January 23, 2017

Nice Tips: Top Mac shortcuts

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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.



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January 23, 2017

Nice Tips: Valuable skills every designer should learn

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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:

  1. HTML and CSS
  2. Typography
  3. Colour Theory
  4. Print Design
  5. Photography
  6. Design Software
  7. Networking
  8. Marketing and Social Media
  9. Copywriting
  10. Creativity

Check out the full list here

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January 19, 2017


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Beautiful illustration series for Insider Guides international student city guides done by Kindred Studio. Each full page illustration covers various aspects of student life in Australia, from adventure to food, nightlife to fashion.

Insider Foundry is the publisher of the free, annual Insider Guides – International Student Guides. Written by local students, they help to bridge the gap between what local students know about a city and what international students should know. Each year, over 150,000 guides are printed and given away to international students for free. Over 70% of new international students receive a copy in Australia each year.

Source: http://insiderguides.com.au/us/













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January 17, 2017

Sublime Opening Titles to the Style Frames Design Conference Animated by Eran Hilleli

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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.

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January 16, 2017

Nice Tips: Hand-Lettering For Beginners

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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

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January 12, 2017

la línea roja’

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‘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.”











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January 11, 2017

Utopian Dwelling

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.



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January 10, 2017

The wonderful Andrew Sutherland

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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.


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December 28, 2016

Disney’s Golden Book Archive

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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











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