Graphic & Web Design Archives

The prospect of getting some new typefaces are among the few things that get me really excited. It’s one of the perks of being a designer. When I got word that there’s another font bundle I immediately jumped on it to do some research if it’s worthwhile.
There is another great bundle for sale again over at Designcuts for only $29. This one is possibly their biggest collection ever as I kept on scrolling. Even if you would only use just a fraction of this collection it's really worth the buy because its really extensive and very diverse.
It’s a pretty good Friday for font hoarders like me. I don’t know about you but I’m always happy when I can add some pretty sweet fonts to my collection. This time there are 19 versatile font families with a variety of styles, including serif, sans-serif, slab-serif and script.
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.
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