9 ways to find logo design inspiration

9 ways to find logo design inspiration

You’ve just taken a new brief from a new client and now you’re sitting at your desk waiting for inspiration to strike. But do you really expect the perfect logo design to pop up, fully formed, in your mind? Believe me, it could be a long wait.

Instead, it’s up to you to seek out logo design inspiration. If you let a wide variety of ideas collide inside your brain, gradually they should coalesce into the logo you’re looking for. The trick? Knowing where to look for inspiration in the first place. Read more


How to create dynamic lighting in Photoshop

As concept artists, our job is to reach out to our audience and connect with them on a profound emotional level. One of our primary tools to achieve this goal is lighting design. For this workshop I’ll build a scene using light to create visual interest and emotion. My process is to explore the idea through thumbnails, then bring them into Photoshop for colour development and finish. I’ll rework the scene several times using different lighting palettes to create a range of emotional beats. Learning to do this gives each of us the ability to become a visual storyteller, much like a musician who can score an entire movie with its emotional highs and lows rather than striking a single cord. Read more


Improve your creature art, Aaron Blaise

It takes time, patience and countless hours of practise and Illustrator tutorials to master the art of character drawing. During my early days at Disney, while working on films such as The Lion King, Mulan and Brother Bear, we would go through hundreds of variations of character designs. Because these films were hand drawn it wasn’t too difficult to imagine how these rough designs would look in the finished film. Read more


How to paint a painful expression

Discovering how to draw various facial expressions is no easy task. And not using reference is a sacrilege as an illustrator! I’ve taken workshops with some of the most legendary artists in the industry and they are the first to tell you to get some sort of reference, even if it’s just making faces in the mirror. But if you can’t, there are some characteristics that apply to any creature with human-like facial features. Read more


Rapid prototyping using Photoshop CC

Rapid prototyping using Photoshop CC

You may not realise it, but Adobe’s Photoshop is a great tool for rapid prototyping. With every revision it has added more functionality for web designers wanting to quickly createwebsite mockups to share with a client or build a design ready for a developer. The useful rapid prototyping features in Photoshop CC include the ability to isolate layers, tweak corners with the live rounded rectangle feature, and the ability to copy CSS attributes from individual layers – and the Creative Cloud provides useful collaboration elements, too. Read more


Animation basics: 5 pro tips for using keyframes

Animation basics: 5 pro tips for using keyframes

Learn how to get the most out of your keyframes with these useful tips from Rob Redman.

Animation is a task that lends itself to minimalism but by this I’m not talking about the action in your scene (although simple can be best there too) but in the keyframing of your action. It’s very easy to add keys to everything and you will soon be faced with a timeline that looks intimidating at best and unusable at worst. Read more


10 Mistakes Every Designer Makes and How to Avoid Them

10 Mistakes Every Designer Makes and How to Avoid Them

We all have them – design projects we’d like to take back. Some of them you can attribute to a bad design brief or youth; others you just want to hide forever. The good news is that you can often avoid design mistakes; the bad news is that every designer will fall in at least one of these traps at some point in his or her career.

But part of the key to avoiding designer mishaps is knowing what they are, so you can be aware if you feel yourself slipping into one of these bad habits. Read more