13 Innovative Bookmark Designs

A beautiful bookmark is a loving addition to a good read. As a book lover, I jumped at the chance to design a bookmark for a client to use to promote their business. I started by researching what great designs are already out there, looking for what is exciting and unconventional. What might make someone want to gift a bookmark, or use it themselves? Continue reading

The Graphic Covers of Dick Bruna

Dick Bruna was an illustrator, graphic designer, and children’s book author best known as the creator of the little rabbit, Miffy.  While loved around the world for children’s literature, he also created a wonderful collection of book covers in the 1950s -1970s that are truly inspiring. Below is a sample of just a few of the over 2,000 covers he designed. Continue reading

Creative Block Challenge

I’ve been reading Creative Block by Danielle Krysa, (the Jealous Curator) which has many many great ideas for boosting creativity. This wonderfully inspiring book includes interviews, artwork and project ideas from 50 contemporary artists. Continue reading

Book Cover Art: 2014 – 2016

Beautiful Cover Design

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Creative Challenge: DIY Typography

As a fun way to improve my design skills, I purchased a book by David Sherwin called Creative Workshop. The book includes 80 timed design challenges meant to expand your working process and support innovative ways of problem solving. I’ve had the book for a couple years, but since starting on my quest for creative motivation I knew it was time to bust it out and see if I could find some great inspiration to share. The challenges in this book are quick, averaging from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and designed to give your strategies for future projects. Sounds perfect. Continue reading