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Following the huge success of last year’s “World’s Biggest Ever List of Graphic Design Blogs”, we’ve decided that we should turn it into an annual event – after all, more people than ever before are blogging and the talent pool continues to grow. This year, we’ve added in some additional categories including typography and image sourcing sites to help you along your way. The list is at least 40% larger than last year and is the one stop shop for all that you could need in terms of inspiration, reference material or tools for you to use. So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen…. drum-roll please!
Rainbow wool by Tiny Dino Studios Have you been following Viviana Izzo’s fabulously useful ‘ Marketing through colors ‘ series here on Handmade Spark? Viviana has been taking us through the rainbow, discussing the myth and meaning of each color and then (my favorite bit) providing us all with a long list of evocative descriptors. I think I’ve bookmarked every post – no more boring ‘orange’ in my Etsy descriptions, from here on in it’ll be ‘apricot’ or ‘flame’ or ‘salmon’
I've been working and, you could say, living as a designer for over 12 years now. Throughout these years a lot has happened, all of which caused me to grow as a designer and learn new things. In the beginning I had a vague idea of what was necessary to get better and succeed in the design industry, but it took me quite a few years to discover some basic concepts that really made me become a better designer.
Quilling has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s still as impressive and popular now as it was during the Renaissance. The art of quilling first became popular during the Renaissance, when nuns and monks would use it to roll gold-gilded paper and decorate religious objects, as an alternative to the expensive gold filigree. Later, during the 18th and 19th centuries, it became a favorite pass-time of English ladies who created wonderful decorations for their furniture and candles, through quilling. Basically, the quilling process consists of cutting strips of paper , and rolling them with a special tool. It sounds simple enough, but special skill is required to create more advanced shapes like marquises, arrowheads or holly leaves. All through the years, the art of quilling has remained almost unchanged, but new specialty supplies now allow quilling masters to create anything from detailed 3-D figures to wall-sized museum installations.
Today I thought I’d share something a little different, and hopefully useful for all you fellow dreamers- a list of some of the websites I’ve found that exude creative coolness or spark inspiration in some way. Some are well known and fun, others may be helpful or quietly inspiring. I hope these suggestions spark your creativity as they do mine! 1. My first recommendation is Moo. If you’re in the market for some really eye-popping business cards, stickers, etc. and you haven’t checked out Moo yet, DO!
This week I would like to show you 10 cool resource websites, each one of them offering various examples of images, links, wallpapers etc. Hopefully you will get inspired and can use those websites as a source for future projects. Now here are the 10 Cool Web and Graphic Design Resource Sites 99Percent This website is mainly about “ideas and how to make them happen”. You will find events and workshops listed, an all-around source for creative ideas, professionalism and improvement of performance.