By Danielle Fritz | Friday, September 18, 2015
All designers need a little inspiration now and then.
I was coming off of a draining advertising art-director role, feeling burnt out and desperate to revive my passion for the craft of design.
Intrigued by the hot hand-lettering trend, and having always harbored a love of sketching and typography, I set about creating mini hand-lettering challenges for myself—to take my design skills to the next level.
I won’t lie—it took time and persistence to learn these skills.
But in just a few years I’ve built a large reference library and growing portfolio of work, improved my ability to sketch multiple styles quickly, gained confidence in my lettering and illustration abilities, and pushed my conceptual thinking and writing skills.
And whether you’re new to hand-lettering or a seasoned pro, you can benefit from these challenges, too.
Give them a try!
By Mary Jane Begin | Thursday, May 14, 2015
A Rorschach test asks what people “see” when they look at a series of inkblots—then uses psychology to understand their individual perceptions.
As human beings, we read shapes in a highly personal way—but shapes can have a strangely universal affect on viewers, too.
Our instinctive response to both shape and color creates an immediate “read” of the message. As visual communicators, we need to pay attention to shapes in every composition to be sure the message we intend is the one that viewers receive.
How can we know for sure that our designs are … well, in good shape? Follow this advice.
By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.
On the final day of our 21-Day Drawing Challenge, we were asked to do a self-portrait.
By Kristin Ellison | Saturday, August 30, 2014
Today Von challenged us to go out into the world and draw what we saw for two hours.
By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 29, 2014
First of all, let’s just put it right out there: I did not finish today’s assignment due to a tight work schedule.
Today’s challenge was to fill an 8 ½ x 11” piece of paper with all kinds of faces, from people to puppies, from monsters to aliens.
By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, August 28, 2014
So, you know the cardboard backing on notepads? Today Von challenged us to create what he calls a cardboard doodle.
By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Today Von challenged us to drawn an eye as realistically as possible—and then to draw one as graphically as possible.
By Kristin Ellison | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Today Von challenged us to use the reference images of an owl and redraw it in an iconic style by reducing its form to simple flat shapes.
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