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20+ Portfolio Design Trends in 2020

When was the last time you updated your design portfolio? (If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while.) Maintaining a fresh portfolio is a good way to show off your skills to potential clients and can be helpful when looking back on work for annual contest entries. If you’ve fallen behind with your portfolio design, or just need a new portfolio in general, this is a great opportunity to create something using trendy techniques and visuals. A modern portfolio using design trends can make a great… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Digital Underground Vol. 1

In Digital Underground Vol. 1, editor and art director Vincent Tavano reflects on the new approach to the discipline of digital design and its impact on the over all world of graphics. Artists have always given birth to movements; Cubism, Dadaism, Pop art, Brutalism, movements that marked their era and forever influenced the world of art. The 21st century and the advent of the digital medium have also drawn the framework of a new creative practice, digital design. The internet is a limitless playground… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Vincent Tavano | 

20+ Best 3D Fonts 2020 (Free & Premium)

Every designer wants their designs to stand out and look different. Yet they keep using the same fonts in their projects. The only way to create unique designs is to think outside the box and leverage new trends. So what if you used a 3D font in your next design project? 3D fonts aren’t new but they are rarely used in print and digital designs. Let’s change that. To show you how amazing 3D fonts can be, we handpicked a list of the best 3D fonts you can download and use with your own projects. Whether… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Pictoplasma in Isolation

Since 2004, Pictoplasma has been celebrating the best in contemporary character design and art at its annual conferences in Berlin and NYC. For the first time, and for obvious reasons, this year’s physical conferences had to be cancelled. No matter how devastating this year may be, Pictoplasma refuses to give up on 2020: This September 18th and 19th, the first ever digital Pictoplasma in Isolation is set to take place as a free 2-day livestream broadcast, awaiting all global character pioneers… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— pictoplasma in isolation | 

Troublemakers Class of 2020

The Troublemakers Class of 2020 is a remote workshop for design research and writing, and a support network for the killjoys, underdogs, outcasts, misfits, rebels, and downright troublemakers asking difficult questions on design campuses worldwide. Ours is a para-academic environment to nurture and hone ongoing research; a safer space for those yearning to find others who they can share, learn, and grow with. The Troublemakers reject the idea that design is an all-powerful, problem-solving discipline… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Madeleine Morley | 

What to Put on a Business Card: 8 Creative Ideas

What to put on a business card? It’s a tricky question. A business card that contains just the right information (and a stellar design) will grab attention and help you stand out. It’s the thing that makes someone else remember you, or your pitch. Even in a digital age, a business card is a popular–and necessary networking and communication tool. Having a great business card provides legitimacy to your or your business, it’s a quick and easy way to exchange information, and can provide ways to help… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

15+ Best Instagram Design Tutorials

Get ready to up your digital marketing – or just personal profile – game with stellar design tips and tricks for Instagram. We all know that the photo-based social media platform is so much more than images. It’s also a collection of videos, sound, and plenty of design elements to help bring your stories and information to life. Here, we’ve gathered a collection of tutorials that will help you create amazing Instagram designs that you can use and share. How to Split Images for an Instagram… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

SAND Issue 21

To mark a decade of publishing SAND, the editors are calling 2020 their „year of archaeology“ and have filled SAND Issue 21 with a mix of new discoveries and excavated favorites. And in the midst of a pandemic, they have gotten to know the pieces even more intimately, seeing them in a surreal light they could not have imagined when they began this issue. Archaeology is the study of context. It’s not just about digging up and admiring an elegant sculpture, but about reimagining the vanished context it… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

Graphit 2020

The GRAPHIT 2020 — Festival for Illustration and Urban Sketching is taking place in Erfurt from September 23rd to 27th. GRAPHIT explores cultural, artistic and creative-economic aspects of drawing, reflects contemporary visual culture and brings creative people together in a scientific festival format. The five-day symposium is taking place from September 23rd to 27th, 2020, packed with workshops, lectures, debates, and open workspaces. In addition, various special formats are being planned, such as… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— aennsing | 

25+ Best PowerPoint Portfolio Templates 2020

The main purpose of a portfolio is to show off your skills and experience. Usually, it’s done by showing examples of your work. But, when it comes to portfolio presentations, you need to think about the design of the slideshow as well. The layout and the design of your portfolio presentations play a key role in making a great first impression. Of course, you don’t have to spend days trying to come up with a great slide design. That’s what PowerPoint templates are for! We handpicked a collection of… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Find Just the Right Free Photo With Freerange Stock

Using stock photography can be a tricky business. You have to find the right photo in collections with thousands or even millions of choices, and then you need to know that the photo is actually safe (and legal) to use for your projects. That’s where Freerange Stock comes in. The stock photo service recently passed 750,000 members and specializes in delivering modern, high-quality stock images. The best part for you is that images are free to use. Here, we’re going to take a look at Freerange Stock… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

15+ Background Design Trends & Styles for 2020

One of the most important early design decisions you will make is what kind of background will carry a project. Should it be a single color, colorless, use trendy elements such as geometric shapes, gradients or wood grain patterns? Or would a solid background design can help make a project shine? Staying on trend with background design styles is important as well. A trendy background choice shows that a website design is modern and the content is new. A modern visual framework can even signal a user that… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

60+ Best Big, Poster Fonts of 2020

When it comes to designing posters and banners, there’s one thing that matters the most: the font. A poster without a great, attention-grabbing title is simply not an effective poster. A great poster font has the power to turn even the most straightforward layout into a compelling design. As Irene Etzkorn once said, „There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.“ If you’re still searching for that perfect poster font, you’re in luck. We found a set of fantastic poster… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Slanted in L.A.: Jeremy Mickel / MCKL

In a town like L.A. and on a production like Slanted’s, which brings together the material for a magazine, not everything has to work out. Often, the best things happen when they’re not planned, just as they did when we went to this gleaming city in fall 2019. We were happy to meet the luminaries from the local creative scene and we are thrilled to share our inspiring encounters with you. Jeremy Mickel runs MCKL, a L.A.-based type foundry and design studio, publishing original fonts and creating custom… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

30+ Face Mask Mockup Templates & Overlays

Wearing a face mask is not something you can choose to do, it’s the new normal! You might as well get used to it. Thankfully, designers are now finding creative ways to make face masks look more fashionable with custom designs. If you’re also working on a face mask design for a client or to sell in your own shop, you’ll want a great-looking mockup to showcase your designs in a professional way. We’re here to help you with that process. In this post, we’re featuring a collection of face mask mockup… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

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