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Instagram can’t touch the visual glory of blank VHS tapes

A thing of beauty will never fade away. Those blank VHS tapes from the 80s? They look just as good in 2021. Vibrant Instagram images...

Why does every advert look the same? Blame Corporate Memphis

The quirky, illustrative style favoured by startups has caused controversy within the design community


A nice tool to doodle with generated patterns.


Create animated and interactive drawings.

Brendan Dawes’ seven rules of creativity

Brendan Dawes is a UK-based artist who uses generative processes involving data, machine learning and algorithms to create a panoply of projects.

Design Played a Big Role in Winning Back the Soul of the Nation

Robyn Kanner, Biden campaign Creative Director, on the role her team, design, visuals and using the illustration tool Blush had in the election win.

The Year in Illustration 2020

The most memorable illustrations of the year, as chosen by art directors at The New York Times.

Ditherpunk — The article I wish I had about monochrome image dithering

I always loved the visual aesthetic of dithering but never knew how it’s done. So I did some research.

How to Fall In Love With Single Div Illustrations

A short tutorial on how to create images.

Facebook Messenger Case Study

With over 1.3 billion users, Messenger has grown to become one of the largest communication platforms in the world.

31 english idioms illustrated by 2 non-native speakers

October has become a month full of drawings, with people across the world joining the #inktober challenge, or a variation of it.

Zoomquilt 2

The infinitely zooming image, part II

EPIC days

Every month or so, we choose an international day to illustrate. It’s our way to pay tribute to causes close to our hearts.

Minuscule Scenes Appear Against the Backdrop of Used Tea Bags

From her studio in Coxsackie, New York, Ruby Silvious repurposes the thin paper pouches holding her beverage of choice into miniature canvases.

An interactive, 3D library of airline seatback safety procedure cards.

Over the years, airline safety cards have evolved in ways that reflect social and technological trends. This library brings them to life in 3D.

Man and His Mark, by Les Mason Graphic Design

Man and His Mark was published in February 1970 by Les Mason Graphic Design, Melbourne.

The Best Book Cover Designs of 2020

Many books were published this year and some of them had great covers.

Hell Yes! CSS!

I wrote this zine because, for most of the last 15 years, I found CSS confusing and upsetting (not “hell yes!” at all!).

Customizable Seamless Patterns

Get an unrepeatable pattern in a couple of clicks: choose a pattern idea, refine upon it, or create a new one in minutes.

How to make a cool holiday card, according to 5 top illustrators

Personalize this holiday tradition with some help from the experts.