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Archive for January, 2012

Adobe Design Center

We’re excited to announce the launch of the renovated Adobe Design Center – your hub for all things design. Adobe Design Center curates the freshest content to help inspire and educate designers creating for all types of media.

You can learn about industry leaders and get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the creative minds propelling the design industry forward. Adobe Design Center will also provide techniques and tips for your favorite Adobe products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as new tools like Muse (code name) and Digital Publishing Suite.

To grab a preview, check out some of the stories that will be popping up on Adobe Design Center soon: (more…)

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Pencil vs. Camera: The Artwork of Ben Heine

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We’re most impressed by those who see the world from a truly unique perspective. There’s something refreshing about an artist who finds beauty in the mundane, or who can extract meaning from ordinary circumstances.

That’s why we love the artwork of Ben Heine. Ben creates photograph manipulations by inserting his own interpretations of the landscapes through pencil drawings. In doing so, he effectively alters the photograph’s depiction of reality by superimposing what he would like to see.

Ben kindly provided us with some of his work, along with descriptions of each piece. Dive into his work below, and check out his terrific interview on BestBookmarks.

Tell us in the comments: What’s your favorite medium to create with? (more…)

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The Power of Curiosity

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What is it about tinkering, experimenting – and even making mistakes – that allows us to unleash our creative potential? Sometimes it seems that our greatest achievements were never quite planned, and came about as a result of pursuing our curiosity.

The reason curiosity is important in creative professions is that it allows us to explore unknown ideas. It allows us to find things that we never knew existed, and that is really what creating – or being creative – is all about.

So next time you think an idea is too farfetched to entertain, let it sit for a while. Play with it before dismissing it all too soon. You never know what you’ll find. (more…)

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Creative Inspiration in Album Cover Art

Whether working in graphic design, web design and development or video production, all creatives are united by a common theme – they are constantly working to push boundaries. However, creative expression is not solely limited to these professions. Music is another creative medium where artists seek to push boundaries and find new creative avenues. That said, the relationship between music and creative expression cannot be overstated.

One of the most glaring (and inspiring) examples of the overlap between music and design is album artwork. Album art serves a number of functions. It can provide an aesthetic preview of what a listener might expect from the album inside. It can communicate certain messages that the artist may be trying to express. And most of all, it can be visually stunning and thought-provoking.

Below, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorite album covers. What is your favorite album cover of all time? Let us know in the comments. (more…)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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It goes without saying that Martin Luther King, Jr. was an incredible leader. In a sense you could also say that Martin Luther King was a designer of sorts in the art of language. He was able to communicate moving ideas in a clear manner, and convey ideas that inspired and galvanized the civil rights movement.

We wanted to take a moment to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by showcasing some of his thoughts on creativity and leadership. (more…)

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The Creativity of Children

What happens when you give children stickers and allow them to place the stickers anywhere in an all-white room? That’s the question Yayoi Kusama set out to answer in her vibrant art installation for the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, titled The Obliteration Room.

What we love most about this exhibit is that it speaks to the unbridled creativity of children. In childhood, we often know no boundaries and thus our creative potential is boundless. This exhibit left us wondering a number of things.

  • Do you think creative professionals might benefit from the occasional return to the creative innocence of childhood?
  • What types of inspiration can we draw from the creative minds of children?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
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Zach Klein, Designer of Vimeo, Discusses His ‘Aha!’ Moment

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Part of being a creative professional is sharing creative ideas and advice. No matter one’s skill level, there are always new things to learn. In his interview with Fuel Your Creativity, Zach Klein, the designer of Vimeo, shares some terrific insight into his design process and having a creative breakthrough.

Pick Zach’s brain with some of his tips in the excerpt below.
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Creative Suite Spotlight: Delicious Design League

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DDL-Pic-2For the second installment of our “Creative Suite Spotlight Series,” we’re featuring Delicious Design League – a full-time design and illustration studio with more than 10 years of experience in the design and advertising business. They’ve done everything from creating rock posters for bands to designing and illustrating for some of the most recognizable brands like Firefox and Nike.

To learn more about Delicious, check out our Creative Suite Facebook Page. There, you’ll find out how they stay creative, how social media impacts their work, what their all-time favorite projects are and more. Here’s just a little taste from our interview with Billy Baumann of Delicious Design League: (more…)

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