Lovely new logo for Halifax Public Libraries

Hi everyone, What do you think of this logo for the Halifax Public Libraries? Armin’s reviews is not a rave, but rather only points out it’s a big improvement from the old logo. I love it! It’s so playful, colourful, approachable. It makes me want to visit the library. J This may not sound like... Continue Reading →

Ladies, wine and design

Hello everyone! Are you back in shape and hard at work after the Christmas holiday? If you like design, good conversations over a glass of wine (I know you do!) then this is for you. Jessica Walsh, the brilliant designer who's partner at Sagmeister & Walsh in New York initiated the "Ladies, wine and design"... Continue Reading →

Best Xmas book gift ever

Here's one of the best books I ever received as a present: In the Company of Women. Written by Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, it is full of examples of wonderful women who overcame adversity and generally anything life throws at you and made it into the world of business and entrepreneurship. Some of their thoughts... Continue Reading →

Where to find affordable typefaces

Free is not always best. Far from it, actually. So, what do you do when you need a high quality typeface (or font, as it's known in popular culture) but don't have the cash to pay that much for it? Web designer Charli Prangley answers this for us! Coming across her video (check it out... Continue Reading →

Have fun with your glasses

Hi all, Let's add a bit of fashion to this blog's mix of topics. I came across Ace & Tate's style guide and, loving their concept, simply had to share it with you. If you are in search of a new pair of glasses (or not, but are just curious), they make it super easy... Continue Reading →

The best magazines at your doorstep

Meet Stack - an independent magazine subscription service which is committed to finding and bringing you the best of the best in independent magazines worldwide. Once subscribed, you can expect a different magazine to be delivered to you each month. The trick is you won't be knowing which one. This is exciting for all magazine... Continue Reading →

Best free stock photos

There's no such thing as a free lunch. Well… there may be. Read on to find out. We all recognise the value of good photography and its impact on design. This is why quality is more important than quantity and, as designers, we are willing to pay for a good stock photo or, even better,... Continue Reading →

Dear Bonnie, I love you

Bonnie Siegler, an accomplished graphic designer who, after partneting with Emily Oberman for many years, now runs her own studio, has decided to share her wisdom with the world in a weekly column on Design Observer, aptly called "Dear Bonnie". In her "truth-telling advice column", she answers questions from new and not so new designers... Continue Reading →

Dear design student

In my search for graphic design resources and inspiration, I came across Dear Design Student - a website with articles written by professional designers for us, students. Check it out as it's full of words of wisdom, advice and practical tips on how to deal with this new life once we start it.  

Reading minds

Does it happen to you sometimes to look at people around you and wonder what's going on in their minds? When I was a child, my father told me to try and learn from other people's mistakes to avoid making my own. I haven't always succeeded but his advice stuck with me. Maybe that's why... Continue Reading →

London replaces tube ads with cats

Imagine a commuting experience with no ads claiming your attention from all sides. Well, now your dream can come true - at least partly and provided you love cats. C.A.T.S. - the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service, managed to crowdfund an entire campaign to replace existing ads in the Clapham Common tube station in London with... Continue Reading →

Creative briefs

New to graphic design and freelancing? Need a portfolio but no one wants to hire you yet? Then you need to create your own work first. One of the best resources out there for this is Briefbox. The website has an impressive number of creative briefs covering all disciplines of graphic design, from packaging to print... Continue Reading →

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