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.
Most of the artwork I produce myself for tutorials here on Blog.SpoonGraphics are based on basic geometric shapes. I’ve had plenty of fun in the past creating posters and designs using various geometric patterns. Today we’re going to take a look at some amazing artwork from elsewhere on the web, all of which are either constructed using polygonal meshes or simplified with basic geometric shapes.
Not only is creating characters lots of fun, it’s also a great way to get to grips with a particular design application. Regardless of whether you’re working in Photoshop or Illustrator, the techniques you learn can be applied to all kinds of projects. This post rounds up some of the best free character design tutorials on the web, every single one has been hand picked for its level of detail and quality of the final result.
I love browsing for hand letting artworks, not only are they a great source of design inspiration, they often promote inspirational sayings or lyrics which can lift your mood on a bad day. This post showcases 30 fantastic hand drawn lettering illustrations, each one boasting the quaint irregularities, textures and character of hand crafted type.