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Letter&Co. is an intensive multi-week, hands-on type program, conceived for creatives, that want to take their first steps into font making. It accompanies through the process of creating a unique concept for a font. If you would like to learn how to do it, from sketch to working font, including ways of publishing and marketing it, this is your chance! Registration is open from Friday 4th September until Friday 11th September, 2020. THE PROGRAM Letter&Co. is an online program for type design… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Julia Kahl | 

Slanted in Rhineland-Palatinate: Communication Design—University of Applied Sciences Mainz

The newly released  Slanted Special Issue Rhineland-Palatinate deals with regional design as well as arts and crafts. The German federal state has a long tradition of arts and craftsmanship, supported and kept alive by a strong middle-class as well as strong regional institutions and cultural drivers. This also includes the Communication Design course of the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, which is one of the three fields in the university’s Design Department. The University of Applied Sciences… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

Van Gogh. The Complete Paintings

I have always been a big fan of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and I own several books documenting his work. This 752-page, 3.5 kg compendium by TASCHEN brings together all 871 paintings alongside writings and essays for the first time and thus provides the first comprehensive presentation of his work. In Taschen’s press release it says: Today, the works of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) are among the most well known and celebrated in the world. In paintings such as Sunflowers, The Starry Night, and… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Julia Kahl | 

Icon Design in 2020: The Key Trends

Icons might be one of the most important – and underrated – examples of design in your portfolio. Here’s a look at icon design with some inspiring examples. Icon elements are shown almost everywhere, but sometimes get produced as an afterthought. That shouldn’t be the case. Great icon design can be distinctive and add finesse and flair to a project. Let’s take a look at what’s new, and what’s hot in icon design in 2020! Hand Drawn Icons Hand drawn icons are not only a trendy style… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Designing with Artificial Intelligence

From September 17th to 19th, 2020, the online conference Designing with Artificial Intelligence will discuss how new technologies can change the world of design and what opportunities and risks are involved. A detailed description and information about the program and the speakers you find here. Machine-intelligent systems and processes are no longer simply science fiction. Users are now surrounded by an overwhelming amount of digitally intelligent applications. These applications, while running… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

22+ Best Logo Reveal Templates for After Effects 2020

The logo reveal scene, or the logo stinger, is arguably the most important part of any video. Whether it’s a YouTube video, a social media promo, or a corporate video, the way you reveal your branding help leave a lasting impression on your audience. It usually takes a lot of experience and effort to design a creative logo stinger in After Effects. But, thanks to logo reveal templates, you can now add a unique logo stinger to your own videos almost instantly. We found some amazing After Effects logo… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 


Spitzkant is a serif typeface family that is characterized by strong contrasts. Pointed, sharp serifs and edges contrast with round and fine forms, making it very individual and expressive. This makes it particularly suitable for branding, editorial, packaging, and advertising. The high-contrast display version has been complemented by a lower-contrast text version, making Spitzkant in combination suitable for both strong headlines and extensive body text. An allrounder that can be used for many purposes… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

Walzstipendium 2021

In the 550th year of Johannes Gutenberg’s death, the Verein für die Schwarze Kunst (En: Association for the Black Arts) therefore initiated the Walz für Handsatz und Buchdruck, in the context of which it enables friends of artistic handicraft professions to go on several „walks“ each year to currently up to 17 different workshops all over Germany. For 2021, the association will offer up to seven walks for two months each in changing workshops. Four of these are reserved as Walzstipendium 2021 (En: … learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

How to Create & Save a Preset in Lightroom

If you’re an Adobe Lightroom user, learning how to save a preset can make your workflow much smoother. Today we’re going to teach you how to create your own Lightroom presets in a few quick steps. A Lightroom preset is a „package“ of settings that can speed up the photo-editing process. Presets can be reused to create the same effects over and over again. Using them can take a lot of time out of the editing process for repetitive actions. We have a full guide to Lightroom Presets if you want to… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Rethinking Table Design for Mobile

There might be a problem with that table on your website. It doesn’t look or function well on my phone. It sounds like a simple problem (that should have a simple solution), but might not be quite as simple as you’d think. There are a variety of reasons that could contribute to this issue – lack of responsiveness, creating tables as images, odd data formatting that makes a mess – but there are also viable design solutions. Let’s walk through ways to rethink table design so that your data and… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

20+ Best Color Fonts of 2020

OpenType fonts created a whole new world of possibilities for typography. And one of the best inventions made from OpenType features is color fonts. Some call color fonts the next big revolution in graphic design. Others say it’s going to change the way we use typography. One thing is for sure that color fonts can make your design look more incredible than any other type of font available today. Instead of using the same boring styles of fonts, color fonts allow designers to get more creative and step… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Indiecon 2020

This weekend from September 5th to 6th, Indiecon 2020 will take place in Hamburg. There is still the possibility to register for a visit. Indiecon is a two-day publishing festival set at Hamburg’s Oberhafen, a former freight yard now creative quarter right in the city centre. Its mission is to bring together independent publishers from all over the world and share the ideas usually bound on paper. Founded in 2014, Indiecon has since developed into a regular platform for an international scene of… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

30+ Modern Professional PowerPoint Templates

In today’s collection, we’re bringing you a set of fresh new modern, professional PowerPoint templates for creating presentations that stand out from the crowd. Give your presentation a modern edge, and convey your message in a professional way. We handpicked a collection of unique and modern PowerPoint templates that you can use for crafting slideshows for all kinds of presentations, including startup pitch decks to business projections, photography, marketing, design, and more. We’re also sharing our… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Collection of Research on Chinese Typography

As the earliest and leading research & culture project about typography & graphic design culture in the Chinese speaking world, The Type has pioneered reports, dialogues and research since 2007. It is now launching its first bilingual publication (English & Chinese), Collection of Research on Chinese Typography, a three-volume bundle that aims to introduce the international audience into Chinese typography from the insider’s perspective. Titled Shanghai Type: a slice of modern Chinese type… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— thetype | 

15+ Best Photoshop Action Tutorials

Photoshop actions are a great tool if you are a fan of Adobe’s photo editing software. Actions allow you to complete a series of tasks all at once, and on multiple files, after creating the initial action. Actions can help you perform routine edits quickly with one click or include modal controls that let you enter values in a dialog box while playing an action. Here, we’re going to look at some of the best Photoshop action tutorials, guides, and explain and how to use them. How to Use… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

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