We’ve all had that mixed feeling of elation and frustration when we discover a new tip or technique in a design app. You’re both amazed at how easy this new technique is while in disbelief that you never knew about it before! I’ve put together a list of the top 10 Illustrator tips I’ve learnt over the years that have completely changed how I design. Hopefully you’ll learn a few new techniques too that will completely transform you every day workflow.
Designers love bringing back styles from the past and giving their modern artwork a retro flavour. The 80s were all about bright fluoro colours, neon lights and scenes of electro futurism inspired by new computer technology. This post showcases 20 modern designs all based on the vibrant theme of artwork from the 1980s.
Nautical themed logo designs have remained popular for years, particularly in seaside towns and cities as businesses and restaurants preserve their coastal heritage. This post showcases some modern examples of how designers are using this naval theme in their logo designs, often incorporating icons of anchors, ships and rope as decorative elements or texturing the design to produce an old weathered appearance.
One of my old posts from 2008 titled Designing for Print – Setting Up Crops and Bleed quickly shot to the top of Google and has become one of the most popular posts on my blog. I haven’t posted much on the topic of print design recently, but I thought I’d provide an updated guide to designing for print. Here’s my tips and recommendations for setting up, designing and exporting designs for professional printing.
The hand drawn style of lettering and illustration is particularly popular in certain underground circles and communities. One of the most popular is the custom motorcycle culture, with retro and vintage artwork being designed for custom garage or club logos, posters and apparel. This post showcases 20 cool motorcycle themed illustrations that all feature the gritty and grainy style of old hand crafted prints.
Designing stationery as part of a branding project is always an enjoyable job. Not only can you express your creativity in the artwork, design for print also allows you to experiment with different paper stocks and inks to create premium quality goods. This post showcases over 40 must see examples of inspirational stationery designs by various talented designers. See how they spread a consistent brand across the various printed products to create a solid identity.