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.”
Forbes: Instagram Worthy: How Social Media Has Reshaped Our Ideas On Attractive Design. “When it comes to designing office and living spaces, people are relying on two social media platforms. The highly visual nature of Instagram and Pinterest make them ideal places for finding design inspiration, even making purchasing decisions…. ‘Instagram worthy’ home is now a thing and a lot of younger consumers admit that they specifically seek out decor items that would look good on social media. Yet the impact of social media on our perception of ‘pretty’ doesn’t end here.”
Creative Review: It’s the CR archive: 448 print issues, from 1980 to 2018. “The first issue of Creative Review came out in May 1980. The cover (above) featured Terence Conran, posing proudly behind a packaging range for now defunct supermarket International, and stills from commercials for Renault, a COI seatbelt campaign, Richard Shops and Barclaycard, in which Dudley Moore played a rather middle-aged punk.” The archive is not free but is available as part of a subscription package. Student rates are also available.