Here you'll find a (growing) collection of resources for the young designer and creative people that I have personally viewed and found helpful. Stop by from time to time, as this page and I grow as time passes.
Is there any design resource you'd highly recommend for this list?
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// Inspiring and fun Podcasts
Creative Pep Talk
Real talk with no BS about how to make a living while making good art as an commercial artist / creator / designer / illustrator. Inspiring interviews with professionals with an insight into their career paths, interesting topics like finding your own style etc. New to my list but great to listen to while working on my illustrations.
Great resource for inspiring talks by great creatives. Challenge your thinking.
Space to Face
How to be successful online and face-to-face. One of my favourite podcasts by some of my favourite creative people, the artist Paige Poppe and the photographer Asia Croson. I'm always curiously waiting for a new episode to come out.
Make it Happen
This podcast by creative coach Jen Carrington features many young and successful female business owners. The interviews offer insightful conversations and really give you good food for thought. Season 2 started in the beginning of 2016. Definitely worth listening to on your commute.
// Business Online Classes I recommend
Currently I am taking 2 courses I bought - Your First 1K and Wham Bham Instagram Course, I'll let you know my thoughts in a review later on
// How to set up a creative business - TAXES (UK only)
- HMRC - Set up a Creative Business and get your Taxes right (UK only)
- HMRC free online Tax Guide - handy tool if you are just starting out with all info in one place
- HMRC YouTube Videos on How to set up your Business and file your First Self Assessment
- HMRC Webinars and Information for starting your Business (as soletrader)
Design & Illustration
Design Inspiration & Information
// Advice for Young Graphic Designers
- David Airey shares valuable advice for young designers from preparing a good portfolio to applying for jobs
// Help with Contracts and Guidance for Illustrators
- The AOI - don't get ripped off on your illustration jobs. Knowledge is a key to success. Know what you and your services are worth. The Association of Illustrators helps illustrators to be treated fairly (contracts) and helps to raise the image of illustration. Agencies that are associated with the AOI have to comply to certain rules. See their website for more information.
// Agencies for Illustration
- Society of Artist Agents (list of their member illustration agencies in the UK)
- Column Arts Agency (represents illustrators from Birmingham & Manchester)
- Handsome Frank (London)
- Illustration (International)
- The Bright Agency (International)
- Arena Illustrations (UK)
- Big Active
- Central Illustration
- 3 x 3 Directory
- Debut Art
- Society Illustrators
- Folio Art
// Courses I recommend for Illustrators
- MATS Illustrating Children's Books - I have taken this course myself and created a video series about my experience. I highly recommend this course.
- Modernthrive - Growing a Freelance Illustration Business - I have taken and paid for this course myself and felt it was worth sharing. If you buy through this link I will earn a small commission.
// Cool places to visit in the real world
- House of Illustration (London/UK)
- V&A (London/UK)
- Creative Boom weekly creative inspiration and helpful tips and resources for creatives
- Milk with One Sugar online design journal for international contemporary graphic design
- Think Tank London Blog Think tank london's blog offers daily design gems - good to stay up to date
- YCN - A place for design inspiration and interesting articles.
- Behance For designers and artists to share their work and create an online portfolio. Nice to browse for inspiration.
- Graphicburger Good site to find stock photos, mock ups and fonts. I just recently discovered it because of my fellow uni colleagues.
// Magazines (online)
- HOW Design Offers high quality articles by professional designers and from time to time discount codes for print services, workshops etc.
- DigitalArts (UK) Visual Inspiration, Event news and Articles for Creatives
- Varoom Magazine by the AOI Association of Illustrators
- The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity - by Julia Cameron (still reading)
- How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your Soul - by Adrian Shaughnessy (still reading)
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative - by Austin Kleon (my review is coming soon)
- Roberto Blake - Tutorials, Talks, Type of the Week, etc.
- Paige Poppe - Beautiful desert inspired paintings, life of an artist right after college, creative business and just a very nice person
- Frannerd aka Fran Meneses - A fountain of knowledge and fun, Professional Illustrator sharing insights into her progress, developing your own style etc.
- Holly Exley - an UK based watercolour illustrator mainly working on editorial illustrations - speciality: food and nature.
// Graphic Design Magazines
- HOW Design - Design magazine
- Practical Typography
- FontsInUse - see fonts applied on websites, books, etc.
- Identifont - helps you to recognise fonts
- Thinking with Type - overview of Typography
- ILoveTypography - interesting articles on all matters of Typography
- Graphic Design - The New Basics (website to accompany the book by Ellen Lupton)
- Canva Design School A great resource especially for beginners. They offer visually stimulating and easy explanations of design concepts. If you are just starting your graphic design career or you want to sharpen your skill set I would encourage you to sign up for their newsletter. Here is a selection of posts I particularly liked:
There is an incredible amount of good learning materials online and many of them are free or you can buy sessions for a reasonable price.
- Creative LIVE I'm absolutely in love with this website. Even on a low budget you can get incredible designers teaching you classes. I'm a big fan of the ON AIR free live sessions. Pro: They are free, taught by great design professionals. Con: They are live, so if you miss something, you can't go back except you buy the whole session. Pro: The sessions are cheaper if you buy them when they are currently on air. You get access to resources and handbooks (depending on the course).
- SKILLSHARE If you rather have big range of high quality tutorials that are project based and interactive, Skillshare is for you. The annual membership is affordable, especially if someone recommends you. I discovered Skillshare in Sept 2015 and think it's a great resource especially for people who haven't that much time to attend classes outside of home or lack the money to attend formal education. The lessons are short, focused and are project based.
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