I was inspired by the Photoshop splash screen to create a piece of art using one of the oldest effects in Photoshop—polar coordinates. Polar Coordinates is an effect that takes a rectangular image and warps it into a circular image. You can also do the opposite, taking a circular image and warping it back into a rectangular image. There are quite a few uses for the tool, although I would guess the most common is in creating environmental maps for 3D programs. This is certainly where I’ve used it the most in the past. But aside from its 3D...Read More
I was recently asked on Quora: “Why are non-minimalistic designs often considered untasteful?” I thought about this for a while—it’s an interesting question. via GIPHY Here’s my answer: I think the answer here is two-fold. 1) The first is that minimalism inherently works well for logo design. A good logo should be instantly recognizable and should work in any setting—as a single-level engraving or as a multi-colored, shaded and animated 3D model. A good logo should be recognizable at 1/8″ of an inch and should still be aesthetic as the center piece of a full page design. Look at...Read More
One of the most important tasks of a designer is to create a hierarchy—to create an order of importance to the elements of a design so as to direct attention and make information more easily assimilated. Hierarchy is defined as: A logical way to express the relative importance of different elements by providing a visual guide to their organization. A text hierarchy helps make a layout clear, unambiguous and easier to digest. A text hierarchy can be established in numerous ways by employing different weights, sizes and styles of a font. Alternatively, a simple hierarchy can be achieved by...Read More
Is there a middle ground between design and art? I would say there is—and from a designer’s perspective, it’s the promised land; the Shangri-La of both design and art. Most designs require some art. I’d go so far as to say that design is “art with a purpose.” Whereas art by itself can be self-expression or done entirely for oneself, as soon as that art has a purpose—i.e., selling a product or an idea—it’s crossed into the realm of design. But where the line becomes blurry is the fact that Art does have an inherent purpose. When one creates a...Read More
Everything you need to know to start using embossing in your design projects and appear to know what the hell you’re doing. Embossing is simply raising the surface of your design so that it has some depth. It’s the real world equivalent to bevel effects and likely derives from relief sculptures—resembling most closely the bas-relief where the depth is perceived as a lot more than is actually there. The word itself is old French, coming from em (into) and boce (protuberance). As for how it relates to graphic design—embossing has been used as a finish for high end printed products for hundreds of...Read More
Artists, designers and illustrators love to produce fan art for their favourite movies and TV shows. As one of the biggest elements of modern pop culture, Game of Thrones has been the inspiration for many pieces of tribute art and personal works, with creatives making various kinds of digital paintings, illustrations and designs. In today’s […] Source: Showcase of Thrilling Game of Thrones Inspired Fan...Read More
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