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The Best of Draw a bad-ass geisha

In this geisha illustration I wanted to capture a grungy, dark, urban vibe, laced with elegant traditional Japanese elements. I thought about how to draw people to make them as interesting as possible, and the idea that kept coming up again and again was to make her ‘bad-ass’. That’s the …

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The Best of 4 awesome examples of handmade type in branding

As we explored in our feature on bespoke type, the branding trend for embracing a handmade aesthetic to lend your brand an air of authenticity is still going strong. However, in the onslaught of handwriting fonts taking over branding, how do you make sure your design stands out (and for …

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As Migrant Journal‘s six-volume mission to change the way we view migration passes the halfway mark; it’s not just the stark, black and silver cover that feels subdued. “Night, the moment of illegitimacy and illegality,” warns the opening editorial. “Drama, sins, crimes. The time for desperate actions and bad decisions. …

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The Best of Skittles drains the rainbow for Pride

What does a rainbow taste like, anyway? As we all know, a rainbow’s merely a colourful effect caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of sunlight through tiny water droplets in the air, so it’s unlikely to taste of anything unless you have a particularly rare form of synaesthesia. We …

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The Best of Create a simple colour chart

Getting to grips with colour theory can seem a little bit too much like learning maths or science. You may feel you just want to be creative and express yourself, not work out calculations. 3 huge colour trends for 2018 But colour theory is one of the fundamental art techniques …

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The Best of Transform your portfolio from good to great

Applying for a job in the design world can be a frustrating business. You’re certain in your own mind that you could ace this role; why can’t employers just take you at your word? In reality, nobody is ever going to take you on, or even invite you in for …

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The Best of What is WebAssembly?

WebAssembly (wasm) is different to other web APIs you might have played with. It’s a standard that defines a binary executable format for client-side applications on the web, which can be run in the browser while taking advantage of the speed and low-level hardware capabilities of machine code. While it’s …

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The Best of Create sets of product icons in Illustrator

Click the icon in the top right to enlarge the icons Illustrated icons can be a super addition to your design portfolio, whether you include them to reach a new group of potential clients, or to add more elements to an illustrated scene. In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’ll show …

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The Best of Create a wobbly text effect with JavaScript

Introducing effects to text and typography can add a whole new perspective to the user experience  on a website. But text is to be read, and getting too smart or clever with an effect can defeat the purpose of it.  So be smart, be clever, but make sure that your …

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The Best of Understand Disney’s 12 principles of animation

The 12 principles of animation were first introduced by Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in their book The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, which was originally released in 1981. In this book, Johnston and Thomas examine the work of leading Disney animators from the 1930s and onwards, and …

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