A weekly series exploring over 50 core design concepts, from the 80/20 rule to storytelling, all based on Will Lidwell's landmark design books, Universal Principles of Design.
John McWade presents a weekly series that touches on all areas of design, helping designers new and old sharpen their skills and create more powerful work.
The definitive course on creative folding for marketing, direct mail, and special events from the world's leading expert on folded formats.
Take this 5-day challenge to exercise your imagination and draw a few alternate takes on reality. Share your work with the hashtag #5daydraw.
Improve your drawing skills! Take a 5-day drawing challenge and experiment with different ways to draw.
Learn how to build a data visualization in Illustrator, using scripting for speed, accuracy, and repeatability.
Watch a professional artist at work, Von Glitschka, as he creates a type-based portrait, or "type face," of director Alfred Hitchcock.
Exercise your drawing skills and become better at seeing and capturing the world around you with Von Glitschka's 5-day drawing challenge focused on drawing and personifying nature.
Von Glitschka develops an illustration based on iconic Native American imagery, drawing a rough sketch and transforming it into crisp vector artwork with Adobe Illustrator.
Tackles the hidden symbolism behind how we depict our planet and teaches you how to use these symbols to give your logo designs more impact.
Give logo designs a handmade aesthetic and add a sense of authenticity to your client's brand and messaging, with tips from LogoLounge founder Bill Gardner.
Evan Cheng, character designer for Sesame Workshop, explains how a daily drawing practice and an alter ego helped him evolve his artwork and his career.
Learn how to create an album cover inspired by the punk rock movement of the 1970s, complete with "ransom-note" type, using Photoshop and Illustrator.
Create a poster-sized advertisement inspired by Swiss-Style designer Josef Müller-Brockmann's 1955 original.
Create a book cover design inspired by Bauhaus, with Adobe Illustrator.
Learn to re-create a gorgeous postcard from the Art Deco era, with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
Learn how to see and replicate light and shadow in your drawings.
Learn about six different visual effects, from transparency to optical illusion, that you can use in your logo concepts to communicate the right message.
Learn what it takes to design a digital magazine and make vibrant, engaging publications for today's digital subscribers.
Find out how the design firm frog helped FEMA create a plan for a community-run disaster relief program in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
A great band deserves a great logo. Learn how to take a client brief and turn rough ideas into a polished logo design.
Learn how to use Illustrator and Photoshop to create a distressed type treatment inspired by Grunge.
Create a poster design that invokes the style, spirit, and typography of the Constructivist movement.
Learn how to build an infographic that makes complex information easy to understand and visually compelling.
Learn about the possibilities and limitations of digital printing and working with variable data.
Build a Dada-esque typography treatment with Photoshop, Illustrator, and period-appropriate typefaces and color palettes.
Recreate a type treatment in the Art Nouveau style, using Illustrator, Photoshop, and historically appropriate typefaces and color palettes.
Learn how to create a new design inspired by nineteenth-century Victorian type styles, using period-appropriate fonts, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Watch Von take a simple, scanned sketch and turn it into colorful, vector-based artwork with Adobe Illustrator.
Learn how shapes and symbols help designers weave a story into their logo designs, and explore the mystery behind these forms.
Learn how to prepare your files for print and conduct a press check successfully.
Learn how to curate and present a mood board that will keep your project, your design team, and your clients on track.
Add dimension, texture, and color to your designs with Adobe Illustrator, and make your illustrations more rich and unique.
Learn to enhance the clarity and impact of your type—and your message—with effective use of color, contrast, and scale.
Learn about the basics of creating artwork for packages in ways that are practical for manufacturing and shipping, and make the products visually appealing.
Learn to write and use a creative brief for client-commissioned projects and ensure you have a roadmap for developing great design.
Learn to communicate and develop an idea through brainstorming and sketching.
Learn about the various types of embossing and die cutting as well as the proper ways to set up your documents to achieve consistent results.
Learn to avoid pitfalls, improve your design process, respond to demanding clients, and solve the creative problems that are involved in building a brand's identity.
Create an engaging presentation (in PowerPoint, Keynote, or any other presentation software), to better reach your audience and emphasize your message.
Transition your freelance design career into a small business, one step at a time.
Simple techniques to improve your layouts and refresh your creative vision, from the founder of Before & After magazine.
Explore the components of an elegant and readable book design, and the setup and strategy for designing a book in Adobe InDesign.
Open a wide range of practical and creative options by learning how to add spot colors and varnishes to your print designs.
Learn to protect you and your client's interests and ensure a great creative design with a well-written contract.
Provides tools and insights for self-employed designers just starting out.
Learn how to approach the challenges presented when creating a logo for a media company.
Learn to create an eye-catching and welcoming invitation using the Adobe Creative Suite.
Simple graphic design techniques from Before & After magazine to make your page, screen, or presentation look and perform its best.
Join professional illustrative designer Von Glitschka as he shares his experience on how to research, sketch, build, and present vector graphics.