I’ve always loved the illustration and patterns featured on playing cards and it’s obvious that other designers and illustrators do too, there’s some really inspiring takes on the classic deck of cards. In this post I’ve collected a showcase of over 25 amazing custom playing card designs featuring unique artwork. There’s some really awesome intricate illustrations of the four suits as well as some pretty clever modern design concepts.
You have three options when it comes to creating a trendy vintage style logo or insignia: Buy a premium script font, draw your own or use a free font. The free option sounds great but it can be difficult picking out quality typefaces from the hoards of cheesy display fonts that litter free font libraries. In this post I’ve compiled the best script and cursive fonts that would suit a vintage style logo. All these fonts are tried and tested and available for commercial use, making them perfect for both fun and client project use.
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.