Web Design Ledger: Where to Find Graphic Design Freebies. “The main idea of this list is for you to save you some money AND time. Sometimes when you work on a big project, you don’t have any minute to spare for researching resources and tools. So we did the job for you. Scroll down and you will find a list of websites that provide you with a multitude of graphic design freebies.” Minimal annotation but big ol’ screenshots.
Tulane University: New digital library collection showcases Small Center’s impact. “Whether you’re a scholar interested in studying early images of Latin America or a high school student searching for float designs from Carnival’s Golden Age for a class project, the Tulane University Digital Library (TUDL), a project of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, provides instant access to the university’s rare materials and collections anytime, anywhere. Now, TUDL is home to a new online collection showcasing the work of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, the community design center of the School of Architecture.” Prototypr has an overview of collaborative design.
MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Free Browser-Based Adobe Illustrator Alternatives. “Adobe Illustrator is the default choice for anyone who needs high quality graphic design software. But Adobe’s subscription model is pretty expensive, and Illustrator only works on Windows and Mac. If you’re a hobbyist on a budget, or use Linux or a Chromebook, what are your options? Fortunately, there are plenty of free, browser-based Adobe Illustrator alternatives you can try. Not only do you not have to pay for them, but they’ll run on any device running any operating system.”
AIGA Eye on Design: Lubalin’s Radical ’60s Magazines Are Giving Us A Lesson in Archiving on the Web. “Around 2013, Mindy Seu was in San Francisco, browsing through Adobe Books in the Mission District, when she stumbled upon the iconic fifth volume of Avant Garde magazine, the short-lived 1960s publication by Ralph Ginzburg and Herb Lubalin that to this day retains something of a cult status among designers. She snatched up the copy and started buying more rare issues where she could find them—in used bookstores, flea markets, and on eBay. By time she amassed the complete collection, she’d also formed a plan to digitize the issues and make them publicly accessible online.”
Dezeen: Instagram design guide shows architects how to create “a visual sense of amazement”. “Architects should make Instagram-friendly elements a central part of their designs for hotels, bars and restaurants to boost their chances of success, according to a new report. Created by Australian studio Vale Architects, the Instagram Design Guide says that the image-sharing platform now plays a key role in the success of hospitality projects.” Rarely have I read a story and felt so conflicted.
Okayafrica: Industrie Africa Is the New Platform To Discover Top African Designers. “Named the ‘Wikipedia of African Fashion’ by Vogue, Industrie Africa is a new digital showroom featuring African designers. The website was launched on June 1 by Nisha Kanabar and Georgia Bobley who wanted to create an online platform that reflected the growing diversity of designers across the continent. The platform currently has over 80 designers from 24 different countries.”
How-To Geek: How to Create the Perfect Facebook Cover Photo. “Your Facebook profile says a lot about you. It’s likely your most visible online presence, so it’s worth making it look good. Here’s how to pick a great cover photo.”