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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 | 

25+ Best Affinity Publisher Templates & Assets 2020 (Free & Premium)

Affinity Publisher is a great, affordable alternative to Adobe InDesign. And much like InDesign, Affinity Publisher also supports pre-made templates. With Affinity Publisher templates, you can easily create professional-looking documents, brochures, flyers, and more with just a few clicks. We handpicked some of the best Affinity Publisher templates to show you what kind of designs you can make with the software. You can download and use them for your own projects as well. Adobe InDesign (IDML)… learn more

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Slanted in L.A.: Benjamin Woodlock / Abstract Office

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. Benjamin Woodlock is a designer and educator based in Los Angeles. In 2013 he launched Abstract Office, an… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps

In addition to creating presentations, did you know you can use PowerPoint to design other elements such as posters? Today, we’re walking you through exactly how to make a poster in PowerPoint. While not everyone thinks about making a poster design in PowerPoint, it’s actually pretty easy—and is a viable option if you need something quickly, or don’t have other design software available. (Posters made in PowerPoint are frequently used in academic settings for assignments and event promotion on college… learn more

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Fck Rcsm Pstr

FCK RCSM PSTR is a poster platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement. You can download these posters for free to demonstrate for justice, equality, and against racism. You can print them, hang them in your windows, protest on the streets, and post them on social media! To create the website and posters, graphic design studio thekitchen used typefaces that were designed by Black designers only. Society is still dominated by white privileged men. Working in the creative industry is also part… learn more

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10 Best Graphic Design Portfolio Examples + Templates

Every designer has a portfolio that acts as their online resume. It’s what you use to win clients, show off your skills, and differentiate yourself from the other designers. Graphic design portfolio websites usually look similar. There are elements and sections that are fairly common among them. But, there are a few who go above and beyond to make their portfolios look incredible. And wow their potential clients. This post is all about those designer portfolios. In this list, you’ll find some of the… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Slanted in Rhineland-Palatinate: Monika Debus

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. Awards such as the State Prize for Arts and Crafts promote, amongst others, outstanding gem and jewelry designers, ceramists, silversmiths, carpenters, barrel makers, and textile designers of the region… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

Vector vs. Raster: What Do I Use?

With all of the image options and file formats out there, it can be a little overwhelming when you are choosing what file type to use (and send to clients). Compatibility is always a concern when you are working with different file types, but when it comes to graphics and images the type of computer graphic format you use is essential to how the image renders. There are two types of digital graphics files – vector and raster. Vector images are made of hundreds of thousands of tiny lines and curves (or… learn more

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15+ Best Lightroom Tutorials for Beginners + Pros

Adobe Lightroom is an industry-standard tool for photographers. It allows you to edit, organize, store, and share photos and works with other Adobe tools and cross-device. It isn’t that easy to get started with, and these Lightroom tutorials will give you an incredible boost. Whether you are new to Lightroom or are looking to expand your skills, this roundup of tutorials has something for everyone. The more beginner tutorials are at the top and progress slightly in difficulty as you move down… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

8 Best Code Editors for Designers in 2020 (Free & Premium)

Having at least a basic understanding of coding is an important skill that every designer should have. Knowing your way around website design, HTML, and CSS will help you stand out among other designers. Even if you’re a graphic designer working on print designs, you’ll never know if or when you’ll land a high-paying job to design a website or even parts of a website. Having some front-end design skills will definitely help advance your career as well. The process of learning front-end design and… learn more

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