South Wales Argus : ‘No mask, no Wales’ Covid poster embraced by shopkeepers. “Social media guru Owen Williams said he was fed up with people coming to Wales and not realising there were different Covid rules here. The post was something he knocked up in 20 minutes on Friday night but it has already been seen by six million people around the world.”
Search Engine Journal: Google Announces New Ads Creative Studio. “Google announced the launch of a new tool for creative advertising tools, called ‘Ads Creative Studio’, which aims to unify multiple creative tools.”
It’s Nice That: Climate activism has a branding problem and this logo generator is here to help. “Austrian design studio Process has created the AI project Tokens for Climate Care, which creates original (and free-to-use) graphic symbols based on an organisation’s core mission.”
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces, from Facebook, a new Ephemera/Broadsides Collection
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission announced a new collection on Facebook. From the post: “The State Archives is pleased to present a new collection available online! The Broadsides and printed ephemera collection consists of approximately 700 documents related to Texas and United States history.”
Engadget: Google Docs will let you overlay text on images like it’s 1997. “Google announced some major changes to Workspace at its recent I/O event, including deeper connections between its productivity and chat apps. But, while eye-catching improvements like ‘smart canvas’ could potentially boost collaboration, some of its online tools still lack rudimentary functions. A new update aims to fix that by bringing a feature available on most word processors to Google Docs. Basically, you can now place an image in front of or behind text while editing a document.” Came for the news and honestly? Stayed for the snark.
MakeUseOf: How to Use the Canva App: A Beginner’s Guide. “When it comes to designing graphics, using your smartphone usually isn’t advised. If you want to see how every element aligns, and make sure there’s not one pixel out of place, your desktop is your best friend. With that said, there are still situations where you may choose to use your phone for image editing. Perhaps you have to create an image on the go, or maybe you just don’t feel like getting off the sofa. Whatever the case, the Canva app can help.”
Hyperallergic: The Enchanting Visuals of Portuguese Fish Tins. “The idiosyncratic visual culture of Portugal’s tinned foods industry is the subject of Conservas de Portugal, an online museum featuring more than 40,000 entries including fish tin designs, labels, photographs, and more. Its collection is curated by CAN THE CAN, a restaurant in Lisbon associated with the National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish (ANICP).”
Creative Review: How the Pandemic Graphic Archive is preserving our new reality. “The Pandemic Graphic Archive is one of the various online archives and initiatives cropping up in response to our new reality, just as major cultural institutions have scrabbled to add Covid-related objects to their collections. The ongoing project is the brainchild of recent graphic design graduate Charlotte Walker who, faced with the prospect of an unstable employment market, launched the archive after finishing up at Liverpool John Moores University last summer.” A LOT of floor signage.
Make Tech Easier: 6 Useful Tools to Help You Identify Fonts in Images. “You come across an endless amount of images with text on them. Those images could be advertising or something else. Either way, it’s nothing out of the ordinary to see a font that you want on a picture. The only problem is that you have no idea what that font is called. To help you out, there are various free tools you can use to identify that font. With the following apps, you’ll always be able to identify a font.”
Calvert Journal: Mask media: Soviet Kazakh health posters from the 1970s. “Vladimir S. Tverdokhlebov’s posters for the Kazakh Red Cross from the 1970s offer an offbeat aesthetic for public safety. Humour, floral imagery, and a playful use of layout counter the cynicism of the time, medicine for the weary then and now.”
GlobalVoices: Myanmar illustrators unite to distribute protest art for free. “A group of 30 artists from Myanmar uploaded more than a hundred protest posters… for free print and use by those rallying against the military coup….The collective noticed that protesters were bringing placards with the illustrators’ art to demonstrations, and indeed many artists had shared their poster designs online for free.”
National Library of Australia: A Century of Australian Advertising Posters. “What can we learn from the sentiment and imagery used to sell Australians of the past food, excitement and adventure? How are they reflected in the advertising images we still see today? The National Library of Australia holds a vast number of late-19th and 20th-century Australian advertising posters that are now available to explore online. The collection features many famous brands and illustrators of the time, including Bushells, Ever Ready, James Northfield, Gert Sellheim and Norman Lindsay.”