jump.
Every project is different and has its own style. A huge part in all this comes down to what font you are using. That's why it's great to have a variety of typeface styles at your disposal. Buying them one by one is usually expensive so I mostly wait until there are discounts or there's a rare great quality bundle.

Leafy Free Brush Font

24 Jan 2017
If you are always on the lookout to extend your typeface collection today is your lucky day! Today's freebie is called 'Leafy', it's hand brushed by Ieva and free for both personal and commercial use.
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