Current Reads, Resources and Inspiration

Current Reads, Resources and Inspiration

 

I was asked via Facebook for suggestions on reading and listening material. As I started collecting links and things I realized that I should probably make a new post about it.

First off, I really like this weekly series by John McWade. It’s not software specific. He covers layout, typography, color and walks through building something new every week. If you enjoy this one, he has many other courses available that are equally fantastic.
Graphic Design Tips and Tricks – John McWade
https://www.lynda.com/Color-tutorials/Graphic-Design-Tips-Tricks/365959-2.html

This is more of a personal one, I started watching this during my winter slump and the little tidbits of happiness and time management. This weekly series has benefited my personal happiness, and that of my family.
Happiness Tips – Chris Croft
https://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Happiness-Tips/426767-2.html

Especially for you web designers/developers, anything from Morten Rand-Hendriksen is fantastic.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen
https://www.lynda.com/Morten-Rand-Hendriksen/725535-1.html

This course is more about branding and self promotion for your design business. Sean is very insightful and gives tips for getting and maintaining clients, getting published and staying relevant.
Running a Design Business – Sean Adams
https://www.lynda.com/Design-Business-tutorials/Running-Design-Business-Self-Promotion/432563-2.html

Another weekly series, I listen to web career clinic every week where Lauren interviews a new designers.
Web Career Clinic – Lauren Bacon
https://www.lynda.com/Web-Design-tutorials/Web-Career-Clinic/432037-2.html

I just started listening to this but, I caught up with all of them within the first day (I think we’re only on 6 weeks or something). They just kind of talk about a different design challenge every week.
The Honest Designer – Ian Barnard, Lisa Glanz and Dustin Lee
https://www.designcuts.com/tutorials/honest-designers-podcast-ep-1-developing-your-style/

Creative Workshop – David Sherwin
Creative Workshop – David Sherwin

To be honest, I only did one exercise out of either of these exercise books. They’re time consuming but, fantastic I’d imagine if you’ve got nothing to work on or need pieces for a portfolio or stuff for a blog post.

Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers – Crawford & Doman Bruck, Graphic Artists Guild
Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers – Crawford & Doman Bruck, Graphic Artists Guild

An absolute must have, anytime you’re in need of a form open this book and find an example of a form already being used. It includes a disk with all of them on it if you’re in a hurry but, personally I just build my own version of what I need.

Print Magazine http://www.printmag.com/
Print Magazine

I just like these, they’re full of inspiration and entertainment.

 

How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul – Adrian Shaughnessy
How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul – Adrian Shaughnessy

This book is fantastic, Debbie interviews a handful of fantastic successful designers and helps put some of the issues that we all face into perspective. A must read if you’re going through a slump or something.

 

Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidlines – Graphic Artists Guild
Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidlines – Graphic Artists Guild

This is a resource, it’s full of information. I doubt I’ll ever read it cover to cover, and I don’t think it’s meant to be but, for any new designer pick up this book. It’ll prove invaluable as you start facing new challenges.

The Graphic Design Exercise Book – Carolynn Knight & Jessica Glaser
The Graphic Design Exercise Book – Carolynn Knight & Jessica Glaser

Another exercise book. Maybe I’m just terrible at them or something. I’ve only worked through one of these exercises as well. However, if you’re just starting out, or just want to make things. I’d imagine this is a great resource.

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Free vector arrows

Free vector arrows

Free vector arrows
Free vector arrows
Today I thought we’d do another freebie. I was going to do another free brush but, I couldn’t think of anything really. Thought maybe another scatter brush of birds? Free vector arrows popped up in my search as something that doesn’t have a ton of download links. So, I whipped up some arrows real quick. Let me know if you’d like more or how these fit your needs.

You can grab the .eps Here: . As always, let me know what you think either through comments or through social media (links to my networks in the sidebar), and please share if you found this helpful. Thanks!

Adobe Illustrator – Free vector leaves brush

Fall leaves brush AI

Fall leaves brush AISo, I was going to save this one for a few weeks but, the only other thing I had to share was a flower brush … Apparently spring is over. 🙁

Anyhow, what I have for you is a vector scatter brush of fall leaves. Be sure to play with the size and colors accordingly (I usually work on a 30″ artboard). Have fun guys and as always, share this with your friends and colleagues and post me some of your beautiful artwork in the comments below! Download Here

Create your own vector rope brush in Adobe Illustrator

create your own rope brush
create your own rope brush
create your own rope brush

This brush makes handy “western” style text, borders and other things (it’s actually quite versatile). I always forget to save them and end up rebuilding them every time, so today upon a social media request I thought I’d do a short tutorial of the process that I use to create a rope brush

create your own rope brushI usually work with a pretty big canvas, and sometimes end up making it bigger depending on how well I’ve set up the brush. For this I’ve set my canvas to 30″ by 30″

 

 

 

 

create your own rope brush
create your own rope brush

Take your rectangle tool (M) make a rectangle, and then adjust two points so that it looks something like the image here.

Duplicate your rectangle by holding alt, clicking and dragging it so that it slightly overlaps itself. Then repeat that transformation by ctrl/cmd+D

 

 

 

create your own rope brushLine up your rope with the center horizontally button and a guide if needed, drag it into your brushes window and select “art brush.”

 

 

 

 

create your own rope brush
create your own rope brush

These settings can be a bit tricky, you can either stretch the rope or scale it proportionately (which will be large on longer strokes.) Depending on what you’re working on “Stretch to fit Stroke Length” works well.

Select your brush and grab your brush tool with (b), have fun creating 😉

Advertisement design by Graphic Designer Dallas Price for Monroe Cities 24th of July celebration. Published in The Richfield Reaper 07/16/2014.
Advertisement design by Graphic Designer Dallas Price for Monroe Cities 24th of July celebration. Published in The Richfield Reaper 07/16/2014.