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Every Adobe App Explained

Every Adobe App Explained

Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, xD, Premiere… these are just a few of the Adobe apps we use on a regular basis. But as Humtog points out, there are over 50 different programs that Adobe makes, some that overlap with others. His 10-minute video does a great job explaining what purposes each one is best suited to.

Why Cooper Black Is Everywhere

Why Cooper Black Is Everywhere

The font Cooper Black dates all the way back to 1922, and over its century in use has appeared everywhere from David Bowie albums to ramen noodles, to signs for neighborhood businesses. Vox digs into the history of this playful, yet legible serif typeface, and why it became so popular.

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Cairo Throw

Cairo Throw

Artist Susan Kare is known for her design of the system icons used on the original Apple Macintosh. In addition, she created the Cairo “dingbats” typeface, which can now be enjoyed on one of Areaware’s woven 50″ x 70″ blankets, crafted from 100% organic cotton. Available in black/white, green/pink, or grey/yellow.

Layout Song

Layout Song

This short video proves just how universal the language of design is. Despite being entirely in Japanese, motion designer Ritsuko Nomura’s clip demonstrates the importance of using layouts, scale, and color to bring structure and legibility to information, regardless of language. From the NHK educational TV show Design Ah!

Nature of Form

Nature of Form

This visual reference book for designers includes hundreds of forms, patterns, and colors extracted from natural things like fruits, veggies, insects, fish, and more, providing a new source of creative inspiration. Sign up now for a 40% discount when pre-orders start in Feb 2020.

Scopio Stock Photography

Scopio Stock Photography

Could you use more photos to choose from for your design projects? Sign up for Scopio, and get unlimited access to a huge library of royalty-free images for use in digital medial like presentations, websites, and social media. This lifetime subscription deal is available for a limited time from The Awesomer Shop.

Youzign: Design Made Easy

Youzign offers a fast and easy way to create professional looking visuals, regardless of your graphic design experience. Their web-based app offers over 2,000 templates and over 1.7 million images, along with tools for producing just about any kind of graphic. Grab a great deal on a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

2D Game Design Bundle

Learn to build visuals for your own video games with this series of six intro-level courses, which cover the creation of game assets using free and open source tools like Inkscape and DragonBones. You’ll learn to make 2D characters and backgrounds, animate their movements, and design UIs and game branding and logos.

Pantone The Game

Pantone The Game

This colorful card game is the perfect gift for graphic designers and other visual artists. The game challenges players to use creativity to assemble abstract images of characters using 15 official Pantone colors. Opponents earn points guessing the images with as few clues as possible.

VHS Tape Covers Animated

VHS Tape Covers Animated

It’s been a very long time since we saved anything to a VHS tape, but this animation from 4096 reminds us that regardless of what random junk we recorded on them, the box covers of the blank tapes were actually kind of cool. The track is Before the Night by HOME.

Emotional Street Signs

Emotional Street Signs

April Soetarman’s work went viral when she anonymously installed what looked like a street sign, but actually said “Attention: You Are Wonderful And Deserve Every Happiness.” You can now get that sign as well as others she made by helping her raise funds.

The Look of Jazz Albums

The Look of Jazz Albums

Vox video producer Estell Caswell digs into the design language of album art from Blue Note Records, and how one graphic designer, Reid Miles, working with the photography of Francis Wolff – was responsible for many of the most iconic jazz album covers of all time.

SNL: Papyrus

SNL: Papyrus

Ryan Gosling stars in a hilarious sketch that will be most appreciated by graphic designers, as he portrays a man who just can’t seem to get over the fact that James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar used the Papyrus font for its subtitles and logo.

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Graphic Means (Trailer)

Graphic Means (Trailer)

Briar Levit’s Graphic Means is an upcoming documentary that will explore the history of graphic design production and desktop publishing, starting from the meticulous analog processes of the ’50s to the instant gratification and one man operations we have today.

Graphic Design Before Photoshop

Graphic Design Before Photoshop

With the increasingly digital world of image creation, Sean Adams of Lynda.com revisits just what it took to create layouts before tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quark Express existed. Who remembers Letraset rub-ons?

IKEA Men

IKEA Men

Designer Sedki Alimam took the iconic IKEA assembly manual guy and transformed him into various pop culture characters. We like the idea of an army of IKEA minions to help assemble our furniture. Show your appreciation on Behance.

The Art of the Side Hustle

The Art of the Side Hustle

(NSFW: Language) Jared Eberhardt’s two-part profile of the jaunty graphic designer and entrepreneur Aaron Draplin, co-founder of Draplin Design Co. and Field Notes. Your Pinterest board’s got nothing on his piles of junk.

Asura Playing Cards

Asura Playing Cards

The mythical Chinese and Hindu origin of the war between the Gods and the Asuras is beautifully portrayed in this 2500-deck limited edition design of Bicycle playing cards from Card Experiment. Uncut sheets here.

Game of Thrones Sports Logos

Game of Thrones Sports Logos

Society6 seller Vanadium made sporty logos out of the houses of Game of Thrones. For some reason they’re also available as t-shirts and hoodies, but not as jerseys or uniforms. Go figure.

Magnificient Map of Rap Names

Magnificient Map of Rap Names

Pop Chart Lab took their ballin’ Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names to the next level and freshened it up with bling. The 39″x27″ Magnificent Map of Rap Names contains a whopping 636 rapper names.

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Constitutions of Classic Cocktails

Constitutions of Classic Cocktails

68 cocktails with corresponding diagrams, mappings of spirits, garnishes, and more adorn this clever signed and numbered, limited edition guide to classic cocktails poster from the Pop Chart Lab.

Kid Identifies Brand Logos

Kid Identifies Brand Logos

Graphic designer Adam Ladd had his 5-year-old daughter look at popular brand logos and say what she thinks they are. Guess which of the four logos above she was able to name.

Brand Memory Game

Brand Memory Game

Equal parts game, social commentary and homage to iconic logos, the Brand Memory Game has players identifying matching cards based on the colors, style and typography of famous brand logos.

Movie Poster Templates

Movie Poster Templates

Movie posters have to convey a lot in a small space, so designers rely on certain themes, layouts or designs. Here are a few tried and tested ones, collected by Christophe Courtois.

2012 Time Traveler’s Calendar

2012 Time Traveler’s Calendar

True time travelers don’t just have the present in mind. Cop the 2011 calendar, or better yet pre-order the 2012 edition. It has 155 references from 95 movies, TV shows, games and comics.

Jamie Oliver Packaging

Jamie Oliver Packaging

We love the eclectic collection of fonts and simple yet playful style that Pearlfisher has used to completely revamp the packaging for Jamie Oliver’s in store food and houseware lines.

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