January 23, 2017
We’re always looking for simple ways to improve our lives – this video shows some excellent time-saving Mac keyboard shortcuts
For instance, pressing your volume button increases or decreases the volume by six percent. However, by pressing “option + shift + volume up”, you can finely tune the audio volume as it moves 1.5 percent instead. This also works for the brightness key.
The video also shows you quick shortcuts to taking screenshots, how to “force quit” an application and how to quickly store a group of files in a new folder.
Watch the full video here to find out more.
January 23, 2017
The new year is a great time to step up your design skills. There so many tools and skills that you need to master, and missing out on any of them would also mean missing out on a lot of huge opportunities.
So if you’re ready to take your career in design a step further, grab your clipboard and start making a checklist containing these essential skills that you should learn:
- HTML and CSS
- Colour Theory
- Print Design
- Design Software
- Marketing and Social Media
Check out the full list here
January 17, 2017
For the Style Frames Design Conference held last November in New York, Tel Aviv-based artist and animator Eran Hilleli was asked to create an opening titles sequence that would set the tone for the event and list the names of various speakers. The result is this short three-minute video of converging characters that’s almost too wonderful to describe. I’ve watched this at least 5 times over the last two months and every time it gives me chills. I wish this was a full-length movie, or more likely a video game, something more immersive to learn more about all the different creatures that appear so briefly. Music by Disasterpiece. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)
Style Frames Opening Titles from Eran Hilleli on Vimeo.
January 16, 2017
Keen to learn a new skill this year?
Hand-lettering is making a comeback and gaining popularity, just check out the sheer volume of hand-lettering projects that could be found on the internet. However, the art and process behind it can be daunting for beginners.
Writer at website Creative Live, Emily Potts, enlists the help of two lettering experts Annica Lydenberg and Roxy Prima to share some tips on how you can navigate the colourful and creative design technique, before eventually finding your personal lettering style.
Tips include getting to know the range of pens, pencils and paper you can experiment with, along with recommendations on what has worked well for the experts. Warm up sketching exercises are also crucial in “help(ing) you with balance and kerning in your future hand lettering pieces,” according to Prima.
1.Choose Your Pens & Pencils
2. Choose Your Paper
3. Do Some Warm Up Exercises
4. Start Lettering!
5. Produce a Finished Piece
Check out the full list here
January 12, 2017
‘la línea roja’ — a visual study of geometry and form in dialogue with nature.
Nicolas Rivals, a photographer based in Paris, installed luminous, neon-hued squares, triangles and intersecting lines across scenic landscapes in Spain. He’s described this particular installation as “a red line woven over a journey through Spain, to connect Man with nature. A red line to fix a moment of poetry, the time of a night. Unreal scenes that nevertheless existed to better disappear in the morning. An installation deposited as a proposition to the natural world. A luminous harmony between will and chance. Between homage and sacrilege. Between the beautiful and the strange. An aesthetic research around forms dialoguing with a nature indifferent to symmetry.”
January 11, 2017
We have gone from mud brick houses to homes built out of wood and stone to concrete and steel. Limited space has become an increasingly critical issue. With affordability, convenience, practicality coming into play, we often forget about the kind of homes we desire.
Jing Zhang has taken ideas from childhood and developed types of homes that could only exist in utopia, and has conveyed them using simple, beautiful and brightly coloured illustrations.
January 10, 2017
Andrew Sutherland was born in Oranjemund, South West Africa in early 1982. He moved to England with his family at the age of 11 where he spent his early teenage years. At the age of 16 Andrew moved to Cape Town and after finishing school enrolled at The Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock. He obtained his Diploma in Fine Art in 2004 and in 2005 began working as an artist’s assistant for a local abstract artist.
In 2008 Sutherland entered the art scene in Cape Town, having his first group show at Salon 91, followed soon after with a solo show in early 2009.
Andrew enjoys working in a variety of mediums from watercolors, ink and fine liners on paper to acrylic, spray-paint and charcoal on canvas. His work often evokes a narrative, with soft dream like undertones. Running themes include exploration and discovery with a strong interest in nature and the great outdoors.
January 9, 2017
40 Little Things You Can Do to Break Your Creative Block
Stuck in a rut? Beat your creative block with these few tips
Step Away from Your Computer
Yes, really. Do it!
Go for a Walk
If you only do one thing to get your ideas flowing, go for a walk. Studies show that people have more creative ideas when they walk. After walking for 30 minutes, your creativity is increased by an average of 60% and your creative boost extends long after you have returned to your regular activities. Since you don’t have to devote much attention into the effort of walking your mind is free to wander. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies link to innovative ideas and sparks of creativity. If you take up walking you’d be sharing a daily creative routine with history’s most famous creative geniuses such as Aristotle, Charles Dickens, Ludwig van Beethoven, Virginia Woolf and Steve Jobs.
Do Something Different
Albert Einstein said that “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”. It can be easy and comforting to go into autopilot, but when you do something new, your brain actually creates new pathways. When you look at things from a new perspective, or learn something new, your brain literally remodels itself based on your new experiences. The brain loves being stimulated and it adores novelty. Maybe you can take a different route to work. Or change the music you listen to or sit at a different spot at the table. Just do something to switch things up, and you’ll rewire your brain, enhancing your capacity to be creative.
Take a moment to listen to your own thoughts. Go within. Reflect. Find focus. Unwind. It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of tea in your garden. As artist Pablo Picasso put it, “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.”
Take active part in life around you. Spend time with family and friends. Read. Be curious. Ask questions. Notice the small details. Pay attention to what’s going on in different areas of art like street art, magazines, packaging design, fine art, fashion, dance and film. Be present in your life.
Travelling lets you see the world from a new perspective and is an effective way to broaden your perspective. You also tend to notice even the smallest details more clearly when you travel, so being in a new environment can heighten your senses. But you don’t have to go far. Perhaps you could explore a different neighbourhood close to you or carve out a little mini retreat for yourself.
Grab a stack of magazines, newspapers, glue and a pair of scissors and make a collage. Since the images and text already are there, you can focus on curating, making shapes, combining and creating something new. If you like you can scan your collage and add some finishing touches digitally. Collaging makes a great break from working on a computer and is an easy way to start working more off the computer.
Add Doodling to Your Daily Routine
Did you doodle at school? Research shows that doodling can help you stay focused, grasp new concepts, retain information and even increases your daydreaming. As a kid you draw without any thought. You just enjoy it. But when you go to art school or become an artist chances are that it becomes serious business and that the playful part goes missing. Take up doodling as a daily practice. Brilliant ideas often start as a scribble on a cocktail napkin or envelope.
It expands your mind, boosting creativity and innovation.
Check out the full list here
December 28, 2016
Take an art venture through the Disney Publishing’s Golden Book Archives!
A visit to the Disney Publishing Golden Book Archives, where original artwork (created by the likes of everyone from Lorelay Bove to Eric Goldberg) is one of Disney’s best kept secrets. The archives are not open to the public, but Disney Publishing Vice President of Global Art, Ken Shue has released sneak peeks of these treasures.
Scroll down for a few of our favourite artworks and view the full archive here