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Forward Festival 2020 Vienna

For six years now, the  Forward Festival has been a popular hotspot for creatives and those interested in the creative scene. With this year’s motto Digital Eyes, the Forward Festival 2020 Vienna will take place October 8th and 9th, digital, analog and yet anything but binary. Digitization and technology are no longer exclusively future-visioned terms, they came to stay. It affects us all, our work, the market, it changes and will no longer become less. With our heads in our smartphones, we seem to… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 
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Affinity Designer vs Illustrator: Pros & Cons Compared

It’s been more than three decades since Adobe introduced us to Illustrator. All this time, Illustrator has been the go-to software for vector graphics design. Ask any expert designer and they’ll tell you how they can’t even think of switching software. Illustrator is now part of their workflow and career. Adobe used this loyalty to their advantage, by converting their software licensing to a subscription plan. You now have to pay a monthly price to keep using the software. For some people, it’ll still… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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15+ Best Responsive & HTML Email Design Tutorials

How do you design an email that will result in plenty of opens and strong click-through rates? There’s a little art – and luck – that goes into email design. Whether you’re looking at the graphic and visual design, or the responsive HTML development side, email design can be a tricky business. Here, we’re going to look at some tutorials to help you learn everything you need to know about email design, from some basics to more advanced techniques to help you make this most of this digital marketing… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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5 Procreate Tips for Pro iPad Design

Procreate is the main reason artists fell in love with the iPad Pro. It’s the app that transformed the iPad into the portable drawing pad that every artist dreamed of. Procreate is an app full of amazing features and possibilities. Today we share with you some of the best Procreate tips to help you make the most of this app. Whether you’re just getting started with iPad Pro and Procreate or an expert looking for useful tips, this guide will surely help you create professional art using the popular iOS… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Typologie, a Typographic Palette

Through more than a hundred unique font specimens, Typologie, a Typographic Palette is an immersion in contemporary French type design, in its broadest, most eloquent and heterogeneous expression. The book takes the form of a color chart in order to illustrate the plurality of type design in France, and the multiple inspirations and compositions of the type foundries behind it, with their similarities and their singularities. In this way, this typographic palette is a gateway to a better understanding… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Studio Recto Verso | 
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50+ Best Lightroom Presets of 2020

If you’re looking to supercharge your design workflow this year, updating your Lightroom presets with a new, powerful collection is a good idea! Lightroom presets let you instantly fix, improve, and enhance your photos with a single click. And we’ve found the perfect set of presets just for you. Having the right set of Lightroom presets can be a huge time-saver for designers. Everything from retouching portrait photos, to adding stunning visual effects, enhancing interior photos, optimizing HDR photos… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Slanted in Rhineland-Palatinate: Beratungsstelle Formgebung

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 | 
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15+ Key Logo Design Trends of 2020

Need a new logo? Whether you’re starting from scratch or just planning a tweak to a current mark, understanding shifts in logo design trends can help you create a design with a modern touch. The theme in logo design is to create something simple and distinctive. With so many new websites and brands and companies coming online almost every day, it’s no wonder that logos are trending toward designs that stand out. Here’s a look at a few logo design trends for 2020, and how you can make them work for you… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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50+ Best Free PowerPoint Templates (PPT) 2020

Not everyone can afford to buy premium PowerPoint templates to create their slideshows. But, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a default template. There are dozens of incredible free PowerPoint templates to try out! A great thing about the design community is that there are designers out there who willingly share their amazing work for free of charge, including gorgeous free PowerPoint templates. To help you save some money, we scoured the web and handpicked a collection of the best free… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Slanted in L.A.: Greg Lindy / Lux Typographic + Design

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. Greg Lindy is the founder and creative director of Lux Typographic + Design. The L.A. studio is based on Greg’s… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 
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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 | 
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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 | 
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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 | 
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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 | 
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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 | 

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