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How to build light and shadow in charcoal

Posted by | May 22

Light and shadow can bring a new level of artistry and storytelling to our charcoal drawings. My professional work as an animation artist calls for a strong understanding of light and shadow. Indeed, it’s one of the most important art techniques in my toolbox. I need to have a technical understanding of how light works so that I can give a believability to the scenes that I create.  Passages of light and shadow can be designed to give special emphasis to each moment of a film. Vibrant contrasts of light […]

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6 tips for running a successful design studio

Posted by | May 22

Running a studio can be tough. There's business cards to think about, office chairs to buy and employees such as art directors to think about.  Here, leading designers and illustrators revealed the biggest lessons they've learned, and how these have helped them run their winning design studios or practices.  01. Give designers space to hone ideas Lippincott worked with Bain Capital to create a number of assets "It takes a village to execute a complex, global design project, but you can't underestimate the importance of the individual in that process," […]

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How To Reduce The Need To Hand-Code Theme Parts In Your WordPress Website

Posted by | May 22

How To Reduce The Need To Hand-Code Theme Parts In Your WordPress Website How To Reduce The Need To Hand-Code Theme Parts In Your WordPress Website Nick Babich 2018-05-22T11:45:05+02:00 2018-05-22T10:59:50+00:00 (This is a sponsored article.) Good design leads to sales and conversions on your website, but crafting great design is no easy task. It takes a lot of time and effort to achieve excellent results. Design is a constantly evolving discipline. Product teams iterate on design to deliver the best possible experience to their users. A lot of things might […]

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How to balance life and work

Posted by | May 22

Only co-founder Matthew Tweddle Achieving a balance between work and life is something I’ve always struggled with. At every stage of my career I’ve made the next creative challenge the most important thing in my life. But was I losing something in the process? Last September, I went to the Brand New conference in Chicago and heard Tosh Hall, creative director at Jones Knowles Ritchie, speak about his relationship with design. He talked about the need to strike a balance – for the sake of his sanity and to the […]

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How to use the rule of thirds in art

Posted by | May 22

Whether you're just learning how to draw and paint or are a pro composing a new piece, by following basic drawing and painting techniques and guidelines, such as the Golden Ratio, you'll be able to improve your art and design. The rule of thirds – used frequently by photographers – states that if you divide any composition into thirds, vertically and horizontally, then place the key elements of your image either along these lines or at the junctions of them, you’ll achieve a more pleasing arrangement and more interesting and […]

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How to create brand purpose

Posted by | May 22

CBA Paris’ head of strategic design Anne Henry Branding was originally about labelling and distinguishing one product from another, but today it has lost sight of this mission.  Brands are now seen as instruments of a consumer society, and much of the new generation denounces this system of commercial self-interest. As designers, it’s now urgent to question and realise the purpose of a brand in order to avoid obsolescence and remain desirable to today’s consumer.  According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, 69 per cent of the world’s consumers trust businesses […]

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The Grumpy Designer’s Summer Survival Guide

Posted by | May 21

Traditionally, summer has been a somewhat slow time – at least for this grumpy designer. Sure, there are projects to work on. But it seems like the big maintenance issues take a break along with everyone else on holiday. Well, not this year. You see, the world is a very complicated place. We web designers were never completely immune to its problems, but suddenly it feels like we’re thrown in the middle of it all. Between the expected launch of the WordPress Gutenberg editor, GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) taking […]

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Dark theme in a day

Posted by | May 21

Marcin Wichary has written a great piece that dives into how he used CSS Variables to create a night mode and high contrast theme in an app. There’s so many neat tricks about how to use CSS Variables (Chris has also looked at theming) as well as how to organize them (Andras Galante has an interesting take on this) in here. Plus, Marcin shares some tricks about using filters to invert the color of an image. I also also love this part of the article where Marcin writes: I was […]

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Learning Gutenberg: What is Gutenberg, Anyway?

Posted by | May 21

Gutenberg is the new React-driven SPA editing experience in WordPress. Oh wait, a string of buzzwords doesn’t count for a viable explanation of software? We’re going to unpack that string of buzzwords as we explain what Gutenberg is. Article Series: Series Introduction What is Gutenberg, Anyway? (This Post) A Primer with create-guten-block (Coming Soon!) Modern JavaScript Syntax (Coming Soon!) React 101 (Coming Soon!) Setting up a Custom webpack (Coming Soon!) A Custom “Card” Block (Coming Soon!) First, a before-and-after screenshot might drive home the idea for you: On the left, […]

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Learning Gutenberg: Series Introduction

Posted by | May 21

Hey CSS-Tricksters! 👋 We have a special long-form series we’re kicking off here totally dedicated to Gutenberg, a major change to the WordPress editor. I’ve invited a dynamic duo of authors to bring you this series, which will bring you up to speed on what Gutenberg is, what it can do for your site, and how you can actually develop for it. Who this is for This series is more for developers who are curious about this new world and wanna get started working with it. This series isn’t necessarily […]

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