Inspiration — John Holcroft Illustrations


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John Holcroft is a Brittish illustrator  who has a penchant for screen print effects created digitally and inspired from old adverts and packaging from the 50s. I love the simplicity of his illustrations and the pungent social criticism he packs into each piece. 

 

 

 
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More of his work here.

 

 

Inspiration — Matt Taylor Book Cover Illustrations


 

 

Matt Taylor is an illustrator and designer from Brighton, UK, who spends his days crafting expansive, Americana inspired illustrations with a nod to the classic comic book art of the fifties and sixties. I really love the simplicity and great use of color palettes on his cover illustrations for the books of John le Carré, published by Penguin

 

 
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Take a look at the full series here.  Check out more of Matt Taylor's work at www.matttaylor.co.uk.

 


Nevada Desert, From Above.

IMG_3491IMG_3487 IMG_3484 IMG_3483IMG_3466IMG_3468IMG_3475IMG_3477IMG_3488 (1)IMG_3496 IMG_3502I took these photos last December, during my flight from San Francisco to Atlanta. The skies were incredibly clean from the West Coast all the way to Georgia. American landscapes can look quite lunar at times. Priceless.

Part of The Scam in The Creative Industry

The creative industry operates largely by holding ‘creative’ people ransom to their own self-image, precarious sense of self-worth, and fragile – if occasionally out of control ego. We tend to set ourselves impossibly high standards, and are invariably our own toughest critics. Satisfying our own lofty demands is usually a lot harder than appeasing any client, who in my experience tend to have disappointingly low expectations. Most artists and designers I know would rather work all night than turn in a sub-standard job. It is a universal truth that all artists think they a frauds and charlatans, and live in constant fear of being exposed. We believe by working harder than anyone else we can evade detection. The bean-counters rumbled this centuries ago and have been profitably exploiting this weakness ever since. You don’t have to drive creative folk like most workers. They drive themselves. Just wind ‘em up and let ‘em go.

Inspiration — Zoo Portraits by Yago Partal

Yago Partal is a creative photographer based in Barcelona. He works for the special effects studio DDT — Oscar for "Pan's Labyrinth". Zoo Portraits is a delightful and clever photo series featuring mugshots of different animals wearing human clothes. I love the colors, the crispness, the humor in it. Check these out – Zoo Portraits and Yago Partal's Portfolio. windows_of_ny.004 windows_of_ny.005 windows_of_ny.006windows_of_ny.007 windows_of_ny.008 windows_of_ny.009 windows_of_ny.010 windows_of_ny.011 windows_of_ny.012 windows_of_ny.013 windows_of_ny.014 windows_of_ny.015 windows_of_ny.016 windows_of_ny.017 windows_of_ny.018

Sidenote: You can use Fotomoto's nicely integrated widget to order prints without ever leaving Yago's website.

Senna, Lap of Life

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Ayrton Senna, 1960 — 1994. Today would have been his 53rd birthday. Here's a moving tribute. Great to hear Senna's voicing his thoughts, awesome soundtrack.

4 Useful Websites for iOS Designers

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www.appsites.com

   

 


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Showcase of beautiful iOS icons in their full size. It provides a great insight on different icon styles and allow you to look at all the details closely at 512 × 512 pixels. A great source of inspiration and also a good view on how other designers have resolved different visual challenges within the boundaries of an iOS icon.

www.iosicongallery.com

 


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How do I type primes with Helvetica Neue? This is a web and iPhone application for copying hidden characters that come with digital typefaces, to be pasted into emails, tweets, text documents, forums and whatever else you might need. Don't know the short code required to type that special character? This tool is your salvation.

www.copypastecharacter.com  


  square_photo_template.003The Noun Project

Icons are the world's visual language. The Noun Project's goal is to build a global visual language that everyone can understand, enabling users to visually communicate anything to anyone. They have royalty free, downloadable glyphs that can be really useful for mocking up apps and for figuring out universal visual metaphors for your next project.   www.thenounproject.com