Web & Graphic Design Illustration

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Alfalfa Studio Uses Adobe Muse for NYC Website Design

When Adobe approached Alfalfa Studio about constructing a website using Adobe Muse exclusively, the branding and graphic design firm jumped at the opportunity. Although Alfalfa is well-versed in the art of website design, Muse would allow them to work using intuitive templates and without the limitations of code. The result is a stunning love...

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Creative Ideas: Break Out of your Comfort Zone

If your morning goes anything like mine, it begins with several taps to the snooze button, java and a musically diverse commute before settling in to stare at the computer for the next eight or so hours. While this routine rarely hampers my overall creativity, it doesn’t exactly jump start it either. That’s precisely...

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Designer Doogie Horner Illustrates 100 Ghosts

Aside from Casper, whose friendliness is underscored by the designation following his name, most people generally don’t think of ghosts as amiable creatures. Designer, stand-up comedian and writer Doogie Horner, however, took a different approach when creating “100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts.” In this humorous depiction of 100 phantoms you might see...

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Adobe Ideas App Encourages Drawings On The Go

Creative minds cannot be limited to the nine-to-five, and for anyone who has had a Eureka moment in the grocery store checkout line only to forget it on the ride home, you need an app that can help you create wherever you are. Adobe Ideas can (and wants to) be that app. Newly updated,...

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Superhero Illustrations with a New Wave Twist

With the continued success of Comic-Con and the various DC Comics and Marvel franchise blockbusters, it’s safe to say that our fascination with superheroes may be at an all-time high. So it is a little surprising when a superhero-themed design really stops us in our tracks, but alas, designer Butcher Billy has accomplished this...

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Typography and Picture Postcards

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, getting mail is one of my favorite things. In fact, if I took a cue from Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” and wrote a Karli Petrovic version of the favorite-things ditty, “brown paper packages tied up with strings” would still make the cut. The...

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Bluebird Picture Book Addresses Bullying

When I was little, my favorite bedtime book was “Goodnight Moon.” Looking back today, the mix of bright colorful pages and black-and-white images, along with simple rhymes, still makes me smile. Sure, from a design standpoint, the book shows its age in color palette and typographic treatments but, for me, the charm remains. Nowadays,...

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Illustrating The Indie (Type) Alphabet

Designer Jim Billy Wheeler takes singing the ABCs to an entirely new level of awesome by illustrating a font inspired by indie band names. From Arcade Fire and Little Dragon to Karen O and Hot Chip, Wheeler manages to maintain the spirit of the artist or musical group when creating the letters. Take for...

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Beautiful Sketchnotes From SXSW 2013

Didn’t make it to SXSW this year? Designer Gerren Lamson (who recently became CCO of Creative Market) did and he was kind enough to take copious illustrated notes and share them on his Flickr page. Looking at his sketchnotes made me super bummed that I didn’t make it down to Austin this year. Come to think...

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Hand Drawn Type By Matthew Allen

Designer/illustrator Matthew Allen recently created this hand drawn type for Bon Appetit magazine. The California-based creative specializes in typographic illustrations for clients including Crate and Barrel, PB Teen and Simple Shoes. He got his start at Surfer Magazine, where he developed both his art directing and illustration skills. For more resources about handmade elements...