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Adobe Live Events

The ‚daily dose of creativity‘ livestreams are now even more accessible; available in local language to inspire and connect creatives in Germany, UK, and France Adobe has today announced Adobe Live, its renowned series of live creative shows, will extend to the UK, Germany and France as a series of daily interactive livestreams, providing people with a regular dose of creative inspiration and keeping them connected and learning during uncertain times. Adobe’s focus on online event formats to… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

Trend: Retro Serif Typography

Serif typography is having a moment. From thin lines to interesting shapes and even modern serifs, this trend is taking over new website projects. What’s great about serifs is that they can add a certain flair or mood to a design based on the style of letterforms. This trend is using retro-style serifs in a number of ways. (Our favorite option is for display text that pairs a retro serif with a simple sans serif, to create some eye-catching contrast and variety). Here’s how to use this trend with some… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

15+ 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

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

New video interviews online from L.A.

For Slanted Magazine #35—L.A. the Slanted team met many great designers, artists and teachers, who all—really, all—when asked where their allegiance lies: with N.Y. or L.A., yelled „L.A.!!!“ without batting an eyelid. You can find their brilliant works in the new issue, and a deeper look at their opinions and views through  video interviews that can be watched online on our video platform for free! Watch the videos here! learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Julia Kahl | 

Referenz Grotesk

Referenz Grotesk by the Typographic Research Lab Open2Type is a contemporary typeface full of references referring to the type design history of Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Its typographic history holds a broad spectrum of shapes and characters, including F.H. Ernst Schneidler (1882–1956), Imre Reiner (1900–1987), Walter Brudi (1907–1987), Kurt Weidemann (1922–2011) and Frank Heine (1964–2003). Extensive studies about the academy’s typographic history resulted in the new font Referenz… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Betti Kuntz | 

Design Psychology: 8 Strategies to Use in Your Projects

Psychology, the study of the human mind, is a very complex subject that even the scientists struggle with. In fact, scientists and researchers are still trying to figure out why we have dreams when we sleep. However, thanks to many studies, years of research, and the dedication of brilliant minds like Sigmund Freud, we now have a general understanding of how the human mind works. As it turns out, our minds are pre-programmed to respond and react to certain things in certain ways. There are also… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

20+ Best Photoshop Filters + Plugins 2020 (+ How to Use Them)

If you’re looking for unique Photoshop filters to turn your photos into artwork, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we feature a collection of the best Photoshop filters and plugins you can use to add various effects to photos. There are many benefits to using Photoshop filters. They are quite useful in crafting creative graphic designs such as posters, flyers, logos, and much more. While Photoshop itself comes with a set of default filters they don’t offer much value. Thankfully there are… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Meltdown Flags

Meltdown Flags is a climate data initiative that visualizes the effects of global glacier retreat by reducing the amount of white in the flags of countries with glaciers. Glaciers are a source of life—they provide vital drinking water, help generate power for millions of homes, and are our most valuable indicators in understanding the future of global climate change. Without glaciers we would live in a very different world. Complete meltdown would bring sea level rise to a record high, and eliminate 69%… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Moby Digg | 

8 Tips for Designing Instagram Stories That Don’t Suck

Instagram stories are one of the hottest social media formats. The vertical format allows creators to share videos, photos, and mixed media content in a streaming medium, and introduces an entirely novel layout to design for. The tricky part is creating stories that are enjoyable, shareable, and help people engage with your account, brand, or even get clicks to your website. Here, we’re going to look at eight ways to create Instagram stories that help you meet goals, and stand out from the crowd… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

40+ Best Photoshop Logo Templates (PSD)

We’ve collected the absolute best Photoshop logo templates to help you choose a pre-made logo design as a starting point for your new brand. All these logo templates come in a PSD format, for you to tweak and customize in Photoshop. It’s all too easy to burn through a budget, crafting a logo that fits your business and mission. Some design agencies and freelancers charge thousands of dollars to craft basic logos that never really live up to your expectations. Logo templates give you another option for a… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

C/O VIENNA Magazine

„SMELLS LIKE CHEWING GUM“—The C/O VIENNA Magazine Beauty issue is full of interviews, reports, stories, photo and art works by internationally known and upcoming artists and authors. From which ingredients does beauty develop? Where do we find beautiful things in the world? What is beautiful? Who determines what is beautiful and what is ugly? We’ll try to answer these questions by talking to people who might have found the answer. The Beauty Issue comes along with contributions by: Bela Borsodi, Jakob… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

How to Add Fonts to Photoshop (Mac and Windows)

There’s no need to be intimidated when it comes to adding fonts to Adobe Photoshop for use in projects. Whether you’re on a Mac or Windows, adding a font to Photoshop can be a straight-forward process. Any designer will regularly need to be working with new fonts and typography, and knowing how to quickly get them working in your design app is a key part of your workflow. Today, we’ll walk you through how to add fonts to Photoshop (using a few different methods) so that you can speed up your workflow… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Think Like an Artist / a Designer, Don’t Act Like One

There are two new Publications by BIS Publishers which you shouldn’t miss, if you want to get a refreshing and entertaining first insight into the world of design or art. Think Like an Artist, Don’t Act Like One by Koos de Wilt provides a fresh look at the fundamental questions we face nowadays in daily life; about success, love, work, friendship, and about life and death. It is a lovely introduction to art history. It presents 75 ways to look at art and 75 life lessons you can learn from it. From… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

How to Loop a PowerPoint

A self-running or looping PowerPoint presentation can be great for using in booths at conferences, displaying information on screens before a live event/presentation, or even to use in the waiting room of a business to showcase information. The great thing is that if you can create a PowerPoint presentation, saving it for a looped playback is a breeze. You can loop a PowerPoint in two different ways depending on playback method – as a PowerPoint or as a video file. Here’s how you do it… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Animated Alphabet of Variable Fonts

If you’re interested in variable fonts, that are fun to play with, hop over to letterspace.amsterdam to find an Animated Alphabet of Variable Fonts. letterspace.amsterdam usually showcases Amsterdam’s typography through informal monthly gatherings, lectures and presentations at the studio of typographer Johannes Verwoerd and type designers Diana Ovezea, Sabina Chipară, and Edgar Walthert. However, with the 23rd edition of letterspace aligning with #36daysoftype and coinciding the height of… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Dirk Vis | 

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